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Getting A Bigger Slice At Cabot Creamery — Innovation Equals More Sales

Getting A Bigger Slice At Cabot Creamery — Innovation Equals More Sales

by Carla Occaso CABOT — What’s better than sliced bread? Sliced cheese! That fairly recent way of packaging and selling your favorite pre-sliced cheddar is upping the bottom line in the U.S. cheese industry in general, and helping Vermont dairy farmers in particular. “People are busy. When they get home, they want their cheese already […]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dirt

by Beth Champagne “When the world wearies, and ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden.” — Mary Azarian It was in the 1970s, post-Vietnam, when Mary Azarian set these words beneath one of her early woodcuts, beautifully colored. Back-to-the-land “transplants,” at that time settling all over Vermont, were with alacrity, and much gratitude, accepting instruction […]

Calling On Everyone to Scramble in the Street

Calling On Everyone to Scramble in the Street

by Harris Webster I learned about “scrambles” several years ago when my son’s family enjoyed participating in Seattle’s Street Scramble. As a walker and leader of walks in Montpelier, by the way a fabulous place to walk, I have for a long time dreamed of Montpelier having its own pedestrian scramble. Finally in this last year […]

Hunger Mountain Coop’s Earth Day Celebration: Coming this Saturday!

by Garrett Heaney With spring upon us, Montpelier is starting to blossom back to life, and with the season comes the annual Community Earth Day Celebration at Hunger Mountain Coop. On Saturday, April 22, there will be a number of outdoor activities, a community swap meet, a whole slew of children’s activities under the kids’ […]

Mountain Manifesto presented by Vermonters for a Clean Environment

Mountain Manifesto presented by Vermonters for a Clean Environment

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by Carla Occaso

Photos by Iain Wallace

Photos by Iain Wallace

Brian Prendergast runs a small maple sugar house near his home on Story Road, North Middlesex. Prendergast, a graphic designer, began sugaring in 2004, when he approached nearby Rumney Memorial School, offering to provide students an opportunity to learn about sugar making. Using funds from a grant he received, Prendergast purchased the necessary equipment and […]

Getting Deep With  Poet Reuben Jackson

Getting Deep With Poet Reuben Jackson

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — The Bridge has been publishing the poetry of Reuben Jackson for about two years, now. Why? Let’s just say I “met” Jackson on the airwaves — he, the host of “Friday Night Jazz” on Vermont Public Radio and I, a humble listener. I became curious about who he is as […]

Tom Golonka: Reflecting on 12 Years of Service on the Montpelier City Council

Tom Golonka: Reflecting on 12 Years of Service on the Montpelier City Council

by Nat Frothingham The Bridge: You’ve served 12 years on the Council, right? Tom Golonka: It’s hard to remember a time when I wasn’t a City Council member. I started when I was 38; I’m close to 50 now. I’ve raised five kids. My youngest child, Kenzie, was born when I was a City Council […]

Got A Lawn? Start A Garden!

Got A Lawn? Start A Garden!

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — What could you do if you have a big lawn besides mowing it? Start a garden. Several downtown homeowners and organizations are doing just that. In many cases, gardens got started with someone looking at an expanse of lawn and thinking, “I could put a garden there.” The Garden at […]