Ian Stewart

Sue Higby Runs for Mayor of Barre

One of downtown Barre’s true success stories can be found at Studio Place Arts, and Sue Higby, who’s served as executive director for more than 15 years, is largely the reason. In addition, she’s a member of the Barre City Council, representing Ward1, and Barre Promise Community, a group of local organizations that collaborate regularly […]

Back to the Land: 13 Years of EarthWalking

Back to the Land: 13 Years of EarthWalking

by Adam Blachly While poised in front of a camera, I was asked the question, “How did EarthWalk complement your educational experience?” That was a difficult question to answer, not because I couldn’t think of a response, but because I could think of so many. Where to start? I began attending EarthWalk in 2005, its […]

Local Refugee Action Network Supports and Advocates for Refugees and Immigrants

by Pamela Walker This is a time when the plight of refugees trying to enter the United States, and those who have arrived on our shores and have settled in Vermont, is very much on our minds. The Central Vermont Refugee Action Network (CVRAN) is a young organization striving to do its part to resist […]

Increasing Refugee Awareness at Stage Reading of Que Nochebuena

by Nat Frothingham Two local organizations—Central Vermont Refugee Action Network and the Social Responsibility Committee of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier—are teaming up to sponsor a stage reading of a play entitled “Qué Nochebuena” (What a Christmas Eve) by Inez Martinez. The stage reading will be presented on Saturday February 24 at 2 pm at […]

Nature Watch – Closer to Spring

Nature Watch – Closer to Spring

by Nona Estrin Ready for sap runs and red winged blackbirds! Mating starts for the tiny pointed nosed shrew, perhaps the only venomous mammal. I see their delicate tracks, under an inch in diameter, or sometimes, while late winter skiing I encounter the little creature its self-running across the snow. I guess eating only protein […]

HEARD ON THE STREET

Vermont Foodbank Receives Annual TD Charitable Foundation Food Bank Grant The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, announced that it has provided $800,000 in grants to 36 food banks across the bank’s Maine-to-Florida footprint to help provide meals locally to families and individuals in need. The grants focus on food stability, […]

John Hollar Offers Advice for the Next Mayor of Montpelier

John Hollar Offers Advice for the Next Mayor of Montpelier

by Michael Bielawski With just a month to go, Montpelier Mayor John Hollar sat down with The Bridge at his law office on State Street to reflect on his six years of service to Montpelier and to offer some advice for future mayors. “The most challenging thing, I think, is to understand what your priorities […]

Vermont Maple Adds Value….and Hibiscus

Vermont Maple Adds Value….and Hibiscus

by Mike Dunphy One thing I’ve always adored about Vermont is how little things change. Having grown up here, but lived much of my adult life abroad, it’s been endlessly gratifying to return for visits and find the Vermont I knew more or less intact. Even if the faces have changed, the uniforms haven’t. This […]

Statement to the Montpelier School Board from the Racial Justice Alliance

Statement to the Montpelier School Board from the Racial Justice Alliance

On February 1, Montpelier High School became the first high school in the nation to raise a Black Lives Matter Flag on school grounds, as part of a series of Black History Month events. The flag raising was the result of a year-long campaign led by senior Joelyn Mensah, who co-founded the student group Racial […]

Running for Office—Montpelier Candidates Make their Pitch

Running for Office—Montpelier Candidates Make their Pitch

As local races heat up, The Bridge is making every effort to bring you timely information about the seven candidate-race for three seats on the Montpelier City Council. What follows are seven interviews with candidates for Montpelier City Council. In addition to asking each candidate to contribute some personal information the interviews take up these […]