Profiles

The Breeze: “A Problem Solver” Ben Kaplan, 18-year-old with an intent for change

The Breeze: “A Problem Solver” Ben Kaplan, 18-year-old with an intent for change

by Nathan Grutchfield Recent U-32 graduate Ben Kaplan met with The Bridge in early August to discuss his experience of being a candidate in the Democratic primary election for Vermont State Representatives. Energetic and confident, Kaplan answered questions along the lines of, “What issues are at the forefront of your philosophy,” and “What have you […]

Carpenter, Stonemason … Writer of Poems

Carpenter, Stonemason … Writer of Poems

by Andy Leader “And this is how at last he comes to view his trade: To realize it can be truly said That first the harness, then the horse is made.” Victor Densmore of Hardwick, the author of the above lines, does not typically write in iambic pentameter couplets. Nor, he says, does he intend […]

PROFILE: My Father, My Hero

PROFILE: My Father, My Hero

by Heather Connolly The past six months have been ones of reflection for me, of deep grief and deeper gratitude. My father was diagnosed with cancer about 18 months ago, a Myxofibrosarcoma in his right leg. That was about the worst news I could imagine and something none of us were prepared for. He was […]

Meet Tom Moore of ‘T&T Truck for Hire’

Meet Tom Moore of ‘T&T Truck for Hire’

by Nat Frothingham MONTPELIER — Some people are hard to spot even when you’re looking right at them. They just melt into a crowd. Others, you just can’t miss seeing them. It seems like they’re everywhere. Tom Moore who runs T&T Truck for Hire in Montpelier is one of those fellows you keep seeing everywhere. […]

Community-Based Learning: A View of a Student’s Involvement with Corporations

Community-Based Learning: A View of a Student’s Involvement with Corporations

by Nathan Grutchfield MONTPELIER — One of the students Montpelier High School Principal Michael McRaith refers to as an example of rich student experience is Maggie Nowlan, a senior, who throughout high school has developed an interest in socially responsible businesses. Through a community-based learning program, Nowlan was a corporate intern at the headquarters for […]

Zimbabwean Woman Visits The Bridge

Zimbabwean Woman Visits The Bridge

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Loyce Maturu of Zimbabwe, Africa, visited The Bridge recently as part of her U.S. media tour to promote awareness of an ongoing global fight against HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. She personally suffered from two of the three illnesses that took family members’ lives when she was young, which caused […]

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 […]