EDITORIAL: Light at the End of the Tunnel

by Nat Frothingham After what has been a long, often confusing, also an exhausting and controversial process involving the City of Montpelier’s master plan and its proposed new zoning regulations, there may be “light at the end of the tunnel.” First, a little history. In November 2010, the City of Montpelier won approval for its […]

EDITORIAL: At 40 years — Bravo to Lost Nation Theater

EDITORIAL: At 40 years — Bravo to Lost Nation Theater

by Nat Frothingham By turns — funny, silly, sentimental, tuneful, fast-paced and colorful — often amazingly profound — with music that’s as alive and live music often is — drums and horns and strings — and with moments both tender and beautiful — the current production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods” at Lost […]

EDITORIAL: Remembering James Facos: July 28, 1924 to May 14, 2017

EDITORIAL: Remembering James Facos: July 28, 1924 to May 14, 2017

by Nat Frothingham I am writing to thank and remember James “Jim”  Facos who died in Montpelier on May 14 at the age of 92. I want to thank him for his friendship and remember him for who he was and what he achieved. Jim was part of what writer and TV anchorman Tom Brokaw in […]

EDITORIAL: An Appeal to our Readers and Friends

Dear Friend of The Bridge: Before you venture forth into the green and glorious Vermont countryside, please read this short note and please participate in our Spring Fundraising Campaign. When you make a gift to The Bridge you will make a difference. • You will enable us to write local stories on issues of local […]

EDITORIAL: Berlin Pond, Who Will Pay?

by Nat Frothingham About the struggle over Berlin Pond and by extension the struggle to protect Montpelier’s drinking water supplies — to begin with — let’s acknowledge the sharp disagreements. In October 2011, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that the City of Montpelier had no authority to prohibit recreational uses on the Pond — a […]

EDITORIAL: Welcome to Our Spring Fundraising Campaign

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EDITORIAL: Poetry Surging

by Nat Frothingham Beginning on April 1 and continuing throughout the month is PoemCity 2017 — a celebration of reading, writing, language, and the dazzling, often humbling, power of poetry and song —made possible by Kellogg-Hubbard Library and its many partners. The April 1 PoemCity kick-off took place at Lost Nation Theater and as the […]

EDITORIAL: A $50,000 NEA “Our Town” Grant to Montpelier Making an Extraordinary City — More Extraordinary

by Nat Frothingham For 200-plus years the City of Montpelier has been the capital and nerve center of Vermont state government — a hot spot for law and policy making, pressure groups and lobbying, political maneuvering and intrigue, protests, marches and parades. But the city’s role as a government center is only part of what’s […]

CORRECTION: Remarks Wrongly Attributed to Montpelier Planning Chief Mike Miller

As part of an editorial statement on pages 22 and 23 of the February 16 (2017) issue of The Bridge entitled “A Taxpayer’s Message to City Hall: Clean Up the Econo Lodge Mess,” writer Nat Frothingham wrongly attributed remarks to Montpelier Planning Chief Mike Miller. These remarks or the sense of these remarks were actually […]

EDITORIAL: A Taxpayer’s Message to City Hall “Clean Up the Econo Lodge Mess”

EDITORIAL: A Taxpayer’s Message to City Hall “Clean Up the Econo Lodge Mess”

by Nat Frothingham; photos by Michael Jermyn Now that the City of Montpelier is getting ready — this spring — to launch a $3.9 million road, sidewalk, bike land, sewer and water improvement project on Northfield Street — it’s way past time to encourage, even demand, that City and State officials work together and cut […]