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Be Visible: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Guide for Fall and Winter

by Corporal Michael Philbrick, Montpelier Police Department Living in New England has many benefits in the summer months, including long, warm days and cool evenings. The sun seems to fight off the night, illuminating warm weather activities into the late hours. We’re well into fall now, and the days are already growing shorter and shorter. […]

A Conversation with James O’Hanlon

The Bridge recently spoke with James O’Hanlon, the owner of the Savoy Theatre on Main Street in Montpelier. The Bridge: It’s been a year since you took the helm at the Savoy. What were you hoping to achieve? What’s that first year been like? What have been the high points?  What have you learned?  Any […]

From Tasting a Creemee to Wanting to Ski

From Tasting a Creemee to Wanting to Ski

by Nat Frothingham Dial a number, or go online — in a world of almost instantaneous communications it seems as if all of us are closer together than ever before. But the high tech that connects us doesn’t necessarily mean that we understand each other or that we can work together constructively. Because of such […]

Who Wouldn’t Want to Help an Abused Puppy?

Who Wouldn’t Want to Help an Abused Puppy?

by Nat Frothingham About three weeks ago I found a message on my answering machine from my longtime friend Edith Zfass, who wanted to tell me the touching story of a little Pomeranian puppy that had been badly abused, then saved. The story really begins with Jay Kinnett, an East Barre man, a dog lover, […]

Rubber Bubbles

Rubber Bubbles

by Glennis Drew Debbie Hemmings, owner of Rubber Bubbles on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin, is bent over a hot computer checking back orders and pushing through special requests as her hard-working crew happily glide through the massive stock of costumes, wigs, masks, hats, makeup and accessories for the perfect outfit for goblins and ghouls […]

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Ellie’s Farm Market Ready for the Season

Ellie’s Farm Market Ready for the Season

Ellie’s Farm Market-Gift Shop has pumpkins lined up and ready for your Halloween decorating.  For over 30 years, Ellie made the herculean effort to fill their hillside with hand-carved masterpieces made of Vermont’s favorite gourd. The flickering ghostly shapes on the hillside drew crowds that crept down Darling Road in Northfield for many hours on […]

Creative Carpentry: Building Houses that are Energy-Efficient and Affordable

Creative Carpentry: Building Houses that are Energy-Efficient and Affordable

by Nat Frothingham Need something built? Not just anything – but something smart, efficient and — here’s a word — “affordable.” Well, consider Myron Dorfman and his experienced team of builders at Creative Carpentry & Construction. And the projects they’ve taken on and completed include the following: design and build, energy-efficient homes, timber frames, remodeling […]

Preventing Chimney Fires

by Glennis Drew “Vermont ranks first in the nation for its per-capita use of wood for heat. According to the US Census, one in six Vermont households use wood products as their primary heating source. In an effort to save money many Vermonters use alternative heating sources that may not be safe. An improperly installed […]

Should I Use Wood Ashes in My Garden?

by Glennis Drew According to Heather Rhoades of the website, Gardening Know How, the short answer is “Yes! (but only once the ashes have been allowed to cool completely in a metal container with a lid, on the ground, away from your house.) Wood ashes are an excellent source of lime and potassium for your […]