Nov 17 — Nov 30

On The Road

with Brent Curtis This summer I bought an old toboggan at an auction. It needed some work but the price was right and it brought back memories of winters gone by. Recently I was reminded of my purchase by some friends who were talking about getting out their sleds and toboggans for the upcoming winter. […]

A REFLECTION: Thinking About Hillary in the Shower

by Garrett Heaney    We all feel dirty right now, don’t we America? We could all use a good shower. We feel dirty for so many reasons, and we’ve been feeling this way long before the so-called “election” process imploded into the dumpster fire that is a President-elect Donald Trump. Frankly, Bernie Sanders would have […]

DOT’S BEAT: Local’s Unique Vocations and Avocations

DOT’S BEAT: Local’s Unique Vocations and Avocations

by Dot Helling I like to write about the uniqueness of “Montpeculiar” and its downtown and area residents. Many of our residents work at unique vocations and avocations. In this anti-smoking age which she likens to “Prohibition,” Carole Burns of Montpelier makes her living as a tobacconist dealing in tobaccos and fine briar pipes. In 1980 […]

A STATE OF MIND: Trash Talkin’ from Brownsville, Texas

A STATE OF MIND: Trash Talkin’ from Brownsville, Texas

by Larry Floersch The highest point in Brownsville, Texas, is the landfill. I know this because Gina, an employee of the City of Brownsville, took me there for a tour. The landfill is so popular they even have a spacious visitors center, complete with videos and explanatory brochures. Gina is a supervisor for the crews […]

Vermonters On the North Dakota Pipeline

Vermonters On the North Dakota Pipeline

by Ivan Shadis Photos by Arthur Hynes NORTH DAKOTA — Two people from Central Vermont, Katrina Coravos and Ki Walker, recently joined an encampment of tribes and pipeline resisters gathered on Sioux land in North Dakota. They shared their stories with The Bridge. The North Dakota Access Pipeline, owned by Texas oil company Energy Transfer […]

Coast Guard Culinary Students Set to Graduate

Coast Guard Culinary Students Set to Graduate

MONTPELIER — The women and men pictured above are just some of the 24 Coast Guard Food Service Specialists now completing a special three-week culinary course at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. The 24 Coast Guard students will celebrate the completion of their studies with a Commencement Dinner on Nov. 17 and a […]

A CCC String Orchestra Concert at Montpelier High School on November 20

by Nat Frothingham In a wide-ranging phone conversation with musician and conductor Lou Kosma — he spoke with genuine anticipation about a Capital City Concerts string orchestra concert to be performed on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at Montpelier High School’s Smilie Auditorium. “This is an unusual program,” said Kosma, who played for 36 […]

EDITORIAL: An Appeal for Solidarity

by Nat Frothingham I was in the audience at a well-attended Montpelier City Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9. As the meeting began at least 20 Montpelier citizens walked up to the microphone and voiced their personal support for City Manager Bill Fraser. Many of those who spoke also wondered aloud about open meeting issues. […]

In Search of Color’s Epicenter

In Search of Color’s Epicenter

by Michael Jermyn Everybody knows that New England has the most spectacular fall colors in the world. Every October here in Vermont we are treated to one of natures’ most dazzling displays, and each year I set out with my Nikon in search of the very epicenter of color. Some years we wait for the […]

LETTERS: 11.17.16

Why Skip the Turkey? Editor: President Obama is taking a break from Trump transition to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us can exercise that presidential pardon power on Thanksgiving by giving thanks for health and happiness while skipping gratuitous violence. The 235 million turkeys killed in the United States this year have nothing to […]