Early Barre: Welcome to Wildersburgh, Vermont

by Carla Occaso WILDERSBURGH (BARRE)  — The story of early settlers evokes images of a grand frontier adventure and hardscrabble gumption. First named ‘Wildersburgh,’ land that is now Barre was granted in 1780 to William Williams — a signer of the Declaration of Independence — and 60 other men. Most of those men lived in […]

After Over 44 Years, Sandy Pitonyak Leaves City Hall

MONTPELIER — Sandy Pitonyak, a longtime municipal employee with the city of Montpelier, worked her last day as executive secretary to the city manager June 30. Filling her position is Jamie Granfield, who had worked as office assistant and accounts payable manager. Granfield sounded excited and honored to be named to the post. “Those are […]

DOT’S BEAT: The Mystique of Our Cemeteries

story and photos by Dot Helling My first encounter with a cemetery was at age 5, when we were laying my father to rest. He was buried in a beautiful, serene setting, a cemetery where now you need a computer- generated map to locate the graves. I’m not aware of any such expansion occurring in […]

The First Inhabitants Before the Time Barre was Barre

by Will Kyle BARRE — With the Barre Heritage Festival around the corner, it’s a good time to look back and celebrate Barre’s history. For many people, that means looking back over 200 years to when the town was officially founded. How about looking back over 10,000 years? The people native to the area, the […]

Meet Poet Wayne Burke

by Nat Frothingham BARRE — Little about Wayne Burke’s early life suggested that one day he would seize upon writing and poetry with the discipline and passion he brings to that craft today. In an interview with The Bridge, Burke — now 63 — who lives in Barre — described his present commitment to poetry: […]

July 20 — August 2, 2017


Jump and Splash Vermont MONTPELIER — The “pool project” moves forward. Jump and Splash Vermont, formerly the Montpelier Indoor Rec and Aquatics Task Force, is now incorporated and has been working with City officials and other interested groups to come up with solid business and facilities plans for a state of the art recreational facility. The […]