Police chief Anthony Facos speaks with The Bridge about how law enforcement handles situations in which a person is in danger to themselves or others.

How Does Law Enforcement Handle Mental Health Crises?

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — What happens when a family member, a neighbor or a friend suddenly becomes a danger to him or herself or others? Maybe they are suicidal. Maybe they are threatening to kill someone. They have a weapon, perhaps, or have gone outside in the winter without enough clothes on. A common […]

Master Chief Justin Reed, Jeremy Biladeau, food service specialist and Sonata Haley, food service specialist

At New England Culinary Institute: U.S. Coast Guard Top Culinary Students Come Here to Get Schooled

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard Food Service Specialist Program decided to bolster enlistment by sending a handful of their best and brightest to Montpelier’s own New England Culinary Institute. That way, the new highly trained food service specialists could teach elite cooking skills to others and gain usable skills […]

Wendy Halley of Lucid Path Wellness

Taking On Stress with Counseling, Shamanic Healing and the Life Vessel

by  Nat Frothingham “What about stress?” was the question I put to Wendy Halley who has recently opened Lucid Path Wellness at 97 State Street in downtown Montpelier. Halley — who is both a traditional, academically trained mental health counselor and in a separate practice a shamanic teacher and healer — knows a lot about […]

The State House “underpass” then.

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Montpelier Secrets and Getaways

by Dot Helling In the 1970s I often slipped out of town through the Statehouse “underpass.” The “underpass” was a one-way, narrow passage through a section of the building that housed the cafeteria entryway. We lost that shortcut when the State House underwent restoration in the 1980s. I remember being surprised by the likes of […]

CVMC exhibit Monks jumping

Meet the Artists Who Created The ‘Precious Guru’ Exhibit

BERLIN — An exhibition devoted to the eighth century yogi-magician who founded Tibetan Buddhism is on view at the University of Vermont Health Network Central Vermont Medical Center Lobby through October 31. The exhibit celebrates the life of the yogi/magician named Padma Sambhava (the “precious guru”). The public is invited to a “meet the artists” […]

Photo by Terry J. Allen

Meet Storytellers Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder

by Nat Frothingham The direct experience of the storyteller, the story and the storyteller’s audience — these encounters are as old as human history. I first heard Tim Jennings in the early 1980s. He was performing and telling stories to a crowd of children and their parents as part of a midwinter performance series for […]


ArtsFest Set For Saturday, Oct. 3

by Ashley Witzenberger MONTPELIER — ArtsFest on Saturday, October 3 offers a chance for local artists to showcase their talents. Festival goers will tour downtown venues — each curated by a different arts group and individual artists, crafters and performers. The T.W. Wood Gallery will present Barbara Leber, known for her “cheap art.” Her paintings […]


LETTERS: 10.1.15

Montpelier ‘Bike’ Path? Editor: I was reading the article on the Montpelier Discount Beverage and the ‘bike path.’ Do we really have a bike path in Montpelier? You can find it in name but that is about all. To me there three sections of bike path, all used differently. Department Of Labor/Bailey Avenue section seems […]

Reuben Jackson. Photo by Stephanie Seguino

Saturday Scribes: Join Us For Three Nonfiction and One Poetry Workshop

Special Guest for the 10/24 writing workshop: Poet Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night jazz on Vermont Public Radio! You can catch his vibe tonight on VPR from 8 to 11 p.m. MONTPELIER — The first  three classes will cover various forms of nonfiction, including storytelling, opinion and essay. We will read the work of writers we admire, […]

October 1 – October 14, 2015


Project Seeks to Ease Stigma for People With Intellectual Disabilities BARRE — Community Developmental Services of Washington County Mental Health and Pride Center of Vermont have collaborated to form the Connections Project, which will produce an interactive program over the next year to increase knowledge around sexuality, intimacy and self-esteem for adults with intellectual and […]