August 2, 2012

Hands-On Learning in the Creative Economy

Hands-On Learning in the Creative Economy

by Bob Nuner A growing number of educational institutions in Vermont recognize the importance of hands-on learning. In June, The Bridge interviewed high-school seniors at the Barre Technical Center who were pleased with their learning, progress and confidence development in hands-on classes. For this story, we looked at a sampling of area organizations providing career-development opportunities […]

The Versatile Noah Nielsen: Circus Performer and Barn Builder

The Versatile Noah Nielsen: Circus Performer and Barn Builder

by Nat Frothingham Talk about hands-on pursuits: consider the exploits of Noah Nielsen. A rising senior at Montpelier High School (MHS), Noah has two passions, circus performing and design, architecture and building. As a child growing up in Montpelier, Noah saw a number of circus shows and was immediately attracted to circus performing. A friend […]

Rebuilding Montpelier’s History: Vermont Youth Learn Skills in Local Food, Farming and Historic Restoration

This summer, Vermont youth age 15 to 21 participated in a hands-on training program developed and run by FoodWorks at Two Rivers Center at the historic Two Rivers farmstead in Montpelier. The program, developed in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Labor, provided the participants with training in basic carpentry, farming, the local food industry, […]

School Board Works to Meet Responsibly

by Diana Koliander-Hart The Montpelier school board discussed the Vermont open meetings law, among other items, at their meeting Wednesday, July 18. In accordance with the law, if a majority of the board meets, even as a committee, the meeting must be warned and minutes be taken. In May, four school-board members met (as a […]

Council Decreases Antenna Signal Frequency; Hebert Road Residents Still Concerned

by Steven M. Cliche       Residents of Hebert Road testified at the July 18 Montpelier City Council meeting on their continued concern about a nearby sewage-pump antenna that emits a radio transmission. Citizens who live near the pump first brought forward their concerns in April about the potential health effects of living close […]

ESSAY: The Importance of Reading Earnest(ly)

by R. Brett Campbell I believe that I am a reasonably well-read individual, especially after having earned a PhD in literature. Lately, however, I question exactly how well I have read over the years and how well I do so now. I hope this reflection of mine might give you pause to ask yourself likewise. Reading, […]

Homeschooling in Community, Not Isolation: Finding the Ideal Educational Experience

by Julian Kelly About 2,200 students currently homeschool in Vermont. This number has grown from 92 students in 1981, according to Cindy Ellen Hill of Vermont Woman newspaper. As homeschooling grows in popularity, an increasing number of students choose to homeschool through high school. A quick search on Amazon brings up many books on the […]

A City Adventure: Post-Olympic Beijing

A City Adventure: Post-Olympic Beijing

story by Meg Ostrum; sketches by Tom Leytham This spring, opportunity landed me in Beijing, a city that planned the last Summer Olympic Games in 2008 as its debut onto the world stage. The trip allowed me not only to assess the effects of this much-anticipated event (which for so many host cities has not […]

REVIEW: Banjo Dan, Kick Molly Through the Wall

REVIEW: Banjo Dan, Kick Molly Through the Wall

by Cassandra Hemenway Brush In his latest CD, Kick Molly Through the Wall, Montpelierite Dan Lindner—aka Banjo Dan—brings together a slew of musicians he’s worked with past and present to create a sweet collection of banjo-heavy bluegrass, including gospel, political songs, break-up songs, the horse-race song that inspired the album’s name, an Appalachian murder ballad […]

ESSAY: Writing on the Bones: Learning and Reciting Poems by Heart

by Laura Atkinson A word is dead / when it is said / Some say. I say it just / begins to live / That day —Emily Dickinson A group of poetry lovers will be gathering at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on Wednesday, August 8, at 6 p.m. to recite poetry, following the process described by Kim […]