Maple Festival and Maple Sugaring, Essex County, Vermont

This weekend, my friend and neighbor Susan McVetty and I headed over to the Maple Festival in nearby Lunenburg, Vermont.  We each had a homemade pie in hand, baked that morning to enter into the maple pie contest, just one of the many events and exhibits in play. The Festival was held at and aroundContinue reading “Maple Festival and Maple Sugaring, Essex County, Vermont”

Pony Express Snowshoe Event, Guildhall, Vermont

As some of my readers will recall, I’ve posted here previously about a fabulous new non-profit business here in Guildhall, known as Stable Connections.  Founded, owned and managed by Karen Guile, Stable Connections is an equine therapy facility devoted to meeting the needs of developmentally disabled and otherwise at-risk youth and adults. For more detailedContinue reading “Pony Express Snowshoe Event, Guildhall, Vermont”

We Are All From Ireland: St Patrick’s Weekend, from Essex County, Vermont. Part I

I begin this post of things Irish with this image and a link to a remarkable Op Ed piece from this morning’s  New York Times entitled “Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia,” written by Timothy Egan. Read this important and timely article here, which explores the hypocrisy of Paul Ryan in connection with his ancestral links toContinue reading “We Are All From Ireland: St Patrick’s Weekend, from Essex County, Vermont. Part I”

An Hour at Green Mountain Books.

Green Mountain Books, Lyndonville. It’s one of my favorite local spots and upon consideration, I believe it might be among the two best used book stores in all of Vermont. (The other is Country Bookshop, in Plainfield.) Green Mountain Books has been in business for a whopping 38 years. It was originally opened on aContinue reading “An Hour at Green Mountain Books.”

A New Partnership: Morrissette, Young & Wilson, PC.

As many of you know, as of January 1, 2014, I have joined forces with Morrissette & Young, of Lyndonville, a firm with a long and distinguished history of practicing law throughout the Northeast Kingdom. We are all three partners now, and the new firm is called Morrissette, Young & Wilson, PC. The new firmContinue reading “A New Partnership: Morrissette, Young & Wilson, PC.”

Hipster Central of the NEK: The Grindstone Cafe

Around the corner from my law office in the heart of downtown Lyndonville is the marvelous, cozy and funky Grindstone Cafe. I’ve lived in Essex County, a hyper-rural part of the Northeast Kingdom for about 9 years now. I think it’s a fair representation to say there isn’t a single cafe in the whole ofContinue reading “Hipster Central of the NEK: The Grindstone Cafe”

Guildhall Town Meeting, 2014

This year’s Town Meeting was, for the most part, uneventful and quiet. Turnout was low. Most people who did attend were on good behavior. The School District and municipal budgets passed without controversy or much comment. One encouraging fact is that our roads budget is down substantially from previous years, due largely to the effortsContinue reading “Guildhall Town Meeting, 2014”

Looking Ahead to the Guildhall Garden

On this snowy, subzero temperature weekend of March 1 in northern Vermont, I planted seeds indoors for the first round of my 2014 garden vegetables: leeks, broccoli, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and artichokes. I placed growing medium (a mixture of spaghnum peat moss, vermiculite, and compost) in the seed flats, watered the medium liberally, then plantedContinue reading “Looking Ahead to the Guildhall Garden”