Sal Monella

Sal

Below is a short story I wrote for a book I’m writing titled, “1957 Chester.” Sal is a character I created as the handy-man. He represents real and fictional events. Sal Monella was a disaster waiting to happen. He did … Continued

Let’s go fishing

fishing

It was this time, last April, when Danny Clemons and I went down to the boat landing on the Connecticut River in Springfield to do a little fishing. The water was high and murky but we did catch quite a … Continued

Boothby to discuss American Exceptionalism

LONDONDERRY, Vt. – American Exceptionalism is an ideology holding the United States as unique among nations with respect to its ideals of democracy and personal freedom. From the determination of the original settlers to create a society different from the … Continued

A bucolic painting

painting

One of the reasons I enjoy writing for the Vermont Journal/Shopper is the freedom they give me to write about anything that strikes my fancy. Such is the case this week. Artworks that are signed enable you to look up … Continued

Sugaring, mud season & parsnips

sugaring

Below is a continuance of Philip Tiemann’s manuscript about sugaring including his trials and tribulations as a new Vermonter. This would have occurred in spring of 1934. “The season had now arrived when all good farmers work from ‘kin see … Continued

The Belmont Drive-In

drive-in

  People my age or older will remember Drive-In movies. Locally we had the Belmont Drive-In in Bellows Falls. The Belmont was located across Route-5 from the Current Bus location. Before television drive-ins were popular. The Belmont was owned by … Continued

1855 Windsor County Map

map

I have many sources I use in researching articles I write. I have many town histories as well as history books written in the early 1800s. Another valuable resource is Vermont maps and atlases published in the 1800s. The subject … Continued

Maple sugaring in the old days

maple

Below is more from Philp Tiemann’s manuscript. It’s an excellent record of sugaring in the old days. “…There were years when the sap ran earlier, but not often. It depended to a large extent upon the location of the sugar … Continued

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