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Montpelier’s July 3rd July 4th Parade

After a three-year COVID absence, Montpelier’s July Fourth parade (always held on July 3rd) was back, in most of its glory. There was a strong presence of marchers for abortion rights, and more politicians than ever. Plus a surprise appearance by the Chinese religion Falun Dafa. Why? I don’t know. As always, click on the headline or the photo for the full post. Click here […]

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Moving Light Dance

I photographed Moving Light Dance’s spring performance June 3–5 on a green hillside at Peck Orchard in East Montpelier, VT. (Click through on the headline or photo to see more photos, as with all these posts.) The performance started around 6:30 p.m., and on the last night the setting sun angled in over the apple trees bathing the stage in beautiful golden light.

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Vets with Pets

Army National Guard vet Chris Brock of Barre, VT, left, and vet tech Kim St. Germain console Brock’s dog Elinor, a basset hound/lab mix, as Elinor has her toe nails clipped at a recent free clinic held by Paws of War and the Mitzvah Fund at the Berlin, VT, Armory. More info on the organizations: Paws of War and Mitzvah Fund.

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Plum Island, MA

Plum Island is a barrier beach in Newburyport, Massachusetts. If you go there during a warm spell in May, it’s like summer, except that the water temperature is about 45 degrees F. It’s also one of the best birding spots in North America.

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All Species Day, Montpelier, VT

Montpelier welcomes spring in its own way, via All-Species Day, which starts in a local park and dances its way to the Vermont State House.

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Muddy Onion 2022

Catching up with the 2022 Muddy Onion, a local dirt-road ride that happened back on April 23rd. Up to about 40 miles through Montpelier, East Montpelier and Calais. The first big gravel-grinder event around here this season. More than 500 hundred riders. Click here for a high-resolution gallery.

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Alexander Twilight at the State House

Vermont welcomed the first portrait of a person of color onto the Vermont State House’s walls on May 5. The portrait of Alexander Twilight (1795–1857), the first person of color to serve in a state legislature (Vermont’s, 1836) and the first person of color known to have graduated from a US college (Middlebury College, 1823), was painted by Katie Runde of Middlebury. It now hangs […]

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Farewell, Tony Clark

Tony Clark, the founder of Blueberry Hill Ski Touring Center and one of the founders of the 1970s nordic ski boom in Vermont, has died, in Goshen, VT, where he made it happen. That’s Tony, above, in April of 1973. Not the best or sharpest photo ever made of him, but one that captures something of the times and a bit of Tony’s spirit. I […]

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Return of the Mud

A Mud Season to remember. Or maybe to forget as soon as possible. Maybe it was three weeks of cold temperatures without much snow, which, as the saying goes, drove the frost deep into the ground so that when it thawed it came out in rolling waves of muck. What ever it was, we got it. It seems to be subsiding earthward at the moment, […]

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Vermonters Demonstrate for Ukraine

Two demonstrations at the Vermont State House in Montpelier last week expressed outrage over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On Sunday, the first, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-VT, featured Ukrainian-American Vermonters and others with ties to Ukraine. The second, Tuesday night, was a candlelight vigil that included the signing by Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, of a bill that will send about $640,000 […]

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