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Andrew Yeatman Kline, Lensman

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Ellie’s Farm Market Ready for the Season

Ellie’s Farm Market Ready for the Season

Ellie’s Farm Market-Gift Shop has pumpkins lined up and ready for your Halloween decorating.  For over 30 years, Ellie made the herculean effort to fill their hillside with hand-carved masterpieces made of Vermont’s favorite gourd. The flickering ghostly shapes on the hillside drew crowds that crept down Darling Road in Northfield for many hours on […]

Creative Carpentry: Building Houses that are Energy-Efficient and Affordable

Creative Carpentry: Building Houses that are Energy-Efficient and Affordable

by Nat Frothingham Need something built? Not just anything – but something smart, efficient and — here’s a word — “affordable.” Well, consider Myron Dorfman and his experienced team of builders at Creative Carpentry & Construction. And the projects they’ve taken on and completed include the following: design and build, energy-efficient homes, timber frames, remodeling […]

Preventing Chimney Fires

by Glennis Drew “Vermont ranks first in the nation for its per-capita use of wood for heat. According to the US Census, one in six Vermont households use wood products as their primary heating source. In an effort to save money many Vermonters use alternative heating sources that may not be safe. An improperly installed […]

Should I Use Wood Ashes in My Garden?

by Glennis Drew According to Heather Rhoades of the website, Gardening Know How, the short answer is “Yes! (but only once the ashes have been allowed to cool completely in a metal container with a lid, on the ground, away from your house.) Wood ashes are an excellent source of lime and potassium for your […]

A Vermont Moment

by Glennis Drew WILLISTON—If you search for I-89 rest areas in Vermont, a website appears for the architecture firm (Wagner Hodgston) that designed the spacious, welcoming stop.  A good description of the space appears on the website, along with a diagram of the layout of buildings, picnic tables, walkways, parking, and trees: Extending the presence […]

Avoiding Busted Pipes

Avoiding Busted Pipes

by Tom Mulholland How many times have you been asked by your dental hygienist: “Are you flossing your teeth?” In similar fashion, with the onset of winter, your plumber will ask, “Are your pipes protected?” These are the action steps I recommend to any householder who wants to avoid a pipe-bursting nightmare. Insulate all vulnerable […]

Fire Prevention Message from the VT Department of Public Safety

by Glennis Drew During 2016 Vermont fire departments reported responses to over 45,000 emergency incidents. Residential properties account for the majority of Vermont structure fires and civilian fatalities. Last year emergency incident reports submitted by local fire departments showed that there were 253 chimney or flue fires, and 338 building fires.    Heating appliance and […]

Capstone’s First Dollar Suggestions

by Glennis Drew The Bridge asked Paul Zabriskie at Capstone for his recommendation as to how to spend the first dollar you have toward making your home warmer this winter. Zabriskie’s immediate suggestion was, “air sealing.  “Stop the leaks.  The river of warm air leaving the building is the driver of high energy bills in […]

Personal Heat Pump Story

Personal Heat Pump Story

by Glennis Drew In 2015 I decided to stop my practice of using an electric heater to warm (and a window air conditioner to cool) the attic space where I have my computer and our TV room.  After some research I determined to replace these electric hogs and not-so-safe seasonal annoyances with a heat pump. […]