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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 […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Virtual Reality Studio Blazes New Trail

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Virtual Reality Studio Blazes New Trail

by Joshua Jerome Nestled in Barre’s co-working space, The Office Block at 248 N. Main St., resides another young Barre business, Immersive Technology Studios; a virtual reality company working towards “bridging the gap between the real and digital world.” Owned by Andrew Glover, Immersive Technology Studios utilizes new spherical imaging processes and software to take […]

NATURE WATCH: Drip, Drip; Life Emerges

NATURE WATCH: Drip, Drip; Life Emerges

by Nona Estrin Drip! drip! drip! It’s either sap or rain, and what a change from one to the other. We’ve just had the weekend of our dreams with sap runs and sun, and here comes a week of rain and cloud, perhaps even snow! Still, a walk along the edge of our neighbor’s beaver […]

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Think Long and Hard Before You Plant That Tree

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Think Long and Hard Before You Plant That Tree

by Miriam Hansen Ah, the glories of mud season. As temperatures roller coaster up and down, the snow drops are blooming, onions, leeks, shallots, celery and snapdragons are growing under lights in the basement. A tray of spinach, arugula and lettuce is seeded and will soon be ready to transplant into the greenhouse. It is […]

Tour The World In Your Own Hometown

Tour The World In Your Own Hometown

by Ashley Witzenberger MONTPELIER — It’s that time of year again — downtown Montpelier welcomes the Green Mountain Film Festival March 18 to 27. As described on its website, the festival is presented by Focus on Film, a 31-year-old Central Vermont organization whose purpose is “to provide public film showings of cultural, social and historic […]

NATURE WATCH: Among Sweet Twitterings, Water Tumbles

NATURE WATCH: Among Sweet Twitterings, Water Tumbles

by Nona Estrin Red-winged blackbirds! Large flocks of north-bound goldfinches, still in winter drab, join a handful that wintered here, adding their sweet twitterings to the sound-scape. All is changing now with the equinox fast approaching. I strain to still hear the American tree sparrow, our winter sparrow, over the din. They have not yet […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: ReSOURCE Store:  Jobs, the Environment and  Retail Therapy

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: ReSOURCE Store: Jobs, the Environment and Retail Therapy

by  Joshua Jerome BARRE — ReSOURCE has been serving Vermont for 25 years, opening its first store in Burlington in 1991, as Recycle North. As conceived at its outset, Recycle North provided opportunities for homeless men and women to learn important job skills that would allow them to gain employment and work towards climbing out […]