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When Was the Last Time There Was a Candidate  You Really Wanted to Vote For?

When Was the Last Time There Was a Candidate You Really Wanted to Vote For?

by John O’Brien   In 1976, my father ran for governor of Vermont. I really wanted to vote for him but I was only 13. In 1980, a moderate Republican congressman from Illinois, John Anderson, ran for president. At high school debate tournaments, I wore his button on the lapel of my tweed blazer. I […]

Heard on the Street – 10.23.14

Kellogg-Hubbard Board Names Tom McKone as New Permanent Director Thierry Guerlain, president of the board of trustees of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, has announced the appointment of Tom McKone as the library’s new permanent director. McKone’s appointment took effect on October 15. In a phone conversation with The Bridge, Guerlain noted that over the past […]

Senate Candidates on Keeping Youth in Vermont

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 posed three questions to the candidates on critical issues. Candidate […]

Washington County Politicians Face Off for November Elections

by Ed Sutherland Washington County voters are set to cast ballots in more than a dozen state and local political races come Election Day, Tuesday, November 4. Among the most closely watched races are spots in the Vermont Legislature including three open seats for the Vermont Senate from Washington County and seven seats in various […]

House Candidates Discuss the Issues at Recent Rotary Club Forum

by Nat Frothingham At a candidates forum sponsored by the Montpelier Rotary Club on October 20 four Montpelier candidates running for two seats in the Vermont House squared off against each other. The four candidates are:  Warren Kitzmiller and Mary Hooper – both Democrats and incumbents, and Glennie Sewell and Ivan Shadis, both Progressives and […]

In Praise of Politicians

by David Kelley Sometimes, in the midst of an election year, it is easy to tire of lawn signs, debates and sound bites. But few groups of people are more critical to our community or our future than politicians. John Kennedy used to say, “Politics is the most honorable profession,” and I can think of […]

Remembering When Vermont Boys Gave the Last Full Measure of Devotion

by David Kelley One hundred and fifty years ago this week hundreds of young Vermont boys bent history dramatically toward freedom and unity. By October of 1864 the Civil War had dragged on for four years and the carnage and bloodshed had reached into almost every home in the country. Gettysburg had supposedly broken the […]

The Farm Report: How Local Sugar Shacks Rate in the 2014 Foliage Season

The Farm Report: How Local Sugar Shacks Rate in the 2014 Foliage Season

by Michelle A.L. Singer We know it has been a beautiful fall with sunny weekends, balmy temperatures, not much rain, and of course, beautiful leaves. The hiking and the apples have been excellent, but for local businesses, the stakes are higher than that. The appearance of tour buses heralds an important economic, as well as […]

Berlin, State Move Toward Berlin Pond Access

by Page Guertin The Berlin Select Board, at its October 20 meeting, agreed by a 4-1 vote to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (F&W) which paves the way for F&W to build a non-motorized public access area for fishermen and boaters at the north end of Berlin […]

Savoy Theater Co-Founder to Lead ‘Looking Closely at Movies’

Savoy Theater Co-Founder to Lead ‘Looking Closely at Movies’

by The Bridge staff Rick Winston, co-founder of Montpelier’s Savoy Theater and the Green Mountain Film Festival, will be leading three classes in film at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) next month. “Looking Closely at Movies” will afford “an inside view of the film-making process and an introduction to basic film vocabulary,” according […]