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Montpelier’s Fourth of July Fireworks – Northstar Fireworks

A team from Northstar Fireworks spend the day July 3rd preparing the Montpelier Independence Day fireworks display which is launched from a parking lot at National Life of Vermont

 

Photo by Adam Caira Steve Sdankus shows off one of the fireworks that will be used in the Montpelier Independence Day fireworks show put on by North Star Fireworks before he drops it into its tube in the lower parking lot at National Life in Montpelier, Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Steve Sdankus shows off one of the fireworks that will be used in the Montpelier Independence Day fireworks show put on by North Star Fireworks before he drops it into its tube in the lower parking lot at National Life in Montpelier, Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Photo by Adam Caira l-r Steve Sdankus, Jan Brooks, and Rick Kaigle prepare fireworks

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l-r Steve Sdankus, Jan Brooks, and Rick Kaigle prepare fireworks

Photo by Adam Caira l-r Lead Shooter Alex Kaigle and Axel Larson drop a string of fireworks into their launch tubes while preparing the finale for the Montpelier Independence Day fireworks show put on by Northstar Fireworks

Photo by Adam Caira
l-r Lead Shooter Alex Kaigle and Axel Larson drop a string of fireworks into their launch tubes while preparing the finale for the Montpelier Independence Day fireworks show put on by Northstar Fireworks

Adamant’s Black Fly Festival – A Spring Tradition

Adamant’s Blackfly Festival is in it’s 11th year in the rural village of Adamant, just north of Montpelier. The festival is a fundraiser for the Adamant Co-op and a chance for the people of Adamant and surrounding towns to “have some serious fun celebrating the bug we love to hate.” The festival’s website (blackflyfestival.org) reads: “Forget about fiddleheads, peepers, or maple sugaring. Blackflies are the real harbinger of  spring in central Vermont. ” This year’s activities included a black fly fashion show, Entomological spelling bee, insect displays, live music, a parade, and a pie contest.

 

Photo by Adam Caira two "pet blackflies" participate in the parade at Adamant's 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

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two “pet blackflies” participate in the parade at Adamant’s 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira The "SWAT Team" Banisa Stadamian and her husband Terry Darcey of Thetford take pictures during the parade at Adamant's 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

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The “SWAT Team” Banisa Stadamian and her husband Terry Darcey of Thetford take pictures during the parade at Adamant’s 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira Mother-daughter duo Julia "I got Blood" Barstow, Left, and Betsy "Black fly" Barstow, right participate in the fashion show at Adamant's 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

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Mother-daughter duo Julia “I got Blood” Barstow, Left, and Betsy “Black fly” Barstow, right participate in the fashion show at Adamant’s 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira Erika Mitchell, wearing an outfit of materials from the US Postal Service via Adamant's Mailman Doug Nickleson, shows off in front of the gathered crowd during the fashion show at Adamant's 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

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Erika Mitchell, wearing an outfit of materials from the US Postal Service via Adamant’s Mailman Doug Nickleson, shows off in front of the gathered crowd during the fashion show at Adamant’s 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira l-r Finley Martin, 6, and her brother Teagan Martin, 3, along with their father Trey Martin, background, cool off in the brook at Adamant's 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

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l-r Finley Martin, 6, and her brother Teagan Martin, 3, along with their father Trey Martin, background, cool off in the brook at Adamant’s 11th Annual Blackfly Festival in Adamant, Vt. on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Montpelier Vermont Celebrates Independence Day!

Montpelier Vermont holds their annual 4th of July celebration on the traditional day…. the 3rd of July.

This is always a fun time and here is a selection of the pictures I took yesterday for the Times Argus.

