Sarducci’s Celebrates 25 Years in Montpelier

By Tim Simard On a recent sunny and chilly January afternoon, Sarducci’s Restaurant founder and co-owner Carol Paquette relaxed by a front table and looked back on 25 years. Sitting alongside head chef and new co-owner Jeff Butterfield, Paquette marveled at surviving two-and-a-half decades in the restaurant business—a momentous achievement. This past weekend, the Montpelier […]

Parking Garage Permit Challenged in Court

Parking Garage Permit Challenged in Court

By Tom Brown Opponents of a downtown parking garage have gone to court to challenge a permit issued by the city’s Development Review Board (DRB). The appeal to the environmental division of Vermont Superior Court was filed on behalf of 18 city residents and could potentially delay construction of the project that was approved by […]

Hunger Mountain Co-op Teams with Capstone to Help Vermonters

Anyone who has lived in or visited Vermont during winter may be familiar with just how beautiful but unforgiving a season it can be. The sometimes biting, bone-chilling cold is undeniable and can be a challenge for some residents trying to escape from it. Helping Vermonters find food, shelter, and warmth, especially on frigid winter […]

Active Seniors Flocking to Exercise Classes

By Phil Dodd Exercise classes at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, offered in four sessions a year primarily to those age 50 and over, are increasing in number and attendance “every quarter,” according to Senior Center director Janna Clar. “We’ve had tremendous growth in the number of courses we offer in order to keep up […]

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Non-Citizen Voting Effort Began with a Single Push

By Tom Brown This issue of The Bridge focuses on activists and advocates, many of whom are paid by lobbying firms or nonprofit organizations to advance a variety of causes. Here in Montpelier, however, one persistent person can still toss a pebble that ripples into the lives of real people. That was the case with […]

Derelict Dam Removal Opens New Habitat for Wild Trout

By Bret Ladago, fisheries biologist in the Fish & Wildlife Department Friends of the Winooski River has completed plans to remove a crumbling dam from Bull Run in Northfield, opening up more than 25 miles of high-quality streams for wild trout.  In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused Bull Run to run wild. It tore through […]

A Bear Pond Books Winter Reading List

By Claire Benedict, owner of Bear Pond Books There’s an abundance of great books out this winter that we’re reading and loving at Bear Pond Books. One that Claire and Cora both recommend is Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. In the exceptionally well-written memoir, Shapiro finds out through genetic testing that her deceased father is not […]

Lankum Brings Irish Folk with a Bite to The Barre Opera House

Lankum Brings Irish Folk with a Bite to The Barre Opera House

By Mike Dunphy “What will we do when we have no money?” asks the opening track of Lankum’s 2017 breakthrough album, Between the Earth and Sky—called “brilliant, raw, detonating folk” by The Guardian newspaper. The question sets the edge for the collection of tracks that tells tales of poverty and pain, fight fascists and militarism, […]

Parking Garage Opponents Seek Non-binding Vote at Town Meeting

By Tom Brown A group of Montpelier residents who were dissatisfied with the pace of a November bond vote for a $10.5 million parking garage are asking the city to voluntarily meet a series of conditions on the project. The group intends to place a non-binding question on the March Town Meeting Day ballot that […]