Nature Watch 8.7.14

By Nona Estrin   Today summer is taking a nap. Berries are ripening; chanterelles are popping up overnight—sun and rain, just right for them this year. The shrubby power line near us is silent, but I know the common yellowthroat warblers and the black-billed cuckoo are feeding fledglings there. If I stand quiet, I hear […]

How I Survived My Colonoscopy

By John O’Brien I recently picked up a free publication called “101 Ways to Have Fun in Central Vermont.” Having a colonoscopy was not on the list. I now know why. I’m beyond 50, and entering the age of erosion. My physician therefore recommended that I get a colonoscopy. A week before the exam, per […]

Be Careful What You Wish For! 8.7.14

Be Careful What You Wish For! 8.7.14

By Miriam Hansen. Between the cucumbers, summer squash, peas, blueberries, raspberries, cherry tomatoes and basil, we’re flattened! My daughter and her friend held down the fort while my husband and I sea-kayaked in Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord. We came home from our week’s vacation to twenty-odd quarts of pickles and freezers overflowing with summer squash, raspberries […]

Barre Beat 8.7.14

By Emily Kaminsky. Barre City is quickly becoming the Vermont’s latest food destination, according to Dustin Smith, owner of the Morse Block Delicatessen (MBD), the newest food business to open in downtown Barre. He’s not from Barre and doesn’t live here, but Smith, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, has already become a Barre favorite, […]

Hands On Gardener: Feed Me and I’ll Feed You!

by Miriam Hansen. So far this has been a banner gardening year. We’ve had the perfect amount of rain and sun, and plenty of heat to encourage vegetables to grow and produce quickly. Pests have been minimal, though we have sprayed BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) a couple of times to combat cabbage moths and other caterpillars […]

Tech Check: The Case Against Technology

by Jeremy Lesniak What’s this? The technology columnist is writing a piece against technology? Surely that’s a typo. No, it isn’t. In my role as consultant on all things that plug into other things, I’m constantly looking for places that technology can make lives better, easier or less expensive. My job is not to find […]

The Barre Beat

The Barre Beat

by Emily Kaminsky The Barre Heritage Festival (July 23–July 27) is just around the corner and promises to be full of a family-friendly variety of danceable live music, delicious food and other fun. Organizers continue to look for volunteers, as well as parade entries and dessert submissions for La Soirée Sucrée (The Sweet Evening) at […]

Nature Watch

Is there any other time of year when I want to sit on a rock in the middle of, say, the Shady Rill, at 5 p.m.—water sounds all around me, the sun making its last visit to the brook—and space out? No, there is not. But today, returning from a sad visit to the veterinarian, […]

Bridge Bites: Melon Head

by Mark Frano I have been offered a lot of advice over the years. Some of it has been useful and some—not so much. A cowboy in Wyoming once told me to “never squat with your spurs on.” I am not sure where those sage words fall on the spectrum, but the best advice I […]

John’s Column: Ruminant Wayfarers

by J. O’Brien One Saturday, not too long ago, Kathi Terami was making waffles. “Everytime I make waffles,” Kathi told me with a laugh, “I burn the last one.” This morning, while pouring the last of the batter onto the griddle, something out the kitchen window caught Kathi’s eye: “There were two large figures on […]