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Adrenaline-raising bike course taking shape ...
09/21/2020
Pump Track Construction Underway at North Branch - The Montpelier Bridge

Adrenaline-raising bike course taking shape ...

Having completed the third phase of trail construction along the west-facing hillside above North Branch Park, contractor Sinuosity on Monday began construction of a pump track along the North Branch River at the end of Cummings Street. A “pump track” is a loop with twists, turns, bumps and jump...

I have a superpower. I am a good eater.
09/20/2020
A Good Eater - The Montpelier Bridge

I have a superpower. I am a good eater.

I know I have some bad habits and tendencies. Even though I have tried to keep them under wraps, some might have caught a glimpse of occasional self-centered behavior, pugnacious personality — not only in sport but in political work — and a vindictive streak that can stretch over years. And like...

Handsome Kennebunk seeking new adventures......
09/20/2020
Pet of the Week - The Montpelier Bridge

Handsome Kennebunk seeking new adventures......

Kennebunk is a handsome, young cat who can’t wait to find his new adventure in life! He was previously adopted from Central Vermont Humane Society as a kitten, but has come back because of life challenges in his adopter’s life. No worries; with his outgoing personality and cute meow, we know he ...

09/18/2020
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Early voting encouraged in Vermont ...
09/18/2020
Early Voting to Begin as Soon as Ballots are Mailed Out - The Montpelier Bridge

Early voting encouraged in Vermont ...

As a result of the pandemic, voting in state and federal elections in Vermont this year will be different than in most years. For one thing, every active registered voter in the state will be mailed a ballot in the last two weeks of September, and those ballots can be mailed back in or dropped […]

Just for the fun of it, friends gather together to play music. Click the link in the story to hear them play!
09/07/2020
Playing under the Portico - The Montpelier Bridge

Just for the fun of it, friends gather together to play music. Click the link in the story to hear them play!

I was leaving work yesterday (September 4, 2020) and I see behind me two women carrying instrument cases and folding chairs. They start setting up right in front of the door under the portico I just exited. This is usually a place where you seldom see other people. Once they sat down and began takin...

City Manager Names New Executive Assistant
09/05/2020
City Names Mary Smith as Executive Assistant to City Manager - The Montpelier Bridge

City Manager Names New Executive Assistant

Montpelier City Manager William Fraser announced the appointment of Mary Smith of Northfield as Executive Assistant to the City Manager. She will begin her duties on September 8, and is replacing Jhasmine Lamb who returned to Alaska in early August for family reasons. Smith is a Vermont native who h...

Oh my goodness. He's got Bette Davis eyes!
09/04/2020
Pet of the Week - The Montpelier Bridge

Oh my goodness. He's got Bette Davis eyes!

Tigger is a big, bashful boy who seeks an adopter who can give him the life of luxury and care that he deserves. Tigger seeks an adopter who can purchase a special wet food that helps male cats with urinary issues, as he is currently being treated for a urinary tract infection and should continue [....

Washington County Mental Health Gets New Home in Montpelier
09/04/2020
Mental Health Building to Open on Barre Street - The Montpelier Bridge

Washington County Mental Health Gets New Home in Montpelier

Washington County Mental Health Services will be opening a new facility at 34 Barre Street in Montpelier, hopefully by the first of the year, to provide weekday services to its clients, according to Executive Director Mary Moulton. The new space, located at a site that for many years housed the Blou...

Starting September 12, the Farmers Market will be at the Tax Building parking lot!
08/31/2020
Farmers Market Moving to Tax Building Parking Lot - The Montpelier Bridge

Starting September 12, the Farmers Market will be at the Tax Building parking lot!

MONTPELIER — It looks like the Capital City Farmers Market is moving again.  Effective September 12, and for the remainder of the season, the market will be held at the 133 State Street parking lot, according to Market Manager Keri Ryan. This building houses the Vermont Department of Taxes. As a ...

Its happening September 12!
08/31/2020

Its happening September 12!

Montpelier Rec Dept. to offer after school program ...
08/31/2020
City Launches After School Program - The Montpelier Bridge

Montpelier Rec Dept. to offer after school program ...

Parents of school-aged children should have more options for after school care this fall, regardless of whether learning takes place in-person, online, or both. The Montpelier Recreation Department is seeking state approval to become a licensed child care provider and hopes to offer after-school pro...

