October 5 – October 18, 2017

DOT’S BEAT: Montpelier’s Numbers

by Dot Helling What’s in a number? A number is a total amount or quantity as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Using numbers is a way of keeping track of things. While numerology deals with the occult significance of numbers, number theory is the mathematical study of integers (whole numbers that can be positive, negative, or […]

PREVIEW: Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’  at Lost Nation Theater

PREVIEW: Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ at Lost Nation Theater

by Jane Bishop Do you want to get excited about the latest production at the Lost Nation Theater (LNT) on Main Street, Montpelier? Go talk to Kathleen Keenan, Producing Artistic Director … No, wait. Don’t try to talk to her, she’s busy.  Just go grab a ticket NOW for a ring-side seat to a rollicking […]

Author Jensen Beach Named Vermont Book Award Winner Scholarship to Honor Novelist Howard Frank Mosher

Author Jensen Beach Named Vermont Book Award Winner Scholarship to Honor Novelist Howard Frank Mosher

by Nat Frothingham VCFA Book Award Gala At a glittering third annual Vermont Book Award Gala at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) on Sept. 23 a gathering of more than 200 writers, readers and friends of literature and the arts assembled to honor and celebrate the writing and current literary achievement of Vermont authors. […]

Honoring Howard

Honoring Howard

by Thomas Christopher Greene A year ago last weekend, I stood on the stage in Alumni Hall at the Vermont Book Award Gala and called the audience’s attention to Howard Frank Mosher, an iconic Vermont novelist and a friend of mine. The spotlight moved to Howard, and he stood in a room full of people […]

Avoiding Busted Pipes

Avoiding Busted Pipes

by Tom Mulholland How many times have you been asked by your dental hygienist: “Are you flossing your teeth?” In similar fashion, with the onset of winter, your plumber will ask, “Are your pipes protected?” These are the action steps I recommend to any householder who wants to avoid a pipe-bursting nightmare. Insulate all vulnerable […]

Fire Prevention Message from the VT Department of Public Safety

by Glennis Drew During 2016 Vermont fire departments reported responses to over 45,000 emergency incidents. Residential properties account for the majority of Vermont structure fires and civilian fatalities. Last year emergency incident reports submitted by local fire departments showed that there were 253 chimney or flue fires, and 338 building fires.    Heating appliance and […]

Capstone’s First Dollar Suggestions

by Glennis Drew The Bridge asked Paul Zabriskie at Capstone for his recommendation as to how to spend the first dollar you have toward making your home warmer this winter. Zabriskie’s immediate suggestion was, “air sealing.  “Stop the leaks.  The river of warm air leaving the building is the driver of high energy bills in […]

Personal Heat Pump Story

Personal Heat Pump Story

by Glennis Drew In 2015 I decided to stop my practice of using an electric heater to warm (and a window air conditioner to cool) the attic space where I have my computer and our TV room.  After some research I determined to replace these electric hogs and not-so-safe seasonal annoyances with a heat pump. […]

On the Road

by Brent Curtis As the geese begin to fly south and the leaves start to turn, the regiments of fleece and flannel invade our wardrobes in Vermont. Lying dormant for months, they have been patiently waiting, waiting in closets and drawers, knowing that a blast of cold wind will sound the alarm and start the […]

OPINION: So Second Home Owners Can Vote in Vermont?

by Rob Roper, President of the Ethan Allen Institute There is a vote fraud case in Vermont, currently in the Essex Superior Court, in which a family of second home owners from Connecticut (parents and two adult children) registered to vote in the Town of Victory, and did so. Their votes likely altered the outcome […]