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Early Barre: Welcome to Wildersburgh, Vermont

Early Barre: Welcome to Wildersburgh, Vermont

by Carla Occaso WILDERSBURGH (BARRE)  — The story of early settlers evokes images of a grand frontier adventure and hardscrabble gumption. First named ‘Wildersburgh,’ land that is now Barre was granted in 1780 to William Williams — a signer of the Declaration of Independence — and 60 other men. Most of those men lived in […]

The First Inhabitants Before the Time Barre was Barre

The First Inhabitants Before the Time Barre was Barre

by Will Kyle BARRE — With the Barre Heritage Festival around the corner, it’s a good time to look back and celebrate Barre’s history. For many people, that means looking back over 200 years to when the town was officially founded. How about looking back over 10,000 years? The people native to the area, the […]

Meet Poet Wayne Burke

Meet Poet Wayne Burke

by Nat Frothingham BARRE — Little about Wayne Burke’s early life suggested that one day he would seize upon writing and poetry with the discipline and passion he brings to that craft today. In an interview with The Bridge, Burke — now 63 — who lives in Barre — described his present commitment to poetry: […]

Montpeculiar (cartoon)

Montpeculiar (cartoon)

by Carla Occaso

Introduction to ‘The Breeze’

Introduction to ‘The Breeze’

The Breeze is back! This is our third year of creating a publication for youth, by youth with the guidance of the staff at The Bridge. From writing the stories to editing to layout, area youth have contributed to this project every step of the way. Thank you to all of the youth contributors and […]

Saving The Planet One Bridge at a Time

Saving The Planet One Bridge at a Time

by Will Kyle MONTPELIER — Have you ever wondered who brought The Bridge to the spot around town where you pick it up? The man responsible will be the focus of this story. Dan Renfro is his name. Twice a month when The Bridge is published, he can be found carrying stacks of newspapers in […]

Vermont League of Cities and Towns  Turns 50

Vermont League of Cities and Towns Turns 50

by  Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The Vermont League of Cities and Towns is turning 50. Unless you are in public office, the press or the legal profession, you may have no idea what the League is. Maura Carroll, executive director, who took over when Steve Jeffrey left in July 2015, said a small group of […]

This Land is Our Land: S. Jaquelyn Rieke and the Future of Onion River Campground

by M. Brianna Stallings PLAINFIELD — Entrepreneur S. Jaquelyn Rieke wears a lot of hats in the Vermont community. A chocolatier and granola maker, she founded her best-known business, Nutty Steph’s (based in Middlesex) in 2003. Rieke then purchased the 23 acres that comprise Onion River Campground in 2012, where she is the operator. Currently, […]

Alden Guild Remembered, Honored: July 3, 1929 to January 13, 2017

Alden Guild Remembered, Honored: July 3, 1929 to January 13, 2017

by Nat Frothingham Alden Guild was remembered and honored on May 20 at a memorial service at Norwich University’s White Memorial Chapel, then with a military internment at the Norwich University Cemetery. Following the internment there was a luncheon reception at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier. Guild, who lived a long life — rich […]

Thanks, Daddy

Thanks, Daddy

by Heather Caldera, East Montpelier When I was diagnosed with cancer, I wanted to live. I needed to know how other people had survived their prognosis. I didn’t have to look any further than my own father. Dad was given 18 months to live in 1975, he died in 2008. I looked closely at what […]