August 17 – September 6, 2017

Tami Calliope: Speaking for the Wild

Tami Calliope: Speaking for the Wild

by Nat Frothingham and Tami Calliope; photos courtesy of Tami Calliope One of the world’s foremost scientists, Edward O. Wilson, who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for his work, explains in his newest book that because the planet has lost so much of its necessary biodiversity, half the world should be set aside for […]

Organics to Energy Project at the  Water Resource Recovery Facility

Organics to Energy Project at the Water Resource Recovery Facility

by  Anne Watson; photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Wastewater treatment is typically one of the most energy-consuming processes for a municipality, but Montpelier’s Water Resource Recovery Facility at Dog River may soon be a remarkable exception. Earlier this month, the Montpelier City Council approved a project development agreement with Energy Systems Group, which outlined […]

Vermont’s Opportunity

by Steve Wright The governor’s Climate Action Commission has a daunting task: link the principles of physics, political science, sociology, biology, economics, chemistry and atmospheric science to form a distinctly ‘Vermont’ response to climate change. The commission is faced with two fundamental questions: (1) What will be our future energy sources? (2) What approaches will we […]

Keeping Waste Out Of The Watershed

Keeping Waste Out Of The Watershed

story and photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER —  It takes a certain kind of genius to turn a wastewater treatment plant into a starting point for environmental stewardship, but they’re doing it at the Water Resource Recovery Facility on Dog River Road. Powered by methane gas produced at the plant and solar panels on the […]

DOT’S BEAT: How Contests Shape Montpelier

by Dot Helling Montpelier is a city of “contests,” whimsical and fun, for fundraising and creative incentives. A “contest” is generally defined by Webster’s as an event in which people engage in competition, usually to attain a position of power. The purpose of a contest can be synonymous with social reasons or simply a means to […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: Re-fresh, Re-new, Re-create — Hate Has No Place Here

GUEST EDITORIAL: Re-fresh, Re-new, Re-create — Hate Has No Place Here

by Joe Fox The following is the text of a memo I sent to staff and coaches of the Recreation Department yesterday (Aug. 14). I felt it is important for you to know what we stand for. — Joe Fox, Director of Recreational Programs (St. Johnsbury) In light of the most recent despicable instances of bigotry […]

OPINION: Remembering Howard Frank Mosher — On Tour

OPINION: Remembering Howard Frank Mosher — On Tour

by Jay Craven Vermont novelist Howard Frank Mosher died on January 29 this year. As a filmmaker,  I worked closely with the Northeast Kingdom writer since 1985, making five films based on his stories. I will be on tour this summer, presenting reflections on my  28-year collaboration with Mosher and a screening my first Mosher feature […]

Financial Moves for “Empty Nesters”

by  Gabriel C. Lajeunesse, J.D When your children leave home and you become an “empty nester,” you’ll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation? Everyone’s story is different, involving a range of variables. But here are a few issues to consider: • Insurance — […]

OPINION: Giving Thanks For Nazi Protest

by  Jules Rabin, Plainfield Herewith a letter of thanks to my friend and neighbor, Joseph Gainza, for helping to organize a prompt response in Montpelier to the Nazi violence of the day before in Charlottesville, Virginia. The protest took place on the State House steps and lawn, beauty all around, in the late Sunday afternoon […]

LETTERS: 8.17.17

Ag Agency Needs To Up Efforts Toward Dairy Animals Editor: I have a few comments about this recent story that appeared in The Bridge. (Editor’s Note: The story referred to appeared in the August 3 issue of The Bridge by Will Kyle about Anson Tebbetts speaking to the Montpelier Rotary Club.) To quote: “Tebbetts spoke […]