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Honey bees at a Squeak Creek Apiaries hive
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. Jonathan Brown reports.  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 August 9. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has this review.  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
White fungus marks the muzzles of many sick bats (Photo: Al Hicks, NYSDEC)

Bat disease delays construction of North Country wind farm

White nose syndrome has killed tens of thousands of bats in New York. The disease has spread to Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well. It spread quickly among bats...  Go to full article
Kassandra Barton of The 8 O'Clock Ranch is just as comfortable online as at the farmers' market.

Local Flavor: local meat in town and online

When it comes to healthy, environmentally-friendly eating, "local" has become the new "organic." More and more people want to know what's in their food, who produced it, and...  Go to full article

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