Basement Medicine

The Sounds of Healing

Eileen McKusick during a session

Victoria Greenia

September 11, 2013

Eileen McKusick from Johnson would be the first one to tell you that she’s her worst critic: "Fifteen years ago if I were to have met myself, I would have been very skeptical of a person says she heals people’s pain by waving tuning forks around their bodies." But that’s what she does. On a sl...

Gates of Heaven: the vanishing junkyard

Gates of Heaven: the vanishing junkyard

Don Eaton

May 26, 2013

Some people like it: You walk up to the counter, your fingers clean and your nails intact. You describe what you need, let’s say a, “throw-out fork for a ’71, CJ-5 Jeep.” They argue with you for a few minutes about whether your vehicle exists. Then they argue with you on whether it has ever ex...

Count on Monte Cristo

Count on Monte Cristo

Lindsay Brown

May 26, 2013

A sweet country melody about the rolling hills of Vermont wound its way down Main Street in Hyde Park on a sunny Sunday morning, and this means that Brunch with Sound is in full swing at the Sweet Crunch Bakery and Café. The pungent smell of sizzling bacon and the sweet aroma of maple syrup waft th...

‘Tis the season to love yo Momma

‘Tis the season to love yo Momma

Liz Beatty-Owens

May 3, 2013

Tis’ the season to be bombarded by “Moms kick butt!” greeting cards in the grocery store, for television ads to be popping up with young children giving their mothers a new pair of heart shaped diamond earrings from Kay Jewelers, or maybe you could just send her a “personalized” Facebook greeting...

M.M.A. pulls no punches at JSC

M.M.A. pulls no punches at JSC

Justin Little

May 3, 2013

Johnson student Crystal Kessler does not have the appearance of a martial artist; she is a small, light-framed woman who likes to wear the heavy coat her boyfriend gave her. That she’s been a member of JSC’s Martial Arts Club almost since its inception should not be a shock though, since anybody ...

Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour

Lindsay Brown

May 3, 2013

“Raise your right hand and repeat after me,” instructed our tour guide, Bob. “I, state your name, do joyously declare that I lo-o-o-ve ice cream, and I will seek out only the best forsaking al-l-l-l the rest from this day forward, so help me Ben. Now let’s get this tour started!” Antsy and...

Rock Art Brewery: the place is hopping

Rock Art Brewery: the place is hopping

Lindsay Brown

March 28, 2013

The pungent smell of yeast and the earthy scent of hops alert your senses as soon as you cross the threshold of this Morrisville brewery. The bar, which currently features eight beers on tap, is shaped in an “L” and is made of rich grainy wood decoratively embossed with Rock Art Brewery’s name...

Get Shorty: Burlington on cue

Scott Baker of Burlington at the Three Needs

Don Eaton

March 28, 2013

“A proficiency at billiards is a sign of a misspent youth,” wrote Twain. If true, then the Three Needs in Burlington is home to an assortment of hustlers whose youths, in aggregate, constitute the biggest waste of time since instant-replay began destroying baseball. In the evenings they gather...

Icelandic February: fissures and phalluses

The author in Þingvellir

Anna Maria Liccione

March 14, 2013

So...Iceland in February. When I started telling people I was going to Iceland for a few days over break, I got some strange reactions. "Usually people go somewhere warm during the winter in Vermont," people said. Well, with the average temperature about ten degrees warmer there (the high 30s as oppos...

Cold enough for ya? Polar Splash raises cash for local charities

Cold enough for ya? Polar Splash raises cash for local charities

Liz Beatty-Owens

February 22, 2013

On an average Saturday morning driving down Route 12 in mid-February, passing through the small town of Elmore, Vermont, you might find a Chevy truck idling outside the general store and a few cross country skiers flying across the frozen lake adjacent to this rural Vermont community.  Elmore is referred...

The Terrors of Ice and Bad Teaching

The Terrors of Ice and Bad Teaching

Kassandra Cousineau

February 22, 2013

Martha Lance has been the Learning Resource Center Coordinator in the TRIO office at Johnson State College since 2010. She heads up the tutoring arm of the academic support services, and serves TRIO students as a mentor and adviser. She grew up in New Jersey and has traveled the country finally returning...

What drives Jerry Mitchell?

What drives Jerry Mitchell?

Don Eaton

February 7, 2013

Jerry Mitchell is an investigative reporter who lives in Jackson, Mississippi. He has written for the Clarion Ledger, Jackson’s daily paper, for nearly 30 years. Mitchell built his award-winning career investigating cold cases, many of which had languished unsolved for decades. Some had even become...

A Glimpse: Learning Specialist Richard Simmons

A Glimpse: Learning Specialist Richard Simmons

Kayla Friedrich

February 7, 2013

The Academic Support office offers services such as tutoring, advising, and general help for students with, or without, learning disabilities. Richard Simmons is JSC’s learning specialist responsible for……. Q: What is the worst job that you have ever had? A: The worst job I’ve ever had has to be when...

Migrant Justice brings home the reality of Vermont’s hidden workers

Migrant Justice brings home the reality of Vermont’s hidden workers

Mariah Howland

December 6, 2012

For generations, America has been extolled as the land of opportunity. But such a statement ignores the reality faced by the migrant community. When a young man newly employed in a job to provide for his family has his life abruptly torn away, the reality of the hidden struggles and exploitation is exposed....

Justice for Dogs: Local nonprofit provides rescue and more

Eddie.

Dylan Archbold

December 6, 2012

Eddie will lose an eye but at least he will survive, thanks to Justice for Dogs, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of animals that otherwise might perish. Eddie came to it abandoned and starving. One of his eyes will have to be removed, but the surgery...

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

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ Matt Burr on a Bill Allen drum kit.

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...

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