February 6

Browse the February 6, 2014, issue as PDF.

Love and Constancy in Montpelier

Al and Phyllis Merritt on Their 66-Year Marriage by Jerry Carter The other day, I had the privilege to sit down with Al and Phyllis Merritt at their lovely home in Westview Meadows to talk about love, marriage and growing old together. Al and Phyllis have been married 66 years, and in a time when […]

Helping Hands Feed Hungry Hearts: Radio Diaries

Helping Hands Feed Hungry Hearts: Radio Diaries

The Hungry Heart Radio Diaries Courtesy of Kingdom County Productions Photos by Carley Stevens-McLaughlin Radio Diaries Courtesy of Kingdom County Productions Addiction Is Illness An interview with two mothers of addicts on how communities help and hinder the process of recovery. Mother 1: There’s a lot of people who look down on addicts. It’s not […]

The Hungry Heart: A Talk with Director Bess O’Brien

Nearly a year and a half ago, Director Bess O’Brien released The Hungry Heart to a packed auditorium in Saint Albans. Since then, the movie has taken the state by storm. It had such an effect on Governor Shumlin that he devoted nearly his entire State of the State Address this year to the issue […]

Governor Shumlin’s 2014 State of the State Address

Editor’s Note: The following are excerpts from Governor Shumlin’s State of the State Address, delivered on January 28, 2014.   We often hear in the news about the criminal side of drug addiction, about the robberies or the busts in our communities. Our police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges do an extraordinary job under tough […]

Hollar VS. Hallsmith: Mayor and Challenger Face Off

Hollar VS. Hallsmith: Mayor and Challenger Face Off

Compiled by Julia Barstow, Jerry Carter, and Nat Frothingham In a February 3, 2014, face-to-face exchange at The Bridge office, John Hollar, mayor of Montpelier, who is running for reelection, and his challenger, Gwendolyn Hallsmith, former Montpelier planning and development director, explained why they were running for mayor, what they saw as the major issues […]

A Word From Your Montpelier City Council Candidates

Dona Bate, District 1 I’m running for District 1 City Council position because we need more focus on implementing its incredible citizen-driven master plan. We need to promote the acceptance and expansion of a Regional Public Safety Authority and to improve council communication for briefer meetings and with its committees. We need to build on […]

Fred Ho’s Vision: The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour in Vermont

Fred Ho’s Vision: The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour in Vermont

by Amy Brooks Thornton   Fred Ho’s vision is to unite and give voice to three sweeping political crusades through the power and spirit of music. In the Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour, playing in Vermont college auditoriums this month, Ho celebrates and draws parallels between the struggle to free all oppressed peoples, […]

Remembering Pete Seeger: His Vision Lives On

by Katie Trautz In 2007, when our community music school began under the leadership of Rebecca Singer and myself, we had envisioned a gathering place for folks interested in traditional music: a place to share the joy of making music together and the joy of learning about it as well. We felt confident that this […]

Winterfest 2014 at Lost Nation Theater

Winterfest 2014 at Lost Nation Theater

by Julia Barstow For the ninth year, Lost Nation Theater (LNT) presents Winterfest at City Hall Arts Center, Montpelier, showcasing Vermont performing artists and original work. This year, three different shows will be performed between February 6 and February 23: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, Intake by Marshfield playwright Margot Lasher, and Adapted from […]