January 9–22, 2019

Non-Citizen Voting Effort Began with a Single Push

By Tom Brown This issue of The Bridge focuses on activists and advocates, many of whom are paid by lobbying firms or nonprofit organizations to advance a variety of causes. Here in Montpelier, however, one persistent person can still toss a pebble that ripples into the lives of real people. That was the case with […]


Kizy Opens on Barre Street The former home of Beau Butchery on Barre Street has found a new tenant and is now open for lunch. Helmed by Kismet owner Crystal Maderia, “Kizy” echoes the cuisine of its big sister on State Street, serving a gourmet menu of pesto-rye tartines with avocado or cheese, grain bowls, […]

Derelict Dam Removal Opens New Habitat for Wild Trout

By Bret Ladago, fisheries biologist in the Fish & Wildlife Department Friends of the Winooski River has completed plans to remove a crumbling dam from Bull Run in Northfield, opening up more than 25 miles of high-quality streams for wild trout.  In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused Bull Run to run wild. It tore through […]

A Bear Pond Books Winter Reading List

By Claire Benedict, owner of Bear Pond Books There’s an abundance of great books out this winter that we’re reading and loving at Bear Pond Books. One that Claire and Cora both recommend is Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. In the exceptionally well-written memoir, Shapiro finds out through genetic testing that her deceased father is not […]

Lankum Brings Irish Folk with a Bite to The Barre Opera House

Lankum Brings Irish Folk with a Bite to The Barre Opera House

By Mike Dunphy “What will we do when we have no money?” asks the opening track of Lankum’s 2017 breakthrough album, Between the Earth and Sky—called “brilliant, raw, detonating folk” by The Guardian newspaper. The question sets the edge for the collection of tracks that tells tales of poverty and pain, fight fascists and militarism, […]

Parking Garage Opponents Seek Non-binding Vote at Town Meeting

By Tom Brown A group of Montpelier residents who were dissatisfied with the pace of a November bond vote for a $10.5 million parking garage are asking the city to voluntarily meet a series of conditions on the project. The group intends to place a non-binding question on the March Town Meeting Day ballot that […]

Women’s March Vermont Expands its Plan for Local Action

Women’s March Vermont Expands its Plan for Local Action

By Sarah Davin On January 21, 2017, at Vermont’s first Women’s March, former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin spoke to a crowd of more than 15,000 attendees: “We are not alone in our fear; we are not alone in our despair, and we are not alone in our grief for what might have been. We are […]

Number of Lobbyists and Advocates at State House on the Rise

By Phil Dodd The number of people and firms registered with the state as lobbyists—including those who advocate for nonprofits—has risen over the past few years, continuing a trend that long-time lobbyists say has been underway for decades and is making the State House a more crowded environment.  In the 2017‒2018 biennium, a total of […]

Profiles of Compassion: 7 Activists Making a Difference in Central Vermont

Profiles of Compassion: 7 Activists Making a Difference in Central Vermont

Compiled by Mike Dunphy Perhaps Montpelier’s greatest attribute is the dedicated cadre of activists and advocates who go above and beyond in their work—often as volunteers—for area nonprofits and organizations that make the state a better place. In this issue, The Bridge would like to pay tribute to just a few of these advocates and […]

Scott Skinner: A Parting Glass

By David Kelley Scott Skinner of Middlesex, a partner in the Montpelier law firm Biggam Fox Skinner and a former director of the ACLU of Vermont and the Vermont Public Research Interest Group, died December 15 at age 76. He is remembered here by his friend David Kelley. Scott Skinner was born in the 1940s […]