News & Features

Firefighters Rescued Elderly Woman from the River

MONTPELIER — On Wednesday April 15, at around noon, the Montpelier Police received a 911 call from the area of 326 State St. about a woman in the river yelling for help. Montpelier Police, along with Montpelier Fire Department and the Vermont State Police, responded to the area. Responders located a female in the river […]

How to Make a Million Dollars Farming

How to Make a Million Dollars Farming

by John O’Brien I used to advertise myself, in the movie business, as “the only filmmaker in America who can shear a sheep and milk a cow.” It was a catchy line, but was probably not a fact. When dairy farmer and filmmaker George Woodard was a pup, did he ever shear a sheep?  I don’t […]

Heard on the Street: 4.16.15

No Action Taken on Hiring of MHS Principal  MONTPELIER — Principal Candidate Mike McRaith from Enosburg met with the Montpelier Public Schools board of school commissioners April 14. McRaith is currently principal at Enosburg Falls Middle School. Following an executive session after his presentation, no action was taken, according to Heather Michaud, an employee at […]

House Education Bill Moves on to Senate

by Phil Dodd A bill that would require Vermont’s school districts to examine merging with other districts, set statewide school property tax rates for next year, and potentially cap school budgets has passed the House on an 88-to-55 vote and is currently under intense review in the Senate Education Committee. The bill, H.361, could be the […]

Health Connect Audit Concluded, Sent Out for Review

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Three top members of the state auditor’s office finished the Vermont Health Connect audit at the end of March and have sent it off to concerned groups for review. The audit should be released for public scrutiny next week, if all goes well, according to Doug Hoffer, Vermont state auditor, […]

Montpelier Woman Indicted for Heroin Conspiracy

MONTPELIER — The Vermont State’s attorney has reported that Kimberly Kuncz, 45, of Montpelier, and Chris Ross, 51, of New York City, were arraigned April 2 before United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy in connection with an indictment returned by the federal grand jury charging Ross and Kuncz with conspiracy to distribute heroin. According […]

Hunger in Vermont: Plenty of Food, but Still Falling Short

by Nat Frothingham In putting together this “Food and Farming” issue, The Bridge talked with three people on the front lines of the current effort to address local hunger problems. These three people are:  Judy Stermer, director of communications with the Vermont Foodbank; Joseph Kiefer, food justice consultant; and Justin Turcotte, chef at the Montpelier […]

Caring for the Community with Montpelier Rotary’s Backpack Program

Caring for the Community with Montpelier Rotary’s Backpack Program

by Michelle A.L. Singer What does a bagful of instant oatmeal, tuna fish, peanut butter, orange juice, milk, tomato soup, breakfast bars, beef stew, corn, mac and cheese, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a bar of soap mean to you? If you are one of the 1-in-5 kids in America, including in Vermont, who live in […]

New Restaurant to Provide ‘Southern Comfort’

New Restaurant to Provide ‘Southern Comfort’

by Carla Occaso  MONTPELIER — The tortoise that used to reside in the children’s book room of the former Rivendell Books has moved across the street into Bear Pond Books and workers have already started toiling away to turn the building on the corner of Langdon and Main into a restaurant. Mary Alice Proffitt, of […]

Restoration Planned for Old Labor Hall Bakery

by Carolyn Shapiro I have recently volunteered to head up the campaign for a project developed by the Barre Historical Society to restore a wood-fired bakery built by Italian granite workers in 1913. The bakery, a brick building, located behind the Old Labor Hall at 46 Granite St. was originally known as the Union Cooperative Store […]