The interest in tiny homes is growing

May 15, 2017  
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Bob Greel, Kate Ziegler and Anderson Page from Tiny House Crafters LLC, sit on the stairway/storage unit in one of the company’s homes. (Contributed photo)

Bob Greel, Kate Ziegler and Anderson Page from Tiny House Crafters LLC, sit on the stairway/storage unit in one of the company’s homes.
(Contributed photo)

By Stephanie Choate

Some Vermonters are looking to something small as the next real estate trend in Vermont—something tiny, in fact. Read more

Volunteering in retirement makes life ‘a joy’

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Feature Stories, Health & Wellness

The United Way’s Foster  Grandparent program places volunteers in preschool, elementary school and middle school classrooms.  (Contributed photo)

The United Way’s Foster
Grandparent program places volunteers in preschool, elementary school and middle school classrooms.
(Contributed photo)

By Stephanie Choate

Retirement provides the luxury of time to spend with family, on new interests or traveling. But sometimes, retirees can find themselves with a little too much time on their hands.

After a career with the City of Burlington, Margaret Ruttledge of Winooski wanted something to do.

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‘Winter Brewfest’ offers indoor fun for Vermont brew lovers on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Burlington

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‘Come shake off the winter blues!’

 

Vermont’s largest winter brewers’ festival premieres on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Sheraton-Burlington, offering festival-goers samples from more than 75 varieties of Vermont craft beer, ciders, wine and spirits.

 

The state’s first major indoor winter brewers’ festival also offers music, food sampling, party games and more while featuring some of the finest brews in the world.

 

The event also includes food pairing workshops, party games including Giant Connect Four and Jenga, food sampling including That’s Different Chocolates, Potlicker Kitchen and many more.

 

The first session from 12-4 p.m. features live music by Renegade Groove, a four-piece funk rock band with a high-energy presence and an inclination for improvisation.

 

The second session from 6-10 p.m. kicks off with live music by The Grift. The independent Burlington-based band blends roots-rock and pop and jam, and its live shows are energetic and original, with band members swapping instruments and occasionally playing two at a time.

 

“This is a celebration of Vermont-made brews and ciders, as well as wine and spirits, and we have a terrific lineup for the event,” said Paul Apfelbaum, festival co-organizer. “We want to help people shake off the winter blues! We have something to satisfy everyone from the curious brew newbie to the connoisseur, as well as terrific local bands and other fun surprises.”

 

The 21-and-over event will be held on two floors at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. Tickets are $39, which includes 15 samples from a large selection of brews, wine and spirits, as well as free food samples offered by foodie exhibitors during the four-hour festival. There will also be food available for purchase.

 

To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.winterbrewfestvt.com

Follow the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winterbrewfestvt/

 

 

 

 

 

An App to ID Your Bird Photos

December 15, 2016  
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That’s right: our Merlin Bird ID app just got an upgrade that analyzes photos on your phone and offers bird ID suggestions. Just snap a photo or choose one from your photo library, answer a couple of questions, and Merlin will offer smart suggestions about what North American species it might be. Read more at eBird or download Merlin free for your iOS or Android device and try it out.

Life on a Floating Museum

September 15, 2016  
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Fireworks light up the sky above the schooner Lois McClure docked at the Burlington waterfront. (Contributed photo)

Fireworks light up the sky above the schooner Lois McClure docked at the Burlington waterfront. (Contributed photo)

The water is home for the keeper of the schooner Lois McClure

By Adam White

Lying in his bunk in the forecastle of the canal schooner Lois McClure, Len Ruth is rocked to sleep by the gently lapping waters of Lake Champlain. But even as his consciousness fades, the 47-year-old man from Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., keeps one ear open. Read more

Technology Through Our Eyes

August 18, 2016  
Filed under Feature Stories

Outdoor Gear Guide

By Gary M. Kaye
Chief Content Officer, Tech50+
(www.tech50plus.com)

Whether it’s going on a camping trip, or just puttering around the yard, there’s still lots of time left to enjoy the summer.  We have recommendations to help you make the most of the remaining summer months.

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Technology Goes Camping

May 24, 2016  
Filed under Columnists, Feature Stories

By Gary M. Kaye

Chief Content Officer,
Tech50+ (www.tech50plus.com)

When many of us were growing up, a family camping trip really meant roughing it. Back then our folks would cram us and whatever gear we had into a sedan, or if we were lucky, a station wagon. But with the advent of minivans and SUV’s, you could carry a lot more gear. And as technology has gotten into the mix, a night in the woods with the family has become more like a day at the beach. Here’s our compilation of products that combine the best of new tech and old fashioned camping:

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Working Longer May Lead to a Longer Life 

May 20, 2016  
Filed under Feature Stories, Money

By Michelle Klampe 

Working past age 65 could lead to longer life, while retiring early may be a risk factor for dying earlier, a new study from Oregon State University indicates.

The researchers found that healthy adults who retired one year past age 65 had an 11 percent lower risk of death from all causes, even when taking into account demographic, lifestyle and health issues. Adults who described themselves as unhealthy were also likely to live longer if they kept working, the findings showed, which indicates that factors beyond health may affect post-retirement mortality.

“It may not apply to everybody, but we think work brings people a lot of economic and social benefits that could impact the length of their lives,” said Chenkai Wu, the lead author of the study. He conducted the research as part of his master’s thesis at OSU, where he is now a doctoral student in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Read more

10 Reasons It’s Worth Every Penny to Retire in Vermont

May 19, 2016  
Filed under Feature Stories, Money

By Jess Wisloski

Every year, Vermont finds itself home to residents new and old going through a transition. It’s not tough to spot them; just look for the silver hair and cheerful glow. They’re newly minted retirees, maybe from afar, or visiting from just a few towns over. These folks know the secret: there’s no place better than right here to jump into your golden years, with a splash.

Naysaying friends still talking about North Carolina? Share this list with them on why it will always be worth choosing Vermont.

1. Unparalleled Beauty – Accessible at Any Age

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Armistead Senior Care Awards Caregivers

December 30, 2015  
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Sandra Hennessey

Armistead Senior Care commemorated its 16th anniversary on Nov. 5 at the Catamount Country Club in Williston with a Sweet Sixteen Celebration honoring its caregivers: the Rachel Lee Cummings Award for Excellence was awarded to Sherry Russell of New Hampshire; Sandra Hennessey was named Vermont Caregiver of the Year; and Ann Howard was named New Hampshire Caregiver of the Year.

Caregivers with three or more years of service were presented with special gifts and the Longevity Award was presented to Shirley Weaver for 16 years of service.

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