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A Community That Plays Together Stays Together

A Community That Plays Together Stays Together

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Recreation isn’t just about physical movement. To some people, it’s a social movement. Montpelier seems to  be developing into a center for thriving sports participants who occasionally butt heads (such as bicycle enthusiasts versus off-leash dog walkers), but who all agree activity is important. So it is no surprise that […]

Aikido: The Way of Harmony

Aikido: The Way of Harmony

by Sarah Seidman MONTPELIER — You are walking through a dark alley and suddenly someone grabs your arm. What do you do? A: Tense up and try to hit your attacker. B: Collapse and cry for help. C. Protect both yourself and your attacker by pivoting, immobilizing his elbow joint, and guiding him gently down […]

Third Time’s a Charm (hopefully) for Fitness

by Marichel Vaught The first time I joined a gym I was 21 years old. It was summer and my friends and I were bored and broke. The new local gym was offering a free month for all new members. So we took advantage of it and I worked out almost daily. Afterwards, we’d hang […]

Redefining Aging in Central Vermont

Redefining Aging in Central Vermont

by  Dan Groberg MONTPELIER — A typical day at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center is a whirlwind of activity. On the first floor, seniors enjoy the music of the Swingin’ Over Sixty Band before joining their friends for a delicious meal. A group of seniors prepare to set out to pick up litter around town […]

Twinfield School Nurse Alice Day:  Frontline Health Care for Children

Twinfield School Nurse Alice Day: Frontline Health Care for Children

by Nat Frothingham MARSHFIELD — For the past 10 years, Alice Day has been the school nurse for the 400 or so students at Twinfield Union School. Twinfield is the pre-kindergarten through high school shared between Plainfield and Marshfield. Improbable as it may seem, from as far back as Day can remember as a little […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Button Thief Who’ll Make Off With Your Heart

BOOK REVIEW: A Button Thief Who’ll Make Off With Your Heart

by Robbie Harrold Fay Webern. “The Button Thief of East 14th Street: Scenes from a Life on the Lower East Side 1927-1957.” Sagging Meniscus, 2016. 311 pages. $19.95. Paperback. Sentiment, nostalgia, self-pity, recrimination, revenge — Montpelier resident Fay Webern has brilliantly resisted all of these temptations that face the memoir writer in “The Button Thief […]

Montpelier/Berlin Poorhouse Farm — Part of the Poverty Relief System in Vermont’s Past

by Matt Koucky “I‘ll starve or freeze to death there (in these woods) before I go to that accursed poorhouse.” As expressed by Vermonter Seth Chase (Vermont History, published Fall 1989, Vermont Historical Society, Vol. 57, No. 4), that was a sentiment shared by many from Vermont’s founding in 1777 to the end of the […]

Think of Artists, Crafts People When Choosing Gifts

by Garrett Heaney It’s that time of year again when many of us are still looking for that special something for that someone special. If you’re like me, you may have left shopping for a few people (or all of the people) to the last minute and now you’re riddled with anxiety over entering the […]

Shop Locally for Toys, Coffee, Caviar, Candy and More — A Sampling of Downtown Shops

Shop Locally for Toys, Coffee, Caviar, Candy and More — A Sampling of Downtown Shops

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The Bridge can report where you can get partridge this holiday season — but not sure about the pear tree — at local shops. Here is a sampling of merchants who decorated their windows with twinkling lights and desirable gifts. Window shopping might entice you to step inside … Also, […]

Tom Davis Remembers Barre and Depot Square 1930s to 1950s

Tom Davis Remembers Barre and Depot Square 1930s to 1950s

by Nat Frothingham; photos are courtesy of the Vermont History Center library and archives Editor’s Note The following excerpts are from two books about Barre (Vermont) local history from the 1930s to 1950s written by Thomas C. Davis. These books are “Out from Depot Square” (2001) and “Beyond Depot Square” (2006). Davis was born in […]