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NATURE WATCH: The Sweet Fragrance of Spring

Up on our hill, the apples are still blooming and spring is boasting its most beautiful weather in years, with gentle slowly soaking rains setting off days of sun. Wild plum fragrance has given way to apple and lilac. The air is sweet, the days are long, while gardens demand we turn our energy to […]

Pocket Park on Main Street Creates Inviting Community Space

by Ashley Witzenberger   The lot on Main Street next to Splash Naturals has been an eyesore for Montpelier’s historic and quaint downtown for some time, but that is about to change. If you haven’t already seen the beginnings of the makeover, a new pocket park and public gathering space is coming together and the […]

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Rules to Plan By

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Rules to Plan By

by Miriam Hansen   This is one of those years when spring has really passed in the blink of an eye. My prediction that we’d have to wait until late May to plant warm weather crops has proved utterly wrong. We’ve been frost-free in East Montpelier since the beginning of May. Despite a brutal winter […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Behind the Scenes with Seasoned Realtors

by Joshua Jerome   For many Americans, purchasing a home is the largest financial transaction they’ll make in their lifetime and it’s not just a home, but an investment. And for many, this investment will be the largest investment in their lives and a decision that will have lasting implications for years to come. Because […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: The Fine Art of Food in Barre

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — Dustin Smith opened Morse Block Deli almost a year ago with a vision to provide downtown Barre with an eccentric deli experience, and that’s exactly what he’s done. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Smith uses his diverse educational background and life experiences in providing local diners with […]

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Time to Start the Seedlings…

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Time to Start the Seedlings…

by Miriam Hansen After a month in the Southwest, it has only taken a day or so for us to get mighty tired of the cold weather! We planted onions, parsley, celery and some of the slower germinating annual and perennials before we left in early March. My daughter also started tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Out of Adversity, Barre Bookstore Born

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Out of Adversity, Barre Bookstore Born

by Joshua Jerome On Thursday May 26, 2011, Barre was consumed by a deluge that created debris filled flash floods and significant damage to personal property. And while the storm raged on, Cynthia Duprey was out of state with one of her daughters on a school function. The next morning, Cynthia’s husband, Bill Duprey, assessed […]

NATURE WATCH: Grateful for Bird Songs

by Nona Estrin This time of year, I’m grateful for good hearing. There is nothing prettier to my ear than the spring song of migrating fox sparrows. They stop here to scratch in the brush, adding their alto melody to the warbler-like trills of northbound juncos. Neither of these birds sing until on their way […]

Granite City Groove: Larry Brown, Printer: An Exceptional Barre Businessman

Granite City Groove: Larry Brown, Printer: An Exceptional Barre Businessman

by Joshua Jerome Tucked away on a side street in downtown Barre resides a 27-year-old unusual entrepreneurial business, L. Brown & Sons Printing. I sat down with Larry Brown recently to discuss printing and the history of the family business. Larry and his wife, Diane, moved to East Montpelier from the Boston area to homeschool […]

Nature Watch: Bird’s Din: The Sound of Spring

by Nona Estrin A tree full of red-winged blackbirds with their glorious din! And robins returning! Now is the time to learn the unforgettable high chatter of that fabled, once rare bird of prey, the Merlin. Because any day now, the Merlins of Montpelier will return for another year of pigeon hunting and nesting! And you […]