Nature Watch 12.18.14

by Nona Estrin   The sun has slowed its journey toward the south, about to pause and return. Skiing has been silky, but something is missing. I miss the golden-crowned kinglets.  When snow locks up the land, and hunters pack up for home, the woods always seemed to belong to these tiny birds. I looked […]

Eye on Montpelier 12.18.14

by Ashley Witzenberger, executive director at Montpelier Alive   You Are Invited to Downtown Montpelier to Celebrate New Year’s Eve! Here are just a few of the fun things to do on Dec. 31: 2 p.m. Central Vermont Runner’s Club’s Annual New Year’s Eve Road Race: A 5-Kilometer road running race starting at the Pavilion; […]

BARRE BEAT: Main Street Program Names New Executive Director

by Emily Kaminsky This week marks a transition in the world of downtown Barre businesses. The Barre Partnership, a Main Street program committed to creating a vibrant downtown Barre, named Josh Jerome as its new executive director. His first day on the job was Dec. 15. I caught up with him the morning of his […]

Nature Watch – 12.4.14

by Nona Estrin As avian winter residents define their cold-season territories, so do the hawks which stay here and survive on birds. When the blue jays suddenly scream, the doves and smaller birds whoosh up and fly for cover, and the woodpeckers freeze vertically on the trunks, we often catch a glimpse of the majestic […]

Barre Beat: Businesses Buzzing with Activity

by Emily Kaminsky Barre is buzzing with business activity according to Joel Schwartz of Barre Area Development Inc. the community’s economic development nonprofit. Case in point: The newest addition to the downtown’s eatery landscape will be Positive Pie, which has signed a lease for 10,000 square feet with DEW Properties to open a restaurant on […]

Eye on Montpelier – 12.4.14

by Ashley Witzenberger, executive director at Montpelier Alive Celebrate the holidays with Montpelier Alive! Saturday, Dec. 6: Santa Claus is coming to downtown! City Center, 89 Main St. Free. Join the staff and students of New England Culinary Institute to decorate cookies to eat or leave out for Santa. Later in the afternoon, Santa comes to downtown; […]

TECH CHECK: Can Facebook Really Use My Content?

by Jeremy Lesniak From time to time I see people post some status on Facebook claiming copyright over their Facebook “property.” The current one begins “Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I do declare the following:” These posts spread quickly, as […]

Nature Watch: 11.20.14

by Nona Estrin On Monday an icy blast brought bad roads and storm. When dusk began to fall only a bit after 3:30 p.m., my spirits sank. I knew winter was coming but some part of me was clearly not prepared. This feeling had been creeping up on me at end of day since time […]

Barre Beat – 11.20.14

by Emily Kaminsky Breaking news! Barre is now the place to source homemade, high-quality authentic Indian food! Gary Singh, who has owned the Shell station at the intersection of routes 14 and 63 in South Barre for about five years, just started offering a full menu of take-out and eat-in Indian food. The menu has […]

Nature Watch – 11.6.14

by Nona Estrin I returned this week to find tamaracks in full brassy yellow, and the following report, from Barb Baird, in my inbox. She lives next to the huge ginkgo tree on Barre Street and sends out the word when the old tree begins its dramatic two-hour shed of leaves: “Weird year for the tree […]