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Nature Watch 8.28.14

By Nona Estrin-

Eye on Montpelier 8.28.14

By Ashley Witzenberger, executive director, Montpelier Alive- The community is invited to celebrate Montpelier Alive’s 15th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 4:30 to 9 p.m., on State Street between Elm and Main. Live music will be provided by Project 3; there will be kids’ games and activities including face-painting, and for those of you […]

Barre Beat – 8.28.14

By Emily Kaminsky- What’s so funny about Barre? The monthly comedy nights organized by Sean Hunter Williams downtown at Espresso Bueno. “Stroke Yer Joke,” an open-mic comedy night which takes the spotlight the third Friday of every month at 8 p.m., has added a welcome blast of fun to Barre nightlife. People who want to […]

The Taste of Place

By Mark Frano- I do not spit at wine tastings. I prefer to be taken over by the alcohol as quickly as possible. My palate becomes a dull instrument, but at least I am mercifully released from the bombastic adjectives that savants throw around in hope of describing some vague nuance of the beverage. At […]

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 […]