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Keeping Waste Out Of The Watershed

Keeping Waste Out Of The Watershed

story and photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER —  It takes a certain kind of genius to turn a wastewater treatment plant into a starting point for environmental stewardship, but they’re doing it at the Water Resource Recovery Facility on Dog River Road. Powered by methane gas produced at the plant and solar panels on the […]

Financial Moves for “Empty Nesters”

by  Gabriel C. Lajeunesse, J.D When your children leave home and you become an “empty nester,” you’ll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation? Everyone’s story is different, involving a range of variables. But here are a few issues to consider: • Insurance — […]

Kindergarteners Go Back To School

Kindergarteners Go Back To School

by Garrett Heaney MONTPELIER — August is officially here, and with its arrival, all eyes are focused intently on two things: the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. At Union Elementary School, they are even more excited than most, as they get to welcome an entire new class of kindergarteners […]

Mississippi ‘Church People’ Perform Community Service Since Hurricane Katrina

Mississippi ‘Church People’ Perform Community Service Since Hurricane Katrina

by  Mary Mello MONTPELIER — Pop quiz: “MS” is the abbreviation for which state? If you answered Minnesota, you’re only about 1,000 miles off. Missouri? Wrong, again. “MS” belongs to Mississippi, a region so unfamiliar to most Vermonters that the Petal, MS, sign on the bus parked outside the Union Elementary School in Montpelier arouses […]

Remembering Janice (Jan) H. Abair

Remembering Janice (Jan) H. Abair

October 8, 1930 – July 1, 2017 by Dot Helling MONTPELIER — Jan Abair was always a feisty “woman before her time.” Jan passed away after a short illness at the age of 86. Jan was my friend and a neighbor from two houses down, her place on Miles Court which she had called home […]

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 […]