April 3–April 16, 2019

New Animal Hospital Revives Downtown Garage Space

New Animal Hospital Revives Downtown Garage Space

By Sarah Davin The Capital City Farmers Market will soon buzz with locals buying cherry tomatoes, honey, and goat cheese, all while inhaling the mouth-watering smells of hot enchiladas and spanakopita. Even more excited than the humans are the collies, spaniels, Labradors, and more, who arrive in as many varieties as the produce in the […]

HEARD ON THE STREET: 4.3.19

Industry Publication to Recognize Quirky Pet Montpelier’s independent pet supply store, Quirky Pet, will be honored as Pet Products News International’s Independent Pet Shop of the Year in its May publication. It is the second time owner Cindra Conison (pictured at right) has won the award. “I also won in 2014,” Conison said. “There will […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin Spring is forcing its way into our still snow-clad world.  Robins and red-winged blackbirds arrive daily in vibrant flocks, bringing their familiar songs and calls. Out in the rose tangle the song sparrows are singing their claim.  We continue to ski on the hard snowpack here, clomping over bare patches,  knowing it […]

Finding Fur-ever Families

Finding Fur-ever Families

By Cat Cutillo Laurie Garrison knows first-hand the paw-print an animal can leave on one’s life. Hanging above her desk is a framed portrait of her late dog, Mr. Bumpus, whom she rescued in 2005 from a shelter in New Jersey, where she was living and working as an AT&T research scientist. “I call him […]

Animals Offer a Therapeutic Paw: WCMHS Employs Calming Critters

Animals Offer a Therapeutic Paw: WCMHS Employs Calming Critters

By Tim Simard Aspen and Bode are two of a kind. One’s a dog and the other’s a cat, but for all intents and purposes, they are as close as siblings. Aspen, a short and energetic black Labrador mix, immediately greets you with an excitable wag of the tail and a determined snout into your […]

News from Fish and Wildlife

News from Fish and Wildlife

Compiled by Mike Dunphy and The Department of Fish & Wildlife With spring upon us and Vermont’s wildlife shaking off its hibernal slumber, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is moving forward discussions on several changes in state policies, including the following: Deer Hunting Near the top of the agenda are significant changes in deer […]

What is a Bug to Do in a Changing Climate? Taking Inventory of Vermont’s Invertebrates

What is a Bug to Do in a Changing Climate? Taking Inventory of Vermont’s Invertebrates

By Mark Ferguson Those with an eye to the outdoors will notice wildlife becomes increasingly active as the weather warms. Our winter resident birds now fill the morning with song, skunks are once again skulking, and even an occasional moth shows itself. As we move into the growing season, one of the most iconic sounds […]

Space is Only the First Frontier in Pet Ownership

By Alana Stevenson, M.S. I was asked the other day how I felt about pets living in small places. Would it be cruel to a cat or dog to live in a small apartment? There are many facets to this question, and I had multiple thoughts and answers. From a behavioral perspective, and a personal one, […]

Caledonia Spirits Aims to Open  Montpelier Distillery by June

Caledonia Spirits Aims to Open Montpelier Distillery by June

By Tom Brown It won’t be long before customers will relax along the banks of the Winooski River in Montpelier and sip a Bee’s Knees cocktail made from spirits produced on site at Vermont’s newest distillery—and Montpelier’s newest tourist destination. The walls are up and the five large stills will soon be in place at […]

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn: Dueling Banjos Come to the Barre Opera House

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn: Dueling Banjos Come to the Barre Opera House

By Mike Dunphy When Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn take the stage, they could conceivably stand back-to-back, walk 10 paces, turn, and fire off a salvo of plucking, raking, and strumming—thanks to the inherent duel they present between two distinct banjo styles—bluegrass and claw hammer. Fleck plays the classic three-finger bluegrass style developed by Earl […]