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NATURE WATCH: Fox Are Out And About

by Nona Estrin Every day with good tracking provides glimpses into the secret life going on around us. I’m seeing fox tracks nearly every day now as they hunt, pair, mate and search for future den sites. This lovely, effective mouse-consuming animal provides an unexpected bonus: good numbers of red foxes are correlated with a […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Delicate Decadence: One Sweet Shop

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Delicate Decadence: One Sweet Shop

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — I was strolling through downtown Barre recently and found myself craving a cupcake, so I made my way over to Delicate Decadence. The owner, Tim Boltin, was just finishing up in the kitchen and asked me with excitement, “do you want to try something really good?” The answer to that […]

NATURE WATCH: Hibernation Time? Mais, Oui!

by Nona Estrin   Big thanks to Chip Darmstadt for writing this piece while I was in southern France, where every day was a bit cooler than Vermont during November and December! Now we grumble about the cold, but bear, jumping mice, bats, woodchucks, raccoons, skunks, and chipmunks, and reptiles and amphibians too, have finally […]

A STATE OF MIND: It’s WHO’s Move

A STATE OF MIND: It’s WHO’s Move

by Larry Floersch The latest issue of my favorite weekly science magazine had an article on some of the latest ICD codes developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). As we all know from our advanced placement pre-med classes in high school, “ICD” stands for the “International Classification of Diseases.” Now in its tenth revision, […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Collectibles Abound At Antique Center

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Collectibles Abound At Antique Center

by Joshua Jerome Located in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Barre, the Wheelock Office Building built in 1871 houses the Barre Antique Center. Created last year, the antique store was the brain child of Pierre Couture and was created to leverage the existing antique dealers in downtown Barre. Couture, owner of the Lodge […]

NATURE WATCH: Time For White Fur Coats

by Chip Darmstadt At last some whiteness out there! A walk with the dog this morning yielded some interesting tracks in the woods — including fisher and snowshoe hare. The hare, with its white winter coat, is probably appreciating the cover now provided by the snow. Fishers, large members of the weasel family, prey upon […]

A STATE OF MIND: Talking Turkey

A STATE OF MIND: Talking Turkey

by Larry Floersch During the holiday season I think about turkeys. Now I know what you’re thinking, “But Lare, there’s a presidential campaign in full swing. It’s hard not to think about turkeys.” I don’t mean that kind of turkey! Those turkeys don’t have wattles. Well, actually some of the older ones almost have wattles, […]

NATURE WATCH: Waterfowl Tarry As Warmth Continues

by Chip Darmstadt Our snowless landscape and warm weather have been an inevitable topic of conversation lately. Ponds and other water bodies are still ice-free. A recent ramble around Berlin Pond yielded eight different species of waterfowl, including a very rare Ross’s Goose. This diminutive arctic species closely resembles the much more common Snow Goose. […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Nelson’s Ace Hardware Store Has It All

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Nelson’s Ace Hardware Store Has It All

by Joshua Jerome As the holiday shopping season ramps up, I found myself with not a lot of time and the most peculiar shopping list one day. On it, I needed a cherry de-pitter, a gallon of paint, tube insulation, a coffee machine and a box of shotgun shells. I thought to myself, “Boy, I […]

NATURE WATCH: Finches Arrive With Frosty Mornings

by Chip Darmstadt   Our frosty mornings are now coinciding with the arrival of winter finches. Our resident American Goldfinches have been joined by Pine Siskins, Purple Finches and Evening Grosbeaks. Listen for the nasal, ascending calls of Pine Siskins and the loud chirps of Evening Grosbeaks as they fly overhead — and perhaps stop […]