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Your weekly horoscope, Aug. 10 – 16
Source:  The Mountain Times
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:59


March 21 – April 20

It’s the people in your life that may be the source of the greatest pleasure or pain this week. Your friendship and family zones are highly active, so you may be required to choose from having fun with friends or attending to the emotional needs of your kin. As your energy is stretched between opposing desires, use this week to make a few authentic choices that will reduce distraction for the rest of this year.


July 21 – August 20

This week’s drama may play out in revealing ways in a key relationship. If you’ve been papering over the cracks in a relationship that has been limping along, the Full Moon will spotlight problems. If you’ve been dealing with things in a mature and responsible way, you may discover a new level of maturity and commitment. Weighing up your needs with someone else’s will be a challenge, but it may be worth it.


November 21 – December 20

Every now and then, we’re reminded that priorities matter and we can’t do everything we want all at once. The Full Moon asks you to commit to a sustainable daily routine that supports your longer-term goals and ambitions. Yes, it may seem a little boring, and in some ways it is. That said, daily discipline really is the secret sauce when it comes to the freedom you want. Getting a system in place now will help avoid distractions later.


April 21 – May 20

This week may bring a dramatic exclamation point (as though you need another one) between home, family as well as your personal desires. As you’re being pulled in all directions like a ball in a pinball machine, remember if you try and be everything to everyone, you’ll be nothing to no one, especially yourself. Choices need to be made, and though it may be difficult, you’ll be better off bending or else you could break!


August 21 – September 20

You know the power of working hard to achieve something you really want. The question this week though is, are you working hard or are you working effectively? It may help you to remember your dreams, goals and big-picture plans. Are you moving closer to them? If you aren’t you may have to recalibrate what you do on the daily to inch you ever closer to something that matters. Keeping the dream alive can be hard work!


December 21 – January 21

It will be all about your money as the Full Moon spotlights your cash zone this week. This might be a time to recognize how far you’ve come. If you’ve fallen short of some goals you set for yourself earlier in the year, then it’s not too late to turn things around. Whether it’s about cash or believing in your own skills and talents, nothing works unless you do and fortunately, hard work is a part of your cosmic DNA!


May 21 – June 20

What are you afraid of? What is holding you back? These are questions worth considering this week, especially as the Full Moon illuminates your philosophy sector. Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right! Is it the hard work required? Are you wondering what it might mean if you finally achieve your dreams? When you explore these hard-hitting type of questions, the road ahead will be a whole lot smoother. 


September 21 – October 20

Keeping up appearances is appropriate in certain circles. Sometimes it’s easier than rocking the boat or prompting questions from others. How does that make you feel though? This week may serve as a timely reminder about how much you do to please others above pleasing yourself. Not everyone has to “get� you in every situation. Being able to “get� yourself is so much more powerful and authentic. Go your own way this week.


January 21 – February 20

The Full Moon is in your sign and this will spotlight what is and what is not working for you. Relationships are highlighted, which may prompt you to loosen up a bit and embrace some of the joy and happiness that is around you. If things are less than ideal, it may be time to rework some of the limits you have to love – either real or perceived. Your ability to access your potential starts with the power of you deciding it’s so.


June 21 – July 20

When you sit back a moment and become an observer of those around you, it’s easier to recognize their behavior has nothing to do with you, but everything to do with them. If the energy balance between you and others has become blurred, then putting a new boundary in place may be needed. If you’re giving more than you’re getting in a certain situation, say no. It will be hard at first, but you’ll gain a lot more respect in the long run.


October 21 – November 20

Another week of intensity, drama and turning points. Generally, you do thrive on a mystery or a plot twist, but you’re probably pretty tired of all that right now. What you crave is stability, predictability and a level of assurance, especially when it comes to dealing with other people. As your home zone gets stirred up this week, there may be a situation where you have to say, enough is enough. Decisions made now will save headaches later.


February 21 – March 20

Dreams can be awash with ethereal possibilities or they can border on nightmares. With a Full Moon against harsh Saturn in your dream zone, fears, anxieties and whatever is holding you back may be revealed to you as you sleep. If you’re tired, stressed out and working too hard, disrupted sleep can also be a sign you need a break or some time out to refresh and recharge. Tune in to the symbols of sleep and your intuition to know what you need now.


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This or that
Source:  The Mountain Times
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 15:55

By Cassandra Tyndall

While this week isn’t a turning point as dramatic as a solstice or equinox, there is a kind of fork in the road moment, a before and after feeling. For those who saw the movie “Sliding Doors� with Gwyneth Paltrow from some time back, this week may deliver a pathway that links the chapters that happened in May and those that will arrive in October and November.
An annual check-in with a relationship is possible, too. Do I really want this? Do I still hold the same values I did this time last year? You might ask yourself where you need to become more vulnerable or open in order to get the closeness you crave.

