Montpelier City Hall

Candidates Vie for Seats at Montpelier City Meeting

by Carla Occaso   MONTPELIER — This year’s annual meeting looks to be a lively one for candidates seeking to serve city government. Two open seats on the school board have five candidates — incumbents Jennifer Cahill Bean on the ballot and write-in candidate Charlie Phillips, and three challengers, including educator Tina Muncy, vintage trailer […]

Brett Campbell of East Montpelier teaches college when he can and is the pool director at First in Fitness in Berlin.

Voting ­— Not Voting — Voting Occasionally

introduction by Nat Frothingham interviews by Ivan Shadis   Several days ago, I had an absorbing conversation with Catherine Rader and Sue Rachenelli from the Vermont League of Women’s Voters. We talked principally about voting — why some people vote almost as a matter of personal conviction, why some people don’t vote at all and […]

The League of Women Voters

Women’s Right to Vote a Hard Fought “Experiment”

by Catherine Rader The League of Women Voters was founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on Valentine’s Day in 1920. Six months later, the league celebrated victory of the historic 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote for the first time. The League of Women Voters began as a “mighty political experiment” designed to […]

Pellets in short supply

Pellet Shortage Hits Town

by Carla Occaso   MONTPELIER — If you live in this area and own a wood pellet stove, you might be having trouble finding pellets, unless you already bought a year’s worth last fall. According to several local dealers, pellets have sold out early and they can’t re-supply. Suggested reasons for the dearth range from […]

Tim Hutchins, left, exalted ruler of the Montpelier Elks Club and Scott Cameron, chairman of the Elks Club Golf Committee, visited the office of The Bridge to discuss the future. Photo by Carla Occaso.

Elks Club Struggles to Sustain Itself

by Carla Occaso   MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Elks Country Club, a local recreation staple since 1902, has been in the hands of the Elks Club since the 1950s. Lately, though, with a huge decline in interest in golf and with higher operating costs, the Elks can no longer afford to run the golf course […]

February 19 - March 4, 2015

Local Musician Launch’s Anti-Bullying CD for School Children

MONTPELIER — Local singer/songwriter Susan Picking is set to perform with local children on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. at North Branch Cafe, 41 State St. Montpelier. Picking, who won the 2014 Montpelier Singer/Songwriter contest sponsored by The Lost Nation Theater and Guitar Sams, is creating a Children’s CD. This performance with the children marks the conclusion of her […]