November 15, 2012

Jeff and Jesse Jacobs: An Interview

Jeff and Jesse Jacobs: An Interview

Early this summer, Nat Frothingham of The Bridge and Montpelier property owner Jeff Jacobs talked briefly on the street, and Nat suggested the idea of an interview with Jeff in The Bridge. Then early this fall, Nat had an extended conversation with Jeff’s son Jesse Jacobs. Jesse is taking a very active role in managing […]

The Corner of State and Main: A Love Story

The Corner of State and Main: A Love Story

by David Kelley In 1978, I had been out of law school for two years and decided to run for Washington County state’s attorney. I lost the election. The day after the election, I had to confront the fact that I was broke and unemployed. In fact, I had sold my car to pay for […]

Jewels in Plain Sight

by Robert Nuner Nearly two years ago, Jeannemarie Schinhofen went from bench jeweler—working for other jewelers—to jewelry retailer. As owner of Katie’s Jewels, at 4 State Street, Montpelier, she’s alive to the challenges that retail presents. A first-time retailer, she’s learned there’s no control over who comes in the door and jokes that, as a […]

The Holidays in Plainfield

The Holidays in Plainfield

by Margaret Blanchard Plainfield plans an array of activities to celebrate the holidays, from a craft bazaar and art exhibits to poetry readings, concerts, book and wreath sales. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, and continuing for two weeks, the Country Bookshop will hold a 50 percent off sale on all their books. This is an […]

Slow Down and Savor at the Tulsi Tea Room: A Tea Lounge and Healing Foods Cafe

Slow Down and Savor at the Tulsi Tea Room: A Tea Lounge and Healing Foods Cafe

by Sylvia Fagin As the temperature drops, holiday stress looms and immune systems kick into overdrive, a hot cup of tea and nourishing meal seem to be just what the healer ordered. Tulsi Tea Room is just the place to savor a warming beverage or tasty meal. Cozy and colorful, the tea room invites guests […]

Big Changes Coming to Downtown Barre

Big Changes Coming to Downtown Barre

by Nat Frothingham Call it a renewal, a renaissance, or a resurgence. However it’s described, what’s clear on the ground is that big things are happening or will soon happen in downtown Barre. For shoppers, motorists and the general public, the most obvious recent sign that big things are stirring in Barre is the mostly […]

A Story of Service in Barre

A Story of Service in Barre

by Robert Nuner For Karl Boisvert, proprietor of Boisvert’s Motorcycle Apparel & Shoe Repair, service is key. The importance of service is a lesson he thoroughly absorbed from Earnest Boisvert, his father, who competed with five other shoe repair shops in Barre when he began. Just as Karl learned the business from his father, Earnest, […]

CVCAC Moving to New Operations Center

by Nat Frothingham Hal Cohen, executive director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC), talked about why his agency needs to combine its activities at a new downtown Barre location. In its current situation, CVCAC services are offered in seven separate locations, a distinct disadvantage to the people who are seeking help. CVCAC is […]

Paul Wittgenstein: Musical Hero and Role Model

Paul Wittgenstein: Musical Hero and Role Model

by Robert Nuner Imagine having talent and ambition and growing up in an accomplished family (a younger brother became a well-known philosopher). Maybe you’re a potential concert pianist. Your father forbids you to pursue that career, but when he dies, you’re free to do so, and so you do. But then you lose your right […]

School Board Votes Yes on New Teacher

by Zachary Beechler The Montpelier School Board met again on November 7 to discuss, among other items, whether or not to add a fifth second-grade teacher at Union Elementary School (UES), in order to address behavior problems assumed to stem from large class sizes. Currently, there are 20 to 23 students per class; a fifth […]