How Hot Was It?

July was the hottest month ever recorded in Burlington, Vermont, according to records from the local office of the National Weather Service.

And you know the warnings against leaving pets and children in the car, no matter how briefly you’ll be away.

Apparently, the warning is just as applicable for the parabolic mirror you plan on converting into the best solar oven ever.

 

 

Conspicuous Consumption

A $180.00 steak sandwich speaks for itself (or should for that kind of $$$!).

At Don Wagyu, a new sandwich shop in the financial district, a five-ounce piece of steak, imported from Japan, can cost as much as a hundred and eighty dollars.

But hey, it’s served in a small wooden box, tied up with a ribbon and stamped with the establishment’s logo, the head of a louche-looking steer with a cigarette dangling from its mouth.

Old Farts Club

The origins of the Old Farts Club can be traced to the mid-1990s, when Smith and his daughters would meet at the nearby Bristol Bakery for morning coffees. By 2000, several Bristol Rotarians joined in, growing the group to around eight members.

 

OLD FARTS CLUB founder George Smith, 92, shows off a mug with a picture of the most senior member of the club — 107-year-old Bill James — who also attended last Wednesday’s coffee klatch.

Membership in the Old Farts Club can be an ephemeral thing, given the fragile stage of life that most of its members have reached. But if members may come, go, and sometimes slow down a bit, the club itself shows no signs of going anywhere.

“I’ll have them for as long as they come here,” Chamberlin said. “It’s town history. Just to have them as part of Cubbers is an honor.”

Each day, Chamberlin opens his doors to the Old Farts hours before the restaurant’s official opening at 11 a.m. But, he explained, his accommodation is only a small way of repaying the esteemed group, whose members who have contributed to the community in many ways, include retired teachers, postal workers and firefighters.

“All of those guys did their service,” he said. “What’s a cup of coffee?”

Close Encounters – Bear Edition

It came in through the kitchen window.

A black bear, similar to the one that burgled a Pownal home. Illustrative photo by Ryan Poplin via Flickr

POWNAL — A quest for a midnight snack led to a close encounter with wildlife for one Roizin Road resident Monday.

If you’re visiting and encounter a bear please complete a Vermont Fish & Wildlife report.

Report all bear conflicts to Vermont Fish & Wildlife using the following link:  https://anrweb.vt.gov/FWD/FW/WildlifeBearReport.aspx

Garlic Fest 2018

Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -you guessed it – garlic and herbs!

Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations.

For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone.

For the kids there will be face painting, inflatable fun jumps and other great children’s activities. Take time to wander around the spacious lawns sampling garlic delicacies and enjoy the festivities. Relax at the Beer and Wine Garden under the tent listening to live music both days.

Saturday & Sunday
September 1st and 2nd 2018
10AM to 5PM
66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT 05201

TICKET INFO:
Ticket prices are as follows:
$6.00 adult on line purchase (+ service fee)
$8.00 adult at gate
$2.00 child 12 and under on-line purchase (+ service fee)
$2.00 child 12 and under at gate
$10.00 adult two day pass on line purchase (+ service fee)
$12.00 adult two day pass at gate
Parking is FREE | Service Dogs Only

 

Something Else to Celebrate

 

Following the Vermont Legislature’s historic passage of a bill legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults, and Gov. Phil Scott signing the bill into law, Heady Vermont will host a celebration for members and the general public on July 1 – the day legalization goes into effect. Our celebration will take place at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson. Willow Crossing Farm is an experimental and educational organic family farm, and the birthplace of the Prospect Rock Permaculture Project.

 

 

The Original Energy Drink?

(Unofficial) Mayor Of East Dover Says Friends — And Jugs of Maple Syrup — Keep Him Going At 86

Sonny Brown, 86, of East Dover, Vermont.

In the winters, the schedule shifts to early mornings plowing anywhere from 77-100 driveways.

“I plow snow and a lot of it!” said Brown.

“I have a little jug of [maple] syrup in each one of the trucks and I take a sip every time in the night when I get tired. I take a sip and keep right on going.”

Staying Power

In 1918, the Allies declared victory in World War 1, Babe Ruth pitched 29 1/3 scoreless innings for the Red Sox in the World Series, Woodrow Wilson was president, color movies were invented, and Effie Ballou opened the Wayside on the Barre-Montpelier Road.

Originally just a roadside eatery, the Wayside Restaurant has withstood the test of time and is ready to celebrate its 100th Anniversary this year.  In an industry where 70 percent of all restaurants fail after 10 years, the Wayside has defied the odds.