NATURE WATCH: Here Comes the Sun

by Nona Estrin Now comes the time of the year I most love in Vermont. Since Dec. 21 the sun, from our house, has lingered at least 25 compass degrees south of Spruce Mountain. In the next weeks the earth starts it’s tilt “south” in earnest, and within a month will be at the flanks […]

NATURE WATCH: Frigid Air Outside, Cozy Inside

by Nona Estrin   A great mass of frigid air settles over us. Even small tasks outdoors become more challenging. Being inside takes on new meaning. It’s nothing short of miraculous that we can be inside, warm, and buffered against such terrible cold. But it’s more than simply warmth. In Denmark and other northern countries there […]



by Miriam Hansen Well we’ve rung in the New Year and I couldn’t resist running a photo of the beautiful lettuce, spinach and cruciferous greens growing in January in our single-ply greenhouse with a door that doesn’t fully shut. We transplanted those greens into the greenhouse at the end of October. I’ve never started them […]

Nature Watch 12.18.14

by Nona Estrin   The sun has slowed its journey toward the south, about to pause and return. Skiing has been silky, but something is missing. I miss the golden-crowned kinglets.  When snow locks up the land, and hunters pack up for home, the woods always seemed to belong to these tiny birds. I looked […]

Eye on Montpelier 12.18.14

by Ashley Witzenberger, executive director at Montpelier Alive   You Are Invited to Downtown Montpelier to Celebrate New Year’s Eve! Here are just a few of the fun things to do on Dec. 31: 2 p.m. Central Vermont Runner’s Club’s Annual New Year’s Eve Road Race: A 5-Kilometer road running race starting at the Pavilion; […]

BARRE BEAT: Main Street Program Names New Executive Director

by Emily Kaminsky This week marks a transition in the world of downtown Barre businesses. The Barre Partnership, a Main Street program committed to creating a vibrant downtown Barre, named Josh Jerome as its new executive director. His first day on the job was Dec. 15. I caught up with him the morning of his […]

Nature Watch – 12.4.14

by Nona Estrin As avian winter residents define their cold-season territories, so do the hawks which stay here and survive on birds. When the blue jays suddenly scream, the doves and smaller birds whoosh up and fly for cover, and the woodpeckers freeze vertically on the trunks, we often catch a glimpse of the majestic […]

Barre Beat: Businesses Buzzing with Activity

by Emily Kaminsky Barre is buzzing with business activity according to Joel Schwartz of Barre Area Development Inc. the community’s economic development nonprofit. Case in point: The newest addition to the downtown’s eatery landscape will be Positive Pie, which has signed a lease for 10,000 square feet with DEW Properties to open a restaurant on […]

Eye on Montpelier – 12.4.14

by Ashley Witzenberger, executive director at Montpelier Alive Celebrate the holidays with Montpelier Alive! Saturday, Dec. 6: Santa Claus is coming to downtown! City Center, 89 Main St. Free. Join the staff and students of New England Culinary Institute to decorate cookies to eat or leave out for Santa. Later in the afternoon, Santa comes to downtown; […]

TECH CHECK: Can Facebook Really Use My Content?

by Jeremy Lesniak From time to time I see people post some status on Facebook claiming copyright over their Facebook “property.” The current one begins “Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I do declare the following:” These posts spread quickly, as […]