Wonderful world of rodent grave diggers

Wonderful world of rodent grave diggers

ROD VALLEE A regular chore of mine is to dispose of the mice and moles trapped in our home. I place them on a four by five-foot patch of dirt and rock — which I have named the gravesite — beside my woodshed. They typically disappear overnight, taken, I had assumed, by our resident barred… Read More »

In Musing: After Midnight – what pets bring to our lives

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY Midnight passed. He was the eldest dog in the neighborhood. The sage, the one who’d amble down the lane for his daily walk, deliberately, with a kind of elder regality. My neighbor, Jane, Midnight’s mom, is crestfallen. You see, he was her constant companion, not just in the everyday rituals of dog… Read More »

Hank White helps feed those in need

Hank White helps feed those in need

PHYL NEWBECK When Hank White retired from his career as a mechanical engineer at General Dynamics in 2004, he wanted to spend more time volunteering in his community. The long-time Hinesburg resident knew Doug Gunnerson, who was running the Hinesburg Food Shelf, so he didn’t have to look far for his good cause. About 10… Read More »

Slate sculptor speaks at Rokeby

Slate sculptor speaks at Rokeby

Vermont sculptor Kerry O. Furnali is passionate about slate. A resident of Vermont’s Slate Valley (running through Bennington and Rutland counties) Furlani is on a first-name basis with quarry owners where she sources slate for public monuments, plaques, benches and more. On Sunday, Aug. 4, from 2  to 4 p.m. she will talk about her… Read More »

S.D. Ireland goes 3-0, advances to championship

LAUREN READ Sports Correspondent After earning the No. 3 seed in the Vermont American Legion baseball tournament, S.D. Ireland went 3-0 in the early rounds to advance to the championship round to face Brattleboro Post 5 in the final on Wednesday, July 31. Brattleboro shutout Rutland 10-0 on Tuesday to set up the matchup with… Read More »

EDGE takes the edge in swim championships

EDGE takes the edge in swim championships

LAUREN READ Sports correspondent More than 500 swimmers swarmed the pool in Middlebury for the Champlain Valley Swim League championships this weekend. The EDGE Swim Club emerged with its sixth straight league title after two full days of action, which saw four league records fall. The Town of Essex Swim Team came in second place… Read More »

Three home burglaries reported in Charlotte

Vermont State Police are alerting the public about a trio of burglaries that happened Tuesday morning at homes in Charlotte. The incidents happened between 10 a.m. and noon at homes on Prindle Road, Dorset Street and Roscoe Road in East Charlotte, according to Trooper Steve DiGregorio. No one was home during what DiGregorio described as… Read More »

Katherine Carleton: Embracing many forms of art

Katherine Carleton: Embracing many forms of art

PHYL NEWBECK Katherine Carleton considers herself lucky. When she was growing up in Shelburne, her parents en-couraged her interest in art but didn’t pressure her. “A lot of artists say they didn’t feel supported growing up,” she said, “but I didn’t have that.” At age 12, Carleton began taking classes in figure and still-life drawing.… Read More »