Archive - Sep 2011 - Staff Blog
Senior reporter John Flowers makes a weekly Tuesday radio appearance on Morning News Service, a program on Waterbury-based WDEV, 96.1 FM. He wraps up recent Addison County news for listeners across Vermont.
Since its opening in December 2010, Vergennes Laundry has become a hotspot for locals, with its flaky croissants, tarts made with local tomatoes, fennel and other seasonal vegetables and loaves of bread straight from the oven in the afternoons.
One of the standout items on the menu is the Petits Pots a l'Absinthe, which are light, creamy, imbued with licorice flavor and topped with fresh berries. They come in small white cups with accordingly small spoons, which make the experience last all that much longer.
While Vermont runs are the focus of this blog, recent professional commitments have brought me to the little known and not particularly interesting city of……San Francisco!
So, the Weekly Rider is "rolling on" into a broader blog dealing with The Great Outdoors more generally. You'll still get biking updates on occasion, but this week, it's paddling.
I’ve been doing a lot of paddling on Otter Creek lately, and there’s nobody else out there. So, it’s time to go public:
There’s some phenomenal canoeing and kayaking to be had in our backyards.
You could literally paddle in the backyard a few weeks ago, but this is more figurative.
The first public hearing on the draft of the 2011 Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan — released earlier this month — is slated for Middlebury on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7-9 p.m. at Middlebury Union High School.
For more information and access to an electronic copy of the plan draft, head to: www.vtenergyplan.vermont.gov.
One of my great pleasures is to go exploring the back roads whenever I have to drive here to there in Vermont. Time permitting, and if the kids are up for it, we leave the state highways behind on trips from Middlebury or Rutland or Shoreham and turn onto dirt roads instead. I haul out my trusty atlas of Vermont, having long since learned that my car’s navigational system likes to insist that I am on an “unverified route” once I get off the main-traveled roadways.
I, like pretty much everyone else, have been hearing of all the damage inflicted by the recent visit of Tropical Storm Irene. Eager to get back up to the mountains, but unsure of the current condition of the roads, I drove up Rt 125 on Saturday to take a look at my favorite trailheads.
If your Labor Day holiday plans involved a hike in the Green Mountain National Forest, you'll probably want to start looking for an alternate weekend activity.
That's because on Thursday, forest officials ordered the entire 400,000 acre expanse closed indefinitely for health and safety reasons, with the threat of fines or imprisonment for anyone caught entering onto forest land.
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