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Montpelier Grads Look Ahead to Life After High School

Montpelier Grads Look Ahead to Life After High School

Compiled by Mike Dunphy On June 14, 75 students from Montpelier High School will graduate and step into the future—be it college, technical school, a gap year, job, or other. Here, five talk with The Bridge about the path ahead, desires to stay or leave Vermont, student loan anxiety, and more. The interviews have been […]

Let’s Renovate—Local Experts Provide Tips

By Larry Floersch Let’s say you can no longer stand the pink toilet, sink, and tub and the aqua-colored tile in the only bathroom for your family of five. Now what? If you’re like most homeowners, you’ll consider renovation. Keep in mind that “renovation” is a word for the 5,000-plus decisions you will have to […]

Rebates Raise Your Home’s Efficiency

Compiled by Mike Dunphy Creating a happier home means improving its energy efficiency and saving money. In 2019, Efficiency Vermont is helping to make it possible with a new round of rebates, including the following: Air-to-Water Heat Pumps Hydronic or water-based heat distribution systems can integrate with air-to-water heat pumps, which heat water that’s circulated […]

Companion Gardening Pairs Plants

Companion Gardening Pairs Plants

By Sarah Davin When we adopt a plant, we tend to think of ourselves as its only provider, but in our local forests and meadows, plants grow together with others and form symbiotic bonds that help them all, in short—all for one and one for all. That same relationship can be established in our own […]

PHOTO GALLERY: All-State Music Festival Parade

PHOTO GALLERY: All-State Music Festival Parade

More than 400 of the best scholastic musicians in Vermont will take part in the All-State Music Festival this weekend, hosted by Montpelier High School and U-32. Concerts take place Thursday through Saturday at U-32. Here are some scenes from Wednesday’s parade of bands in downtown Montpelier. Photos by Tom Brown/The Bridge. (click on an […]

Finding Fur-ever Families

Finding Fur-ever Families

By Cat Cutillo Laurie Garrison knows first-hand the paw-print an animal can leave on one’s life. Hanging above her desk is a framed portrait of her late dog, Mr. Bumpus, whom she rescued in 2005 from a shelter in New Jersey, where she was living and working as an AT&T research scientist. “I call him […]

What is a Bug to Do in a Changing Climate? Taking Inventory of Vermont’s Invertebrates

What is a Bug to Do in a Changing Climate? Taking Inventory of Vermont’s Invertebrates

By Mark Ferguson Those with an eye to the outdoors will notice wildlife becomes increasingly active as the weather warms. Our winter resident birds now fill the morning with song, skunks are once again skulking, and even an occasional moth shows itself. As we move into the growing season, one of the most iconic sounds […]

Space is Only the First Frontier in Pet Ownership

By Alana Stevenson, M.S. I was asked the other day how I felt about pets living in small places. Would it be cruel to a cat or dog to live in a small apartment? There are many facets to this question, and I had multiple thoughts and answers. From a behavioral perspective, and a personal one, […]

From Egypt to Vermont—Wanda Johnson’s Transoceanic Love Story

From Egypt to Vermont—Wanda Johnson’s Transoceanic Love Story

By Tom Brown The story of 104-year-old Wanda Fortunée Meriems Johnson, who lives in Duxbury, reads like a Hollywood love story—think Titanic without the iceberg. It began 80 years ago in Heliopolis, Egypt, when Wanda decided to join a group of young people bound for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Her parents, Jews whose […]

How to Help Your Lost Pet Find Home

How to Help Your Lost Pet Find Home

By Sarah Davin Facing the disappearance of a well-loved pet is a frightening experience. Scouring the neighborhood in the dark, worrying if you’ll ever see you cat or dog again is not something anyone wants to experience on their own. Fortunately, we have great local resources such as the Central Vermont Humane Society (CVHS) and […]