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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 […]

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 […]

Interview with alumna Eileen Brunetto

Interview with alumna Eileen Brunetto

 by Carla Occaso The Bridge: Tell us about yourself. Eileen Brunetto: I’m an academic coordinator for geology at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. I’ve lived in Vermont for 16 years, and not long after I moved here, I enrolled in the weekend program at Vermont College and completed a bachelor’s degree. I worked for attorneys […]

Interview with Goddard Interim President Robert Kenny and School Overview

Interview with Goddard Interim President Robert Kenny and School Overview

by Nat Frothingham   The Bridge: We thought we would open by asking you if you would be so kind as to distinguish Goddard College from the other five colleges and learning centers (in Washington County). Where does Goddard fit? Interim President Kenny: The first defining thing is that all of our programs use a […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Members of Celebrated  Paris Piano Trio to Play Reunion Concert

Members of Celebrated Paris Piano Trio to Play Reunion Concert

by Nat Frothingham The first concert of the 15th season of the Capital City Concerts series will be a musical reunion of sorts. “From Paris with Love,” as the event is billed,  is set for Saturday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier. The program’s title suggests the warm affection that […]

Allison Mann Returns with a Program  of American Jazz Classics

Allison Mann Returns with a Program of American Jazz Classics

by Nat Frothingham   In what promises to be an evening of pure pleasure and sentiment, local singer Allison Mann will team up with producer Colin McCaffrey and five other musicians on October 18 to offer a program of popular jazz favorites from the so-called Great American Songbook era of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. […]