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HANDS-ON GARDENER: Time to Start the Seedlings…

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Time to Start the Seedlings…

by Miriam Hansen After a month in the Southwest, it has only taken a day or so for us to get mighty tired of the cold weather! We planted onions, parsley, celery and some of the slower germinating annual and perennials before we left in early March. My daughter also started tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Out of Adversity, Barre Bookstore Born

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Out of Adversity, Barre Bookstore Born

by Joshua Jerome On Thursday May 26, 2011, Barre was consumed by a deluge that created debris filled flash floods and significant damage to personal property. And while the storm raged on, Cynthia Duprey was out of state with one of her daughters on a school function. The next morning, Cynthia’s husband, Bill Duprey, assessed […]

NATURE WATCH: Grateful for Bird Songs

by Nona Estrin This time of year, I’m grateful for good hearing. There is nothing prettier to my ear than the spring song of migrating fox sparrows. They stop here to scratch in the brush, adding their alto melody to the warbler-like trills of northbound juncos. Neither of these birds sing until on their way […]

Granite City Groove: Larry Brown, Printer: An Exceptional Barre Businessman

Granite City Groove: Larry Brown, Printer: An Exceptional Barre Businessman

by Joshua Jerome Tucked away on a side street in downtown Barre resides a 27-year-old unusual entrepreneurial business, L. Brown & Sons Printing. I sat down with Larry Brown recently to discuss printing and the history of the family business. Larry and his wife, Diane, moved to East Montpelier from the Boston area to homeschool […]

Nature Watch: Bird’s Din: The Sound of Spring

by Nona Estrin A tree full of red-winged blackbirds with their glorious din! And robins returning! Now is the time to learn the unforgettable high chatter of that fabled, once rare bird of prey, the Merlin. Because any day now, the Merlins of Montpelier will return for another year of pigeon hunting and nesting! And you […]

Nature Watch: Creatures Come Out For a Breath of Spring Air?

by Nona Estrin   Today the snow finally collapsed sufficiently to hold a skier and out I went, visiting places I haven’t been able to get to all winter. Tracks on a big field led me to a freshly dug-out skunk den, the dirt and snow plug lying next to it. Further on, in a […]

Downtown Barre Heating Up with Business and Cultural Activity

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — The sap is running, the birds are out, vitamin D levels are increasing and with every passing day the melting snow reveals our four-legged friends’ travel patterns throughout this past winter.  Spring is right around the corner and downtown Barre is starting to heat up already. The newly opened Positive […]

MSAC Writers Corner: A Household Chore

by Ruth Mary Youngblood I am putting away our clean laundry in our oversized, walk-in closet, which we call the Trophy Room, but that is another story. Putting away clean clothes is about the only domestic chore I do anymore. It is not a result of my efforts that the clothes are ready for the drawers […]

NATURE WATCH: Ready for Spring

by Nona Estrin The thermostat has finally been turned up! Today was a classic winter day — 20s and silky new snow. Over this next month, the fate of so many creatures is in nature’s hands. We’re hearing about owls in trouble, sitting dazed all day in the open, and I know homeowners here and […]

HANDS ON GARDENER: Challenges…

HANDS ON GARDENER: Challenges…

by Miriam Hansen I confess. I ordered lisianthus seed — the flowering biennial that takes five to six months from germination to flower, requires temperatures of  70 to 75 degrees day and night and 16 hours half an inch from a bank of grow lights to germinate. Why? Because that’s what gardeners do. We love a […]