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? […]

DOT’S BEAT: Montpelier’s Guinness Records

by Dot Helling I‘ve been thinking about a Montpelier book of “Guinness World Records.” What in this city might qualify for such a list? Here are some of my thoughts. The longest clothesline in the city is strung behind a house on Cummings Street and measures about 200 feet long. I have never seen clothes […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Moving And Shaking Revitalizes Barre, More Redevelopment Planned

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Moving And Shaking Revitalizes Barre, More Redevelopment Planned

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There has been a lot of economic development work in downtown Barre over the last six years: there was the massive reconstruction project that saw the replacement of infrastructure underneath Main Street throughout historic Barre; the renovation of an entire building, Blanchard Block, which restored wooden floors and architectural details […]


by Nona Estrin A real winter! Now with deer season over, out to the fields and woods we go on skis. We were visited this week by an uncommon bird from sub-arctic Canada, the Northern Shrike. The blue jay-sized carnivorus song bird quickly killed, and than slowly ate, a junko, fussing repeatedly with the business of […]