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The Country Bookshop Celebrates 40 Years

The Country Bookshop Celebrates 40 Years

by Nat Frothingham PLAINFIELD—Ben Koenig’s Country Bookshop in the heart of Plainfield Village is celebrating a 40th anniversary this year.  But you’d never know it. Ben who has just hit 72 himself seems not overly impressed by anniversaries, be it his own birthday or the 40th year of the bookshop. A few days ago when […]

Guide for ‘Good People’ with ‘Good Intentions’ – New and Expanded Grantseekers’ Handbook Released

Guide for ‘Good People’ with ‘Good Intentions’ – New and Expanded Grantseekers’ Handbook Released

by Nat Frothingham In late November, The Grantsmanship Center will release a new version of its popular and seminal book first written in 1972. This classic has now been revised and expanded by Barbara Floersch, a Vermont grantseeking professional who lives in Adamant. The original handbook, called Program Planning & Proposal Writing, was written by […]

Saved by Technology: Wonder Cards and Comics —THE Place for Rare Items

Saved by Technology: Wonder Cards and Comics —THE Place for Rare Items

by Carla Occaso His favorite comic book character is Spider-Man because, he says, “Spider-Man is a character who has lots of problems, but always finds time to help everybody else despite those problems…..” Consequently, Roy Datema, owner of Wonder Cards and Comics located on the Barre side of the Barre-Montpelier Road at 445 U.S. 302, […]

Friday Night Magic in Montpelier: This Book Store isn’t Just For Reading Any More!

Friday Night Magic in Montpelier: This Book Store isn’t Just For Reading Any More!

by Carla Occaso It is 10 p.m. on Friday. Do you know where your teenager is? Or nine-year-old? Or 40-year-old? It could be they are joining the group at one of the local bookstores playing an interesting and imaginative card game. Below is an interview between The Bridge’s Carla Occaso and Rick Powell, owner of […]

Fall Bestsellers at Bear Pond Books (in no particular order):

Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics & Little Known Wonders by Rowan Jacobsen America is having an apple renaissance and the local foodie and author guides us through it in this beautiful and delicious book. There is eating beyond the Mac and even the Honey Crisp!  The Vermont Way by Jim Douglas Our […]

His and Hers Bookstores: Rivendell and Bear Pond Make a Nice Pair in Montpelier

His and Hers Bookstores: Rivendell and Bear Pond Make a Nice Pair in Montpelier

by Carla Occaso Many people love walking around Montpelier and poking around the little shops, especially the book shops. Downtown Montpelier has two well-established bookstores: Bear Pond Books (est. 1973) and Rivendell Books (est. 1992). It turns out these stores are owned by the husband and wife team of Rob Kasow and Claire Benedict. To […]

When Was the Last Time There Was a Candidate  You Really Wanted to Vote For?

When Was the Last Time There Was a Candidate You Really Wanted to Vote For?

by John O’Brien   In 1976, my father ran for governor of Vermont. I really wanted to vote for him but I was only 13. In 1980, a moderate Republican congressman from Illinois, John Anderson, ran for president. At high school debate tournaments, I wore his button on the lapel of my tweed blazer. I […]

In Praise of Politicians

by David Kelley Sometimes, in the midst of an election year, it is easy to tire of lawn signs, debates and sound bites. But few groups of people are more critical to our community or our future than politicians. John Kennedy used to say, “Politics is the most honorable profession,” and I can think of […]

Remembering When Vermont Boys Gave the Last Full Measure of Devotion

by David Kelley One hundred and fifty years ago this week hundreds of young Vermont boys bent history dramatically toward freedom and unity. By October of 1864 the Civil War had dragged on for four years and the carnage and bloodshed had reached into almost every home in the country. Gettysburg had supposedly broken the […]

Interview with alumna Eileen Brunetto

Interview with alumna Eileen Brunetto

 by Carla Occaso The Bridge: Tell us about yourself. Eileen Brunetto: I’m an academic coordinator for geology at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. I’ve lived in Vermont for 16 years, and not long after I moved here, I enrolled in the weekend program at Vermont College and completed a bachelor’s degree. I worked for attorneys […]