Sugaring off the grid


Donald Schroeder poses with the maple syrup he's made on his Poor Farm Rd. property this year, completely off the grid. Bottom left, samples of Poor Farm Sugar Works syrup show a distinct color variation as the season progresses. Bottom right, a drop of sap falls into a traditional metal bucket on the first day of spring. (Photo by Michaela Halnon)

Donald Schroeder welcomed friend Peter Hill to his sugarhouse on Poor Farm Road on Monday morning with a simple question: “Is it time yet to turn pumps on?” “Sun says yes. I think thermometer says no,” Hill said with a…


Cobras stacking trophies ahead of Battle at the Bay


Colchester Cobra Daniel Guinee, left, and Hinesburg's Alex Gutierrez battle on the mat during last Saturday's event in St. Albans. (Courtesy photo)

It’s been a busy, busy month for the Colchester Cobras. They began the Vermont youth wrestling season March 4 in Springfield at the annual Schweitzer Memorial tournament. Brody Coppings, Nick Forguites, Sawyer Prouty, Cameron Katon and Noah Quigley hauled in first-place medals, while Shea Prouty, Jaden Coppins and Graham Resmer took third. Tanner Prouty, Cruz Haran…

Colchester seniors slated for Rotary all-star games


Four Colchester seniors have been chosen for the 2017 Rotary All-Star Classic this Saturday at Essex High School. Goalkeeper Jenna Blondin will represent the Burlington/Colchester girls squad, while Andrew St. Pierre, Curtis Lehouiller, Jake Rochereau hit the ice for the boy’s game. Start times are 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., respectively. High school coaches nominate seniors…