Life & Times

Scott Kerner, of Riverton, Vt., left, checks the progress of roasting coffee beans in a Turkish-made coffee roaster as Ross Evans, of Randolph, Vt., adjusts the heat while working in a barn shared with a pottery studio that belongs to Ross' father in Northfield, Vt., on July 18, 2015. The pair started Carrier Roasting Co. early this year and do two roasts every week. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Haute Cuisine Beans: New Coffee Achievers Roast Locally in Small Batches

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sam Sabky and Kate Fisher were seated one morning last week at a cafe table in My Brigadeiro, the brightly lighted chocolate shop tucked under …

Rooting Out Some Nasty, Pushy Plants

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

If you have a wet area or a stream on your property, you might be seeing some very pretty tall pinky-purple flowers blooming now, or …

Foodnotes:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems has become a founding member of a Cuba and U.S. sustainable agriculture network. The goal of …

A Great American Writer

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I met E.L. Doctorow only once. We were introduced by a mutual friend at the National Book Awards dinner a couple of years ago. A writer of his eminence is accustomed to praise, and I expected no more …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 26-Aug. 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Cait — Fresh off her stirring speech at the Espy Awards, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) invites viewers into her life via this eight-part reality series. The show promises to tell her “intimate story” as she seeks out her “new normal” as perhaps the …

To Your Good Health: Adrenal Nodules Can Produce Hormones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband’s recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones. For the past 21 …

Miss Manners: Couple Canceling Vacation Offer Shouldn’t Cancel Thank-You

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: We accepted an invitation for a week’s vacation without cost in another couple’s condo with them and one other couple. There wouldn’t have been any additional charges to our friends for us being there. We intended to fly there, while our friends intended to drive, …

New Zealand Unspoiled

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand — Several items are essential for exploring the magical Southern Alps mountains that run across New Zealand’s South Island: insect repellent, rain gear and ear plugs. The repellent is to ward off sandflies, …

High-Tech Aerospace Exhibit On Tour

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington — With space shuttles now housed in history museums, innovators in aerospace are thinking of newer, better ways humans could reach space. One idea: What about a space elevator? This real idea is one simulation that’s part of a new high-tech interactive exhibition about the future of …

Crown Jewel of Connecticut State Parks: Expansive Hammonasset Beach

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Madison, Conn. — Downtown Madison, Connecticut, has the feel of a beach town, though the beach itself is nearly 2 miles away. In addition to shops and restaurants, the town has one of the best independent bookstores in the state and a century-old independent movie theater. For sand …

At the End of Their String: Windsor Public Library Director Leads New Yo-Yo Club

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Windsor — Learning to use a yo-yo comes with a lot of ups and downs. Luckily for the members of the Windsor Public Library Yo-Yo Club, they have an expert to show them the strings — er, ropes. …

A Throwback Dairy Queen

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Moorhead, Minn. — The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead, Minn., has been thumbing its nose at corporate HQ pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its Ds and Qs. And it’s a recipe that seems to …

Wheels: Top Marks for What Matters Most

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The pretense is gone. The 2016 Honda Pilot, particularly the Elite all-wheel-drive version used for this column, no longer mimics a rough-stuff sport-utility vehicle. Instead, in what is now its third generation, it is truer to its original …