Arlington Renewal Continues

A few of you may remember I weighed in on the subject of our neighbors in the next-door town of Arlington undertaking a local civic initiative to bring a little “shine” back to the town some feared it had lost. In case you missed it, you can find it here:...

Spring Cleaning

You never know what you’re going to find when the age-old desire to clean out the old file drawers and boxes taped shut years ago meet their moment of reckoning. If you’re like me, you probably have an unlimited number of good intentions about finally...
YouTube Channel

YouTube Channel

Back in 2010, we went through an upgrade in our technology and invested in some new computer gear. Along with a new laptop came a video camera to replace the old and now obsolete one we’d used since the late 1980s to shoot family movies and events, and recorded...

Arlington Aims for Renewal

In my other life I work for a local community access television station based – handily for me – just a mile or so up the road from Christmas Days. GNAT-TV – short for GREATER NORTHSHIRE ACCESS TELEVISION – is one of about 25 so-called...

Decorating ideas for Christmas

OK, OK, we know – it just turned Spring last week. And not a moment too soon. It’s been a long winter here in Vermont, at least if you’re not a skier or snowshoe enthusiast. Or maybe your thing is shoveling snow. Whatever. For the rest of us,...

Town Meeting, Part 2

Well, town meeting season has come and gone, and once again it was a great exercise in civil democracy. In my other life as a journalist, I got to cover several local town meetings and even got on statewide television, courtesy of the good folks at Vermont PBS, to...

Syrup time!

Ah, maple syrup. There may be a few more iconic symbols of Vermont, but right up there on the list has to be that sweet flowing stuff that fits so perfectly on top of waffles, pancakes or for that matter, any sort of breakfast-brunch comfort food. It tastes pretty...
Town Meeting

Town Meeting

The end of February and beginning of March signal the annual arrival of two important institutions in Vermont – the start of sugaring season and Town Meeting Day. Everybody who’s ever eaten a pancake knows something about maple syrup, even if you’ve...

President’s Day

It’s President’s Day weekend, and we’re back open. Throughout the rest of the winter and spring, we’ll be open Fridays through Mondays, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. During our winter hiatus since Martin Luther King Day, we’ve been to a...

Building Towards the Future

While we’re still on our mid-winter hiatus, which come to an end on Friday, Feb. 16, when we reopen for President’s Weekend, it seems like a good time to ponder some longterm trends and local efforts by some of our area’s community leaders to adjust...