NATURE WATCH: Bubble, Bubble: It’s Boiling Time!

All the pleasures and inconveniences of deep winter in a flash-storm complete with cancellations and days off school! We are skiing again, cautiously, as there is no base to cover sticks, rocks and stumps, and any fall could be serious! And around the corner, another thaw, another spring, this one with long late afternoons of […]

NATURE WATCH: Life Re-Emerges

The yard is full of red-winged blackbirds and their song. By noon the brooks are tumbling along to join the Winooski. It’s a tender time, with life returning. Re-emerging, this year three weeks early. A quick trip to the feed stores reminds me that we live in a time of great danger to all life, […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Efficiency Plan Saves Energy

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Efficiency Plan Saves Energy

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — After a six month pilot period, Barre City’s energy efficiency effort is showing results. State officials set the goal of reaching 90 percent of Vermont’s energy needs from renewable resources by 2050 and Barre is doing its part to get on board with these lofty goals.At a recent meeting, Mayor […]

NATURE WATCH: The Character Evolution Of Snow

by Nona Estrin Finally a storm with deep snow. Being so fresh,  the snow does not yet have character. Over the next days it may become more fluid and  start to drape from the branches of trees. As it degrades on the ground it may slump  into interesting patterns or gullies, or if it stays […]

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: (F)LA Law

by Larry Floersch So I was lying awake the other night thinking about that whole red-shift/blue-shift thing in the curvilinear four-dimensional space-time continuum when it dawned on me that Vermont must not have enough attorneys. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But Lare, you didn’t have to ponder Minkowski spacetime to figure that out. You […]

NATURE WATCH: Springtime Cometh!

by Nona Estrin February’s still my favorite month. When new snow begins to melt in the sun and make its trip to the sea; when sunny longer days start and end with lavender shadows on gold to peach-tinged snow surfaces; gladness shakes me out of winter and gives me a breath of new life. We […]

NATURE WATCH: Joyful Sparrows Leave Early This Year

NATURE WATCH: Joyful Sparrows Leave Early This Year

by Nona Estrin For the first time in 20 years, our small troupe of American Tree Sparrows from the far north, has decamped early. The joyful flock of birds musically chittering under a rose bush, where I toss mixed seed each day, is gone. Called Chip Darmstadt at the North Branch Nature Center. He too […]

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: Signs of the Times in Margaritaville

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: Signs of the Times in Margaritaville

by Larry Floresch Several months ago, my spouse decided that a few months away from Vermont this winter would be just the ticket, so, along with the entire population of the five boroughs of New York and half of New Jersey, we rented a house for the season on the shore in Florida. Now I […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: ‘The Galley’ Helps Sustain Seniors

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There are many reasons why people commit to living their life in Vermont. Our picturesque countryside and outdoor amenities offer adventure and serenity while our small villages and towns provide opportunities for social capital creation. It’s a safe place to live, but no doubt an expensive place to live. According […]

DOT’S BEAT: How To Survive Another Winter

by Dot Helling Vermonters pay a price for living in this wonderful place — winter! When the snow fall is good and arctic blasts don’t bottom out our temperatures, Vermont can be heavenly for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and snowshoers. But how do we maintain our sanity when the conditions rollercoaster and are not so good? […]