Samantha Kolber's debut book of poetry to be released September 1
08/28/2020
Announcing the Publication of Montpelier Poet’s Debut - The Montpelier Bridge

Samantha Kolber's debut book of poetry to be released September 1

“Birth of a Daughter” by Samantha Kolber is available now MONTPELIER — Samantha Kolber is an award-winning poet who edits the poetry series at Rootstock Publishing. She lives in Montpelier, where she also coordinates events and marketing for Bear Pond Books, and is the mother to an 18-year-old...

Check out this fluff ball!
08/28/2020
Pet of the Week - The Montpelier Bridge

Check out this fluff ball!

Rufus is a bashful boy looking for a life of luxury. Originally a cat used for breeding, and not given the options to act like a cat, we hope to find him a home that will give him an indoor-only experience full of TLC at his own pace. He has met other cats in our […]

New lineup of classes being offered....most virtually
08/25/2020
Montpelier Senior Activity Center Reopening Slowly - The Montpelier Bridge

New lineup of classes being offered....most virtually

29 Courses To Be Offered This Fall, Most On Zoom After being shut down for several months by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Montpelier Senior Activity Center had a “very soft and slow” reopening in August, according to Director Janna Clar, and is offering registration for 29 fall courses set to star...

08/24/2020
Barre Man Found Dead in Apparent Drowning - The Montpelier Bridge

Police recovered a man's body from the Winooski River on Sunday.

A Barre Man was found dead in the Winooski River in Moretown Sunday, August 21, during a fishing trip with his mother, police have reported. Vermont State Police got a call at 2:43 p.m. requesting help finding a missing man near the intersection of U.S. Route 2 and Lovers Lane in the town of Moretow...

The Wayside is back to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials inside the building! Curbside pick up still availab...
08/24/2020
The Wayside Opens Indoor Seating - The Montpelier Bridge

The Wayside is back to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials inside the building! Curbside pick up still available.

The Wayside Restaurant is back in business for indoor and takeout food service. Employee Shay Chantal said they are allowed to have 80 customers, but as of Saturday night, August 22, they have yet to fill to capacity. Chantal greeted customers in front of the entrance with menus, signs, and a pleasa...

Counting customers helps Co-op abide by COVID-19 rules ...
08/24/2020
Occupancy Counting at the Co-op Goes Electronic - The Montpelier Bridge

Counting customers helps Co-op abide by COVID-19 rules ...

As he motioned a father accompanied by two school-aged children into the store, Hunger Mountain Co-op “gate-keeper” Chuck Edson explained that they needed to proceed single file, not abreast. “If you are side-by-side, the counter will think you’re just one person,” he said. COVID-19 guidel...

Two overdoses reported in the area, police make three arrests
08/22/2020
Police Report Two Area Overdoses - The Montpelier Bridge

Two overdoses reported in the area, police make three arrests

Vermont State Police — Two Arrested in Orange Overdose with Death Resulting Vermont State Police apprehended Thomas Partlow, 32, of Barre, on August 21 for selling heroin to a man who subsequently died as a result of consuming the illegal drug. His arrest followed two months of investigation. Poli...

Independent, nonprofit, community newshound wanted ...
08/21/2020

Independent, nonprofit, community newshound wanted ...

Marvin likes to explore.......
08/20/2020
Pet of the Week - The Montpelier Bridge

Marvin likes to explore.......

Marvin is a big boy who wants a home that he can rule!He’s a bigger boy who needs guidance from his owner to help him get to a healthy weight.He is familiar with other felines and canines, but will bully them if the personalities are not a match.Just like any king, he would like a […]

Railroad work continues on Barre Street
08/20/2020
Heard on the Street: Railroad Crossing Work Continues - The Montpelier Bridge

Railroad work continues on Barre Street

Barre Street was closed Thursday between The Barr Hill Distillery entrance and S&R Services as installation of a new rail crossing continued. The work should be completed by Friday at the latest, said Kurt Motyka, deputy director of the Montpelier Department of Public Works. While the project will s...

Rob Brown died on the back porch of a homeless shelter in early August.
08/19/2020
A Death Notice - Tessa Loses Her Dad - The Montpelier Bridge

Rob Brown died on the back porch of a homeless shelter in early August.

Robert Brown Leaves Young Daughter Behind With the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn hanging together in the sky above, Robert “Rob” Brown passed into eternity on his back porch at the Knoll Motel homeless shelter in early August. Those who knew Rob appreciated this gentle giant; his sense of humor, his...

