News & Features

Bike Lanes Prevail over Parking on State Street

by C.B. Hall   The tug-of-war between Montpelier’s bicycle and parking advocates continued October 8, as the city council, for the third time, weighed what State Street between Taylor Street and Bailey Avenue should look like once state-financed reconstruction of the thoroughfare is completed. This time, however, the discussion did not get very far, as […]

Barre Collaborative Addresses Mental Health Creatively

by Emily Kaminsky   “I’m so stressed-out!” When was the last time you uttered, or thought, those words? What did you do next? Did you take a deep breath and drink some water? Did you start writing in your journal, or sketch a picture? Did you call a friend? Or did you grab another cigarette, […]

Steeple Project at Montpelier Church Will Save Architectural Elements

Steeple Project at Montpelier Church Will Save Architectural Elements

by Nat Frothingham On the strength of a last-minute grant, three critical architectural elements that grace the steeple of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier are to be restored. As recently as a few weeks ago, it seemed almost certain that the ornamental elements would be lost. In the third week of August, Jay Southgate of […]

Senate Candidates Speak on Single-Payer

by Joyce Kahn On November 4, Washington County voters will elect three state senators. Incumbents Bill Doyle (R), Anthony Pollina (P-D) and Ann Cummings (D) will appear on the ballot along with challengers Sandra Gaffney (P-D), Pat McDonald (R) and Dexter Lefavour (R). The Bridge is posing three questions to the candidates on critical issues. […]

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital: A Dramatically Different Approach

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital: A Dramatically Different Approach

by Nat Frothingham Afew days ago I took a tour of the new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH), talked to its CEO, Jeff Rothenberg, and tried to understand what the Berlin hospital is, what it does, what it costs and what’s being attempted with the population that it serves. Viewed from the road, VPCH has […]

Bar Association’s Paolini Puts Out Call to Support Needy Clients

by Nat Frothingham In remarks to a September 15 meeting of the Montpelier Rotary Club, and in a subsequent interview with The Bridge, Robert Paolini, executive director of the Vermont Bar Association, hammered at a single theme: the serious gap evident in our legal system when, in civil cases, poor people can’t afford to hire […]

Bernardo to Perform in Adamant October 11

Bernardo to Perform in Adamant October 11

by Nat Frothingham Singer Miriam Bernardo will appear in concert, along with composer-guitarist-arranger Michael Chorney and bassist Robinson Morse, at the Adamant Community Center on Martin Road on Saturday, October 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Bernardo has far-flung family roots: Her father is from Cuba, her mother’s family from Newfoundland. Bernardo was born in […]

Home Tour to Benefit Five Community Groups

by The Bridge staff On Saturday, October 11, five Montpelier homes will be open for a self-guided tour that will benefit the Green Mountain Youth Symphony, the Montessori School of Central Vermont, Montpelier’s Main Street Middle School, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. The houses on this year’s home tour include […]

Finding Solutions to Vermont’s Psychiatric Nursing Shortage

Finding Solutions to Vermont’s Psychiatric Nursing Shortage

by Ed Sutherland Three years after Tropical Storm Irene closed Waterbury’s Vermont State Hospital for good, a new $28 million replacement, the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital, has opened in Berlin. But are the troubles which beset the Waterbury psychiatric institution—including a lack of nurses—also visiting the new hospital? While there have been no allegations of […]

On Again, Off Again with Depression

by Carla Occaso Many people tell me I have a cheerful disposition. My disposition is so renowned for its optimism, in fact, that as a camper at day camp years ago, I won the “smiley award” two years running. I still have one of the prizes—a leather badge that says “SMILEY.” Well, even the smiliest […]