No longer on the fence

An excerpt from West Street Garden Coordinator, Kathy Rouleau’s email blast: It should be a great weekend for gardening. Transplanting should always be done on a cool, calm, cloudy day — failing that, in the evening.  . Seeds? Check 6-inch early sprouts? Check Compost? Already raked Straw? All laid out (Take that, Weeds!) Fence? Built!…

Ski groups gone wrong

Skiing in groups is always tricky, as we learned the hard way on an April trip to a very steep and unforgiving Western zone that shall remain nameless. This was what we affectionately refer to as Boyz Weekend. We add the Z because we all grew up in the 80s and 90s, when most pop…

J-5

The West Street Community Gardens have been tilled and staked off. To all those eager gardeners out there, sowing can begin! With this year’s garden design in mind, I plan on visiting my plot — J-5 — this weekend to rake compost, build a fence and instill good vibes. Last year, my salad garden was…

Boston strong

The bombings at the Boston Marathon last Monday hit close to home for me. I grew up in the heart of the city. I emphasize the “bay” in bagel. I’ve walked down Boylston Street hundreds of times, whether to pick up groceries at Trader Joe’s or to ring in the New Year. I’m a runner.…

Time to chill out

Getting too wrapped up in your day-to-day? Come chill out and help out on Sunday morning at Bayside Park. For the third consecutive year, The Essex Reporter and The Colchester Sun will send a team into the water in a fundraising effort for the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont. Registration for the 6th Annual Big Chill:…

Dominic James

Tomorrow morning, while the rest of Essex sleeps, TSA at Burlington Airport will be frisking me before my 5 a.m. flight to San Antonio, TX. Why San Antonio, you ask? It won’t be just to escape this crazy weather (seriously, is it spring or isn’t it, Vermont?) and it’s not to visit the Alamo (Never…