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NATURE WATCH: Time for Brooding

NATURE WATCH: Time for Brooding

by Nona Estrin Walking the path south of our yard, to see a broad-winged hawk nest, I’m noticing something curious. I’ve seen it before, but for how long? Occasional tufts of dried maple leaves are here and there. They’ve been pulled together and partly down into a  worm-sized hole! This and the mid-May snow … […]

Expansion Plans for Montpelier’s Studio Zenith

Expansion Plans for Montpelier’s Studio Zenith

by Ashley Witzenberger Just four short years ago, Amy Leventhal opened the doors to Studio Zenith on Main Street in Montpelier. Zenith is a boutique fitness studio specializing in strengthening, toning and conditioning classes, including the very popular Zumba. Amy’s studio philosophy concentrates on how you feel, your level of health and how you feel […]

NATURE WATCH: Yellow-rumped Warblers in the ‘Hood

NATURE WATCH: Yellow-rumped Warblers in the ‘Hood

by Nona Estrin Had we not wandered down to Carol Dixon and Bruce Howlett’s beaver ponds during the clear cold snap recently, we never would have guessed that so many yellow-rumped warblers were in the neighborhood. These ponds are protected from the north and west winds, and they hold the afternoon sun and warmth. Insects […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Seattle Native Brings Espresso Bueno To Barre

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Seattle Native Brings Espresso Bueno To Barre

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — Downtown Barre is home to one of the greatest things in Central Vermont, Espresso Bueno. The café is owned by Elizabeth Manriquez and this July during the Barre Heritage Festival, she will be celebrating her ninth year in downtown Barre. Raised in Seattle where coffee shops are ubiquitous, it was […]

A STATE OF MIND: Sweet Dreams?

A STATE OF MIND: Sweet Dreams?

by Larry Floersch Someone in my household suggested I see a doctor about my sleep “problem.” The “problem” for this person was not that I have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. In this person’s eyes, that is wholly my problem. No, it was that in those few hours I was asleep, I made a […]

Green Up and Bike to Town

Green Up and Bike to Town

by Ashley Witzenberger Green Up Day in Montpelier Saturday, May 7 is Green Up Day! In 2015, Montpelier had a record number of volunteers participate in greening up the Capital City. To volunteer this year, visit the volunteer tent hosted by Montpelier Alive, located on State Street near the top of the Farmers’ Market. Check […]

NATURE WATCH: Edibles Emerge In Our Woodland Domain

NATURE WATCH: Edibles Emerge In Our Woodland Domain

by Nona Estrin At last, the green in our morning eggs and on our dinner plates is gathered mere yards from where we eat it! Wild, cooked leek greens are in everything now, our go-to for so many meals. Their deep woodland domain is on the slope next to the yard. It’s a different world […]

A STATE OF MIND: Chuck’s Tale

A STATE OF MIND: Chuck’s Tale

by Larry Floersch Like any other red-blooded American man who watches football occasionally and maybe a NASCAR race now and then, I’d like to believe that I can protect my property from any form of assault. At least I felt that way until Chuck moved in. Chuck was a woodchuck, or groundhog, or whistlepig, or […]

The Capital City is ALIVE During  Montpelier Mayfest Weekend

The Capital City is ALIVE During Montpelier Mayfest Weekend

by Ashley Witzenberger The first weekend in May has grown into quite the time to be in Montpelier. Each year, this weekend is host to several fun events in the capital city, many taking place outside, giving folks a chance to enjoy lovely spring weather with friends, family and neighbors. While you are downtown, stop […]

NATURE WATCH: April Brings Morning Concert

by Nona Estrin The hardest of April weeks — in the teens and snow! We grudgingly bundle up and kick ourselves outdoors. Once out, the legs and blood start moving, we warm and feel the day brighten around us. Blue jays, still in a pre-mating flock, give their tropical-sounding late morning concert of flute-like unison […]