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The evening chorus of crickets and katydids can evoke childhood memories of summer as we pause to listen to their distinct sound. But most of us know little about these insects. Known to biologists as Orthoptera (or-THROP-tir-ah), they can be found all over the world, except the poles.

Glenn Russell / Burlington Free Press

Several members of Warren Zevon's family now call Vermont home and are part of the food scene here. Ariel, Zevon's daughter, now lives in Peacham and is the chef/owner of the Peacham Cafe.

Young Writers Project: 'This Is A Dream'

Jul 31, 2015
Emily Weatherill

Emily Weatherill is a junior at The Sharon Academy. She wrote this poem at the Young Writers Project’s Celebration of Writing last fall with Vermont slam poet champion Geof Hewitt.

This is a Dream
By Emily Weatherill
Grade 11, The Sharon Academy

Awesome Etiquette: How Long To Stay At An Overwhelming Event

Jul 31, 2015
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This week, we answer a question about proper etiquette on how long to stay at an overwhelming event, answering this question from a listener:

"Increasingly among my peer group, get-togethers have taken the form of casual potlucks and drop-by events, rather than a sit down dinner party or a gathering with a central focus or activity. For introverts like myself, a room filled with people milling around, socializing without a plan to sit down together in a more intimate setting, like the dinner table, can be a little anxiety inducing."

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Vicia faba is a legume that has been grown around the world for 6,000 years. It’s a food in countries from Ethiopia, Peru, Nepal, China, Italy, and England and can also be used as animal feed and a soil builder. It grows in a wide variety of soils, including clay and salty soil, and, unlike other beans, likes cool weather. Yes, it’s the broad, Windsor or fava bean.

Lamoille County Players

Janet Van Fleet recommends the new exhibit at Flynn Dog in Burlington called "Works Both Ways." The opening reception is Friday, July 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the exhibit runs until September 5.

Carly Abrams from Montpelier suggests seeing singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy at the chapel at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier this Sunday. Local band Anachronist will be opening the show.


There are individuals in music history that stand as pillars, whose life and work help us delineate the various eras of musical practice. One such individual was the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, whose work marks the boundary between the renaissance and the baroque.

Young Writers Project: 'Rape Culture'

Jul 25, 2015
Young Writers Project

Tyler Harris, a recent graduate of Burlington High School and a summer intern with Young Writers Project, wrote this piece after she was talking with a friend about feeling unsafe at night and how girls feel compelled to carry pepper spray to protect themselves. “It’s sad we have to accept that. It’s sad that it’s just a normal thing we have to do. Boys don’t have to do that … That’s our life.”

Rape Culture
By Tyler Harris

It makes me sad
that when girls get together
we talk about
our pepper spray.

Monica Donovan / Burlington Free Press

Trying to make a small dairy farm work is no easy task. Long hours, volatile prices and all those cows to milk. But one small operation in Ferrisburgh, Kimball Brook Farm, has made some moves that they hope will mean success for their operation.

Melissa Pasanan, food writer for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, joined VPR Cafe to talk about the Vermont farm.

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They’re a little late this year, probably because of our cool, wet June, but they’re here. Japanese beetle adults have arrived after over-wintering as grubs in the soil and they’re feasting on grapes, cherries, plums, raspberries, basil, roses and lots of other plants. This imported Japanese native arrived in 1916 and has wreaking havoc East of the Mississippi ever since.