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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 […]

Honoring Ken Squier: Radio Station Owner and Motor Sports Broadcaster

Honoring Ken Squier: Radio Station Owner and Motor Sports Broadcaster

by Nat Frothingham At a St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast celebrated on March 13, the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce honored motor sports broadcaster and Radio Station WDEV owner Ken Squier. As a boy growing up in Waterbury Village and for more than 80 years, Squier has had a continuing association with WDEV. Squier has also […]

Filmmaker and VCFA Student Tamara Perkins Discusses Life After Life

Filmmaker and VCFA Student Tamara Perkins Discusses Life After Life

compiled by Mike Dunphy Few people, much less filmmakers, are as willing to dig into the “underbelly” of society as VCFA student Tamara Perkins. And she goes even further, devoting much time and energy to rehabilitation of those that either fall, or dive through, the cracks, be it with yoga and mindfulness training or filmmaking. […]