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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 […]

9 Ways to Say “I Love You” in Montpelier

by Mike Dunphy The Valentine Bandit isn’t the only one with romance in the heart this Valentine’s Day. Area businesses are also tapping heart strings with specials and events on and around the holiday. Say “I love you” with a local flavor at these shops in and around Montpelier. North Branch Cafe Casanova famously ate […]

Concierge Health Care Comes to Central Vermont

Concierge Health Care Comes to Central Vermont

By Tom Brown Jeff Lourie juggled more than 1,000 patients when he worked for Gifford Health Care at its Berlin facility, which limited the amount of time he could spend with each person. The family nurse practitioner found it difficult to establish personal relationships and provide consistent outcomes for patients amid the hurried environment of […]

Profiles of Compassion: 7 Activists Making a Difference in Central Vermont

Profiles of Compassion: 7 Activists Making a Difference in Central Vermont

Compiled by Mike Dunphy Perhaps Montpelier’s greatest attribute is the dedicated cadre of activists and advocates who go above and beyond in their work—often as volunteers—for area nonprofits and organizations that make the state a better place. In this issue, The Bridge would like to pay tribute to just a few of these advocates and […]

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 […]

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 […]