September 3 – September 16, 2015

New Trend? Polka Dotted Tank Top and an Exposed Handgun

New Trend? Polka Dotted Tank Top and an Exposed Handgun

by Carla Occaso BARRE — Dixie Cichinski of Roxbury was seen walking into the Price Chopper supermarket on the Barre Montpelier Road Sunday wearing shorts, a tank top and a very visible handgun strapped to her body. The Bridge approached her as she was perusing the produce aisle and said, “is that a handgun?” She said, “yes.” […]

Relive Your Youth in a Classic Car

Relive Your Youth in a Classic Car

by Nat Frothingham Photos by Michael Jermyn Very little in life is fair. That’s true. Let’s admit then that few of us can afford — or much less own — or drive — or be seen to be driving — anything as wicked-cool as a “show-off,” caramel-colored, road-hugging classic car like the 1939 Ford coast-to-coast […]

NATURE WATCH: Betwixt and Between

NATURE WATCH: Betwixt and Between

by Nona Estrin The dreamy sounds of crickets, the bumble bees noisily visiting a tangle of Japanese anemones, put me into a bit of a trance. Until, whoosh, a merlin cuts through the air, doves scatter, then silence, before the crickets start up again. Hawks are on the move! It’s that in-between season, defying label, […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 9.3.15

Help Wanted on City Boards and Commissions MONTPELIER — The City of Montpelier is seeking individuals interested in filling a handful of empty seats. The  design review committee is seeking someone to fulfill a three-year term, which expires in October 2018, as well as a one-year alternate term, which expires in October 2016. The planning […]

Geothermal Exchange Units Can Warm You Up or Cool You Down

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Douglas Becker heats and acquires electricity for his home without using fossil fuel. Instead, he uses wood, sun and water. Water? No, he doesn’t have a hydroelectric dam or a water wheel. Instead he has installed a geothermal exchange system. The system uses water pumped through a loop of plastic […]

Police Beat: August 24–30

Excerpts from Montpelier Police Department Media Report Police located three individuals who were found to be consuming alcohol in Blanchard Park. Brunilda James, 62, of Montpelier, was charged with Driving Under the Influence #4 after a complaint was made about the operation of her vehicle and contact was made with her. James was processed at […]

Dog Bite Unleashes Hubbard Park Policy Debate

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER —  Police were notified on August 25 that a woman jogging in Hubbard Park was bitten by a dog, according to police media logs. Tom Andrews, the husband of the woman bitten in Hubbard Park, posted  a question on Front Porch Forum asking if the owner of the dog could please […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Young Entrepreneurs Bringing New Businesses to Barre

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Young Entrepreneurs Bringing New Businesses to Barre

by Joshua Jerome One of the exciting things about working in downtown Barre is that there has been a steady flow of economic activity for the past several years. And a stroll through downtown the other day indicated to me that it was not stopping any time soon. On this particular day, I stopped at […]

MONTPELIER ALIVE: City Hall Plaza Fosters Two  New Businesses

MONTPELIER ALIVE: City Hall Plaza Fosters Two New Businesses

by Ashley Witzenberger MONTPELIER — City Hall Plaza in downtown Montpelier has become an incubator space for new businesses and a friendly place to stop for lunch or a quick snack this summer with not one, but two unique new food carts. Be Juicy is the brainchild of local entrepreneur, Charlotte Root. Passionate about health […]

“A Fleeting Animal” Revived

“A Fleeting Animal” Revived

by Nat Frothingham Something big is about to happen in the Vermont arts world. This September, after a performance break of 15 years — poet David Budbill and composer Erik Nielsen — are teaming up again with a full professional company that includes a music and stage director also a stage manager, tech director, costume […]