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What’s Up with the Local Real Estate Market?

What’s Up with the Local Real Estate Market?

Phil Dodd and Nat Frothingham of The Bridge Interviewed Tim Heney of Heney Realtors. Nat Frothingham: What is the local housing and real estate marketplace like this spring? Tim Heney: It’s vibrant. Frothingham: What do you mean when you say the market is “vibrant.” Heney: “Vibrant” means active on most fronts — increased buyer activity […]

2016 Local Homebuilding Trends

2016 Local Homebuilding Trends

by Carla Occaso In speaking with a few local contractors, some themes emerged about what projects are keeping builders busy: energy efficiency, smaller sizes — renovation. There are some standout exceptions to the typical job, though, and some people have the means and creativity to turn their living space into a work of art. But […]

On My Back At ‘Yoga On State’

On My Back At ‘Yoga On State’

by Carla Occaso Here I am. Lying on my back in the middle of State Street in Montpelier holding my feet with my hands in a pose called “Happy Baby.” I am told to roll from side to side. “Okay,” I think. I strain my neck to look over my less-than-concave stomach to make sure […]

On Being a Teen Mom of Twins

On Being a Teen Mom of Twins

story and photos by Mariah Boardman “You’ll never amount to anything.” “You’ll live off of welfare your whole life.” “You ruined your life.” “You’ll never graduate high school now.” My name is Mariah Boardman, and I am living proof that these statements aren’t always true about a teenage mother. I’m 18 years old and the […]

Montpelier High School Principal Mike McRaith on Changes, Community Based Learning and What Kindness Means

by Nathan Grutchfield MONTPELIER — In his first year as principal of Montpelier High School, a significant part of Mike McRaith’s job has been to implement massive new state-required changes. However, an equally important goal of McRaith’s is the establishment of an environment reflecting his own personal belief system. The Bridge interviewed McRaith and learned […]

Clean Out Your Psychic Closet — Take a Fresh Look at Your Dreams

by Marichel Vaught We all have them — the dreams that make complete sense to us during those hours of rapid eye movement. And when we awake, we can’t help but remark, “What the…?” Or, have you ever dreamt of something you have a profound fear of (such as clowns) and think, ‘Clearly I dreamt […]

Remembering My Mother

Remembering My Mother

by Nat Frothingham When I joined the Montpelier Rotary Club about 10 years ago I was asked — like other new members — to give a short introductory talk about myself at a regular meeting. I did that. Then, last year, to my surprise, I was asked once again to talk about myself perhaps for […]

Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery:  ‘A Labor of Love That Stems From a  Love of Labor’

Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery: ‘A Labor of Love That Stems From a Love of Labor’

story and photos by Marichel Vaught When one thinks of vineyards and wineries, it is often within a setting akin to California’s Sonoma and Napa valleys or the rolling Italian village landscapes. An image of Vermont’s green mountains would more likely evoke maple tapping, rather than harvesting grapes for wine. Sure Northern California produces some […]

Food Industry Scrambles to Adopt Vermont’s GMO Labeling

by Carl Etnier With a little over two months until Vermont’s genetically modified organism labeling law takes effect on July 1, corporations in the food business are scrambling to comply. It’s not just billion-dollar food conglomerates that must change their labels, but also little general stores that make and package egg salad and other food. […]

The Future of Farming

by John O’Brien Last Thursday, at lunchtime, there was a tractor and a very large manure spreader, fully loaded, parked at the Tunbridge Elementary School. Gary Mullen, an organic dairy farmer, had timed it just right; he was hauling manure from his farm to a field 2.5 miles away, a trip that led him down […]