Police arrest Samir Fink for shooting his father in Marshfield
08/19/2020
UPDATE: Man Arrested for Allegedly Shooting his Father in Marshfield - The Montpelier Bridge

Police arrest Samir Fink for shooting his father in Marshfield

MARSHFIELD — Following continued investigation, the Vermont State Police has arrested a suspect in connection with the homicide reported Wednesday morning, August 19 in Marshfield. Fink, 33, is expected to be arraigned Thursday, August 20, in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Barr...

Police seek information on a deadly shooting in Marshfield this morning.
08/19/2020
Police Called to Fatal Shooting in Marshfield - The Montpelier Bridge

Police seek information on a deadly shooting in Marshfield this morning.

MARSHFIELD — The Vermont State Police is investigating the death by gunshot of a man in his 70s reported the morning of August 19. Police received a call at 6:06 a.m. requesting emergency help at a home on Sunset Drive. When police arrived, they found a man, who was deceased, inside the home. The ...

A Waterbury cashier said she held off an attempted armed robbery until the alleged robber fled on foot
08/17/2020
Cashier Foils Would-be Armed Robber. Police Seek Help Finding Suspect - The Montpelier Bridge

A Waterbury cashier said she held off an attempted armed robbery until the alleged robber fled on foot

A supposedly armed woman allegedly left empty handed after attempting to stick up the Champlain Farms store in Waterbury August 16 at around 9:15 p.m. Trooper Jacob Fox of the Middlesex barracks reported that Vermont State Police responded to an armed robbery at the store on 1 Main Street. The store...

Governor Phil Scott says we are doing better, but we still have to be vigilant. Wear masks. Wash hands. Stay six feet ap...
08/14/2020
Governor Phil Scott Extends State of Emergency to September 15 - The Montpelier Bridge

Governor Phil Scott says we are doing better, but we still have to be vigilant. Wear masks. Wash hands. Stay six feet apart. Happy Friday.

MONTPELIER – Governor Phil Scott today announced that the COVID-19 State of Emergency has been extended to September 15, 2020, as well as additional local discretion for gathering size limits and liquor sales. “We’ve made tremendous progress since this pandemic started and have suppressed the ...

A longtime friend, Glenn Gershaneck, dies at 72 ...
08/14/2020
Veteran Vermont Journalist Glenn Gershaneck Dies - The Montpelier Bridge

A longtime friend, Glenn Gershaneck, dies at 72 ...

Glenn Gershaneck — family man, baseball fan, man with a pen, collector of hats and bolos — lost his battle with early onset Alzheimer’s on August 10, 2020. A longtime resident of Montpelier, he died at Woodstock Terrace, his home since 2018, with his wife of 42 years by his side. He was born i...

Will there be enough shelters this winter? The motel vouchers may be running out, and last winter's shelters have either...
08/14/2020
Good Samaritan Haven Struggles to Find Shelter for Winter - The Montpelier Bridge

Will there be enough shelters this winter? The motel vouchers may be running out, and last winter's shelters have either eliminated or reduced their bed space due to COVID 19.

Bethany Church Declines 2020 Warming Shelter Request Due to COVID-19 If ever Montpelier needed a good Samaritan,* it is now. The local homeless population is not getting smaller, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused shelter providers to reduce or eliminate beds because of social-distancing requireme...

Booze has gotten a boon during the pandemic thanks to "take out" bars and a Montpelier Distillery.
08/14/2020
Brewers, Distillers, Vintners, Oh My! Your Guide to Central Vermont’s Best Booze Barons - The Montpelier Bridge

Booze has gotten a boon during the pandemic thanks to "take out" bars and a Montpelier Distillery.

Vermonters don’t know how good they have it when it comes to crafting the aqua vitae. Perhaps no greater proof of this was demonstrated at the 2017 edition of The Sun in a Glass beer festival in Pilsen, Czech Republic — a beer chakra thanks to the invention of the pilsner beer there in 1842. [.....

