Caddisflies: Submerged silk spinners

Caddisflies: Submerged silk spinners

By Declan McCabe A small boy asked “what’s your favorite insect?” I answered without hesitation: caddisflies. Not the short-lived adults, which while charming in their own hairy moth-like way, do not capture my attention. My caddisfly predilection is reserved for the larval stages that last for most of the insect’s one or, less often, two-… Read More »

Jessica Scriver: intersects art and science

Jessica Scriver: intersects art and science

Jessica Scriver started her collegiate career studying art at Indiana University, but a combination of factors led her to believe that wasn’t a practical plan of action. She switched to biology, and after graduation she taught physics and chemistry at a boarding school in Connecticut, but art was never far from her mind. Scriver’s great-great-uncle… Read More »

Merrily Lovell: Serving the community she loves

Merrily Lovell: Serving the community she loves

Merrily Lovell believes strongly that people should always have choices. In 2016, a Hinesburg Selectboard member ran unopposed, and in 2017, when it appeared that it would happen again, Lovell tried to persuade others to make it a competitive race. “Starting in September, I began asking people to run but everyone had valid reasons not… Read More »

Corporate coach on the go and at home

Corporate coach on the go and at home

Karen Walker spends a lot of time on airplanes. A few weeks every month, she’s traveling to Atlanta, Boston, Denver, New York and San Francisco for her business, One Team Consulting. Walker doesn’t mind the travel since at the end of each trip she gets to come back home to Shelburne. Most of Walker’s clients… Read More »

Shortcake and economic opportunity: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts

By Jan F. Demers Fresh, firm, red strawberries spooned over a warm, flaky, homemade biscuit, topped with whipped cream.   Strawberry shortcake: perfect for any time of year but especially nice in the summer. Each component is good by itself, even the whipped cream. Together they are a spectacular offering. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity… Read More »

Summer house guests

Summer house guests

by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul Perhaps the phoebe selected her nesting spot during the few days my family was away from home at the end of April. Otherwise, I can’t quite figure her decision to build a nest atop the back porch light, right next to a doorway used regularly by three children and a rambunctious… Read More »

Tracey Brown: Walking to remember those who can’t

Tracey Brown: Walking to remember those who can’t

It was back in 2010 when Tracey Brown of Charlotte first noticed that her father, Levi Brown, was exhibiting some unusual symptoms. “He’d always been a really healthy guy,” Brown said. Living in upstate New York where there was no dedicated memory care center, Levi was initially misdiagnosed. In 2012 he went to the hospital… Read More »

Starlings Aren’t Darling: The history of America’s least-loved bird

Starlings Aren’t Darling: The history of America’s least-loved bird

By Joe Rankin It’s a classic story of unintended consequences. In 1890, Eugene Schieffelin, a drug manufacturer and member of the New York Zoological Society, released 60 starlings in New York’s Central Park with the hope of establishing a breeding population. Worried that the experiment wasn’t successful, he released another 40 the next year. Schieffelin… Read More »

Terry Wilson: Helping ugly (and beautiful) dogs hunt

Terry Wilson: Helping ugly (and beautiful) dogs hunt

Terry Wilson and his wife, Nancy Anisfield, have always enjoyed bird hunting. Seventeen years ago, they got a German Wirehaired Pointer named Scrub for his bristly facial hair. “They’re called ugly dogs,” Wilson said of the breed, not without affection. “I had just sold a manufacturing business and I decided to start a mail order… Read More »