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VIDEO: Bridge To The Future Celebration

The Friends of The Bridge and Bridge Community Media present – “Bridge To The Future” a celebration fundraiser for The Bridge Community Newspaper. Held Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT. The celebration honored Nat Frothingham, who is leaving The Bridge after 25 years, for his spirited leadership […]

The Bridge Needs You!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Bridge. To help it secure another 25 years, the board of directors of the newspaper has created Friends of The Bridge, an organization to raise much-needed funds. The Bridge itself has been organized as a Vermont nonprofit business for the past year and a half and is […]

Achieving Sustainability in Rental Properties

by Anne Watson For many years I believed that the most sustainable way to live was on a homestead out in the countryside. While that’s a lovely and appealing vision, I feel now that if sustainability is really going to happen for our society, it must come to the cities. I’ve been very interested in […]

NATURE WATCH: Save the Pollinators

NATURE WATCH: Save the Pollinators

by Nona Estrin A time of impossible beauty, endless to-do lists and a huge desire to do nothing! Buds are poised to burst on the apples here at 1,000 feet and wild plumb and shad are already in bloom. Pollinators, though fewer and fewer each year, will soon have their day in the blossoms. Once again […]

TIF District Making Progress Toward Vote Next Week

by Michael Bielawski As the City of Montpelier struggles with aging infrastructure and limited developable space, it’s making new progress to apply for a tax increment financing district, or “TIF” program, to help spur infrastructure development and private investment. The Legislature voted to allow six new TIF districts in Vermont, which produced this opportunity for […]

Takeaways from the 2018 Vermont School Safety Assessment Survey

compiled by Larry Floersch How safe are Vermont’s kids in school? After the tragedy at Parkland High School in Florida, Governor Scott directed the Vermont State Police and Vermont Emergency Management, in coordination with the Vermont School Safety Center, the Agency of Education, and local, county, and state law enforcement officers, to conduct security assessments […]

THE SOAPBOX: The Vermont Cure

by Margaret Blanchard Given national disfunction and gridlock, let’s solve our problems locally with grassroots resources.  One countrywide issue is the troubling complex of youth underemployment, weakened unions, rising costs of higher education, student debt burdens, and shortages of affordable housing—during an era of excessive income inequality.  Overloading the next generation puts our collective future […]

The Capital City Farmers Moves . . . and Moves Again

The Capital City Farmers Moves . . . and Moves Again

by Mike Dunphy Those attending the opening of the outdoor Capital City Farmers’ Market on May 5 could be forgiven for doing a double take. Not more than a week or two before, newspapers (The Bridge included) were declaring the market’s “new” location on State Street. However, that Saturday morning found the market in its […]

Fighting Spring Allergies Naturally

Fighting Spring Allergies Naturally

by Mike Dunphy Just because spring has arrived doesn’t mean an end to seasonal sufferings—at least for those with pollen allergies in a rural area laden with trees, grasses, and weeds. While the long winter may have shortened the growing season, it also means the backed-up pollen will burst forth in the suddenly warm weather […]

Green Thumb Fashion: Living Plant Jewelry Reaches Vermont

Green Thumb Fashion: Living Plant Jewelry Reaches Vermont

by Sarah Davin Long, thin tendrils wrap their way out of the supportive metal wire, suspended safely like a precious bird in its birdcage. The colors of the leaves range from a soft, pleasant, snow-pea green to a vibrant red at the center. The small, living plant appears to subsist on nothing. There are no […]