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NATURE WATCH: Ingredients from Nature’s Bounty

NATURE WATCH: Ingredients from Nature’s Bounty

by Nona Estrin Tomatoes! And all the wonderful things one can do with them. Each year we call a week or two Bacon Festival. The required accompaniments are fresh Manghi’s white sliced bread and our fall lettuce, and of course, mayo!  Don’t forget baked tomato halves with Parmesan, olive oil and bread crumbs, and a […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Morse Block Deli Has New Owner

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Morse Block Deli Has New Owner

by Joshua Jerome Stefano Coppola is the new owner of Morse Block Deli and is no stranger around the kitchen. Originally developing his passion for cooking with his mother and uncle preparing at home, Coppola snagged his first cooking job at the age of 16, working at a BBQ shack down south. However, cooking was […]

DOT’S BEAT: Montpelier: Faves and Peeves

by Dot Helling For those who like to hear me rant, this is for you — pet peeves balanced with some favorite things about Montpelier. After all, Montpelier is a contrast in many respects. Just compare the government bureaucrats to the aging hippies or the historic downtown buildings to the Crowley Center. While Montpelier’s attractions […]

NATURE WATCH: Honoring Ancient Waters

by Nona Estrin This fine summer is due mostly to weeks without rain. Trees are still bringing water up from the surface layer of the earth and sending it off into the air through their leaves. I feel the cooling effects when I go at noon from our scorching hot patio into the woods, just […]

A STATE OF MIND: A Different Can of Worms?

A STATE OF MIND: A Different Can of Worms?

by Larry Floersch As an exclusively syndicated columnist for The Bridge, I feel it is my duty to warn people across this nation about a malicious threat to our security. No, I’m not talking about terrorists. I’m talking about extension cords. Now I know what you’re thinking, “But Lare, extension cords are safe when used […]

DOT’S BEAT: Montpelier Buildings On The Move

DOT’S BEAT: Montpelier Buildings On The Move

by Dot Helling You’ve probably heard of Montpelier Alive. It’s our downtown organization that networks to build business relationships, and keeps folks moving with festive and community-minded activities. Well, in Montpelier, it’s not only the residents who move. So do our buildings. In 2009 historian Paul Carnahan wrote about some of the buildings that have […]

NATURE WATCH: Rain. Finally!

by Nona Estrin Either dry conditions, nearby logging or the forest tent caterpillar defoliation of the Drew Mountain range to our east, has been responsible for more woodland birds than we are accustomed to. We hear scarlet tanager, thrushes, vireos, rose breasted grosbeaks and others, not normally singing in August. Foliage around the small pool […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: In Appreciation Of A Board Member

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: In Appreciation Of A Board Member

by Joshua Jerome Revitalizing downtowns is challenging work and requires significant investment of financial and human capital from municipal governments and community organizations. It also requires citizen participation by serving on committees and boards. As Barre’s downtown organization, the Barre Partnership relies heavily on citizen participation and for one particular board member, Randi Dudley, this […]

NATURE WATCH: Rainfall Dearth Shrinks Salamander Pool

NATURE WATCH: Rainfall Dearth Shrinks Salamander Pool

by Nona Estrin Early in the cool, up to the woods off Brazier Road where we have permission to roam. Visited a number of favorite haunts. Most of these we named over the decades after events or findings. Some, Porcupine Condo, and Spotted Salamander Pool, still inhabited by their namesakes, or descendants. But unexpectedly, came […]

DOT’S BEAT: ‘The Influencers’

DOT’S BEAT: ‘The Influencers’

by Dot Helling The Influencers. That’s what I call them. Groups of locals who have gathered regularly over the years to make a difference, or not, through friendly debate, opinion, agreement and controversy. The meeting spots in the olden days included Coffee Corner, Capitol Plaza (then the Tavern Motor Inn bedecked with a large fish […]