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Not Just a Hit: Kids Learn about Life and the Game at Mountaineers Youth Baseball Camp

Not Just a Hit: Kids Learn about Life and the Game at Mountaineers Youth Baseball Camp

by Sarah Davin “I’m hitting first!” one boy yells. “I’m hitting third!” yells another, as the campers line themselves up strategically in the dugout, preparing for the next inning. A third boy, wearing a baseball cap and a Mountaineers t-shirt comes up to bat. He swings and hits the ball just left of first base. […]

My Favorite Ice Cream in Vermont

My Favorite Ice Cream in Vermont

by Jack Reeves, age 11 Everyone knows Vermont is the ice cream and dairy state. But if you’re still looking for a good place to eat ice cream, we’ll talk about some places and how they’re good and bad. The places are the Dairy Creme, Chill, Canteen Creemee, Bragg Farm, and Ben & Jerry’s Factory. […]

Abridged Vermont: Bennington

Abridged Vermont: Bennington

by Mike Dunphy Before becoming editor in chief of The Bridge, I spent more than 10 years in the travel and tourism industry. I continue to do so on the side, and, indeed, I am currently in the middle of updating the Fodor’s Travel Guide for Vermont. This means poking around the entire state for […]

The Only Wine I Ever Loved

The Only Wine I Ever Loved

by Mike Dunphy From August 2002 to June 2003, I taught English at a school in the city of Koper, in the coastal Primorska region of Slovenia. Here, they produce a very particular type of red wine called Refošk, which kept me warm and oiled through the year. Ever since, I have sought it out […]

Students Shine at Montpelier High School Graduation

by Sarah Davin Graduation gowns are surprisingly uncomfortable to wear outside. They usually come in dark colors, meaning that on that beautiful summer day, these human-enveloping tarps absorb the heat of the sun and hold it close to the human body. Over the course of the long ceremony, as the principal reads through all of […]

CBD Brings AroMed New Success—and New Space

CBD Brings AroMed New Success—and New Space

by Mike Dunphy Just as the breath of life involves contraction and expansion, so too does Montpelier’s downtown business community. Adding a sweeter fragrance to that air is Lauren Andrews, owner of AroMed, who has expanded her business thanks to rapid growth and a loyal customer base here and in the flatlands. While the retail […]

Gardening for Pollinators, Birds, and Beauty

by Erin O’Hara Science shows us that biodiversity leads to a more productive ecosystem in which more oxygen is produced, more carbon dioxide stored, more water purified, and more energy from the sun transformed into food and biomass. The key to maximizing biodiversity in our gardens and landscapes is native plants. If we focus on […]

An Excerpt on the Myth of the Small Farm from  Daniel Hecht’s New Novel, “On Brassard’s Farm”

An Excerpt on the Myth of the Small Farm from Daniel Hecht’s New Novel, “On Brassard’s Farm”

Just as I’d had imbecilic notions of the forest, I had childlike misconceptions about farms, farming, and farmers. I had an imaginary “farm” in my mind. I knew that most of our food is grown on factory farms run by giant corporations. I knew that growing lots of a single crop or raising lots of […]

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

by Nat Winthrop My 37-year-old son Dan—also a Montpelier resident—and I returned from eight days in Havana, Cuba just over a month ago. Dan served as my photographer and interpreter. Under President Trump’s travel restrictions, we traveled as journalists, reporting on art, contemporary culture, and technology. It was an amazing experience, profoundly different from all […]

Living Mindfully by Writing Poetry

by Suzanne Podhaizer Let’s begin with a bad joke: “What do you call it when you sit on the couch, scratch your nose, doodle, check Facebook, and play a game of Solitaire?” “Writing poetry.” It’s one thing to force yourself to perform a tangible task, like washing dishes, gassing up the car, or making some […]