 

Photo by Adam Caira Zane Odum, 9, is dunked by his brother, Tucker Odum, 13 in a dunking both on State Street in Montpelier Vt., to raise money for the U-32 boys and girls hockey teams to travel to Munich, Prague, and the Czech Republic in April 2014 to participate in a tournament, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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Zane Odum, 9, is dunked by his brother, Tucker Odum, 13 in a dunking both on State Street in Montpelier Vt., to raise money for the U-32 boys and girls hockey teams to travel to Munich, Prague, and the Czech Republic in April 2014 to participate in a tournament, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira The Float from the Town of Middlesex make the turn from Main St., onto State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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The Float from the Town of Middlesex make the turn from Main St., onto State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira Emily Badger, 2, interacts with a paper dove with her mother Megan Badger, far right, while watching the parade on State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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Emily Badger, 2, interacts with a paper dove with her mother Megan Badger, far right, while watching the parade on State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira A group of unicyclists make their way down State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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A group of unicyclists make their way down State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira The Vacation Vermont float tosses beach balls back and forth with the crowd as they make their way down State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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The Vacation Vermont float tosses beach balls back and forth with the crowd as they make their way down State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira Spectators watch from the streets and from windows as the Vacation Vermont float makes their way down State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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Spectators watch from the streets and from windows as the Vacation Vermont float makes their way down State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira Runners line up for the start of the Montpelier Mile road race on State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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Runners line up for the start of the Montpelier Mile road race on State St. in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira Students get their faces painted on the Montessori float as they prepare for the start of the parade in the staging area on Summer Street in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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Students get their faces painted on the Montessori float as they prepare for the start of the parade in the staging area on Summer Street in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira l-r Doreen Hutchins, Tim Hutchins, and Lonni Hutchins put the finishing touches on the Montpelier Elks float "Star Spangled Banner" as they prepare for the start of the parade in the staging area on Summer Street in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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l-r Doreen Hutchins, Tim Hutchins, and Lonni Hutchins put the finishing touches on the Montpelier Elks float “Star Spangled Banner” as they prepare for the start of the parade in the staging area on Summer Street in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira Elena Noyes, 4, throws a bean bag at the Bean Bag Toss station on the State House lawn while her sister, Grace Noyes, 2, and Father Mike Noyes, look on at left, in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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Elena Noyes, 4, throws a bean bag at the Bean Bag Toss station on the State House lawn while her sister, Grace Noyes, 2, and Father Mike Noyes, look on at left, in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira Children lean out to high five one of the Mt. Sinai Shriners as he drives by in the parade on State Street in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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Children lean out to high five one of the Mt. Sinai Shriners as he drives by in the parade on State Street in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira Children watch the parade pass on State Street in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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Children watch the parade pass on State Street in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Photo by Adam Caira Clara Jacobson, 13, cringes as Stephen Gratto begins to ride a unicycle with Jacobson, an audience volunteer, on his shoulders on the State House lawn while her sister, Grace Noyes, 2, and Father Mike Noyes, look on at left, in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration.

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Clara Jacobson, 13, cringes as Stephen Gratto begins to ride a unicycle with Jacobson, an audience volunteer, on his shoulders on the State House lawn while her sister, Grace Noyes, 2, and Father Mike Noyes, look on at left, in Montpelier Vt., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013., part of Montpelier’s Independence Day Celebration.

Goats

Fran Weinbaum lives in Montpelier where she raises Norwegian Dwarf goats. This season she has 8 new kids, at least 4 of which she will be selling as pets, so Meredith, Katharine, and I stopped by to visit and to help socialize the new kids. They’re very cute.

 

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To Canada

Meredith and I visited her mother who is working this summer at Jackson’s Lodge in Canaan Vermont, right near the Canadian Border. It was unseasonably cold this weekend and we even saw some late season snow as we drove north to visit the Coaticook Gorge in Coaticook Canada on Saturday.

The view from the suspension bridge above the Coaticook Gorge

The view from the suspension bridge above the Coaticook Gorge

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Birds sheltering from the storm in the crack in the side of a cabin at Jackson's Lodge

Birds sheltering from the storm in the crack in the side of a cabin at Jackson’s Lodge

 

Art Shows and Wedding Dresses

Barb Austin-Hutchins is the Art Teacher at Montpelier High School. Every year her students display their work in the annual Art Show and Barb has an annual tradition of re-working an old wedding dress in her signature style to wear at the event. I photographer her with her creation this year right before the show.

