October 19 – November 1, 2017

OPINION: Shooting Down From Very High Places

by Jules Rabin The shock of the Las Vegas shootings has dominated our attention for days. Anonymous terror from out of the sky, resulting in 58 deaths and an additional 489 wounded. How — HOW? — could such a thing occur?  What under heaven could have motivated the perpetrator, the man with the fanatical passion […]

OPINION: Questions About Jump-and-Splash RFP

by Richard Sheir Last week the Montpelier City Council voted to spend $30,000 to study the feasibility of constructing a clone of Claremont, New Hampshire’s Claremont Savings Bank Community Center. The Council should have saved the $30,000 and instead judge whether constructing a $10 million dollar public health club in a town of 7,500 is […]

Rubber Bubbles

Rubber Bubbles

by Glennis Drew Debbie Hemmings, owner of Rubber Bubbles on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin, is bent over a hot computer checking back orders and pushing through special requests as her hard-working crew happily glide through the massive stock of costumes, wigs, masks, hats, makeup and accessories for the perfect outfit for goblins and ghouls […]

Andrew Yeatman Kline, Lensman

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Ellie’s Farm Market Ready for the Season

Ellie’s Farm Market Ready for the Season

Ellie’s Farm Market-Gift Shop has pumpkins lined up and ready for your Halloween decorating.  For over 30 years, Ellie made the herculean effort to fill their hillside with hand-carved masterpieces made of Vermont’s favorite gourd. The flickering ghostly shapes on the hillside drew crowds that crept down Darling Road in Northfield for many hours on […]

Lost Nation Theater Does It Again

by Jane Bishop What do you say about a theater experience that makes you laugh out loud and quietly weep, that renews your sense of wonder, jolts your idea of traditional storytelling, and leaves you rejoicing in being alive, here in this place, and among these people, right now. You say, “Thank you!” Vermont’s Lost […]

Nat Frothingham to Readers and Friends of The Bridge

Dear Friend of The Bridge: Please read what longtime friend of The Bridge, David Kelley has written here. In a compelling letter, David does two things. First, he kicks off our annual fall fundraising drive. And second, he describes changes to the media landscape that make a paper like The Bridge — if anything — […]

OPINION: Don’t Blame Local School Boards for Health Insurance Increases

by Martha Allen Facts matter. As a 30-year school teacher, I could spot a mile away the students who didn’t do their homework despite the availability of resources they could have used to prove their points. Sadly, I can now spot politicians and others who obviously didn’t do their homework when they assert that proposed […]

Andrew Yeatman Kline 1946–2017

On the two center pages of this issue of The Bridge we remember and honor Andrew Kline, who died on October 5. Many people in Montpelier and beyond knew Kline as a friend and admired Kline as a gifted, often brilliant, photographer. Mason Singer, a longtime friend and Kline’s former business partner in the graphic […]

LETTERS: 10.19.17

Transportation from the Junction Would be Helpful Editor, First, keep up the great work publishing such a quality publication for Montpelier. Reading your article on the pocket structure on the foot/bicycle path reminds me that over 10 years ago I informed Public Works that the three or four lighting units built into the bridge had […]