Profiles

PROFILE: State Senator Bill Doyle: Honoring the Past — Embracing the Future

PROFILE: State Senator Bill Doyle: Honoring the Past — Embracing the Future

by Nat Frothingham As a nation we voted for change Nov.   8. Now, we’ve got it — the turbulence, confusion and dizzy change we wanted: Donald Trump in the White House, the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, controlled by Republican majorities, and here in Vermont, yes, a different reality, but a new governor, […]

Meet East Calais Maven Erlene Leonard

Meet East Calais Maven Erlene Leonard

by Marichel Vaught; photos courtesy of Erlene Leonard On the morning of May 22, 1951, Erlene Leonard awoke to the sounds of sirens and alarm bells and thick smoke hovering above the village of East Calais. The Lamb’s Mill on Main Street (Route 14) in the center of the village was ablaze. The lumber mill, […]

Vermont Baseball Pioneer Ray Fisher

Vermont Baseball Pioneer Ray Fisher

by Nathan Grutchfield The story of baseball player Ray Fisher, although largely forgotten in Vermont, is one that involves the state at many points. It’s also a story with glimpses into a man’s character and, at times, his fascinating surrounding conditions. Fisher was born in 1887 to a poor family on a farm just south […]

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 […]