An ant crawls around the petals of a Siberian squill flower in Rutland Tuesday morning. Squills are a hardened winter perennial that are some of the first blooms to show in spring.

Are horse owners what’s keeping former dairy farms afloat? And just how many horses are there in Vermont? These are some of the questions the Vermont Horse Council wants to answer, as it believes horses play a larger role in the state’s economy than many think.

The age-old saying “many hands make for quick work” was especially true last week when Sonny Poremski hosted his three grandchildren and their two friends for an afternoon of sugaring. The energy was high and the sap buckets full, and in just a little over an hour, the children and parents m…

A red winged black bird perches on a leafless tree at the West Rutland Marsh Friday morning. The arrival of the bird is typically an indicator that true spring is happening.

Bill Ramage of Rutland, curator of 77 Arts in Rutland, talks about the massive new group art exhibition, “70+: Gero-Transcendence” set to open Saturday at 77 Gallery, not coincidentally at 77 Grove St. Ramage says the exhibition space in the building might well be the largest art exhibition …

Beth Wimett waters onion sprouts at Woods Market Garden in Brandon on Thursday afternoon. Several farmers are gearing up for spring season this time of year, which in Vermont is always hard to tell, though the return of many migratory birds recently is a hopeful sign of changing seasons.

There’ll be no baseball this spring at West Rutland, Twin Valley and Long Trail, and their would-be opponents are scrambling to fill out their schedules. Some Marble Valley League teams will face one another three times this year, and look for some smaller schools to be playing up a rung or …

Twiddle was formed at Castleton University in 2004 when keyboardist Ryan Dempsey and guitarist Mihali Savoulidis met at freshman orientation. They soon added drummer Brook Jordan and eventually Zdenek Gubb in 2007, replacing original bassist Billy Comstock. The band has grown in popularity t…