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Nat Frothingham Steps Down: Statement from the Board of Directors

Dear Dedicated Readers and Supporters, What is a bridge? A bridge is a bond that connects side to side, person to person, and community to community. It was this on this principle, Montpelier’s hometown newspaper, The Bridge, was founded, and we have pursued this goal with full heart and earnest determination. Thanks to a tremendous […]

An Interview with Montpelier’s New Mayor, Anne Watson

An Interview with Montpelier’s New Mayor, Anne Watson

Back on Town Meeting Day, Montpelier voters elected a new mayor, Anne Watson, an award-winning physics teacher at Montpelier High School, where she has taught for the past 13 years. In between her classes and meetings, The Bridge sat down with Mayor Watson to get her views on her new job, recent controversies, and her […]

Wayfinding Project Gets Boost from Grant Funds

Wayfinding Project Gets Boost from Grant Funds

by Michael Bielawski Montpelier was one of seven communities in the state to be awarded money from the Main Street Grants program. Grant awards from the program are intended to improve infrastructure, parks, buildings, signage, and other downtown improvements. In all, $85,000—$70,500 from the National Life Group Foundation and $15,000 from the Vermont Community Foundation—was […]

Changes Coming to the Capital City Farmers’ Market

by Ashton Kirol This year is the 41st season for the Capital City Farmers’ Market, and there will be some big changes to the market. Our outdoor market will be held at a new location on State Street in downtown Montpelier this year. We trialled this location last fall for three market days, and it […]

Read the April 19, 2018 Issue (Food & Farming)

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While the Crowd Applauds, Poets Struggle to Afford a Meal

While the Crowd Applauds, Poets Struggle to Afford a Meal

by Mike Dunphy “To be a poet is a condition, not a profession,” wrote Robert Frost, and Vermont poet laureate Chard deNiord would like to add an addendum. “If you are dedicated to writing poetry,” he says, “it’s a little bit like a disease. You’re infected with it, so you have to do it.” And […]

Superintendent Brian Ricca Resigns

Joint Statement on Superintendent by Montpelier Public Schools Board of School Commissioners and the  Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools Board of School Commissioners. Dr. Brian G. Ricca and the Montpelier Public Schools Board of Commissioners announced that after seven years of service to the District, Dr. Ricca will be stepping down as Superintendent on June 30, […]

Digging into Vermont – Three Landmark Finds under the Green Mountains

Digging into Vermont – Three Landmark Finds under the Green Mountains

by Jess Robinson At its most basic, archaeology is the study of the human past through the things people left behind. For archaeologists, the value of artifacts rests in what they reveal about the people that made or used them. Events in the past are reconstructed by analyzing how and where artifacts were deposited, how […]

Spanish Speakers Find A Home in Montpelier

Spanish Speakers Find A Home in Montpelier

by Irene Racz They come from 16 Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America and range in age from 30 to 70. They live in several area communities and are engaged in a variety of occupations, hobbies, and volunteer activities. But when asked to describe themselves, they offer a single answer: “family.” […]

Eight Threatened and Endangered Species in Vermont

Eight Threatened and Endangered Species in Vermont

by Tom Rogers Vermont is often on the cutting edge of progress, and our state’s endangered species law is a prime example. Vermont lawmakers passed legislation more than a year before the federal Endangered Species Act. That legislation has protected Vermont’s endangered species for nearly half a century. Happily, three species have since recovered enough […]