John’s Column

by John O’Brien Tomorrow, I run out of firewood. I am not alone. Almost everybody I know who burns wood has either run out or is about to run out. Last November, I stuffed eight cords of “seasoned” (somewhere between green and dry) firewood into the crawlspace in my cellar. After completing this annual chore, […]

Hands-On Gardener: Can You Grow a Radish?

by Miriam Hansen It’s been challenging to get super excited about starting seeds with this much snow on the ground. Still, April is the month to plant most of the seeds that need to be started indoors. With the exception of the squash family, I’ll be starting all the flowers and annual herbs, brassicas, tomatoes, […]

Nature Watch 4.3.14

Went downtown around 6 p.m. tonight on March 31 just to look at our rivers. The temperature was 37 degrees, no rain in the forecast. In the forty-five minutes it took me to do the rounds, channels were opening in the flat ice, and the river was moving along everywhere without a jam in sight, […]

Nature Watch 3.20.14

Nature Watch 3.20.14

Tonight the Full Crow Moon rose majestically over the eastern mountains, gleaming on the snow and casting shadows on the night landscape. And sure enough, this afternoon we saw, sitting peacefully in a tree not far from the house, two crows side by side, a sure sign that the large flocks of winter are breaking […]

BRIDGE BITES: Tacos Caliente con PBR

by Mark Frano Mark Frano is a serious eater, a toque-less chef and a wannabe writer who gets out of bed each morning only because it means three more chances to play with his food. His new column “Bridge Bites” is intended to share his passion, obsession and fascination with gastronomy as it collides with […]

A Taste of NECI: Tap into Vermont’s Sweet Life

by Jeffrey Andre Vermont’s maple sap has been collected and consumed by Vermonters as far back as the early Northeast Woodland Native American tribes. There is liquid gold in those maple trees, but to produce that pure golden amber syrup takes knowledge, hard work and patience. Vermont and the Northeast Region, including Canada, is the […]

Nature Watch 3-6-14

This time of year everyone knows someone who either is, or was just, or is about to leave on vacation. It’s always to escape the unpredictable, the cold, those last storms, or to stow away a bit of vitamin D before the skin and bones deteriorate any further! Our human family in the far north […]

Heard On The Street 3/6/2014

Two New Trustees Join the Norwich University Board Maxine Grad of Moretown, Vermont, and John Koziol of Rockwall, Texas, were elected to the Norwich University board of trustees recently. Grad is a graduate of Vermont Law School and has represented Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren in the Vermont State House since 2001. An alumnus […]

City Council Report:  February 19, 2014 Meeting

City Council Report: February 19, 2014 Meeting

City Charter Amendments, Proposed Parklet and District Heat by Nat Frothingham   Shortly after calling the February 19 meeting to order, Mayor John Hollar presented District 3 councilor Alan H. Weiss with a framed proclamation to acknowledge and thank Weiss for his six years of dedicated service on the council. Ballot Item: Proposed City Charter […]

Bridge Bites: Spring-Dug Parsnips

by M. Frano As winter mercifully morphs into spring, and the hills of Vermont begin to thaw, gardeners emerge, shovels in hand, like pirates on a beach trying to remember where the booty is buried. The seed catalogs that had sustained them through hibernation have become tattered and worn. Winter’s vegetables have ceased to inspire, […]