A red-wInged blackbird feeds in the rain in a patch of cattails on Thursday afternoon in New Haven. The prolific birds nest in marsh areas and feed on insects and seeds, with seeds making up to roughly 75% of their diet.
Raindrops collect on small pin cherry tree blossoms in Weybridge on a rainy Thursday afternoon.
John and Madine Williams wait for the fish to bite as they enjoy the sunshine and blue skies along Otter Creek in Rutland.
June Hudson places vibrantly colored flowers in a small greenhouse outside her home in Rutland City.
Joe LaPoint, Rich Bussard and Steve Martin pick up litter alongside Route 7 North in Rutland Town.
A Middlebury farmer plows a field in dry conditions on Wednesday afternoon along Route 7. The recent spell of dry weather is looking to come to a close at least temporarily. Rain is in the forecast for today and snow might even be in the forecast for Friday evening.
Ryan Wood, of Chittenden, gets a jump start on Green Up Day as he picks up discarded cans along Marble Street in West Rutland on Friday afternoon.
In the horse ring
An osprey lands at a nesting platform along the Otter Creek in Weybridge on Monday morning.
A historic Shrewsbury home in the Cuttingsville neighborhood was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. No injuries were reported. For more on this story, see article on A3.
On Thursday, a group of students and educators from Rutland Middle School delivered a large number of hand-decorated pennants to Rutland Regional Medical School to thank health care providers for the work they’re doing to protect the community during the COVID pandemic.
CASTLETON — After raising more than $2,000 to help Vermont farmers, a local teenager is being recognized as part of Gov. Phil Scott’s Rays of Kindness Initiative.
Designer Amanda Sisk makes a clay model of the Ernie Royal Sculpture that is taking shape at the Carving Studio in West Rutland on Friday afternoon. Sisk is using old photographs of Royal to help shape the design of the clay model. Once that is finished, a plaster cast will be made that will…
A mourning dove rests on a branch Thursday along Burr Pond Road in Sudbury.
The owner of Rutland’s newest clothing shop said she was inspired in part by the pandemic.
It was the night before Christmas Eve and Sharon Russell, director of Rutland’s Open Door Mission, was finishing up and getting ready to head home. As she chatted with the cook, a woman and her young son entered through the back door looking for the thrift store.
From left, Marty Thibodeau and Mike Nardowicz, of the Rutland Department of Public Works, let loose a rush of water from a fire hydrant at the corner of West and Elm streets in Rutland City on Thursday as they flush out the water distribution system.
Bob Gearwar, of Brandon, cuts a downed sugar maple tree into firewood for his wood stove along Park Street in Brandon on a sunny Thursday afternoon.
Pam Judd, sitting, enjoys some time at the dog park in West Rutland with her dog, Luna, and friend, Marla Tuttle, on Monday.
Castleton University students take advantage of blue skies and warmer temperatures Monday at the skate park in front of Hoff Hall.
Nick Bittore and Jeremy Marcouillier, of Green Screen Graphics, hang new signage made of perforated film on windows outside the Paramount Theatre in Rutland.
From left, Nate Denno and Zach Phelps, of the Rutland Parks and Recreation Department, measure the distance from home plate to the pitcher’s mound as the crew works to prepare the field for the Little League baseball season.
Jeff Dufresne shovels dirt from the raised garden bed outside his home in Center Rutland.
Sun is seen peeking through a hole in a leaf hanging from a tree in Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in Goshen.
A flock of wild turkeys heads over a rise along Cider Mill Road in Cornwall on Monday afternoon.
Larry Provencher blows leaves around a group of roadside sugar maples hung with newfangled plastic buckets on Tuesday morning on James Road in Weybridge.
Oak leaves float in a roadside vernal pool along Burr Pond Road in Sudbury on Tuesday afternoon.
SALISBURY — Tuesday marked the second day in a row firefighters were called out to a brush fire caused by an unpermitted burn.
Josh Shepard, left, and Kelton Myers enjoy an ice cream cone with their son Ozzy, 3, on Monday afternoon at the Village Snack Bar in Rutland. The Snack Bar is open for the season.
Ed Pak and Patrick Lorenzo work on a new patio display that will be featured outside All In Stone off Main Street in Rutland.
Wayne Wallace fills a bucket full of blown-down branches as he works through to clear off the grass in front of Green Mountain Power on Route 7 in Rutland.
Cmdr. Matt Prouty is leaving the city for a year, and the Rutland City Police Department (RCPD) — where he was leader of Project VISION, handled two police dogs and danced with the Rutland stars — for good.
An American robin rests on a fence post at the Giorgetti Park baseball diamond on a chilly Thursday afternoon.
A couple walks by Kathryn Wieger’s mural “The Elephants” after getting takeout from Tokyo House Restaurant during a snow squall on West Street in Rutland on Thursday afternoon.
FAIR HAVEN — A longtime teacher has been tapped as the next principal at Fair Haven Union High School.
Brenda Bailey hold up a traffic sign on State Street in Rutland as Green Mountain Power workers tend to power lines.
Marty Thibodeau and Nick McMahon, of the Department of Public Works, prepare for paving work that will be completed on North Grove Street in Rutland.
A flock of Canada geese float in the shallows of Lake Champlain on the New York side of the lake during the weekend.
Curt Busony, of Rutland, cuts a piece of steel with a band saw for a raised dog-bowl stand he was making Tuesday afternoon at the MINT-Rutland’s Makerspace. The MINT is expanding their size and services to members at its location on Quality Lane in Rutland Town. See the story on page A3.
A truck loaded with sap lines heads through Fair Haven on Tuesday afternoon. Sugaring season has been an up-and-down affair this spring, along with the weather.
About a dozen teachers gathered outside West Rutland School on Tuesday afternoon to voice their opposition to proposed changes to the state’s pension system.
A sign recognizing Lothrop School staff lines the side of Plains Road in Pittsford on Monday afternoon.
Crocuses bloom along Swingington Hill Road in Brandon on Monday afternoon. The crocus is one of the earliest wildflowers to bloom in the spring.
Thomas Holland of Proctor sets off for a paddle along flooded fields near the Otter Creek on Monday afternoon by the Cooley Bridge in Pittsford.
In Killington, Sean Williams, of Kelly Real Estate, tags a new property line by tying an orange ribbon to a tree.
As snow begins to melt, Thundering Brook Falls in Killington is seen with raging waters flowing through the rocks and down the mountain.
BRANDON — These aren’t your grandparent’s movies, they’re your great-grandparents’, and they were meant to be enjoyed on the big screen, with a crowd, all while a musician, who may or may not have seen the show until now, provides the musical score.
As societies around the world continue to confront and acknowledge their troubled histories of mistreating Indigenous Peoples, land acknowledgements are becoming increasingly common.
CLARENDON — Built in 1836, last repaired 34 years ago, it’s time again for the Kingsley Covered Bridge to get some attention, but that won’t happen until 2023 at the earliest if the rough plans laid out Monday proceed as predicted.
Daffodil leaves break through the ground Friday in East Montpelier after a week of warm sunny conditions.