December 20, 2018–January 8, 2019

What’s Meant the Most to Me at The Bridge

By Nat Frothingham About two or three years ago I was interviewed at radio station WDEV by longtime owner and broadcaster Ken Squier. Midway through the interview, Squier asked me a question I had to ponder deeply. “During all my years at The Bridge, what had meant most to me?” I paused to consider his […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin Kick myself outdoors, slow down, take a breath and watch….wait….even just for a minute, on foot, on skis, on the way to the car. This is the darkest time, and all life feels it. Our sense of what is solid in life is based on it.  Soon the days will begin to […]

Busing Proposed for Main Street Middle School

Busing Proposed for Main Street Middle School

By Tom Brown Students at Main Street Middle School (MSMS) in Montpelier would no longer have to navigate traffic and icy sidewalks and their parents would no longer have to explain why they were late for work if a plan to provide busing is approved as part of the 2019–20 school budget in March. The […]

New Bike Path Work Is Underway on Barre Street

By Phil Dodd The eastern end of Barre Street in Montpelier has been a busy place in recent months. In addition to the construction of the new Caledonia Spirits distillery, there has been rerouting of railroad tracks and a ribbon of orange tape stretched along the existing tracks and an inactive railroad spur that extends […]

Vermonters Warming Up to Advanced Wood Heating

By Mike Dunphy Since high-grade Austrian wood pellet boilers first began arriving in Vermont about 10 years ago, they have grown significantly in popularity, providing ever increasing amounts of supposedly carbon-neutral heat to Vermont homes and buildings, with 85 systems installed statewide in 2017, the highest amount yet on record. These are not the simple, […]

Battling the Holiday Blues and Winter Depression

by Richmond Scott, Outpatient Clinician, WCMHS Winter came early to Vermont this year. It arrived with unseasonably cold and snowy conditions. For many Vermonters this was welcome news. Ski areas opened with fantastic conditions for skiers and riders, and folks were enjoying cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the woods. For others, the shortening days, cold […]

Local Businesses that Give Back to Their Community

Local Businesses that Give Back to Their Community

By Sarah Davin Giving and sharing are fundamentals that we learn as children, but how often do we remember and practice these as adults? According to Dr. Brett Steenbarger, professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in his December 2017 article for Forbes magazine, the action of giving is like a […]

OP-ED: A Picture of Hope

OP-ED: A Picture of Hope

By Jake Brown A couple of weeks ago, a group of 60 or so people who’ve been associated with The Bridge since its founding a quarter of a century ago gathered at Vermont College of Fine Arts to have their picture taken. The gathering was unpretentious, heartwarming, and delivered, to me at least, a strong […]

A New Media Landscape

By Tom Brown When The Bridge was launched in 1993, there were more people in the sports department of the Burlington Free Press on a busy Saturday than are employed in its entire newsroom today. To say the Vermont media landscape has changed in the past 25 years is like saying Donald Trump is prone […]

Remembrances of The Bridge

Remembrances of The Bridge

In 25 years, a lot of editors, writers, photographers, graphic designers, salespeople, bookkeepers, and carriers have passed through the offices of The Bridge. A few have survived to tell the tale and share them here. Bridge Beginnings By Bernie Folta—editor, first two issues In the summer or early fall of 1993, at one of the public […]