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MEMBERS OF THE trio Pete’s Posse, Pete Sutherland strumming a banjo and Oliver Scanlon bowing a violin, have become much more active on social media since live gigs dried up with the arrival of coronavirus. Other bands have also shifted their performance venues.
07/09/2020
In all the ways that COVID-19 has halted life, musicians have had the especially challenging task of reaching audiences in a world in which people can no longer gather in person to enjoy and support the sounds they love. Five Vermont-based musicians share their unique strategies for staying active during the pandemic, from conquering the technological challenges of online streaming and social media posts, to using the down time for more private creativity.  Pete Sutherland of Pete’s Posse felt confident with the way he and his band members, Tristan Henderson and Oliver Scanlon, handled the...
07/09/2020
(Grove Press) A 2019 National Book Award winner and a New York Times Top 10 Book, Sarah Broome’s “The Yellow House” is the history of a home, the story of a family, a treatise on urban planning, and a deeply personal memoir — all in one extraordinary package. Broome constructs an inviting narrative around the little shotgun house in East New Orleans that her mother purchased in 1963 at the age of nineteen, and where she raised twelve children before it was demolished by the city after Hurricane Katrina. The attributes of the house itself — its structure, site, décor — are a kaleidoscopic lens...
07/09/2020
What better way to safely enjoy summer than to get out on Lake Champlain? Two Vermont authors and Black Dome Press have just released an updated and expanded guide to paddling on the lake called “A Kayakers Guide to Lake Champlain.” Art Cohn, former long-time director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, calls the book “one of the best all-round, multi-faceted orientations to the lake that I have ever read.”  This new edition provides expanded information about the history, geology, people, and ecology of our treasured body of water, including overviews of the Abenaki and...
07/09/2020
During the hot summer months, both large and small animals can suffer unwanted attention from fleas, ticks, biting flies and mosquitoes. Besides the annoyance, pain and itching they cause, they can also transmit disease to your animal. There are many things you can do to help avoid this.  The flies that cause problems with animals are not the typical house flies, but species such as black flies, deer flies, and horse flies. In many cases, the flies (and mosquitoes, too) prefer to “strike” the sensitive and fairly thin skin of the animal’s ears. This has led to the common term “fly strike” as...

BY CAREFUL TIMING and variety selection, gardeners can extend their lettuce season to up to seven months.
07/09/2020
It feels like we wait all year for fresh lettuce, and the window seems to close quickly. How can we maximize lettuce season?  While lettuce is easy to grow, factors like temperature impact how well it does. Understanding timing and varieties can help yield a continuous supply throughout the summer and beyond. Lettuce is generally considered a cool-season crop, meaning that it thrives in temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. With its heat-sensitivity, once the daytime temperatures exceed this range, lettuce can bolt. Bolting is when the plant puts all of its energy into producing...

CLINT BIERMAN
07/06/2020
If you are from Vermont, and particularly Addison County, it is likely you’re familiar with The Grift and the members of this homegrown band: Clint Bierman, Peter Day, Jeff Vallone and Andrew Moroz.  Bierman and Day, leaders of the band, told the Independent they’ve been staying active lately, despite the lack of live performance opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To try to make up for the lost concerts, and to share the fruits of their creative labors, Day and, more recently, Bierman have turned to Patreon. The content generation and hosting website enables them to connect with...
07/02/2020
In early May, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History invited people to share their personal stories, pictures, and video clips of how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from Brandon answered the call. Neshobe Elementary School art teacher John Brodowski reached out to the Sheldon and provide some background and some student work. What follows is some of the students' work. During the spring of 2020 students at Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon participated in distance learning, including the students involved in art classes. Since the school building was closed due...

MUSICIAN MATTHEW EVAN Taylor, shown in his Middlebury College office, responded to the unrest over racial inequality by recording a series of jazz improvisations, distributing the work on Bandcamp.com, and contributing the proceeds to Black Lives Matters charities. Independent file photo/Steve James
07/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to attending some small-scale rallies around the state, Middlebury College Assistant Professor of Music Matthew Evan Taylor felt like he needed to respond in his own way to the Black Lives Matter protests that have sprung up over the past month. So Taylor released the seven-track digital album “Say Their Names” to the online music site Bandcamp on June 6.  “‘Say Their Names’ is a collection of improvisations that I did using wind instruments and a loop station (a device with guitar pedals that help you record and playback a sound or a snippet of music),” Taylor said...

'SO YOU WANT to Talk About Race," by Ijeoma Oluo
07/02/2020
There is nothing new under the sun, the saying goes. It’s all been done before. In the case of racial inequality in the United States, the death of a Black man in police custody has happened so many times that people became apathetic — until George Floyd.  Books by Black authors and books on race have been flying out of bookstores since Floyd’s death rocked the nation. With the support of the American Booksellers Association and the New England Independent Booksellers Association, local bookstore owners are sharing and publicizing lists of titles by Black authors and promoting books from...
07/02/2020
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories and photos by Neshobe Elementary School students in reaction to their spring spent distance learning. Braeden James Waldie — 6th grade I am in sixth grade and would normally be caught up in field trips, parades, and graduation right now. I had looked forward to traveling to Montreal (going to another country for the first time) and raised money to make the trip. I am sad not to be able to go. When school first closed because of COVID-19 I felt like I was on vacation. Then I missed my friends and began to feel isolated. My mom suggested I...

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