Barre Beat 9.25.14

by Emily Kaminsky A recent telephone interview with Barre city manager Steve Mackenzie provides the focus for this issue’s Barre Beat. Despite repair needs, the sky stops falling at the ice arena. The peeling paint ordeal at the city’s B.O.R. Ice Arena will have to remain unresolved through the winter. After the arena got a fresh […]

BRIDGE BITES: Tube Steaks, Weenies and Wursts 9.25.14

by Mark Frano   It is very tempting to take the low road when making fresh sausage. The process of transforming ground pork butt into slippery links is undeniably suggestive. Trying not to giggle like a schoolgirl at a slumber party as the sausage is extruded from the horn of the press is tough. In […]

Eye on Montpelier 9.25.14

by Ashley Witzenberger, Executive Director, Montpelier Alive October is busy with fun events downtown. Kick off a long weekend on Thursday, October 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., with Moonlight Madness—blowout sales in downtown stores and star-gazing at the North Branch Nature Center. Don’t miss it! Friday, October 17, from 4 to 8 p.m., it’s […]

Eye on Montpelier 9.11.14

by Ashley Witzenberger, Executive Director, Montpelier Alive Montpelier Alive would like to send a big thank-you out to all of the community members who came out Saturday night for our 15th anniversary party! Thank you to all the volunteers and vendors who helped to make the party great fun. We appreciate all the donations made to […]

Barre Beat 9.11.14

 by Emily Kaminsky Barre is often called the Granite City. Thanks to the work of Studio Place Arts (SPA), funding from the Charles Semprebon Fund, the Vermont Granite Museum and other community partners–and thanks to its abundance of granite–Barre has now established itself as a sculpture city, too.” SPA, a nonprofit community visual arts center […]

Tech Check: Building from the Ground Up 9.11.14

by Jeremy Lesniak I often recall the scenario of a client from years gone by. We repurposed some old hardware in multiple locations, yielding not one, not two, but nine copies of the client’s mission-critical data. I apply the same strategy with many clients today, never relying on a single physical location for backup. I can’t […]

Hands on Gardener: Keeping Up with Putting Up 9.11.14

Hands on Gardener: Keeping Up with Putting Up 9.11.14

 by Miriam Hansen The tomatoes have ripened, the late blight has arrived, and we’ve harvested all the fruit and are getting ready to bag the blighted plants. It certainly is a labor-intensive way to grow tomatoes and I wish we didn’t have to go through this bagging and burying every year. Still, we’ve made about […]

The Many Applications of Manure

by John O’Brien In the pink Gothic Revival carriage barn at farmer and politician Justin S. Morrill’s homestead in Strafford, there is a reproduction of a poster announcing the Third Annual Fair of the Vermont State Agricultural Society, at Montpelier, September 13, 14 and 15, 1853.  In great detail, the poster lists the categories for […]

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 […]