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Heard on the Street, July 6, 2022

Maria’s Bagels’ Walk-in Cafe Closes, Wholesale Delivery Continues

Maria’s Bagels on Main Street in Barre is closed for walk-in customers to their indoor cafe. Meanwhile, though, they are still making bagels and are delivering them regularly to Quality Market, Barre; Pump and Pantry, Williamstown; Meadow Mart, Montpelier; Thomas Farm and Garden, Barre-Montpelier Road; Cabot Village Store, Cabot; Marty’s 1st Stop, Danville; Gunner Brook Store,  Barre; and Plainfield Hardware, Plainfield.

Hippie Chickpea Expanding

Hippie Chickpea, a restaurant on Elm Street in Montpelier, has expanded with a new patio on the south side of the building. Menu items include falafel; gyros; vegan items; salads; a children’s menu; desserts (including baklava); and coffee, tea, soda, and beer. They are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 3 to 8 p.m. during June and July, according to their Facebook page. And on most Wednesdays, they are open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bobcat Sightings Reported in Plainfield

Multiple people reported seeing bobcats — in person and on motion-sensor wildlife cameras on the Facebook site, Plainfield People. Sightings have been reported near the foot of East Hill Road, Lower Road, Gore Road, and Maple Hill. Joe Perreault of Plainfield says he has seen three “sets” of bobcats in recent times. He has seen pairs in each of the three dens he has discovered in Maple Hill — especially one pair near his home. “They live in the woods beside my house — a male and a female — they came right in front of my house (when) I was watching TV,” Perreault told The Bridge. He has also seen them from his deer stand when sitting for 10 hours while hunting. “I’ve had more animals walk by … fisher cats, bobcats, and, two years ago,  some otters.” He said he loves to watch animals out in the woods. “They are fun to watch. All animals are fun.”

From vtfishandwildlife.com, “The eastern bobcat is still common throughout most of the state, even though it is rarely seen. The main reasons for the lack of bobcat sightings are twofold; it is solitary by nature and it is crepuscular, or mostly active at dawn and dusk.”

Montpelier Parks and Rec Gets Grant

The Parks and Trees Department of the city of Montpelier got a grant from AARP to create a pop-up farm stand in order to distribute affordable produce grown at the city’s farm to primarily older residents. It will also transform the front of the senior center into a weekly outdoor gathering space, with shade and music.

Holy Hole-in-One, Batman!

Merrick Grutchfield wrote to The Bridge to tell us about a rare golf week. “My husband Lee Grutchfield made two hole-in-ones within one week, which happened to be his birthday week,” Merrick wrote. “During the same week his longtime golfing partner also made a hole in one.” May we all have as good a week as Lee Grutchfield did while celebrating his birthday.