Eye on Montpelier 9.11.14

by Ashley Witzenberger, Executive Director, Montpelier Alive Montpelier Alive would like to send a big thank-you out to all of the community members who came out Saturday night for our 15th anniversary party! Thank you to all the volunteers and vendors who helped to make the party great fun. We appreciate all the donations made to […]

Barre Beat 9.11.14

 by Emily Kaminsky Barre is often called the Granite City. Thanks to the work of Studio Place Arts (SPA), funding from the Charles Semprebon Fund, the Vermont Granite Museum and other community partners–and thanks to its abundance of granite–Barre has now established itself as a sculpture city, too.” SPA, a nonprofit community visual arts center […]

Tech Check: Building from the Ground Up 9.11.14

by Jeremy Lesniak I often recall the scenario of a client from years gone by. We repurposed some old hardware in multiple locations, yielding not one, not two, but nine copies of the client’s mission-critical data. I apply the same strategy with many clients today, never relying on a single physical location for backup. I can’t […]

Hands on Gardener: Keeping Up with Putting Up 9.11.14

Hands on Gardener: Keeping Up with Putting Up 9.11.14

 by Miriam Hansen The tomatoes have ripened, the late blight has arrived, and we’ve harvested all the fruit and are getting ready to bag the blighted plants. It certainly is a labor-intensive way to grow tomatoes and I wish we didn’t have to go through this bagging and burying every year. Still, we’ve made about […]

The Many Applications of Manure

by John O’Brien In the pink Gothic Revival carriage barn at farmer and politician Justin S. Morrill’s homestead in Strafford, there is a reproduction of a poster announcing the Third Annual Fair of the Vermont State Agricultural Society, at Montpelier, September 13, 14 and 15, 1853.  In great detail, the poster lists the categories for […]

Nature Watch 8.28.14

By Nona Estrin-

Eye on Montpelier 8.28.14

By Ashley Witzenberger, executive director, Montpelier Alive- The community is invited to celebrate Montpelier Alive’s 15th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 4:30 to 9 p.m., on State Street between Elm and Main. Live music will be provided by Project 3; there will be kids’ games and activities including face-painting, and for those of you […]

Barre Beat – 8.28.14

By Emily Kaminsky- What’s so funny about Barre? The monthly comedy nights organized by Sean Hunter Williams downtown at Espresso Bueno. “Stroke Yer Joke,” an open-mic comedy night which takes the spotlight the third Friday of every month at 8 p.m., has added a welcome blast of fun to Barre nightlife. People who want to […]

The Taste of Place

By Mark Frano- I do not spit at wine tastings. I prefer to be taken over by the alcohol as quickly as possible. My palate becomes a dull instrument, but at least I am mercifully released from the bombastic adjectives that savants throw around in hope of describing some vague nuance of the beverage. At […]

Nature Watch 8.7.14

By Nona Estrin   Today summer is taking a nap. Berries are ripening; chanterelles are popping up overnight—sun and rain, just right for them this year. The shrubby power line near us is silent, but I know the common yellowthroat warblers and the black-billed cuckoo are feeding fledglings there. If I stand quiet, I hear […]