Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore
PAMfest turns five
The 5th annual Peacham Acoustic Music Festival (PAMFest) returns on Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15 for what has come to be a highly anticipated weekend of music, dance, and fun for young and old alike set in idyllic Peacham Village. Through broad community support PAMFest has become one of the premier events in the region. This year, PAMFest again brings a variety of acoustic genres to the...
A trip on the Appalachian Trail
I just returned from three days and 30 miles on the Long Trail. They were three lovely days, though a bit warm in the afternoons. Heat is the major problem with hiking in July. If you’re not careful, you spend a lot of time sweating, panting, and looking at your feet, which is how one of my ex-sisters-in-law defines hiking. Instead, the thing to do is to hit the trail early, take it easy, and...
Carolyn Cross believes in exquisite quality
Exquisite Bridal on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury comes to life as young men and women prepare for their upcoming prom. They come to the shop dressed in jeans and t-shirts and are transformed into chic, sophisticated adults—if only for one evening. In the midst of all the bustle, measuring tape around her neck, Carolyn Cross is in her element. For many, a common thread runs through their lives...
96-year-old Toppy Sherry believes in working hard and having fun
At the end of Brainerd Street, just before the road forks, it divides a lovely big yellow house, big red barn, and expansive fields, pasture, and woodland. This is Sherryland, the home of Toppy Sherry since 1946. As the saying goes, “all work and no play makes a person dull, and they miss so much.”  This is Caroline Watson “Toppy” Sherry’s philosophy. She worked hard, had fun, and even mixed in a...

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Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore
PAMfest turns five

Lisa Carlson, right, with her mother, Leona Lemay, and sister, JoAnne Lemay. It was Leona’s 76th birthday.
Carolyn Cross believes in exquisite quality

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