Lindsey Grutchfield, editor of The Breeze

Help us meet our Stretch Goal for The Breeze

Mission Accomplished! GOAL REACHED! The Breeze, our by youth, for youth publication will become a reality this week. We can afford to print it thanks to the generosity of the Central Vermont community. But we still have two and a half days to raise money on Kickstarter. New Mission: Pay the young writers. Stretch goal: […]

Courtesy of Montpelier Alive

Is Bernie Coming for Independence Day?

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — This year might have been on track to be a typical nonelection year Independence Day celebration following last year’s last-minute weather cancellation, except for one thing. Vermont’s own presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, is an annual staple in the parade along with the tractors. But this year, according to […]

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A Summer Breeze at The Bridge

Lindsey Grutchfield, a recent Montpelier High School graduate, came aboard at The Bridge on June 15. Later this summer, she will begin attending American University in Washington, D.C. With her high spirits and great energy, she is a breath of fresh air. For about a year Lindsey has been a regular contributor to The Bridge, […]

State and Main. Photo by Aron Vaught.

Who Is Leaving Montpelier, and Why?

by Phil Dodd In the first part of this two-part series, published May 21, we reported the stories of seven people who had recently moved to Montpelier or were in the process of moving here. They were generally upbeat stories. In Part 2, we’ll hear from several people who have recently moved away or are […]


Peacham Celebrates 1776

by Karen Mecartney Joyce Independence Day in Peacham is celebrated the same way the Fourth of July is acknowledged in small towns across the country — flag-waving, a tractor parade, games, contra dancing and a pig roast. But unlike most typical small towns, the year of America’s independence holds special significance for Peacham. As a […]

Temporary arch dedicated to the Barre residents who served in World War I

Granite City Groove: Historic July Fourth Celebration Remembered

by Joshua Jerome July Fourth is a day celebrated throughout this country as the day America declared its independence from Great Britain. We have parades, barbecues, fireworks, picnics and little American flags are ubiquitous. On July 4, 1919, there was a celebration in downtown Barre; not to commemorate the country’s independence, but to give thanks […]

Ginny Callan today

Dot’s Downtown Beat: Remembering Horn of the Moon

by Dot Helling Last time I wrote about an existing Montpelier breakfast hub, the Coffee Corner. In the 1970s there was another hub. While the conservatives were eating at the Coffee Corner, a different crowd gathered regularly at the Horn of the Moon Restaurant. Owner Ginny Callan first opened Horn of the Moon on East […]

Emergency workers at Christ Church. Photo by Carla Occaso.

Crane Crashes Down on Christ Church

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — On Monday, June 8, workers were getting set up to restore masonry on the northwest corner of the Christ Episcopal Church on State Street when the unthinkable happened: The extended 65-foot-long, 35,000-pound crane came crashing down on the roof, smashing a hole, damaging a beam in the church, and narrowly […]

Julia Barstow

Local Photographer Gathers Impressions of Morocco in Words and Pictures

by Julia Barstow I grew up in Adamant and currently attend Bennington College. I have an interest in journalism and from the end of January to mid-May, I studied abroad in Morocco with the School for International Training on its Field Studies in Journalism and New Media program. During the first two months of the program, […]

You can win this original print at Bridge-Mania on July 10! This photo was taken by Curt Gunther during the Beatles' 1964 U.S. West Coast Tour.

EDITORIAL: Come Together to Our Beatles-Themed Party: A Magical Mystery Tour of Fun

by Nat Frothingham One of the surprising outcomes of our fabulously successful (February to March) 30 day-Kickstarter campaign that raised an essential $12,000+ to benefit The Bridge was the Internet itself and the range of old and sometimes distant friends who saw the campaign online. Some responded with donations. Others phoned with excitement. I was […]

June 18 — July 15, 2015

La Puerta Negra to replace The Black Door

MONTPELIER — The Black Door will be reopening soon with the same name in a different language. La Puerta Negra, owned by the Positive Pie company, will serve “Latin Fusion” food, according to building owner Jesse Jacobs, who dropped in to The Bridge offices June 30. There will be a bar, music and Latin American cuisine. […]