 

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U-32 Track, Boys Lacrosse, and Twinfield Variety Show

My evening shift for the Times Argus started with a track meet and Boys Lacrosse at U-32 High School and then a band and chorus variety show at Twinfield Union School

U-32's Jacob Kellett throws the Javelin 102' 11" at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013.

U-32’s Jacob Kellett throws the Javelin 102′ 11″ at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013.

 

Kaitlyn West and Winter Seyfer sing during the Twinfield Variety Show featuring students of the Band and Chorus at Twinfield Union School in Plainfield Vermont on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The theme for this years show was The Many Faces of Love, students performed love songs "from the classics, to the hits of the decade." The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Band Fund, established to help students with the cost of lessons outside of school as well as musical instrument rentals.

Kaitlyn West and Winter Seyfer sing during the Twinfield Variety Show featuring students of the Band and Chorus at Twinfield Union School in Plainfield Vermont on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The theme for this years show was The Many Faces of Love, students performed love songs “from the classics, to the hits of the decade.” The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Band Fund, established to help students with the cost of lessons outside of school as well as musical instrument rentals.

Erin Haul sings alone on stage during the Twinfield Variety Show featuring students of the Band and Chorus at Twinfield Union School in Plainfield Vermont on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The theme for this years show was The Many Faces of Love, students performed love songs "from the classics, to the hits of the decade." The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Band Fund, established to help students with the cost of lessons outside of school as well as musical instrument rentals.

Erin Haul sings alone on stage during the Twinfield Variety Show featuring students of the Band and Chorus at Twinfield Union School in Plainfield Vermont on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The theme for this years show was The Many Faces of Love, students performed love songs “from the classics, to the hits of the decade.” The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Band Fund, established to help students with the cost of lessons outside of school as well as musical instrument rentals.

U-32's Cooper Hatch looks for the shot after dodging two Harwood High School players at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013.

U-32’s Cooper Hatch looks for the shot after dodging two Harwood High School players at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013.

U-32 Ben Merrylees clears the final hurdle ahead of, from left to right, Bfa-Fairfax Connor Allen, U-32 David Koonz, and Windsor High School's Roger Barraby in the boys 110m Hurdles at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013.

U-32 Ben Merrylees clears the final hurdle ahead of, from left to right, Bfa-Fairfax Connor Allen, U-32 David Koonz, and Windsor High School’s Roger Barraby in the boys 110m Hurdles at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013.

Windsor High School senior Leo Patenaude lands a long jump attempt at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013. His best jump for the day measured 18' 1".

Windsor High School senior Leo Patenaude lands a long jump attempt at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013. His best jump for the day measured 18′ 1″.

Windsor High School sophmore Iyanna Williams throws the Discus 83' 11" at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013.

Windsor High School sophmore Iyanna Williams throws the Discus 83′ 11″ at U-32 High School in East Montpelier Vermont on Wednesday, May 21, 2013.

Mother’s Day!

In honor of Mother’s day I photographed a Mother’s day nature walk at the North Branch Nature Center and a few other mother-child scenes.

 

Vivian Winham pushes her daughters Catalina Winham, 18 Months old at left, and Jasmine Winham, 4 years old at right, at Charlie's Playground 2012 in Barre Vermont on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Vivian Winham pushes her daughters Catalina Winham, 18 Months old at left, and Jasmine Winham, 4 years old at right, at Charlie’s Playground 2012 in Barre Vermont on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Americorps member Ken Benton, Center, points out a patch of invasive Japanese Knotweed to the group. At the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier Vermont, on Sunday, May 12, 2013. In celebration of spring, and Mother's Day of course, the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier held a Mothers’ Day Wildflower Walk. Lead by Americorps members Ken Benton and Zach Johnston saw about 20 children, mothers, fathers, and community members exploring the fields and trails at the nature center looking for wildflowers and other signs of spring.

