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Jacob Edgar pulls a CD from his vast archives at the home of Cumbancha Records.
Jacob Edgar pulls a CD from his vast archives at the home of Cumbancha Records.

Cumbancha Records: world music with Vermont roots

Walk into a coffeehouse or boutique almost anywhere, and you may see a display of brightly-colored world music CDs. Putumayo Records' compilations are famous for bringing little-known global artists to American ears. The man who discovers those musical gems lives right here on the east side of the Champlain Valley, and he's started his own world music label. Jacob Edgar has brought musicians from Central America, Asia, and Africa to his studios in Charlotte, Vermont. His latest artist, Chiwoniso of Zimbabwe, was rehearsing at a little farmhouse nearby for her upcoming North American tour. David Sommerstein stopped by and has this profile.  Go to full article

Demand rises for small-scale wind power

For years, home wind turbines have been popular mainly with the off the grid crowd. But now there's a new market: People who are tired of paying high electric bills. Wind proponents say new technology and government help could bring turbines to thousands of back yards in the Northeast. But there are some questions about whether household-sized wind will really work.
As part of collaboration with Northeast stations Vermont Public Radio's Steve Zind reports.  Go to full article
Honey bees at a Squeak Creek Apiaries hive

A busy summer for bees

It was two years ago that beekeepers began reporting losing 30 to 90 percent of their hives. The phenomenon has become known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Nationwide, beekeepers have lost 36 percent of their managed colonies this year, compared to 31 percent in 2007. "No bees, no crops," was a common phrase heard earlier this summer at a House Agriculture subcommittee meeting in Washington. Farmers and business owners say food prices could rise even more unless the mysterious decline in honey bees is solved. But that devastating illness, called CCD, hasn't affected North Country hives as much as other parts of the country, although it has made an appearance. Todd Moe spoke to a couple of beekeepers who are expecting a good honey harvest this year.  Go to full article

This year's heavy rains damage roads, irrigate crops and affect tourism

This summer, wet weather is hammering the North Country and Vermont. Rainfall is well above normal. From farming to tourism, the weather is helping some, hurting others....  Go to full article
Full cast of <i>Pump Boys and Dinettes</i>.

Theatre Review: Pump Boys and Dinettes at St. Michael?s Playhouse

The musical Pump Boys and Dinettes is the final production of the season at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester, Vermont. The show runs at the Playhouse through...  Go to full article
Abbey Lee and Marty Keiser in <i>Almost, Maine</i>. Photo: Buff Lindau.

Theatre Review: Almost, Maine at St. Michael?s Playhouse

Almost, Maine is the current offering at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester, Vermont. The show runs through July 26. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the...  Go to full article
Jonathan Tortolano

Something old and new on the cello

Cellist Jonathan Tortolano returns to his home state Saturday for a recital at the Commmunity Church in Stowe (noon). Tortolano grew up in Vermont, studied with renowned...  Go to full article
Nalina Mann, Aerialist. Photo: Buff Lindau.

Theatre review: Barnum at St. Michael?s Playhouse

Barnum has opened the season at St. Michael's Playhouse in Colchester. The show runs through June 28. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and...  Go to full article

North Country, Vermont Methodists consider split

One of the oldest and most established churches in the North Country is facing a major shake-up. The Troy Conference of Methodists, based in Saratoga, has roughly 50,000...  Go to full article
White fungus marks the muzzles of many sick bats (Photo: Al Hicks, NYSDEC)

"White Nose Syndrome" remains mysterious bat killer

The mysterious "white nose syndrome" has received a lot of media coverage. But little is known about the fungus linked to the deaths of thousands of bats across the...  Go to full article

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