Despite Challenges, Local Restaurants Thrive on Relationships

by Sarah Davin Two days after DeMena’s closing, comedian Kathleen Kanz, enjoying some recently purchased Positive Pie pizza and looking for some calm and quiet, ventured up to the restaurant’s oddly vacant deck. As she ate, a person appeared, possibly an employee, who tried the door and was seemingly surprised to find it locked. Whatever […]

Fighting the Real Lake Champlain Monster—Pollution

by Mike Dunphy Some art looks best from a distance, and thanks to pollution, the same might be said for Lake Champlain. Indeed, 2018 has seen numerous spills of un- or partially treated water into the lake thanks to malfunctions and overflows at sewage treatment plants—7.1 million gallons of “treated and partially disinfected effluent” in […]

Wood Mountain Ferries Fish From Bait to Plate

by Gail Callahan Where does Montpelier’s fish come from? For many local restaurants, the answer is Massachusetts-based wholesaler Wood Mountain Fish helmed by Ethan Wood, who pursues a “bait-to-plate” philosophy that pulls the fish from the water in the morning and gets them in Vermont kitchens by evening. David Huck, worker-owner of Woodbelly Pizza & […]

Autumn is a Great Ride for Central Vermont Cyclists

by Kip Roberts It’s no secret that Vermont has some of the best fall foliage tours in New England. On the seat of a bicycle, with the wind in your hair, is a great way to experience the landscape. But while gravel bicycling is seeing huge participation gains across the country, Vermont’s most scenic back-road […]

September 20–October 3, 2018


Morse Farm Ski Touring Center Closing Shocks Skiers Local cross-country skiers and snowshoers were saddened to learn this week that the Morse Farm Ski Touring Center in East Montpelier will not reopen this winter, after 17 years of operation. A statement emailed to customers by the five partners of the ski operation, and also posted […]