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Milne Won’t Back Down

Milne Won’t Back Down

by Carla Occaso It is one thing to interview a political candidate as part of a press conference — diving in front of TV cameras to get a clear photo and crouching down to take notes — but it is another thing to have a nice long talk with a man who is on what […]

MiddleGround Florist Has Flowers  in Winter

MiddleGround Florist Has Flowers in Winter

story and photos by Lindsey Grutchfield What comes to mind when most people think of bouquets of flowers are the plastic-wrapped tulips or carnations that wilt in the average supermarket. The intricate arrangements of MiddleGround Florist could not be more different from these offerings. Here, Yana Poulson creates hand-tied bouquets with skill wrought from her […]

Barre History Collection Finds New Home at  Vermont History Center

Barre History Collection Finds New Home at Vermont History Center

by Emily Kaminsky BARRE — A rich collection of archival material and artifacts representing Barre’s earliest history through the turn ofthe 19th century and beyond will soon be settled into its new home at the Vermont Historical Society’s Vermont History Center, which is home to the Vermont Heritage Galleries and the Howard and Alba Leahy […]

Celebrating Passion

by Nat Frothingham This is a special issue of The Bridge that celebrates some of the women, men and young people in our midst who have discovered life pursuits that command a passionate response. I like the pure fire in people who know what excites them and have the tenacity to follow a personal dream. […]

A Passion for Photography

A Passion for Photography

story and photo by Lucas Wilcox, sixth grade, Fayston Elementary School In his own words: My name is Lucas and I love photography. This passion started last year when I heard about the Vermont Drinking Water Week photo contest.  Mrs. Morse, a teacher in my class, brought in her camera and took me outside so […]

A Middlesex Girl Loves Hunting, Outdoor Living

A Middlesex Girl Loves Hunting, Outdoor Living

by Vicky Tebbetts There is plenty to do at age 14 in Middlesex. You can go hunting with Dad, ride your four-wheeler through the trails (cut by none other than Dad), and travel the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers network on Mom’s snowmobile toward Calais and Cabot — or Camel’s Hump. In warmer weather, you […]

Freedom to Fly – An Interview with Snowboarder Jeff DeForge of Adamant

Freedom to Fly – An Interview with Snowboarder Jeff DeForge of Adamant

by Carla Occaso The Bridge: Where are you from? What was it like? DeForge: I grew up Adamant, one of the smallest towns imaginable. It’s in the town of Calais, which is located just north of Montpelier. Having grown up in such a small place has made traveling to new cities and mountains beyond exciting. […]

Genealogy: Passion or Obsession?

by Fern Greenberg Blood My husband, Larry, introduced me to the joys and frustrations of genealogy research.  A descendant of Mayflower-era immigrants to Massachusetts, his 25-year pastime intrigued me.  Since my ancestors came to America from the Russian Empire at the beginning of the 20th century, I thought there wouldn’t be much I could find […]

Transformation Through Living; Breathing Yoga

Transformation Through Living; Breathing Yoga

by Lori Flower Yoga can remind us of our essential spirit; our universal connection beyond the everyday chaos of human drama and relationships. It is an invitation to transformation. When you change, everything changes! There I was, trying to stay afloat in my first year of college 20 years ago. While establishing my new adult […]

Naomi Flanders Lives for Music

Naomi Flanders Lives for Music

by Michelle A.L. Singer  When the subject of passion comes up, intensely loving what you do and devoting large amounts of energy to it, Naomi Flanders comes immediately to mind. She’s a teacher, director, artist, musician and singer, and when I gave up trying to boil her passion down to one subject, she did it […]