By Mary Anderson
Redwood Record Correspondent
"It's definitely off
the beaten path and rather hard to find, but the three local men who
are behind The Bridge have hopes that their project is the beginning
of an intellectual and research center in Garberville.
Mark Drake, Paul
Encimer and Ariel Lewis each had been mulling over the idea of
starting a place like The Bridge individually, but four months ago
they connected with each other and began the actual planning.
According to Lewis,
each of them has his own particular vision. But, he said, "When we sat
down to discuss our ideas, we found that they coincided enough to make
it a common project.'
Lewis said his
personal motivation is spiritual and philosophical, "The intellectual
energy in this town centers around direct political action causes and
people tend to congregate at the EPIC office. I'd noticed that a lot
of the people in the community didn't feel comfortable there. If you
weren't a direct activist, you really didn't have much of a say. So I
thought setting up a room that could unite people who were interested
in community building projects."