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BOOK REVIEW: A Humane Perspective: “Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence”

BOOK REVIEW: A Humane Perspective: “Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence”

by Nathan Grutchfield Paul Levy was only a year old when his uncle Phil was killed, on January 7, 1945, in the European theatre of World War II. He was largely oblivious to the man’s ideals, the story of his death, and how his life had led him to that fateful moment. The cause of […]

Remembering A Local Ku Klux Klan Resurgence

Remembering A Local Ku Klux Klan Resurgence

by Dot Helling CENTRAL VERMONT — There is a very dark continuing chapter in American history, the Ku Klux Klan. Many believe the KKK was a phenomenon restricted to the South, organized in 1866 by a group of Confederate veterans to intimidate recently freed Southern blacks. The KKK fought for white supremacy, becoming heretics who […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 12.1.16

Inventory Of Homes For Sale is Low MONTPELIER — It’s a seller’s market. The number of single-family homes for sale in Montpelier in October was just 18, well below average and down from 43 one year earlier, according to statistics from Vermont Realtors. That translates to a 3.2-month supply of homes for sale. Nationally, anything […]

NATURE WATCH: Ice Drives Us Inside, Tree Sparrows Arrive

NATURE WATCH: Ice Drives Us Inside, Tree Sparrows Arrive

by Nona Estrin Recently we’ve had a couple of migration stragglers. A lone fox sparrow is kicking around in the brush at the edge of the lawn with newly arrived American tree sparrows, on time for their annual winter stay. A single grackle too, and a red-bellied woodpecker, not expected at all, likely from further […]

Silence Surrounds Manager’s Contract Situation

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — City Council members  agreed on at least one thing Monday, Nov. 21 following a behind-closed-doors meeting for “continuation of discussion regarding the City Manager’s contract:” No talking to the press. Following a call to order by Mayor John Hollar shortly after 4:35 p.m., the council met privately in a conference […]

The History of Montpelier As Told by Others

The History of Montpelier As Told by Others

by Paul Gillies Everyone likes history. Oh, not the boring stuff, but the good stories. They’re worth reading and repeating. The history of the world is overwhelming, taken as a whole. The history of the United States is interesting, but it too is often beyond our scope. Even the history of Vermont has elusive properties […]

Greene’s Syrup of Tar

Greene’s Syrup of Tar

by Paul Heller He was an Alderman, an Episcopalian and a highly regarded member of the Republican Party. Lester Greene was, by all accounts, a pillar of Montpelier society. He also sold dangerous narcotics in an elixir he called “Syrup of Tar,” manufactured in his patent medicine factory on Berlin Street near downtown Montpelier. In […]

Vermonters on the North Dakota Pipeline

by Ivan Shadis The Bridge spoke with four local people who have recently joined the encampment of Tribes and pipeline resisters gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to oppose construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Katrina Coravos, Ki Walker, Bianca Caputo,  and Emily Ruff share their stories. First, a summary of […]

Discarded Railway Station to Become Artist Studio and Storage Space (Maybe)

Discarded Railway Station to Become Artist Studio and Storage Space (Maybe)

by Nat Frothingham After years and years of creating art and storing his paintings, sculpture and theater sets in some pretty funky locations across Central Vermont — in the past few months artist Nicholas Hecht has good reason to believe he’s finally found a near-perfect studio and storage location. And that studio and storage location? […]

DOT’S BEAT: More of ‘Montpelier’s Friendliest People’

DOT’S BEAT: More of ‘Montpelier’s Friendliest People’

by Dot Helling In 2015 I wrote a well received piece about some of Montpelier’s friendliest people including Gary Bergeron, Amy Cox, Michelle Pitzner, Erich Rosenstreich, George Estes and others. Here are some more. See if you know them. Stop them and say hello. Beat them to the punch. Richard Young works at Yankee Wine […]