A Full Moon adds to the “this or that� quality of the week. The exploration of opposites. The comparison of being where you are as opposed to being where you desire to be. In the sign of Aquarius and hard up against Saturn, being torn between your needs versus someone else’s is under the cosmic spotlight. Duty and responsibility are pitted up against authenticity and self-expression. Do you do what you “should� do, or do you buck convention and embrace an act of rebellion?

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Shawn Thompson gives a tour of the house he's building in Duxbury.
Source:  Burlington Free Press
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 14:05

Shawn Thompson of Duxbury gives a short tour of the house he's building together with the help of his family, especially his father.


Shawn Thompson builds a house in Duxbury
Source:  Burlington Free Press
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 13:58

Shawn Thompson is building his own house in Duxbury. Here's a gallery of photos taken on the job site.


The Dish on Doggie Desserts at Three Vermont Ice Cream Spots
Source:  Seven Days
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 12:40

Ice cream is going to the dogs — but in a good way. Vermont's ice cream shops, snack shacks and creemee stands have really upped their pup-cup game in the last few years. Now, dogs with sophisticated palates can cool off with an occasional dish that's fancy enough to make a Starbucks Puppuccino blush. Here are three local spots offering delights for canine companions, as well as sweet treats for their humans. Olive It lu•lu, 185 Main Street, Vergennes, 777-3933, If you peer through the front windows of lu•lu's big stone-and-brick building in Vergennes, you'll see farm-to-spoon ice cream experts cracking eggs, steeping milk, swirling epic maple creemees, and scooping scratch-made flavors such as basil, orange-cardamom, salted caramel and Backyard Mint Chip. If you look directly below the front left window, you'll see a tiny canine ice cream expert with a wicked underbite, probably napping. That's Olive. Lu•lu founder Laura Mack adopted Olive five years ago, after being fully charmed by that underbite and her Flying Nun ears. Now, the slightly lazy, lumbering boxer-miniature schnauzer-pit bull mix — named for Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine because they share a similar full-body wiggle — spends her days going on wholesale deliveries with Mack and watching the world go by outside lu•lu. "Olive has regulars that she's obsessed with," Mack said. "If she has had a long day of dealing with people giving her attention, she gets a doggy ice cream as a reward." Mack had considered creating a dog-specific ice cream prior to rescuing Olive but finally made it happen once she had a connoisseur to taste-test everything. With her fine sense of taste and smell, Olive deemed the peanut butter-banana-honey combo the winner. (She wasn't so keen on a version that included blueberries.) Now, lu•lu sells prepackaged four-ounce containers of the dog ice cream ($3.25) to a loyal following of local pups. (Well-behaved dogs are welcome inside the shop but not back in the production area.) It's safe for humans, though they might prefer the popular SlumDoug Millionaire, a curried peanut butter ice cream created by Mack's father, Doug. "We take our ice cream ingredients really seriously," Mack said. "I knew I wanted ingredients that were really dog-friendly, more healthy and less sugary, and gentle for any of our four-legged friends." The special treat is kept in a super-cold freezer; the lower temp forces dogs to…

Monkton's Ridge Vermont Craft Roasters Is the State's First Certified Bird-Friendly Coffee
Source:  Seven Days
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 12:39

Diana Hill and Andrew Baker attended the same Rutland preschool. The married couple, now 33, had their first date early in high school at the now-closed Coffee Exchange in downtown Rutland. That inaugural meetup foreshadowed Ridge Vermont Craft Roasters, which they cofounded last year in their Monkton home. "We've always loved coffee," Baker said. "We always thought it'd be nice to have a little café or a coffee-roasting business." But the couple's newly hatched roastery is about more than a good cup of joe. When customers buy their Honduras dark roast ($15.75 for 12 ounces) or Guatemala light roast ($14.75) online or at a few local retail outlets, they are helping preserve the endangered winter habitat of many of Vermont's migratory songbirds, including the Baltimore oriole, scarlet tanager and numerous warbler species. Ridge Vermont Craft Roasters is the state's first certified bird-friendly coffee company, according to Kirstin Hill (no relation), the bird friendly program manager for the Migratory Bird Center of the Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute. About 50 roasters worldwide carry the bird-friendly certification, most of them in North America. Last winter, Diana Hill and Baker vended at the Burlington Farmers Market and spent a lot of time explaining the bird-coffee connection, which they had only recently learned about themselves. The couple always planned to have an organic, Fair Trade Certified business, Hill explained. "It wasn't until we started to really dive into it that we even learned about bird friendly," she said. "We didn't realize that, like, three-quarters of coffee is grown in places where they destroy critical forest habitat" — a figure confirmed by the Smithsonian. Back in the 1990s, research from the Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Center revealed "a pretty substantial decline in migratory bird populations that was associated with habitat loss in their overwintering areas in Central and South America," Kirstin Hill said. Researchers identified coffee regions as a "really, really high-value" opportunity, she said. "If we could protect this habitat, then we could do really good things for migratory birds and other wildlife." Maintaining biodiverse forests has other benefits, she added, including providing carbon sinks and protecting soil from erosion. Nineteen percent of Vermont birds, comprising about 80 species, migrate to coffee-growing regions in South and Central America, said Erin Talmage, executive director of Huntington's Birds of Vermont Museum, whose shop sells Ridge Vermont Craft Roasters coffees. Talmage said she was…

