Discover More from This Author: MtnTimes

Floods to fires, officials warn Vermonters should to protect their lungs with Quebec fires expected again

July 17, 2024
By Kate Kampner, Community News Service The warning came Monday: The most extreme wildfires on Earth are on the rise — more frequent, more intense.  A study in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution found that across the planet wildfires have doubled in the last two decades.  As neighbors to some of the most intense wildfires reported, Vermonters might…

Wellness Revolution Rutland welcomes women to join the August session

July 17, 2024
Biking program builds health, empowerment, and community  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (Blue Cross VT) and Terry Bicycles are welcoming the return of the Wellness Revolution Cycling Program in Rutland for the 2024 season. This free program serves those who identify as women to help them break through barriers that keep them from getting…

‘They threw up a white flag’

July 17, 2024
Saving Evergreen for posterity By Julia Purdy When the Vermont General Assembly approved the bylaws for the then Pine Hill Cemetery in Center Rutland, the bylaws allowed lot owners to hold meetings if warned 15 days ahead. That was in 1860. That right was exercised 164 years later, on May 22, 2024, when 75 current…

Rutland runway reopens, more upgrades on the way

July 17, 2024
After a seven-week closure, a newly renovated runway at Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport (RUT) is now open, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) reported, July 3 in a Facebook post.  “The runway has been rehabilitated with fresh pavement and LED runway edge lights, which are already a hit with pilots touching down and taking…

Where is the state road construction this week? 

July 17, 2024
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) published its weekly report of planned construction activities that will impact traffic on state highways and interstates throughout Vermont, July 15-19 and ongoing. I-91 Springfield-Hartland: Multiple single-lane closures will be in place along I-91 southbound from north of Exit 9 to just south of Exit 7 while a paving…

Killington community supports Steve Finneron’s fight against ALS

July 17, 2024
As of Tuesday, July 16, a GoFundMe page to help former Killington Selectman and longtime resident Steve Finneron fight ALS-Lou Gehrig's Disease had raised $36,330 of its $40,000 goal with 191 donations. “I spoke with Sheila this morning and to say they are blown away is an understatement, they are both humbled by and grateful of…

A new discovery about ancient land plants

July 17, 2024
A long time ago, not so far away, freshwater plants partnered with fungi and moved onto land from lake and river shores. Since that time, land plants have evolved many sophisticated strategies for terrestrial life. Yet to this day, growing in damp forests and on foggy mountainsides, are plants that embody ancient botanical history. Liverworts…

Charles Richard Parker, 74

July 17, 2024
Charles (Charley) R. Parker 74 of Pittsford died unexpectedly in the line of duty on a fire call Monday July 8, 2024, at the Chittenden Volunteer Fire Station. He was born on Dec. 17, 1949, in Rutland, the son of Fredrick G.Parker and Mary (Harmon) Parker. He grew up on the family dairy farm and…

Dave Bienstock, 78

July 17, 2024
Dave Bienstock of Killington VT passed away from interstitial lung disease, peacefully on June 25, 2024, with his wife, Diane Benton, by his side. Bienstock, originally a music teacher from Brooklyn, New York, worked for many years at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York. He was passionate about skiing and would travel to Killington to ski…

Is Vermont the ‘Moab of the East?’

July 11, 2024
It’s hard to believe that in just a few short years Vermont is now considered among the top mountain bike destinations in the U.S. The Green Mountain State now sits on countless “must ride” destination lists alongside Sedona, Arizona,  Fruita, Colorado and yes, the true “Mecca” of riding, Moab, Utah. While mountain biking has evolved (with…

Future riders

July 11, 2024
More fun, lower barriers to entry  attract more riders of all ages By Cristina Kumka Ben Colona has made mountain biking a family affair — and he supports more of that for more people. As the owner of Base Camp in Killington, former manager of the Killington Bike Park, and now president of the Killington…

Waterthrushes: Winged kings of the bog and stream 

July 10, 2024
By By Colby Galliher If you’re looking for warblers on a walk in the summer woods, your first instinct might be to look toward the canopy. But two closely related warbler species forgo those elevated environs for the eddies and banks of forested streams and wetlands. These specialists of sylvan waters are a treat for…

How he came to “Wallace,” a post-wedding disaster, and several more Charley mishaps

July 10, 2024
Charles Wallace The Magnificent: A tribute, part 5  Editor’s note: Bruce Bouchard is former executive director of The Paramount Theatre. John Turchiano, his friend for 52 years, was formerly the editor of Hotel Voice, a weekly newspaper on the New York Hotel Trades Council. They are co-authoring this column to tell short stories on a…

 Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik Artist in Residence at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center 

July 10, 2024
Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. - WEST RUTLAND - Artist Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik arrived at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center on July 1 for a one-month residency. Based in Los Angeles, Loeppky-Kolesnik’s installation works use amphibiousness as a metaphor for queer transformation through exertion and entropy. Loeppky-Kolesnik collaborates frequently with artist Rindon Johnson, who…