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How To Pick A Pumpkin

Oct 20, 2014

On Halloween night, front porches across Vermont will be illuminated by the glow of hand-carved Jack-o’-Lanterns. Some will sport a classic spooky grin, while others might be a bit more intricate.

Carving a Jack-o’-Lantern that will catch the eye of your neighborhood trick-or-treaters - perhaps just enough to prevent them from smashing your handiwork – is yet another Halloween tradition.

Erin Lucey spoke to Joe Weaver, who owns Red Barn Gardens on Route 2 in Williston with his wife Carolyn. He gave us some tips on what makes a pumpkin ideal for carving.

With the announcement Monday morning that IBM is offloading its chip division, including its plant in Essex Junction, to the California-based semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries, we sifted through the archives to find photographs of the plant's early days, IBM products at use in Vermont and beyond, and the shifting fortunes of the company and its local employees through the years.

Here's what the approach to the Essex plant looked like in 1958:

Heidi Pfau is an artist and social worker with VSA Vermont, the state organization on arts and disability. She is also helping to organize the second annual BOOM VT event, which takes place this Saturday in Colchester.

Pfau joined VPR to talk about the event and the VSA, whose mission is to "use the magic of the arts" to build the confidence and capabilities of children and adults with disabilities.

Actor Josh McDonald of Essex Junction recommended the hooked rug and fiber arts show, Hooked In The Mountains, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction from Wednesday, October 15th through Sunday, October 19th.

Artist Sarah Vogelsang Card suggested the local food, brew and art festival, ARToberFest, in Waterbury this Saturday, October 18th from 4 to 10 p.m.

He was the first Chief Justice of Vermont, a Governor of the early republic (before Vermont became a state), and one of the first Senators elected to represent Vermont in nation's the capitol. Yet many people don't know his name.

We talk to Judge Robert Mello, author of a new book about Moses Robinson, who he calls a founding father of Vermont.

Broadcast live on Thursday, October 16 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith have been playing music together since they met at Middlebury College. Most people familiar with Burlington’s music scene now know them as Cricket Blue, a singing, acoustic-guitar-playing duo.

Heaberlin says she and Smith always write songs separately, then come together and work out their share of the sound.  Their music is inspired, in part, by fairy tales and the work of short story writer Angela Carter.

Readers of the Burlington Free Press will soon be without a byline some of them have been familiar with for 37 years. That’s because veteran Free Press reporter Sam Hemingway announced he’s retiring from the paper.

Sam Hemingway has graciously agreed to join us in our VPR studios to talk about his long reporting career.

There's a plant that produces a berry you can use to make a lovely, citrusy tea. Intrigued?

It’s sumac.

Now, before you start itching and scratching and thinking of the poisonous variety, please pay close attention. VPR recently had the opportunity to go foraging for a specific edible variety of the plant with Vermont’s self-described Johnny Appleseed of sumac, Stephen Marshall of North Ferrisburgh.

So, what is the difference between the poison sumac and the edible Staghorn sumac?

Talking turkey is more than an expression for hunters who take to the woods for their dinner. To bag a tom or a hen turkey, you need speak their language. 

Listen to these tips from Phil Salzano, Vermont's reigning state champion turkey caller.