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NATURE WATCH: Ice Drives Us Inside, Tree Sparrows Arrive

NATURE WATCH: Ice Drives Us Inside, Tree Sparrows Arrive

by Nona Estrin Recently we’ve had a couple of migration stragglers. A lone fox sparrow is kicking around in the brush at the edge of the lawn with newly arrived American tree sparrows, on time for their annual winter stay. A single grackle too, and a red-bellied woodpecker, not expected at all, likely from further […]

DOT’S BEAT: More of ‘Montpelier’s Friendliest People’

DOT’S BEAT: More of ‘Montpelier’s Friendliest People’

by Dot Helling In 2015 I wrote a well received piece about some of Montpelier’s friendliest people including Gary Bergeron, Amy Cox, Michelle Pitzner, Erich Rosenstreich, George Estes and others. Here are some more. See if you know them. Stop them and say hello. Beat them to the punch. Richard Young works at Yankee Wine […]

NATURE WATCH: Supermoon Brings Comfort

by Nona Estrin So many unknowns for so many people! Not right after the election, but by last night, it began to be a comfort to see the heavy supermoon, rising as predicted over our mountians to the east, and today, right on schedual, the vibrant fall flowering of the witch hazel bushes west of […]

DOT’S BEAT: Local’s Unique Vocations and Avocations

DOT’S BEAT: Local’s Unique Vocations and Avocations

by Dot Helling I like to write about the uniqueness of “Montpeculiar” and its downtown and area residents. Many of our residents work at unique vocations and avocations. In this anti-smoking age which she likens to “Prohibition,” Carole Burns of Montpelier makes her living as a tobacconist dealing in tobaccos and fine briar pipes. In 1980 […]

A STATE OF MIND: Trash Talkin’ from Brownsville, Texas

A STATE OF MIND: Trash Talkin’ from Brownsville, Texas

by Larry Floersch The highest point in Brownsville, Texas, is the landfill. I know this because Gina, an employee of the City of Brownsville, took me there for a tour. The landfill is so popular they even have a spacious visitors center, complete with videos and explanatory brochures. Gina is a supervisor for the crews […]

MONTPELIER ALIVE: Time For The Hunger Mountain Co-op Wellness Fair

MONTPELIER ALIVE: Time For The Hunger Mountain Co-op Wellness Fair

by Ashley Witzenberger MONTPELIER — It’s that time of year again! The Hunger Mountain Co-op will host the 23rd annual Food & Wellness Fair this Saturday, Nov. 5. More than 60 vendors will gather in Montpelier City Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Food & Wellness Fair is a free community event that […]

DOT’S BEAT: Vermontisms and Vermont Quirks

by Dot Helling Ever wonder how to properly pronounce those “down country” words and names? Or how it is we “can’t get there from here” when you ask a crusty Vermonter for directions? Or why it is we go down to Burlington when it’s located on the map as Northwest of here? I don’t pretend […]

NATURE WATCH: Salamander Pond Is Low, Time For Rain

by Nona Estrin These lovely fall days must give way to rain! Today the spotted salamander pond is no longer just low, but virtually empty. I have never in 37 years seen it like this. Still, down at Bobolink Farm, the beaver ponds contain full resovoirs of water, conserved by these furry engineers in a […]

DOT’S BEAT: Tree Hugger: Single Trees Are Lonely

DOT’S BEAT: Tree Hugger: Single Trees Are Lonely

by Dot Helling Can you be a tree hugger and live in downtown Montpelier? My guess is Montpelier Tree Board Chair John Snell would say yes! It depends on your definition. Kind of like the debate we used to have with Reverend John Nutting about whether or not transplanted Vermonters ever become real Vermonters. I […]

A STATE OF MIND: No Pain,  No Gain

A STATE OF MIND: No Pain, No Gain

by Larry Floersch I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little tired of my Fitbit scale telling me my Body Mass Index is way out of whack or my wrist activity tracker urging me to move every 30 minutes. Who do these devices think they are? My doctor? This whole fitness thing is getting […]