May 4 – May 17

ESSAY: What Does It All Meme?

This essay was written as part of a pretty dry structure writing class in Advanced Expository writing for Classification and Division. I was a student teacher at U-32 this past fall in the class when this was written. Nate Morris chose the subject of memes. If you don’t use the internet, particularly social media, or […]

Redstone? New Community Center Proposal Comes with Cost

by Michael Bielawski MONTPELIER – Community leaders took to the microphone before city council Wednesday evening to review preliminary plans for a new fitness center. So far, the top-prospect location in town is an old historical structure known as the Redstone property, which may be a bit of a fixer-upper. The Redstone building most recently […]

Construction Underway at North Branch Nature Center

Construction Underway at North Branch Nature Center

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — On a recent Monday morning, some half dozen workmen from the concrete contracting company Gendron Building were out in force making last-minute adjustments to the metal forms they had put in place for a concrete foundation — soon to be poured — for a new North Branch Nature Center addition. […]

Beth Jacob Synagogue Hosts Youth-led Fundraiser for Shelter

Beth Jacob Synagogue Hosts Youth-led Fundraiser for Shelter

Story and photo by Michael Bielawski MONTPELIER — Without pushing or prompting, a newly-formed youth group, “Bridging the Mitzvah” at Beth Jacob Synagogue, took the initiative to organize a benefit concert on Sunday afternoon to help the Good Samaritan Haven Homeless Shelter. In total, they were able to raise $1,051.50 for the cause. Around 70 […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Community Justice Center Names New Executive Director

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Community Justice Center Names New Executive Director

by Roni Coleman BARRE — The Greater Barre Community Justice Center has named Jeannie MacLeod as its new executive director. MacLeod brings many years of restorative justice experience to this position as well as her experience as the acting executive director since October 2016. MacLeod received an A.S. in Prevention and Community Development, a B.S. […]

Artist Uses Recycled Materials

Artist Uses Recycled Materials

by Judy Greenwald MONTPELIER — Spring has Sprung, at least in front of Beverage Barn on Main Street in Montpelier (last year). The entrepreneurial artist of this floral installation is Gene Leon, the king of upcycling. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality […]

Auto Heaney Exhibit at Hunger Mountain Coop

Auto Heaney Exhibit at Hunger Mountain Coop

The Auto Heaney exhibit opens Today (May 4) at Hunger Mountain Coop on 623 Stone Cutters Way in Montpelier. Auto Heaney is the signature of local artist Garrett Heaney who currently works at the Coop and proofreads and writes for The Bridge. Rumor has it that Heaney is in talks with local shop-owner Hayden Durkee […]

What Do You Think of When You Think of ‘Mother’?

The Bridge reached out by email to a random sampling of community members asking for thoughts on mothers for Mother’s Day. The results are as follows:   Kindness, Love and Fierce Protection I am incredibly fortunate to know many wonderful mothers. I celebrate my wife as an amazing mother, who parents with a gentleness that […]

Happy Birthday! — Downtown Businesses Celebrate Anniversaries

Happy Birthday! — Downtown Businesses Celebrate Anniversaries

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — May must be an auspicious month for opening a business in Downtown Montpelier. Just ask the owners of Capitol Stationers, Julio’s Cantina, Capital Kitchen and Wilaiwan’s. These eclectic businesses are all very different, but they all have one thing in common: They opened their doors on May 1. Capitol Stationors, […]

A Taste of Live Band Karaoke at Sweet Melissa’s

A Taste of Live Band Karaoke at Sweet Melissa’s

by Michael Jermyn MONTPELIER — I now know what it feels like to be Mick Jagger singing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” with the Rolling Stones behind me. I know how it feels to be David Bowie singing “Ziggy Stardust.” I know what it feels like to be Elton John singing Bennie, Bennie… “Bennie and the Jets!” […]