July 20 — August 2, 2017

ESSAY: Discovering Watershed Passages Through Time and Space

MONTPELIER — From the bridge near my home, I could drop a “Pooh stick” into the water of the North Branch below, and watch it float away. Launched with a special sort of twitch, the stick would swirl away downstream, pulled by gravity ever lower, until it finally reaches the ocean. Today, the stick would […]

Country Store Owners Explore the Problem of Finding Good Help

Country Store Owners Explore the Problem of Finding Good Help

by  Nat Frothingham The labor market is stumping even the experts. The unemployment rate is near a 16-year low, and employers are fretting about their inability to find reliable workers. That shortage of workers should prompt an increase in wages. Remember that supply and demand curve: When the demand (for workers) exceeds the supply, prices […]

City of Montpelier Police Media Log: From July 10–16

A noise complaint was reported on State Street. A group of people and their dogs were being loud. Upon Police arrival, the group was informed of the complaint and they moved along. Suspicious Event: Someone reported they were followed from the highway. Police stopped someone on Main Street for defective equipment on their vehicle. During […]

DOT’S BEAT: The Mystique of Our Cemeteries

DOT’S BEAT: The Mystique of Our Cemeteries

story and photos by Dot Helling My first encounter with a cemetery was at age 5, when we were laying my father to rest. He was buried in a beautiful, serene setting, a cemetery where now you need a computer- generated map to locate the graves. I’m not aware of any such expansion occurring in […]

The First Inhabitants Before the Time Barre was Barre

The First Inhabitants Before the Time Barre was Barre

by Will Kyle BARRE — With the Barre Heritage Festival around the corner, it’s a good time to look back and celebrate Barre’s history. For many people, that means looking back over 200 years to when the town was officially founded. How about looking back over 10,000 years? The people native to the area, the […]

At the Barre Opera House: Stories of the Stars Art

At the Barre Opera House: Stories of the Stars Art

BARRE — Now through August, the Barre Opera House features a playful, cosmic art exhibit by Calais resident, Kelley Hunter. Poster-sized images from Hunter’s recently published ‘Planetary Gods and Goddesses Coloring Book’, shown both in black-and-white and as colored by participants in local workshops, introduce viewers to our expanding solar system. Recently astronomers have been […]

Mark Barry Shows Paintings at  Central Vermont Medical Center Gallery

Mark Barry Shows Paintings at Central Vermont Medical Center Gallery

BERLIN — Artist Mark Barry is exhibiting his paintings at Central Vermont Medical Center’s first floor art gallery. The show, titled “Eating, Playing, Dancing, Squeezing, Loving”,  runs from now until August 4, 2017. Barry’s paintings came to the attention of gallery director Maureen Burgess when he exhibited last summer at the Bennington Museum.  “I instantly […]

Meet Poet Wayne Burke

Meet Poet Wayne Burke

by Nat Frothingham BARRE — Little about Wayne Burke’s early life suggested that one day he would seize upon writing and poetry with the discipline and passion he brings to that craft today. In an interview with The Bridge, Burke — now 63 — who lives in Barre — described his present commitment to poetry: […]

OPINION: Curbing Distracted Driving is a Year-long Effort

by Patricia Jacobs, president, AT&T New England As we approach the busy summer travel months, it’s important to remember that our efforts to make our roads and highways safer must continue. AT&T launched its “It Can Wait” distracted driving campaign back in 2010. Since then, they’ve had the opportunity to host dozens of school assemblies […]

OPINION: Marijuana Not Safe

by Martha Hafner, Randolph Center Are Vermonters a breed worth fighting for? Should we simply stand by and watch as marijuana and other addictive drugs steal the hearts and minds of our people, especially our young? Should we allow legislators to legalize marijuana and add to the already slippery slopes of drug addiction issues we […]