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Bill Allen’s big beat: Cambridge drum maker a hit with musicians

Bill Allen’s big beat: Cambridge drum maker a hit with musicians

Leigh Robtoy

December 6, 2012

Bill Allen went from geophysicist and geologist to owner and operator of a small drum company out of Cambridge, Vermont mostly on a whim and a love of building drums.  Green Mountain Drums was incorporated in 2007. Ever since, Allen has been quietly and effectively building drums for drummers all over...

Smuggs sinks big bucks in new snowmaking

Smuggs sinks big bucks in new snowmaking

By Don Eaton

December 6, 2012

Air is expensive. Compressed air that is, and the manager of snowmaking at Smugglers’ Notch Resort can show you the numbers to prove it. If you thought your fuel bill was high last winter, you should see his. Smugglers’ Notch Resort has invested just over $1 million in its snowmaking system this...

Clean, green, chemical hygiene machine: staff spotlight on Keith Kirchner

Clean, green, chemical hygiene machine:  staff spotlight on Keith Kirchner

Mariah Howland

November 15, 2012

His title may seem vaguely sinister, oxymoronic, and just plain mysterious depending on how you feel about chemicals, but for Johnson State College Chemical Hygiene Officer Keith Kirchner, it’s all in a day’s work. His many responsibilities include handling the disposal of hazardous waste, maintaining...

Kings of Chaos, where beauty is skin-deep

Kings of Chaos, where beauty is skin-deep

Michelle Sawyers

November 1, 2012

As you enter through the glass doors to Johnson’s new tattoo parlor ‘Kings of Chaos’ a whiff of sanitizer hits your nose as you gaze upon the two red cubicles that decide your fate. While you wait for your name to be called, announcing your turn, or wait for your friend or family member to finish...

Documenting women’s oppression globally

Documenting women’s oppression globally

Lindsay Brown

November 1, 2012

“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” is both a book and documentary that follows New York Times journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn through 10 countries alongside actresses America Fererra, Eva Mendes, Gabrielle Union, Meg Ryan, Olivia Wilde and Diane...

Vermont’s best burger… nice buns, too

Vermont’s best burger… nice buns, too

Donny Eaton

September 23, 2012

The Burger Barn, fast becoming the worst kept secret in Lamoille County, is continuing the long and proud tradition of quirky, Vermont roadside snack stands with its top quality, gourmet hamburgers. Early reviewers, mostly headed east out of Burlington, seemed to get stuck on the Burger Barn’s rustic,...

Home sharing offers solutions for home owners and seekers

Home sharing offers solutions for home owners and seekers

Dylan Archbold

September 23, 2012

Finding a place to live is difficult, and this is especially true for graduating students in this economy. Home Share Now is an organization that might have the answer you are looking for, if you are looking to save some money, and perhaps make a new friend or two. As the name of the organization ...

New Edelweiss deli makes way for man’s best friend

New Edelweiss deli makes way for man’s best friend

Dylan Archbold

September 21, 2012

After closing its doors briefly for remodeling, owners Ralf LaBelle and Ken Schlegel’s Edelweiss Bakery & Deli has returned with a new version of this long-established Johnson eatery. While Edelweiss offers the same sandwich and bakery items as before, they are offered as take-out only and now focu...

Painting the town

Painting the town

Mariah Howland

September 7, 2012

Once every two weeks for a year, JSC Professor of Fine Arts Ken Leslie drove to the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, climbed the 201 steps to the narrow balustrade at Ceres’ toes, and completed a sketch on one page of a curiously folded, triangular booklet. Then, after descending into the barrel-shaped...

Hop heaven on East 7th Street

Hop heaven on East 7th Street

Whitney Nellé

September 5, 2012

The second I walked through the aged wooden doors of McSorley’s Old Ale House on East 7th Street in New York City, I knew I was among friends. The bartender, dressed all in white with short grey hair, greeted me and my travel companion with a joke and an aggressively amicable smile. His manner was...

In the hoofprints of history: saving the horses of the Conquistadors

In the hoofprints of history: saving the horses of the Conquistadors

Magen Farley

May 3, 2012

How often does a piece of history try to eat your notebook? Or knock you off your chair while attempting to get its backside scratched? This particular piece of history’s name is Augustine, a beautiful Spanish Mustang living at the Center for America’s First Horse. His lineage can be traced straight...

Mireault to be featured on PBS NOVA series

Mireault to be featured on PBS NOVA series

Donny Eaton

May 3, 2012

Research being conducted at Johnson State College will be showcased on the PBS television series, NOVA. Professor of Behavioral Sciences Dr. Gina Mireault’s ground-breaking investigations into infant humor have caught the attention of the award-winning show. “I got a call from one of the producers,”...

New York, New York

New York, New York

Shannon Edmonds

May 3, 2012

“Ah, smell those bus fumes!” Daddy Warbucks says as he takes Annie onto 5th Avenue. “There’s no air like the air of New York. Come on, you slow pokes! We gotta get to the Roxy before the prices change.” If you change the location from the Roxy to the MoMA, or the Museum of Modern Art, then...

