Profiles

A Personal Talk With Yana Poulson About  Flowers and Healing

A Personal Talk With Yana Poulson About Flowers and Healing

by Nat Frothingham As a spontaneous gift, or for Valentine’s Day, or to remember a special moment or a special friend — or to mark a birthday, an anniversary, to express sympathy or regret, even to make amends — why not flowers? On a recent afternoon, I started in downtown Montpelier and drove for 10 […]

Owner of Arnie’s Ice Cream is One Cool Kid

Owner of Arnie’s Ice Cream is One Cool Kid

by Marichel Vaught When Brandon Darmstadt was 16 years old and a 10th grader at U-32 High School, he developed a business plan as a school project. His senior year of high school, Darmstadt was approved for a small business loan based on that business plan. Three months after graduating and at the age of […]

Darwin’s Sew and Vac: A Solid Business

Darwin’s Sew and Vac: A Solid Business

by Nat Frothingham BARRE — Several days ago, I sat down with Carl Hammond at Darwin’s Sew and Vac, a one-man shop that sells and repairs sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. Hammond spoke about how people today buy, use and very often discard a vacuum cleaner that has stopped working only to repeat the cycle […]

Remembering Bill Morancy

Remembering Bill Morancy

by Rick Winston “We’ll never run out of show ideas,” Bill Morancy would often exult as we’d finish taping a television show called “Talking About Movies” for Onion River Public Access. It was a characteristic expression for Bill — of joy at the prospect of sharing his enthusiasms with the world at large. We didn’t […]

Happy New Year, Montpelier: Locals Sound Off On Creating the Future

Happy New Year, Montpelier: Locals Sound Off On Creating the Future

by Garrett Heaney Happy New Year everybody. If 2015 taught me anything, it is that community, our community, here in Montpelier, has the ability to foster our growth as people, artists and professionals. We are incredibly blessed to share this place we call home and to see the beautiful faces we see when we venture […]

New Trend? Polka Dotted Tank Top and an Exposed Handgun

New Trend? Polka Dotted Tank Top and an Exposed Handgun

by Carla Occaso BARRE — Dixie Cichinski of Roxbury was seen walking into the Price Chopper supermarket on the Barre Montpelier Road Sunday wearing shorts, a tank top and a very visible handgun strapped to her body. The Bridge approached her as she was perusing the produce aisle and said, “is that a handgun?” She said, “yes.” […]

Profile of an Adamant Storekeeper: Susan DeForge

Profile of an Adamant Storekeeper: Susan DeForge

by Carla Occaso Occaso: How long have you lived in Adamant? DeForge: Thirty years. Occaso: How did it come to be that you worked at the Adamant Cooperative store? DeForge: I had been raising my children and having a registered day care. When my children were all in school I wanted to get out and […]

Breaking the Spell of Winter: Local Maple Syrup Producers Reflect Upon Their Operation

Breaking the Spell of Winter: Local Maple Syrup Producers Reflect Upon Their Operation

by Julia Barstow In the midst of a long day of boiling maple sap into syrup, Rick and Betsy Barstow will sometimes be surprised by a friend or neighbor stopping by their sugarhouse to lend a hand. Some come to help collect sap from the tanks and buckets, some bring in a load of wood […]

Community Capital of Vermont, Lender of Opportunity, Helps Pave the Way for “Bailey Road”

by Emily Kaminsky Sarah DeFelice, a 26-year-old native of Northfield who now resides in Montpelier, lights up with enthusiasm as she describes what will soon be Montpelier’s newest business on Main Street. Named after her great-grandmother and the road she grew up on, Bailey Road will offer a great shopping experience for women searching for […]

Record Attendance at Calais Town Meeting

by Nat Frothingham Forget about the freezing temperatures in Calais on March 4. Indoors, at 9 a.m., when the Calais school meeting was gaveled into order, the potbellied stove was cranking out heat, and about 200 people had already assembled. That number only grew, and by 9:30 a.m., it was standing room only. Talking to […]