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Independence Day Celebrations Around Vermont

Thursday, July 3 MONTPELIER 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Explore the Vermont History Museum: Free Museum Day. Patriotic Craft Activity: Make your own (non-exploding) festive fireworks at The Vermont History Museum. Noon–2 p.m. Reading of Frederick Douglass’ The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro on the steps of Montpelier City Hall 1:30–4 p.m. Family […]

Dr. Henry Janes: Waterbury Icon

Dr. Henry Janes: Waterbury Icon

by C. B. Hall Dr. Henry Janes was a physician, public servant and man of uncommon achievement. And he may be the most revered citizen of a town—Waterbury—that can also claim three Vermont governors and two winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor as native sons. Born in Waterbury in 1832, Janes was educated at […]

Nature Watch

Is there any other time of year when I want to sit on a rock in the middle of, say, the Shady Rill, at 5 p.m.—water sounds all around me, the sun making its last visit to the brook—and space out? No, there is not. But today, returning from a sad visit to the veterinarian, […]

Getting to Know Montpelier Alive’s New Executive Director

Getting to Know Montpelier Alive’s New Executive Director

by Nat Frothingham In a first conversation with The Bridge, Montpelier Alive’s new executive director, Ashley Witzenberger, talked about a range of downtown issues and was, by turns, thoughtful and inventive—often intense—in thinking through ways to make Montpelier’s downtown more business smart, more business friendly, and even livelier and more attractive than it is today. […]

Onion River Sports Turns 40: An Interview with Andrew Brewer

Onion River Sports Turns 40: An Interview with Andrew Brewer

by Joyce Kahn I recently interviewed Andrew Brewer, owner of Onion River Sports, on the occasion of ORS’s 40th anniversary. Brewer is enthusiastic and passionate about bicycles and his business, fiercely community-minded and unafraid of the changes he thinks will benefit Montpelier. A bit about his background: Brewer is homegrown. He attended Berlin Elementary, graduated […]

GMTA Reports Rising Passenger Use for Montpelier Circulator Bus

by Nat Frothingham In a report to the Montpelier City Council on June 11—Tawnya Kristen, community relations manager for the Green Mountain Transit Agency, provided detailed numbers to describe the rising passenger use of the agency’s free Montpelier Circulator bus. According to Kristen, the free Montpelier Circulator Bus has seen a 67 percent rise in […]

Taylor Street Debate Continues

by C.B. Hall Developer Redstone Commercial Properties’ increasingly controversial proposal to build a hotel on the upper stories of the transit terminal to be developed at 1 Taylor Street has died under the terms an agreement between Redstone and the Capitol Plaza Hotel, adjacent to which the new hotel would have risen. Redstone announced Tuesday […]

Outdoor Public Reading on July 3 at Montpelier City Hall: What the Fourth of July Meant to Escaped Slave Frederick Douglass

by Nat Frothingham On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became perhaps the greatest African-American leader of the 19th century, gave a speech commemorating the signing of America’s Declaration of Independence at the Rochester (NY) Corinthian Hall. At Montpelier’s Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 3, parts of that Douglass speech entitled […]

Take a Trip to SPA

Take a Trip to SPA

by Jerry Carter Hidden behind the traditional veneer of the brick and mortar of Studio Place Arts (SPA), off of North Main Street in Barre, is a place of unabashed expression. Boasting one of Vermont’s only Freedom of Expression Policies, which guards against censorship, SPA has a commitment to creating and fostering an atmosphere that […]

The Falls General Store: Something Old, Something New

The Falls General Store: Something Old, Something New

by C.B. Hall The Falls General Store in Northfield Falls will reopen under new ownership on July 2. The new proprietors, Vincent and Norma Rooney, are poised to offer Northfield residents a grocery of a sort the town has never before seen. After 26 years in the technology sector, the Patchogue, NY (a village on […]