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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Snows of March

It snowed about a foot last week. It’s pretty much all turned to mud now, but it was beautiful while it fell and beautiful while it lasted.

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Chilling at the Lake Memphremagog Winter Swim

The world may be falling apart, but the Lake Memphremagog Winter Swim went as scheduled last weekend in Newport, VT. Things started off on a sunny Saturday morning with temperatures in the single numbers and wrapped up Sunday. Swimmers also wrapped up immediately after their dips and were escorted to and from the water individually, and carefully watched in the water by volunteers with rescue […]

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Harris Hill Ski Jump Celebrates Its 100th

The 100th anniversary of Brattleboro, VT’s, Harris Hill ski jump tournament was this past weekend, and the hill’s history was on full display. Through a squally snowstorm on Saturday and a beautiful day on Sunday, jumpers from middle school to masters flew. Junior groups were there from the East, Alaska, Colorado and the Midwest and there were a few Europeans in the senior class. Before […]

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Ryan Cochran-Siegle: Home from Beijing

Ryan Cochran-Siegle came home Saturday afternoon to a big parade in the tiny town of Richmond, and I have never been to a more pure Vermont event. Lifting the silver Olympic medal he won in the Super-G February 8 at the Beijing Olympics, Cochran motored down the middle of Bridge Street in a red VW Bug convertible, with his mother, 1972 Olympic medalist Barbara Ann […]

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Pictures of the Year, Montpelier, VT

Because I was taking photos last year for the local newspaper, the Montpelier Bridge, I was able to chronicle some of the good, the bad and the crazy that 2021 brought us. Here are a handful of my favorite local photos. Click here for a bigger pictures-of-the-year gallery. 2021 started with the January 6th attack on the Capitol, and the craziness reached all the way […]

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Ski Racing is Back in British Columbia

Last season, there was basically no high-level cross-country ski racing in Canada due to COVID restrictions, so when Western Canada Cup #1 was held this past December 4–5 in Sovereign Lake, British Columbia, it was a celebration as well as a competition. Somewhat accidentally, I happened to be there. Day one featured steady snow for the sprints. Day two brought sun on new snow for […]

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The World of Yousuf Karsh

The difference between looking at fine black-and-white photo prints in person—not online, not in a book, but on the wall in front of you— is something like the difference between hearing live music and listening to a CD. A good example is The World of Yousuf Karsh exhibit now at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Karsh’s portraits of the famous, and a few not-so-famous, […]

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NENSA Invitational Roller Ski Race

The New England Nordic Ski Association held its last roller ski race of the season on November 13: 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), mainly uphill to the Trapp Family Lodge touring center in Stowe. The next NENSA races will be on snow, and several of those who raced on wheels at Trapps’ competed this weekend on cold, squeaky snow in northern Finland with the US Ski […]

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Veterans Day, Barre, VT

Montpelier’s Veteran’s Day parade was canceled due to COVID, so Barre, VT, a few miles away, carried the flags.  

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