Mosquitoes: Life under tension

Mosquitoes: Life under tension

DECLAN MCCABE A good friend was in touch; her son was enduring allergic reactions to mosquitos and, like any good parent, she sought solutions. I told her that the most practical, non-toxic way to deal with the problem was to consider a mosquito’s life cycle and interrupt it where it starts. Mosquitoes begin their lives… Read More »

DNA testing argued in Vermont fertility doctor fraud lawsuit

ALAN KEYES VT Digger BURLINGTON — A federal judge is weighing whether a fertility doctor should be forced to submit to saliva DNA testing in a lawsuit brought by a couple who claim he used his own semen to impregnate the woman. Attorneys for the doctor, John Boyd Coates III, argued during a hearing Monday in federal court… Read More »

Wellness Works: Workplace burnout

We woke up to national news recently that the World Health Organization had listed “workplace burnout” as an illness. Hopefully this brings increased awareness and greater energy toward genuine, consistent efforts to prevent losing company productivity to employee burnout. The organization defines burnout as the combination of exhaustion, feeling negatively about one’s job and reduced… Read More »

Bill Ryerson: Changing the world, one love story at a time

Bill Ryerson: Changing the world, one love story at a time

PHYL NEWBECK A student of ecology and evolutionary biology, Bill Ryerson is a long-time proponent of sustainable population. He started his career with the Population Institute and followed that with a stint at Planned Parenthood. In 1998, he founded Population Media Center (PMC) which addresses gender and reproductive issues through entertainment. Originally based in Shelburne,… Read More »

Fake bike lanes on Falls Road

Driving along the rebuilt Falls Road a week ago, I was puzzled by the pairs of freshly painted white lines on the shoulders. Each shoulder has one straight line 10 feet from the center of the road and a second line meandering drunkenly in and out beyond that. Bike lanes came to my mind, but… Read More »

The brook floater mussel

The brook floater mussel

SUSIE SPIKOL Freshwater mussels are not exactly charismatic. They don’t flit gracefully about like a Karner blue butterfly or munch on clover like a cottontail. They aren’t known for their sweet songs like a wood thrush, and they don’t close down traffic on the first rainy night of spring like spotted salamanders. They are fish… Read More »

Zahn and Sako wedding announcement

Zahn and Sako wedding announcement

High on the Capitoline Hill above the Forum in Rome, Matthew Zahn and Angela Sako exchanged wedding vows May 26, 2019. The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony was celebrated by Fr. David Cray, Society of St. Edmund at the Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, also known as the Altar of Heaven. Fr. David is… Read More »

Hinesburg Police Log

June 28 11:25 a.m. Officers responded to Buck Hill West for the report of a residential alarm. Alarm was determined to be accidental. 11:54 a.m. An officer responded to Rogers Way to take a report of a verbal dispute. 5:45 p.m.  An officer responded to the area of Richmond Road between North Road and Magee Hill… Read More »

Viewpoint: An existential crisis

WILL PATTEN It feels like Vermont is facing an existential crisis. Can our 250 small towns survive a world that is managed by algorithms and spreadsheets? These small communities are the heart and soul of our state. Can we still afford them? I think the answer is an emphatic “Yes” if we have the courage… Read More »

Early summer nights great for luna moth watching

Early summer nights great for luna moth watching

SUSAN SHEA On early summer nights I sometimes see large, pale green moths with long, twisted tails fluttering near our porch light. Later, I often find them dead on the ground. These beautiful moths are luna moths, named for the Roman goddess of the moon. Each of their four wings has a transparent, moon-shaped eyespot.… Read More »