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NATURE WATCH: Joyful Sparrows Leave Early This Year

NATURE WATCH: Joyful Sparrows Leave Early This Year

by Nona Estrin For the first time in 20 years, our small troupe of American Tree Sparrows from the far north, has decamped early. The joyful flock of birds musically chittering under a rose bush, where I toss mixed seed each day, is gone. Called Chip Darmstadt at the North Branch Nature Center. He too […]

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: Signs of the Times in Margaritaville

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: Signs of the Times in Margaritaville

by Larry Floresch Several months ago, my spouse decided that a few months away from Vermont this winter would be just the ticket, so, along with the entire population of the five boroughs of New York and half of New Jersey, we rented a house for the season on the shore in Florida. Now I […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: ‘The Galley’ Helps Sustain Seniors

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There are many reasons why people commit to living their life in Vermont. Our picturesque countryside and outdoor amenities offer adventure and serenity while our small villages and towns provide opportunities for social capital creation. It’s a safe place to live, but no doubt an expensive place to live. According […]

DOT’S BEAT: How To Survive Another Winter

by Dot Helling Vermonters pay a price for living in this wonderful place — winter! When the snow fall is good and arctic blasts don’t bottom out our temperatures, Vermont can be heavenly for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and snowshoers. But how do we maintain our sanity when the conditions rollercoaster and are not so good? […]

DOT’S BEAT: Montpelier’s Guinness Records

by Dot Helling I‘ve been thinking about a Montpelier book of “Guinness World Records.” What in this city might qualify for such a list? Here are some of my thoughts. The longest clothesline in the city is strung behind a house on Cummings Street and measures about 200 feet long. I have never seen clothes […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Moving And Shaking Revitalizes Barre, More Redevelopment Planned

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: Moving And Shaking Revitalizes Barre, More Redevelopment Planned

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — There has been a lot of economic development work in downtown Barre over the last six years: there was the massive reconstruction project that saw the replacement of infrastructure underneath Main Street throughout historic Barre; the renovation of an entire building, Blanchard Block, which restored wooden floors and architectural details […]

NATURE WATCH: Winter!

by Nona Estrin A real winter! Now with deer season over, out to the fields and woods we go on skis. We were visited this week by an uncommon bird from sub-arctic Canada, the Northern Shrike. The blue jay-sized carnivorus song bird quickly killed, and than slowly ate, a junko, fussing repeatedly with the business of […]

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: The Importance Of Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter

GRANITE CITY GROOVE: The Importance Of Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter

by Joshua Jerome BARRE — Right around this time of year a joyous energy permeates the community as we celebrate the holidays with friends, family and colleagues. Also as we reflect on the past and anticipate the opportunities that lie ahead of us in a new year. We are all grateful for different things and […]

NATURE WATCH: Ice Drives Us Inside, Tree Sparrows Arrive

NATURE WATCH: Ice Drives Us Inside, Tree Sparrows Arrive

by Nona Estrin Recently we’ve had a couple of migration stragglers. A lone fox sparrow is kicking around in the brush at the edge of the lawn with newly arrived American tree sparrows, on time for their annual winter stay. A single grackle too, and a red-bellied woodpecker, not expected at all, likely from further […]

DOT’S BEAT: More of ‘Montpelier’s Friendliest People’

DOT’S BEAT: More of ‘Montpelier’s Friendliest People’

by Dot Helling In 2015 I wrote a well received piece about some of Montpelier’s friendliest people including Gary Bergeron, Amy Cox, Michelle Pitzner, Erich Rosenstreich, George Estes and others. Here are some more. See if you know them. Stop them and say hello. Beat them to the punch. Richard Young works at Yankee Wine […]