August 18 — August 31, 2016

The Breeze: Josh Blouin’s Alaskan Adventure: Local man documents through photos ‘one of the best experiences’ of his life

The Breeze: Josh Blouin’s Alaskan Adventure: Local man documents through photos ‘one of the best experiences’ of his life

Text and photos by Josh Blouin “What I’m doing, it is all bear-related work. The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 by Franklin D. Roosevelt to protect the Kodiak Brown Bears and their habitat (Note: The Kodiak Island is on the southern coast of Alaska). Under the supervisory Wildlife Biologist, myself and two […]

Pratima Cranse: Vermont-raised author of All the Major Constellations on her journey to writing and success

Pratima Cranse: Vermont-raised author of All the Major Constellations on her journey to writing and success

compiled by Nathan Grutchfield Pratima Cranse was born and raised in Vermont where she went through the Montpelier public school system. In 2015, when her debut novel, “All the Major Constellations,” was published, Kirkus Review deemed that Cranse was “a stellar voice to watch.” Her book confronts difficult subjects and deals with complex characters. In […]

The Breeze: Bear Pond Books Young Adult Bestsellers

List compiled by Caire Benedict, co-owner of Bear Pond Books on Main Street in Montpelier Firelight: Amulet #7 by Kazu Kibuishi Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles All American Boys by Jason Reynolds Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen Study in Charlotte by […]

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 […]

Transforming an Old Carriage House into an Artist’s Studio

Transforming an Old Carriage House into an Artist’s Studio

by Nat Frothingham Kudos to the Vermont College of Fine Arts. And congratulations and thanks to Nancy Schade — a painter and sculptor who lives in Hardwick. Back last summer, when the College was laying plans to build the new Louise Crowley Faculty & Alumni Center building it became necessary to take down an early […]

A Walking Tour With Bill Kaplan  Through The New Crowley Center

A Walking Tour With Bill Kaplan Through The New Crowley Center

by Nat Frothingham A few days ago, Bill Kaplan, senior vice president at Vermont College of Fine Arts, walked me through the new Louise Crowley Center for Faculty & Alumni. The new center, a white (glass and aluminum) two-story building glistening in the sun makes an architectural statement that is uncompromisingly modern. And yet — though the […]

NATURE WATCH: Rain. Finally!

by Nona Estrin Either dry conditions, nearby logging or the forest tent caterpillar defoliation of the Drew Mountain range to our east, has been responsible for more woodland birds than we are accustomed to. We hear scarlet tanager, thrushes, vireos, rose breasted grosbeaks and others, not normally singing in August. Foliage around the small pool […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 8.18.16

Excitement Builds For Back-To-School MONTPELIER — Willa Hart, accompanied by her mother, spoke with The Bridge about returning to school. Hart was on the lawn of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. She said, “I am excited” about returning to the Union Elementary school. Excited about what? “Meeting my new fourth-grade teacher,” she said with a big smile. […]

After Squeaker: Senate Candidate Hill Files For Recount; Other Local Primary Election Results

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — After coming in fourth place by four votes in a contested Democratic primary race for three Washington County senate seats, candidate Ashley Hill has filed for a recount. “We filed the afternoon of Friday, August 12,” Hill told The Bridge by email. “The voters of Washington County have a right […]

School Technology Survey Shows Steady Improvement

BARRE – A survey of technology available at schools by the Vermont Agency of Education reveals steady improvement, including more than 85,000 computers in use compared to 68,000 last year. The 2016 survey also revealed that, for the first time, all of the 305 schools who responded to the survey have wireless access within their […]