Dec 15, 2016 — Jan 4, 2017

A Letter to Readers and Friends of The Bridge

Dear Friends of The Bridge, Here are five solid reasons to support The Bridge. The Bridge is a community paper that’s available free of charge to readers in Montpelier and across Central Vermont. The Bridge is a very local paper with news, letters, opinions, long and short stories about City Hall, our schools, our business […]

NATURE WATCH: Winter!

by Nona Estrin A real winter! Now with deer season over, out to the fields and woods we go on skis. We were visited this week by an uncommon bird from sub-arctic Canada, the Northern Shrike. The blue jay-sized carnivorus song bird quickly killed, and than slowly ate, a junko, fussing repeatedly with the business of […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 12.15.16

Survey Says: Residents Want Indoor Rec Center WITH Swimming Pool MONTPELIER — The results of the Montpelier Indoor Recreation and Aquatics Task Force’s Preliminary Survey have been compiled. Over 1,000, or about 12 percent of Montpelier’s residents, responded. At least 93 percent of them believe Montpelier needs a multi-use, multi-generational indoor downtown recreational facility. The […]

Montpelier Draft Zoning Unveiled; Public Hearing Jan. 9

by Phil Dodd MONTPELIER — The proposed new zoning ordinance is now posted online and will be the subject of a public hearing before the Planning Commission on Monday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Links to both the current and proposed zoning, including maps, can be found at: http://montpelier-vt.org/822/Zoning-and-Subdivision-Regulations. The planning commission will also accept […]

There’s A New Show in Town: ‘All Things LGBTQ’

There’s A New Show in Town: ‘All Things LGBTQ’

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — A local group has gotten together and is putting on a show to raise awareness for a vulnerable community. The show “All Things LGBTQ” airs on Orca Media’s Channel 15 every other week on Saturday at 8 p.m., Friday at 10 a.m., and Tuesday at 1 p.m. “All Things LGBTQ” […]

Montpelier/Berlin Poorhouse Farm — Part of the Poverty Relief System in Vermont’s Past

by Matt Koucky “I‘ll starve or freeze to death there (in these woods) before I go to that accursed poorhouse.” As expressed by Vermonter Seth Chase (Vermont History, published Fall 1989, Vermont Historical Society, Vol. 57, No. 4), that was a sentiment shared by many from Vermont’s founding in 1777 to the end of the […]

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 Editor’s Note: This is a corrected/updated version of a book review The Bridge published in the December 1 issue. Due to an editing error, the wrong version ran. We regret the error. Paul Levy was only a year old when his uncle Phil was killed, on Jan. 7, 1945, in the European […]

Think of Artists, Crafts People When Choosing Gifts

by Garrett Heaney It’s that time of year again when many of us are still looking for that special something for that someone special. If you’re like me, you may have left shopping for a few people (or all of the people) to the last minute and now you’re riddled with anxiety over entering the […]

Shop Locally for Toys, Coffee, Caviar, Candy and More — A Sampling of Downtown Shops

Shop Locally for Toys, Coffee, Caviar, Candy and More — A Sampling of Downtown Shops

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The Bridge can report where you can get partridge this holiday season — but not sure about the pear tree — at local shops. Here is a sampling of merchants who decorated their windows with twinkling lights and desirable gifts. Window shopping might entice you to step inside … Also, […]

Tom Davis Remembers Barre and Depot Square 1930s to 1950s

Tom Davis Remembers Barre and Depot Square 1930s to 1950s

by Nat Frothingham; photos are courtesy of the Vermont History Center library and archives Editor’s Note The following excerpts are from two books about Barre (Vermont) local history from the 1930s to 1950s written by Thomas C. Davis. These books are “Out from Depot Square” (2001) and “Beyond Depot Square” (2006). Davis was born in […]