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Music to Play in Montpelier

by Ashley Witzenberger In addition to all of the great music venues in downtown Montpelier, mark your calendar for two new opportunities to hear great live music in the capital city. For several summers, Montpelier Alive’s Brown Bag Summer Concert Series, has been a favorite Thursday afternoon work escape for people downtown. The past couple […]

A STATE OF MIND: Ghost Herd in the Sky

by Larry Floersch I just saw a video on YouTube of cows doing tricks. I do not know if the person who posted that video did so to sound an alarm or just to scare the daylights out of people like me. These cows were not doing cute circus-type tricks — you know, jumping through flaming […]

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Let’s Talk About Weeds: A Tale of Comeuppance!

HANDS-ON GARDENER: Let’s Talk About Weeds: A Tale of Comeuppance!

by Miriam Hansen For most of the 40 years we’ve been gardening, weeding has not been a big onerous issue. When friends have bemoaned the amount of time and effort they spend weeding, I have helpfully (read smugly) offered the following advice: Cover crop with winter rye to suppress Agropyron repens — common name witch […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Remembering and Revitalizing The Miles Block

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Remembering and Revitalizing The Miles Block

by Joshua Jerome Around the turn of the 20th century, Barre was a hotbed of development spurred on by the booming granite industry. Throughout the downtown, old wooden structures were replaced with granite and brick, and helped to highlight the artisan craftsmanship embodied by Barre’s culturally diverse immigrant community. Many facades throughout the downtown have […]

Nature Watch: Stop and Smell the Lilacs

With summer projects in full swing, the only way I know to slow down is to stop everything, stand, sit or lie down and let the flow of activities stop! This early morning  while picking cucumber beetles off the squash plants, and in a big hurry, I did that, and let in the fog, the […]

Granite City Groove: Historic July Fourth Celebration Remembered

Granite City Groove: Historic July Fourth Celebration Remembered

by Joshua Jerome July Fourth is a day celebrated throughout this country as the day America declared its independence from Great Britain. We have parades, barbecues, fireworks, picnics and little American flags are ubiquitous. On July 4, 1919, there was a celebration in downtown Barre; not to commemorate the country’s independence, but to give thanks […]

Hands-on Gardener: Keep those flowers coming!

by Miriam Hansen Here we are trundling toward mid-June and we came within two degrees of a killing frost last week! Still, with all our tender vegetables either in the greenhouse or under row cover, we had few worries about the low temperatures. We did pop plastic pots over the lisianthus, zinnias and snapdragons. Everything […]

Dot’s Downtown Beat: Remembering Horn of the Moon

Dot’s Downtown Beat: Remembering Horn of the Moon

by Dot Helling Last time I wrote about an existing Montpelier breakfast hub, the Coffee Corner. In the 1970s there was another hub. While the conservatives were eating at the Coffee Corner, a different crowd gathered regularly at the Horn of the Moon Restaurant. Owner Ginny Callan first opened Horn of the Moon on East […]

NATURE WATCH: Bobolinks Lose Homes to Haying

NATURE WATCH: Bobolinks Lose Homes to Haying

by Nona Estrin Now, the sad side of our wonderfully vibrant farming community: It’s haying weather and crop lands here are under a great deal of pressure. Haying starts earlier and it’s not unusual to take four cuttings off a field in a year. The sad part is the bobolinks. This extraordinary bird, with it’s […]

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT (column): Coffee Talk

DOT’S DOWNTOWN BEAT (column): Coffee Talk

by Dot Helling- As I float through Montpelier I find little-known activities taking place in nooks and crannies around this diverse city. Today I want to focus on the Coffee Corner. Everyone knows this breakfast-and-lunch nook as a meeting place for business and politics as well as good food and socializing. The daily gang at […]