Dining on a Dime: Burlington Teens Power Fork in the Road Food Truck
Source:  Seven Days
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 12:38

"Ask us what's local," instructed a sign on the brightly painted food truck set up in the Champlain Elementary School parking lot around noon on a recent Thursday. Inside the Fork in the Road truck, a trio of teenagers was capably managing orders for the steady stream of customers pulling in off Pine Street. They juggled golden, herb-speckled fries ($5); kale Caesars ($5) tossed with fresh radishes and crunchy croutons; crispy chicken sandwiches ($10) piled high with vibrant red cabbage slaw; and black bean burgers ($10) garnished with tzatziki yogurt sauce, pesto and pickled onions. Zoby Miller, 15, took orders at the window with a smile while Josue Correa, 18, and Thomas Newcomb, 16, worked the expediting and grill stations, respectively. All Burlington High School students, they represent half of the food truck's youth crew. The Burlington School Food Project, which operates the district's nutrition services and farm-to-school education efforts, has run the paid food-truck employment and training program since 2013. After a two-year pandemic break, the seasonal truck is back on the road serving lunch in the Champlain parking lot on Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., through the end of August. When a customer asked, "What's local?" as prompted, Miller considered for a moment and replied that the lettuce on the burgers and the kale in the salad came from Burlington school gardens. The students' workweek includes prep days in the district's main kitchen and time tending six school gardens around the city, where some ingredients are grown. Kale and lettuce were just the start, it turned out. The cucumber in the tzatziki sauce, the garlic scapes and basil in the pesto, the herbs on the fries, and the radishes in the salad also came from the gardens, said Jen Trapani, Burlington School Food Project's food science coordinator. She and supervising chef Drew Adamczyk work closely with the teens. The Fork in the Road menu is uniformly delicious and fairly priced, especially given the local bona fides of many of the ingredients. The beef and cheddar are also local, and August brings more garden produce. Insider tip from Adamczyk: Get the kale salad topped with the housemade bean burger for $12, a perfect Dining on a Dime secret menu item. Correa's favorite is the fried chicken sandwich, with its touch of sweetness from the peach barbecue sauce. Miller elaborated enthusiastically on the multistep…

Wee Bird Bagel Café Opens in Randolph
Source:  Seven Days
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 12:37

After selling 120 bagels in two hours during its August 2 soft opening, Wee Bird Bagel Café more than doubled production for the official opening last Friday, owner Chelsie Brown said. The new bakery is located at 22 South Pleasant Street in Randolph, in the space vacated by Huggable Mug Café but best known as the longtime home of Three Bean Café. The breakfast and lunch spot will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a menu of housemade New York-style bagels, bagel sandwiches, other baked goods and espresso drinks. Baker Kim Manning boils and then bakes bagels in flavors such as everything and a "to-die-for" garlic and herb, Brown said. Weekly specials include blueberry bagels made with fresh and dried blueberries. The Orchard Harvest sandwich with fresh spinach, apple, eggs, cheddar, red onions and maple mustard is already a favorite, Brown said. The kitchen will soon add breakfast burritos, plus soups and salads by fall. Brown and her life partner, Michael Czok, owner of Bent Hill Brewery in Braintree, started renovations in March but officially bought the building in May. They opened up the second-floor seating area to overlook the first floor and added a full commercial kitchen and upstairs prep kitchen. Over the years, "I'd look at the space every time it came up for rent," Brown said. This time, the opportunity to buy the building sealed the deal. "I can hilariously say I've been in the food business since I was 13," the Bethel native, now 33, said. She left the original Worthy Burger location in South Royalton in 2019 after seven years, five as general manager, and has run the new kitchen at Bent Hill Brewery since June 2021. Brown and Czok are vegetarian, and Wee Bird Bagel Café's menu follows suit. There are vegan and gluten-free options, too. "But we're in Vermont — I can't not have cheese," Brown said.…

Rescue Rally To Benefit Arnold’s Rescue To Take Place Aug. 20
Source:  Caledonian Record
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 12:00

BROWNINGTON — Saturday, Aug. 20 is the date of Rescue Rally, an event that brings participants to all corners of the Northeast Kingdom while raising funds for donkeys and horses in the care of Arnold’s Rescue in Brownington, including their…

Hiker Assisted Down Crawford Path In NH
Source:  Caledonian Record
Tuesday, 09 August 2022 12:00

BEAN’S GRANT, N.H. — Fish & Game was notified Tuesday of a hiker reportedly suffering from an unknown medical condition on the Crawford Path, approximately one mile from the trailhead at Route 302.

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