Columns

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 […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Tree House Hardwoods Branches Out To Barre

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Tree House Hardwoods Branches Out To Barre

by Joshua Jerome The Granite City has been making investments attracting young entrepreneurs who have opened up new business on Main Street over the last several years, but it hasn’t been restricted to just Main Street. Recently, The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop expanded out of their South Burlington location into a 10,000 square foot […]

DOT’S BEAT: Home Again!

DOT’S BEAT: Home Again!

story and photo by Dot Helling This Rocky Mountain snowbird has returned home to Vermont. I stand with one foot in Vermont, one in Colorado, not wanting to give up either, although my wanderings do make me yearn to be landed. I’ve spent a lot of time weighing the pros, cons, similarities and differences of […]

A STATE OF MIND: Duck Soup

A STATE OF MIND: Duck Soup

by Larry Floersch Many folks in Washington seem to have “lame” on their brains these days. As in “lame duck.” To some people it seems, any president who wins reelection automatically becomes a lame duck because he or she cannot run again. Based on that premise, a president gets four years in office and can […]

NATURE WATCH: Time for Brooding

NATURE WATCH: Time for Brooding

by Nona Estrin Walking the path south of our yard, to see a broad-winged hawk nest, I’m noticing something curious. I’ve seen it before, but for how long? Occasional tufts of dried maple leaves are here and there. They’ve been pulled together and partly down into a  worm-sized hole! This and the mid-May snow … […]