February 6–February 20, 2019

Digging Out—Clearing Snow in Montpelier

Digging Out—Clearing Snow in Montpelier

by J. Gregory Gerdel Snow removal crews from Montpelier’s Department of Public Works (DPW) managed to clear many of the accumulated snowbanks before the arrival of back-to-back storms this week. Frequent, light snowfalls started early this winter, and while the one- to two-inch accumulations from these Alberta Clippers keep things pretty, they’re much more expensive […]

All Things LGBTQ Reaches Youth through New Show

All Things LGBTQ Reaches Youth through New Show

By Sarah Davin According to a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey on sexual identity and health-related behaviors, 29.4 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual students answered that they had attempted suicide in the 12 months prior to the survey, and many more, 42.8 percent, contemplated suicide. A new show—All Things LGBTQ Youth […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 2.6.19

Pelkey to Skate for Team USA in Rivalry Series Montpelier native and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Pelkey was selected to play for Team USA in a three-game Rivalry Series against Canada this month. Pelkey, who is in her third season skating for the Boston Pride of the professional National Women’s Hockey League, will join 12 […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin We move toward spring. Blue jay pre-mating flocks are in full swing in our yard, where 15 or so jays that would never otherwise hang out together, cluster, with specific morning  behavior and impressive vocalizations, to enact an age-old ritual, before choosing mates. And the snow….so much of it that for the […]

Can Bioplastics Save the Day? Not So Fast!

By Mike Dunphy With plastic bans on the lips of lawmakers around the state and images of bags floating with jellyfish across our social media streams, Vermonters are becoming ever more conscious of the impact of plastic on the environment and finding ecologically friendly alternative packaging. An industry has risen to meet the demand, with […]

Union Elementary School Prepares Montpelier Community Lantern Parade

Union Elementary School (UES) invites the entire Montpelier community to join them for an evening lantern procession on Thursday, February 21. This year’s theme is “Shine Your Light, Share Your Story.” The lantern procession will begin at 6 pm at Union Elementary School. Led by the Burlington samba band Sambatucada!, the parade will go from […]

Principal Mike McRaith Reflects on Tenure at Montpelier High School

Principal Mike McRaith Reflects on Tenure at Montpelier High School

Compiled by Mike Dunphy At the end of January, Montpelier High School (MHS) Principal Michael McRaith announced he would be stepping down in June to take a new position as assistant executive director of the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) after a four-year tenure at MHS. McRaith sat down with The Bridge to reflect on his […]

How to Live Happily-Ever-After You Have Kids

By Molly Ritvo In her pivotal 2007 book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, Esther Perel explores the complexity couples face after having children. “Having a baby is a psychological revolution that changes our relationship to almost everything and everyone, from our sense of self and identity to our relations with our partners, friends, parents, […]

Money Can’t Buy Love, but a Financial Game Plan Can Keep a Relationship Together

By Christine Moriarty If “money can’t buy happiness,” does “love have anything to do with it?”  It turns out both are keys to improving the quality of your life.  A 2004 study on quality of life by William Fleeson, associate professor of psychology at Wake Forest University, found that if one’s marriage is going well, […]

Council Seeks Authority to Regulate Energy Efficiency

By Tom Brown Montpelier residents on Town Meeting Day will be asked to decide on a proposed change to the city charter that would give city councilors the authority to set and enforce energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial properties. If approved, the change would allow councilors to establish energy efficiency thresholds for all […]