Poor soil, compaction, affect tree health

Poor soil, compaction, affect tree health

Trees that grow in the urban environment can experience many environmental stresses, including compacted and poor soils and competition with turf for water and nutrients. Soils, especially in newer housing developments, may be significantly deficient in the nutrients necessary for the optimum growth of trees. In construction and building processes, the native topsoil is often… Read More »

Charlie Tompkin carries on a family tradition

Charlie Tompkin carries on a family tradition

The Aske family has a rich history on the waters of Shelburne Bay and Charlie Tompkin is making sure he keeps that history alive. Tompkin grew up in Warren and lived there for five years after attending college and working in food services and photography in Boston, but when his grandfather Jerry Aske died and… Read More »

Choosing the right tree for the right place

Choosing the right tree for the right place

The first critical step in planting a tree that will stand the test of time in the urban landscape is choosing the right tree for the right place. Take a walk through a wooded natural area and you will find that most species of trees occupy a specific niche. You will not find a willow… Read More »

Natalie Tucker Miller: Enriching life for elders

Natalie Tucker Miller: Enriching life for elders

Natalie Tucker Miller had worked as a nursery school teacher for many years and was well-versed as a storyteller when she came up the with idea of visiting nursing homes and reading to the residents. “I really resist the temptation to make the comparison between children and elders,” she said, “but there is a similarity… Read More »

End-of-session summary

End-of-session summary

By Rep. Mike Yantachka As the 2017 legislative session ended shortly before midnight on Thursday, May 18, it was with a lot of pride and a lot of disappointment. The reason for the disappointment was because we would have to go back to Montpelier on June 21 for a veto session because Governor Scott declared… Read More »

It’s time to talk about aging

It’s time to talk about aging

We are all, inexorably, marching toward old age. By 2030, 72 million Americans will be age 65 or older. The good news is longevity has been improving, and people are remaining healthy and vibrant at older ages. The bad news is cultural perceptions of “old” people have not kept pace. A 2016 analysis by the… Read More »

Melanie Goodman: Helping those who help others

Melanie Goodman knows what it’s like to be a service provider to at-risk youth. She once ran a small nonprofit in western Massachusetts that worked with homeless youth, pregnant and parenting teens, and children in foster care. In 1984, she became codirector of Youth Catalytics, which was then called the New England Network for Child,… Read More »

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