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Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante writes: Our community is under attack by racists in our state of Vermont. For a couple of nights, a group of people have surrounded farmworkers’ houses, yelling insults, breaking windows and air-conditioning units. Later they returned to fire guns into the air. A report has been filed with the police and after identifying one of the individuals involved, the response was that was a drunken act where the person lost control of their actions. Earlier this week a visit to a farm ended in flat tires, intimidation and a threatening call to our office. A report was also filled with the police. We ask the Vermont State Police to take this seriously, this is a hate crime based on organized racism and not only a drunken moment. It goes beyond material damage, that can be paid off but leaves great fear and anxiety for these families and their children. This is the community of workers who are sustaining the dairy industry here in Vermont and makes them feel as they are worthless. We have to support each other! We are waiting for justice but not quietly. This must happen again! It’s not going to happen again! #VermontStatePolice Vermont State Police
THIS WEEK ON "THE QUIET STORM" (Week of July 22-28) -- Smooth Jazz by Darryl Williams, J.J. Sanseverino, the Braxton Brothers, Jeff Ryan and Featured Artist Nils; Cool R&B by Kygo, Prince, Amber Mark and Ash Walker; The Way-Back Machine gets funky yet again, this time with Martha & the Muffins, Rick James and Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio. Catch the show LIVE Monday, July 22 at 2:00 pm or the syndicated national version of the program from the Pacifica Radio Network Tuesday, July 23 at 11:00 pm on 91.1 FM WGDR Plainfield and 91.7 FM WGDH Hardwick; online at www.wgdr.org; or on your smartphone via the free TuneIn app.
THIS WEEK ON "THE QUIET STORM" (Monday, July 15) -- Smooth Jazz by Blake Aaron, Lebron, Steve Oliver, Julian Vaughn and Featured Artist Kim Scott; Cool R&B by Angie Stone, Goapele, Raphael Saadiq, the Brand New Heavies and Paula Letang; The Way-Back Machine gets funky with the SOS Band, Van McCoy and Frankie Smith. Catch the show LIVE on Monday, July 15 at 2 pm (or the national version from the Pacifica Radio Network on Tuesday night, July 16 at 11 pm) on WGDR-FM 91.1 Plainfield, WGDH-FM 91.7 Hardwick and online at
THIS WEEK ON "THE QUIET STORM" (Monday, June 17) -- As WGDR begins the most important fundraiser in its 45-year history, we have Smooth Jazz by George Howard, Nelson Rangell, Bob James, Boney James and Featured Artist Jeff Kashiwa; Cool R&B by the O'Jays, Allen Toussaint, Cherrelle and Blaque; The Way-Back Machine with The System, MFSB and Manu Dbango. Catch the show on Monday, June 17, at 2:00 pm on 91.1 FM, WGDR Plainfield or 91.7 FM WGDH Hardwick; online at http://www.wgdr.org or on your smartphone via the free TuneIn app.
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HUGE Bernie Rally is May 25th in Montpelier! Look up the event, Facebook is blocking people from sharing the event! #Bernie2020 #BernieINvermont #MontpelierVT #BernieRally
THIS WEEK ON "THE QUIET STORM" (Monday, May 13) -- After being away for three weeks while recuperating from a major health crisis, I'm very much alive and well and back LIVE in the studio this week, with Smooth Jazz by Preston Smith, Najee, George Duke, Brian Bromberg and Featured Artist Fourplay; Cool R&B by Al B. Sure!, Pharrell Williams, Tank and Ashanti; The Way-Back Machine digs into the early years of Hip-Hop with Kurtis Blow, Tone-Loc and Young MC. Catch the show on Monday, May 13, at 2:00 pm on 91.1 FM, WGDR Plainfield or 91.7 FM WGDH Hardwick; online at http://www.wgdr.org or on your smartphone via the free TuneIn app.
THIS WEEK ON "THE QUIET STORM" (Monday April 22) -- Smooth Jazz by Lars Taylor, Pieces of a Dream, Govinda, Kevin Jackson and Featured Artist Jarez; Cool R&B by Ciara, Antoine Dunn, Paula Champion and the Kinsman Dazz All-Stars; The Way-Back Machine with the immortal "Godfather of Soul" James Brown, the legendary Booker T. & The M.G.'s and the equally legendary Staple Singers.Catch the show on Monday, April 22, at 2:00 pm on 91.1 FM, WGDR Plainfield or 91.7 FM WGDH Hardwick; online at http://www.wgdr.org or on your smartphone via the free TuneIn app.
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The Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour at espresso bueno tonight has been canceled due to heavy, wet stupid snow. It's in the fabulous paper but we had to cancel tonight's show.