A Survivor’s Guide to the Big Apple

A Survivor’s Guide to the Big Apple

Shannon Edmonds

May 3, 2012

If you’re planning on going to New York any time soon, and if you’ve never been, here are some tips that you should keep in mind. Most of them come from Mary, but there are a few from me thrown in there too. 1) Don’t look up and gape at every skyscraper you see. It’ll give you a sore neck...

Passion, instinct & diffusing nuclear devices

Passion, instinct & diffusing nuclear devices

Ben Algar

May 3, 2012

George Saunders is the author of five books of short stories, and one nonfiction book. He has been awarded both a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has appeared on “The Colbert Report” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” Saunders has also written a feature-length script...

Modes, obsessions and tastes: a relationship to poetry

Modes, obsessions and tastes: a relationship to poetry

Ben Algar and Olivia Lawrance

April 12, 2012

Gabriel Fried is a poet and an editor. He is the author of “Making the New Lamb Take.” He is the poetry editor at Persea Books, an independently owned company located in New York City, NY. Fried is on tour promoting his new book of poems, “The Children are Reading.” Fried visited Johnson State...

Green Mountain Girls: new-fashioned farming the old-fashioned way

Green Mountain Girls: new-fashioned farming the old-fashioned way

Magen Farley

April 12, 2012

We live in a world where people do not always stop to consider what is going into their mouths. Most of the food we eat has been transported from thousands of miles away or from factories that don’t really care about their customer’s health. Mari Omland and Laura Olsen of Green Mountain Girls Farm...

The Skin Artist

The Skin Artist

Leigh Robtoy, Correspondent

March 22, 2012

  As you walk through the door of Event Horizon Custom Tattoo in downtown Burlington, the smell of rubbing alcohol permeates the air, and the bright green walls are merely a backdrop to the many oil paintings that cover them.  The paintings range from a rather ancient looking ‘war turtle’,...

Walking along Cannery Row with Steinbeck and Kerouac

Walking along Cannery Row with Steinbeck and Kerouac

Whitney Nellé, Correspondent

March 22, 2012

When I set out for California State University, Monterey Bay from Hyde Park, Vt., in August 2010 as part of a student exchange program, I hardly knew where I was going. The school’s website had surprisingly few photos of the campus. Instead it favored pictures of past trips to Yosemite National...

Darn Tough Socks: Loyal, local and lucrative

Darn Tough Socks: Loyal, local and lucrative

Donny Eaton, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 22, 2012

Rick Cabot is a third-generation sock maker. Cabot, the owner of Darn Tough Vermont, visited JSC on Thursday, March 15, to speak about the brand which saved his family’s mill in Northfield, Vermont. About 70 people were seated in the auditorium in Bentley for the talk. Cabot began by describing...

Learning with Les Enfants de Dieu

Learning with Les Enfants de Dieu

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

March 8, 2012

Health Science and Physical Education major Ally Battaille has learned many things since her January arrival at Les Enfants De Dieu in Kigali, Rwanda for the spring semester. Les Enfants De Dieu or ‘Children of God’ is an orphanage that is home for 120 boys who have been living on the street....

A dog’s best friend

A dog’s best friend

Magen Farley

March 8, 2012

  Walking into Edelweiss Bakery & Café, the customer first gets the impression of a cozy little bakery. A ceramic pig’s head, crowned in flowers and vines, hanging over the specials menu greets customers at the door. Baskets and tins of all shapes and sizes decorate the walls. Nearing...

Jay Peak puts the summer in winter

Jay Peak puts the summer in winter

Anna Charette, Contributor

March 8, 2012

Eighty-six degrees, a slight breeze, sunlight warmth on your skin, a whiff of chlorine and French fries, a trickle of sweat down your back, and a splash of water. But don’t be fooled; this isn’t a day alongside an outdoor Florida pool. No, you’re at Jay Peak resort, and it’s the middle of the...

That good ole’ Vermont spirit

That good ole’ Vermont spirit

Donny Eaton, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

February 16, 2012

At the northern outlet of an ancient smuggling route sits the aptly named Smugglers’ Notch Distillery. The building is inconspicuous, with dark wood siding and plenty of nooks and angles, and it fits seamlessly into the village where it is located, Jeffersonville, Vermont. The style of the facility...

JSC grads find occupational wellness

JSC grads find occupational wellness

Leisa Kelsey, Staff Reporter, Copy Editor

February 2, 2012

Five graduates of Johnson State College met at Sweet Hollow Herbs in Johnson to celebrate the recent Johnson Holiday Jubilee. The store’s proprietor, Amy Kelly, invited Carly Harrison, herbal medicine practitioner; Eileen McKusick, sound therapist and wellness educator; Terrie Look, Reiki practitioner...

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