Americorps member Ken Benton, Center, points out a patch of invasive Japanese Knotweed to the group. At the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier Vermont, on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
In celebration of spring, and Mother’s Day of course, the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier held a Mothers’ Day Wildflower Walk. Lead by Americorps members Ken Benton and Zach Johnston saw about 20 children, mothers, fathers, and community members exploring the fields and trails at the nature center looking for wildflowers and other signs of spring.

l-r Charlotte Curtin, 3, and Beatrice Curtin, 5, stick their tongues out at each other after sampling Wintergreen leaves with their mother, Julie Curtin, far left.

l-r Charlotte Curtin, 3, and Beatrice Curtin, 5, stick their tongues out at each other after sampling Wintergreen leaves with their mother, Julie Curtin, far left.

The Group walks past dandelions and violets At the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier Vermont, on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

The Group walks past dandelions and violets At the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier Vermont, on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

A Final Farewell to the TImes Argus Printing Press

The Times Argus printing press was damaged in the summer of 2011 in Hurricane Irene and hasn’t been operated since. The newspaper has been printed off-site through a third-party printing company in New York state for the last two years. The publishers of the times argus recently decided to sell the building where the printing press and editorial staff have worked in Barre Vermont. The editorial staff is moving to new offices in a smaller suite in downtown Barre and the press was sold for scrap. After being moved out of the building the press sat in the parking lot for a few days where I photographed it. Many of the last plates from the day before the storm hit can be seen on the drums advertising everything from yard sales to the United Way and a headline about extreme weather in Vermont.

The Times Argus printing press, damaged in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene, sits in the parking lot of their Barre Vermont office on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

The Times Argus printing press, damaged in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene, sits in the parking lot of their Barre Vermont office on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

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May 7, 2013 – Spaulding Sports and Montpelier Construction Projects

Today started with working on a couple of stories about construction and re-development projects in Montpelier and I finished the day photographing Spaulding Golf and Softball in Barre.

A load of sheetrock is delivered by Trowel Trades Supply Inc. to a third-floor window in the City Center in Montpelier on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The City Center is undergoing renovation on two fronts, the front steps, and interior work on some third-floor space.

A load of sheetrock is delivered by Trowel Trades Supply Inc. to a third-floor window in the City Center in Montpelier on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The City Center is undergoing renovation on two fronts, the front steps, and interior work on some third-floor space.

A man approaches the railroad bridge behind Montpelier Beverage and Redemption Center in Montpelier. Since the bridge has been closed to all but railroad traffic there has been no way for pedestrians to connect directly between the high school section of the bike path and the section that continues on Stone Cutters Way. If the city is able to acquire the Carr Lot and Montpelier Beverage a new pedestrian bridge would be part of the plan to connect the bike path. (Photographed by Adam Caira on Tuesday, May 7, 2013)

A man approaches the railroad bridge behind Montpelier Beverage and Redemption Center in Montpelier. Since the bridge has been closed to all but railroad traffic there has been no way for pedestrians to connect directly between the high school section of the bike path and the section that continues on Stone Cutters Way. If the city is able to acquire the Carr Lot and Montpelier Beverage a new pedestrian bridge would be part of the plan to connect the bike path. (Photographed by Adam Caira on Tuesday, May 7, 2013)

Troy Evans of Spaulding High School approaches the third green at the Country Club of Barre on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Troy Evans of Spaulding High School approaches the third green at the Country Club of Barre on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Spaulding High School's Brooke Benoit reacts after being hit by a pitch during Spaulding's softball game against Middlebury Union High School on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spaulding High School’s Brooke Benoit reacts after being hit by a pitch during Spaulding’s softball game against Middlebury Union High School on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spaulding High School's Alyson Campbell slides safe into home ahead of the throw to Middlebury catcher Bailey Mills during Spaulding's softball game against Middlebury Union High School on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spaulding High School’s Alyson Campbell slides safe into home ahead of the throw to Middlebury catcher Bailey Mills during Spaulding’s softball game against Middlebury Union High School on Tuesday, May 7, 2013