Columns

NATURE WATCH: Rain. Finally!

by Nona Estrin Either dry conditions, nearby logging or the forest tent caterpillar defoliation of the Drew Mountain range to our east, has been responsible for more woodland birds than we are accustomed to. We hear scarlet tanager, thrushes, vireos, rose breasted grosbeaks and others, not normally singing in August. Foliage around the small pool […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: In Appreciation Of A Board Member

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: In Appreciation Of A Board Member

by Joshua Jerome Revitalizing downtowns is challenging work and requires significant investment of financial and human capital from municipal governments and community organizations. It also requires citizen participation by serving on committees and boards. As Barre’s downtown organization, the Barre Partnership relies heavily on citizen participation and for one particular board member, Randi Dudley, this […]

NATURE WATCH: Rainfall Dearth Shrinks Salamander Pool

NATURE WATCH: Rainfall Dearth Shrinks Salamander Pool

by Nona Estrin Early in the cool, up to the woods off Brazier Road where we have permission to roam. Visited a number of favorite haunts. Most of these we named over the decades after events or findings. Some, Porcupine Condo, and Spotted Salamander Pool, still inhabited by their namesakes, or descendants. But unexpectedly, came […]

DOT’S BEAT: ‘The Influencers’

DOT’S BEAT: ‘The Influencers’

by Dot Helling The Influencers. That’s what I call them. Groups of locals who have gathered regularly over the years to make a difference, or not, through friendly debate, opinion, agreement and controversy. The meeting spots in the olden days included Coffee Corner, Capitol Plaza (then the Tavern Motor Inn bedecked with a large fish […]

A STATE OF MIND: When You Wish Upon a Star!

by Larry Floersch Warning: This column is on a subject that falls under the scientific term “yucky.” Reader discretion is advised. I’ve been traveling a bit this summer — planes, trains, and automobiles — and I’ve encountered many of the usual annoyances that make travel so much fun: high airfares, cramped seats, long Transportation Security […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Business Continues Passion For Printing

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Barre Business Continues Passion For Printing

by Joshua Jerome Downtown Barre is home to several young entrepreneurs and one of them, CW Print + Design (formerly known as Copy World) in particular, has been instrumental in providing services to many Barre businesses. Started in 1994 by Diane Fontana, Copy World catered to businesses and individuals looking for basic copying and print […]

DOT’S BEAT: Road, River and Neighborhood Names

DOT’S BEAT: Road, River and Neighborhood Names

by Dot Helling Ever wonder how our area roads, rivers and neighborhoods got their names? Some of course are obvious, like Montpelier’s Main and State Streets, Country Club and Three Mile Bridge Road. The bridge where Three Mile Bridge Road tees into the Junction Road is three miles from downtown Montpelier. Junction Road takes you […]

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT: Have Fun Helping Others: Volunteer Your Time

by Dot Helling Central Vermonters give back. Are you retired? Working part-time? Have no obsessive hobbies that keep you “24/7” on the golf course, trails or water? Simply want more to do? Well, here’s an answer: VOLUNTEERISM. The opportunities in Central Vermont are boundless and the need exists. Here are some ideas to get you […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Granite City Grocery Cooperative Seeks A Home

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Granite City Grocery Cooperative Seeks A Home

by Joshua Jerome Three years ago a small contingent of Barre residents came together in the hopes of forming a cooperatively owned grocery store downtown. Granite City Grocery was formed and since that time there has been a cadre of dedicated volunteers who have steered the organization through a delicate process of vetting properties and […]

NATURE WATCH: It’s Wild Orchid Time

NATURE WATCH: It’s Wild Orchid Time

by Nona Estrin Last of the spring tree colors. Goodbye grey-green new leaves of large-toothed aspen and hello June bugs banging on screens after dark. The end of a glorious, long, slow May. And yes, if you have a special place you go to see early wild orchids, either the lime-loving yellow lady-slipper or the […]