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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 … […]

Expansion Plans for Montpelier’s Studio Zenith

Expansion Plans for Montpelier’s Studio Zenith

by Ashley Witzenberger Just four short years ago, Amy Leventhal opened the doors to Studio Zenith on Main Street in Montpelier. Zenith is a boutique fitness studio specializing in strengthening, toning and conditioning classes, including the very popular Zumba. Amy’s studio philosophy concentrates on how you feel, your level of health and how you feel […]

NATURE WATCH: Yellow-rumped Warblers in the ‘Hood

NATURE WATCH: Yellow-rumped Warblers in the ‘Hood

by Nona Estrin Had we not wandered down to Carol Dixon and Bruce Howlett’s beaver ponds during the clear cold snap recently, we never would have guessed that so many yellow-rumped warblers were in the neighborhood. These ponds are protected from the north and west winds, and they hold the afternoon sun and warmth. Insects […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Seattle Native Brings Espresso Bueno To Barre

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Seattle Native Brings Espresso Bueno To Barre

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — Downtown Barre is home to one of the greatest things in Central Vermont, Espresso Bueno. The café is owned by Elizabeth Manriquez and this July during the Barre Heritage Festival, she will be celebrating her ninth year in downtown Barre. Raised in Seattle where coffee shops are ubiquitous, it was […]