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Young Writers Project
9:41 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Young Writers Project: Creature At Camp

This week's Young Writers Project author is Hadley Murphy.

Hadley Murphy of Charlotte Central School writes about the quintessential camp experience – the scary creature in the night! Hadley wrote this piece as a seventh-grader last spring to share with her class in a story-telling segment.

Creature at Camp
By Hadley Murphy
Grade Seven, Charlotte Central School
 

Just after roasting marshmallows, we were getting into our tents. I was extremely tired after riding my bike all day. I was about to fall asleep when I heard a dribble, dribble and then a big boom ... crack! It was a thunderstorm.

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VT Garden Journal
10:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Harvesting Herb Seeds

Herb seeds are great for cooking and for your garden's ecology.
bluescreen Morguefile

This time of year it's usually a battle to keep my herbs from going to seed. We all know herbs like basil produce more and bigger leaves if you can slow the march toward flower and seed formation. But sometimes it's best to work with nature, instead of against it. Some herbs, such has dill, fennel and cilantro, produce seeds that are not only edible, but desirable. Cilantro seeds are also known as coriander, a favorite in Indian and other ethnic dishes. Dill seed is used in cooking and to make pickles, while fennel seeds are used in teas, breads and soups and it a good digestive.

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VPR Cafe
6:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

VPR Cafe: Ahoy Matey!

Aimee Marti of South Burlington pours out some Castelfeder, a Lagrein from the Alto Adige region of Italy, to go with white wine-poached salmon topped with sauce remoulade and a cold tortellini primavera salad.
Ryan Mercer Burlington Free Press

Glistening water, a soft breeze, good company and great food - it all adds up to a relaxing summer day on the water on one of Vermont's lakes. You can serve delicious food on board without spending a lot of time in the galley by doing the prep work at home.

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Art Hounds
3:07 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Art Hounds: Painting At 80

Detail of painting, 'precisely at 4 p.m.'
Artist, George Lawrence

Stephen Marks recommends the retrospective of 80-year-old painter George Lawrence's work at Vermont Law School in South Royalton on Saturday, August 23rd at 5 p.m. The work is up through September 28th.

Lynne Chlumecky suggested the on-going sculpture and clay class, taught by Benjamin Davis, who begins the class with a discussion on art and world history on Saturdays from 2 till 4 at the Hermitage Gallery in Worcester. The classes are open to all ages.

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Outdoor Radio
4:04 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Outdoor Radio: Jiminy Crickets And Katydids

An Angelwing Katydid is quietly perched for a close up.
Lisa Brown Flickr: Mean and Pinchy 756935332

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.

On Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center for EcoStudies take us to Pomfret to learn how crickets sing and the surprising way that they hear.

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Young Writers Project: The Power of Family

This week's Young Writers Project author is Cole Banks of Tunbridge Central School.

This piece was written in response to the prompt, “Gift: Write about something you cherish.” Cole Banks wrote this about his family in the last school year as a fourth-grader at Tunbridge Central School. Cole says his parents like to tell stories about their families, and this story is about his mother’s family. “I’m very proud of them,” he says.

The Power of Family
By Cole Banks
Grade Four, Tunbridge Central School
 

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VPR Cafe
1:00 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

VPR Cafe: Hot Dog!

Gus' Red Hots with fries and coleslaw has been a favorite at the Plattsbugh, New York diner since 1951
VPR

Nothing says summer like hot dogs, and host Ric Cengeri is especially fond of chili dogs! Today, Ric changes places with Sally Pollak to talk about the chili dogs that he has sampled across the country.

Sally writes for the Savorvore Section of The Burlington Free Press. Today, she and Ric trade places and she asks the questions. They also take a field trip to Brigantes Snack Bar in Colchester to see how Michigans are made.

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VT Garden Journal
9:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Sedums

Hoarfrost covers the dry blossoms of a Sedum plant in a park.
Hermann J. Knippertz AP

This common flower's botanical name means “to sit,” probably for the way it creeps along rocks. It is also called rocky stonecrop in England for the way it's perched on cliffs. We know it as sedum.

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Art Hounds
12:55 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Art Hounds: Physical Comedy & Imperfection

Physical Comedian, Tom "Murph" Murphy
Credit, Tom Murphy

Graphic artist Mike Patterson from Hinesburg recommended Deb Flanders' folk concert at the Old West Church in Calais on Sunday, August 17th.

Kate Carter of Waterbury Center suggested physical comedian Tom "Murph" Murphy's solo performance, Laugh Til You Die at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Young Writers Project: The Potato Story

This week's Young Writers Project selection author is Ben Blackmore.

When Ben Blackmore, a seventh grade student at Charlotte Central School, was asked to tell a story to his class, he immediately knew which one to choose. “The Potato Story is the funniest story that I know,” Ben says. “And it’s the one story that no matter how many times I hear it, it doesn’t get less funny.”

The Potato Story
As told by Ben Blackmore
Grade Seven, Charlotte Central School
 

This story occurs in the early 1970s, when my dad is about 12 or 13 years old. He is playing a violently competitive game of tag in his friend’s basement.

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