June 16 — July 20, 2016

ESSAY: On Chickens

ESSAY: On Chickens

From The Breeze by Hannah Eschelbach They smell bad. They screech during test time. Inescapably loud. Sometimes they escape and chase innocent, frightened freshmen. They will eat the garden if you let them roam around. With all the murals on the walls and people playing guitars right there in the hallways, this is a weird […]

OPINION: No Wonder We’re Cranky!  “Period Tax” Unfair to Menstruating Women

OPINION: No Wonder We’re Cranky! “Period Tax” Unfair to Menstruating Women

From The Breeze by Sam Murray, Callie Dalley, Kaitlyn O’Reilly and Izzy Banse Feminine hygiene products have been taxed since 1973, making anyone with a period pay extra for their monthly necessities. Following a successful campaign in 2000, the tax was lowered considerably, but women still pay tax on tampons and pads. This is unfair […]

OPINION: What Does Money Have to do with Music?

OPINION: What Does Money Have to do with Music?

From The Breeze by Hannah Eschelbach Even if more money doesn’t equal more power, there’s still the idea that the rich are more cultured and more easily immersed in what are known as ‘high-class’  activities. The reason for this isn’t that they are all snobs, it’s just that they can afford to be thus immersed. […]

Thoughts on Berlin Pond:  Montpelier’s Primary Source of Drinking Water

Thoughts on Berlin Pond: Montpelier’s Primary Source of Drinking Water

From The Breeze by Anders Shenholme As is quite apparent, the recreational use of Berlin Pond has been highly controversial ever since the Vermont Supreme Court revoked Montpelier’s control over the small water body in 2012. Now, with a charter change that would give Montpelier power over its water source still yet to be passed, […]

A Celebration of the Old Meeting House: Fifty years since its revival commemorated

A Celebration of the Old Meeting House: Fifty years since its revival commemorated

From The Breeze by Nathan Grutchfield This past May, the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier celebrated 50 years as an active congregation for members of the Central Vermont community. Although, it should be noted, the church’s history goes significantly further back than 1966, and even dates to the time when East Montpelier and Montpelier […]

A Message to Our Readers from Nat Frothingham: Calendar Listings in The Bridge: In Print or Online?

Some 22 years ago when we started publishing The Bridge — we felt our first obligation was to tell our readers the news, to tell them what was happening in Montpelier. It soon became clear that the phrase “what was happening in Montpelier” included a lot more than we reckoned at first. Our readers wanted […]

Majority Voices at Hearing ‘Want Out’ of Design Review

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — Residents turned out in force at a June 9 combined hearing before the City Council and the Planning Commission in City Hall. At issue was the city’s Design Review District and which properties would be governed by Design Review and which would not be governed by that review. As part […]

New President and Rotarian of The Year Announced

New President and Rotarian of The Year Announced

photos and story by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Chapter of the Rotary Club has named a new president and a new Rotarian of The Year. Sue Kruthers, formerly of Central Vermont Medical Center, is stepping up to become president to replace Rotary President Eddie Rousse. Rousse ceremoniously introduced her to the group, who […]

Democrats Seek To Unseat Republican Incumbents In Berlin/Northfield

BERLIN/NORTHFIELD — Two Democrats, Jeremy Hansen and Gordon Bock, have successfully petitioned to be on the primary ballot to be voted on in August. They are running against two incumbent Republicans. Their district, Washington-1, covers Northfield and Berlin. The two incumbent Republicans — Anne Donohue of Northfield and Patti Lewis of Berlin — are also […]

Hotly Contested House Seat Contenders Step Forward

Hotly Contested House Seat Contenders Step Forward

by Carla Occaso EAST MONTPELIER/MIDDLESEX — The Bridge ran press releases from candidates vying for the House seat to be vacated by Vermont House Representative Tony Klein, D-Washington 5, of East Montpelier in its last issue. Klein announced this past term would be his last after serving 14 years. He was known for his work […]