EDITORIAL: A Bridge to Barre

by Nat Frothingham With this issue, we present ourselves to Barre readers in the thoroughest way: as an introductory gesture, a copy of The Bridge is being mailed to every address and post office box in the Granite City. The timing is right, with the Barre Heritage Festival—see our centerfold—coming up July 23-27, and with […]

EDITORIAL: Open Letter from Rep. Warren Kitzmiller to Friends and Constituents

Montpelier’s Water Source is in Danger.  I Need Your Immediate Help. Dear Friends & Constituents, 100 Years of Full Protection For over 100 years the water of Berlin Pond, Montpelier’s drinking water source, was fully protected. The filtration plant, built in 1998, was designed to filter water from a fully protected pond. That water treatment […]

EDITORIAL: In Memory of Alma Mueller

by Nat Frothingham During the decade that began in 2000, The Bridge leaned heavily on the skills, expertise and good advice of Rolf Mueller at Sunlight Computer Services in Calais.  Rolf helped us with our computers. He put the paper up on the Internet. He gave us intelligent and timely business advice. Rolf’s many services to […]

Barre Coop

by Granite City Coop Board of Directors We represent the owners of Barre’s Granite City Grocery, a cooperative with a vision of a downtown grocery store that could provide affordable and accessible food to the whole Barre community, while strengthening local business, local farms and the ongoing revitalization of downtown Barre. We are proud to […]

EDITORIAL: Women Abolishing War

by Nat Frothingham I don’t know if women—acting individually or collectively—have the power to stop war. But war has become so terrible in its indiscriminate killing and wanton destructiveness that abolishing war just must now happen if we are to save civilization and preserve the planet. As a class, it’s fair to say that men […]

A Message from Nat Frothingham about Caroline Garside

by Nat Frothingham This is both a personal and public message. The public message is this. Caroline Garside, who was a wonderful and remarkable woman and had many Vermont friends, died on March 25, 2014 at the Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Some of Caroline’s friends are organizing an event to remember and honor […]

EDITORIAL: Protecting a Water Supply and Saving an Ecological Treasure

by Nat Frothingham For the past several months a small group of unbelievably committed people have labored tirelessly and with great constancy of purpose to protect an irreplaceable community resource. Here I am talking about Berlin Pond, the source of Montpelier’s drinking water, which some would argue is reason enough to protect it. But, it […]

EDITORIAL: Greening Up

by Nat Frothingham For the past 43 years we’ve had a Green Up Day in Vermont, and traditionally this has been the first Saturday in May. It is a single day of our year when Vermonters gather together in their communities to clean up, sweep up, renew and affirm the beauty of our precious and […]

Editorial: Learning about Learning at the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont

by Nat Frothingham   Could we be wrong about the future of learning? In recent years—particularly with the advent of the Internet and distance learning—we’ve imagined we can ditch the classroom and the four-year residential college experience and just put students in front of a computer screen and get them hooked up with the most […]

Editorial: Remembering the Sheltered Workshop

by Nat Frothingham   Chester A. Finn gave the keynote address at a Disability Awareness Day program at the Vermont State House on February 19. Yes, I was faintly aware of the term “sheltered workshop” before Chester Finn gave his speech. But since reading and reflecting upon his speech, those two words—sheltered workshop—mean a great […]