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Vermont-born Duo to Give Talk: “From Vermont To The Big Screen”

by Ivan Shadis Lukas Huffman and Mathew Ellison will be part of a talk on local film makers to be held as part of the 20th Green Mountain Film Festival. Huffman and Ellison were both raised in Vermont, both now live in New York, and both have become involved in filmmaking by circuitous routes. The […]

Women Rule: The Feminization of Montpelier City Council

Women Rule: The Feminization of Montpelier City Council

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Back in the old days in Vermont, people who ran a municipality were called “the town fathers,” and they had one thing in common: They were all men. But that has been changing over the years. And in Montpelier — where the first female city council member was elected 40 […]

Community Meals at Trinity Church: Nourishing the Body and Soul

Community Meals at Trinity Church: Nourishing the Body and Soul

by  Marichel Vaught; photos by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — On a cold snowy Thursday afternoon, my colleague and I entered the rear entrance of Trinity Church’s Fellowship Hall and were immediately greeted by the aroma of home cooking and a buzz of friendly chatter. Once the steam on my glasses dissipated I could see smiling […]

Green Mountain Film Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Green Mountain Film Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Twenty years ago Rick Winston, former owner of the Savoy Theater and his workers, brought the Green Mountain Film Festival to town. And he, along with Andrea Serota, Chris Wood, Donald Rae, Carlos Haase, Terry Youk, Rachelle Murphy — and others — helped sustain it for all these years. This […]

Remembering The Heyday of the  Brown Derby Supper Club

Remembering The Heyday of the Brown Derby Supper Club

by Irene Racz It’s difficult to imagine, given the eyesore it has become, that the building housing the former Brown Derby Supper Club was once an important political and social hub in Montpelier. The restaurant, and the accompanying motel units sitting behind and adjacent to it, held a special place in the hearts of many […]

Earth Day Compost Tote Recycling

by Cassandra Hemenway, Outreach Manager, Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District MONTPELIER — Help save the life of a tote and show us your creative genius while you’re at it! Join the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District in Project Tote, in which we invite schools and community members to participate in a reuse and […]

“Bound for Zero” — Net Zero Montpelier Progress Report

by Scott Muller As an informed Bridge reader, you are hopefully aware that Montpelier has a city goal to transform to a “Net Zero” energy community by 2030. But did you also know that Montpelier was honored to be designated by the U.S. White House as one of only 13 U.S. Climate Action Champions? The […]

Razing Mountains Won’t Stop Climate Change

by Steve Wright Nearly 50 years ago, Governor Deane Davis had a problem. Vermont was in the midst of a full-blown crisis over unregulated development. Davis, elected to his first term in the late 60s had watched, as the ski industry, including its partner, overnight lodging, had burst upon the scene following a ‘string of […]

Do What You Can with the Power You Have

by Jesse Scarlato The Paris Climate Talks produced a non-binding agreement under which participating countries voluntarily set goals to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement purposely excluded indigenous rights, and the United States prevented the inclusion of any language on climate reparations (the responsibility of wealthier, developed countries to assist poorer, less developed countries […]

Personal Divestment in 2017

by Deborah Messing Divestment: the removal of investment assets including stocks, bonds and investment funds from companies — is a proven strategy for change. When citizens wanted to challenge the tobacco industry’s false health claims, end the genocide in Darfur and shut down apartheid in South Africa, they called on people to remove their money […]