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Circus Smirkus Camp Among the Many Summer Options in Vermont

Circus Smirkus Camp Among the Many Summer Options in Vermont

by Carla Occaso Although it is still cold and icy outside, early March is the traditional time to start the garden seedlings and also time for parents to plan for something for the kids to do this summer. Local camps in and around this area offer programs to nurture a wide variety of skills and […]

New Boutique Brings More Style to Downtown Montpelier

New Boutique Brings More Style to Downtown Montpelier

by Ashley Witzenberger, executive director of Montpelier Alive   MONTPELIER — There is a buzz in downtown Montpelier about the new women’s clothing store, Bailey Road. Owner Sarah DeFelice invites you to step into a world of high-end fabrics, vibrant colors and unique pieces. Her store offers quality clothing, handbags and jewelry, all at accessible […]

Local Nurse Seeks to Send Medical Supplies from Vermont to Ebola-Hit Liberia

Local Nurse Seeks to Send Medical Supplies from Vermont to Ebola-Hit Liberia

by Nat Frothingham BERLIN — Laurie Hanson, a local registered nurse, has organized a spirited local outreach project to gather up outdated personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves and other medical supplies from local Vermont hospitals and health organizations and then ship them to Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city, for distribution elsewhere. Hansen is […]

A Toast to Glenn Tosi

A Toast to Glenn Tosi

by Nat Frothingham Glenn — we raise a glass to you for who you are and what you have achieved — as a graduate of Montpelier High School and the University of Vermont with a degree in French, as a high-school French teacher for 22 years, and for your illustrious career of more than 50 […]

Voting ­— Not Voting — Voting Occasionally

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 […]

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

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 […]

Elks Club Struggles to Sustain Itself

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 […]

Love Yourself for Valentine’s Day: The Wig Goddess Can Help You  Find Your Fabulous

Love Yourself for Valentine’s Day: The Wig Goddess Can Help You Find Your Fabulous

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — “Tell someone they are fabulous today,” said Clare McAfee at the end of a late January interview in her professional wig studio on the outskirts of town. McAfee, known professionally as the Wig Goddess, has eyes that twinkle, a sweet smile reminiscent of the actress Shirley MacLaine and an explosion […]

A Love Letter to Barre — Our Sister City

A Love Letter to Barre — Our Sister City

by Carla Occaso on behalf of The Bridge Dear Sister City Barre, We love you. We thought we should tell you this just before Valentine’s Day. Those of us who come to the Bridge office every day (Publisher Nat Frothingham, Managing Editor Carla Occaso, calendar editor and Graphic Designer Marichel Vaught and Advertising Manager Michael […]

A Chance to Ride Again

MSAC Writer’s Corner: A venue for the Montpelier Senior Activity Center writers by Daniel A. Neary Jr. Years and years ago, I got  the hankering to buy a horse. We  lived in a relatively unsettled area of East Montpelier, and there was enough hay in the fields to winter one riding horse. As I recall, the […]