News from Vermont #396 Music For Generations To Come!

March 29, 2018 Hello again Maple People, Four decades ago Betsy and I, and  Rich and Shawn Davidian, all East Montpelierites, either engaged in some mighty strategic family planning or the stars were lined up in just the right way. Here’s our story: PJ Davidian and Robinson Morse were born in 1978. Then Joey Davidian […]

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News from Vermont #397 A Birthday To Remember….unfortunately

April 18, 2018 Hello again Maple People, Well I did it…on March 16, my 70th birthday, I found an ice patch with my name on it. I had gone down that same way two other times this winter and been lucky. The third time, however, is not always the “charm”! There was no pressure when it […]

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News from Vermont #395 Mothers’ Nature

March 15, 2018 Hello again Maple People, Well here it is again, another maple sugaring season, the time of year when we, Vermont’s sugarmakers, hope for a good outcome but end up taking what we can get. Yup, with exception of a good vacuum system and well-maintained tubing lines, there are strict limits, set by […]

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News from Vermont #394 There Are Vermonters, Then There Is Vera Ruth

March 8, 2018 Hello again Maple People, I can just hear my wife Betsy now talking on the phone with her cousin Pennie. One of them would say “and what would Vera Ruth say about that?” And then, through gales of laughter, they’re off and running with a long phone conversation. You see “Vera Ruth” […]

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News from Vermont #393 They Just Don’t Make’em Like They Use To!

February 14, 2018 Hello again Maple People, I just returned from having my car inspected and, whew, it passed. Sure brings back memories of sweating out test scores back in my school days! I’ve always driven “elderly” cars which, due to all of our salty, winter roads here in Vermont, age a bit out of […]

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News from Vermont #392 What More Could You Ask For

January 16, 2018 Hello again Maple People, We just had a blessed Christmas day which proved to be truly an old fashion one. Contrary to some of our more recent moderate Christmases, the falling snow guaranteed a white  one…very white! I was glad to just watch it from the comfort of our warm living room. […]

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News from Vermont #391 From Here To…. Northern VT and Back

December 30, 2017 Hello again Maple People, Sometimes I agonize over what to write about but the answer this time suddenly stared me in the face right here in my neighborhood…Northern Vermont neighborhood, that is. The other day I was delighted to be sent farther north on errands, especially after being tied to the farm […]

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News from Vermont #389 Memories As Sweet As Our Syrup!

November 28, 2017 Hello again Maple People,  I attended a lecture last night by Michael Moss, author, New York Times journalist, and Jack-of-all-junk food scams. Some of the tales he told of big food manufacturers hooking us all on refined sugar, salt, and fat were quite hair-raising…kinda made me proud of our small operation producing […]

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News from Vermont #377 You Guessed It Right!

March 28, 2017 Hello again Maple People, Everyone enjoys a good brush with fame, like the time I ran into Bob Newhart in the restroom over at Burlington Municipal Auditorium. He was prepping for a show there and I was playing in the band which opened his performance. We almost bumped into each other at […]

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#356 — Burr at the Farm Show.

!February 18, 2016 Hello Again Maple People I recently made my annual pilgrimage to the Vermont Farm Show. The day hinted of January thaw but still, there was a breezy Champlain Valley bite to the air as I exited my car in an almost muddy parking lot. I headed toward the fairgrounds thinking “hard place […]

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