If you can only remember one thing

If you can only remember one thing

News from the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity by Jan Demers There is a certain way I begin with all new staff at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity where we work with people with low incomes. My first words go something like this: “I know that you will be laser-focused on learning… Read More »

Richard Alther: A Vermont Renaissance man

Richard Alther: A Vermont Renaissance man

On a recent Tuesday evening, 42 people gathered at The Flying Pig bookstore in Shelburne village to listen to author Richard Alther read from his latest novel, “Roxie and Fred.” Fiction writing is the most recent career turn for this entrepreneur-painter-master-swimmer and part-time Ferrisburgh resident. Alther has deep roots in Vermont, thanks to a home… Read More »

The Outside Story

The Outside Story

By Brett Amy Thelan I once heard of a biologist with a clever party trick: regardless of where or when a given party was taking place, he claimed that he could produce a wild salamander in 15 minutes or less, and more often than not, he delivered. I suspect he never tried this at any… Read More »

Tracy Stolese: Offering gifts with style

Tracy Stolese: Offering gifts with style

In 2008, Tracy Stolese took a leap of faith. She had spent the previous 13 years as sales manager for Hall Communications, which owns WIZN, the Buzz, and several other radio stations. “I was turning 40 and got the bug that I really wanted to try owning my own business,” she said. “Arabesque presented itself.”… Read More »

Safety Spot

By Jim Buell As the summer winds down, fall brings many changes and one of those is that school is now back in session. With that our responsibilities change and as vehicle operators we need to take an extra moment and make sure we are: Watching out for the children walking or riding bikes to… Read More »

American Goldfinch: Common bird with uncommon habits

American Goldfinch: Common bird with uncommon habits

  By Barbara Mackay I love the fact that there is always something new to observe in nature. Take goldfinches, for example. I have often watched them devour milkweed seeds from an acrobatic, upside-down position. Recently, I spotted several bright yellow males perched atop dandelion stems, plucking the seedheads at a frenzied pace. Previously, I… Read More »

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