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Thunder Road

I have been to photograph two or three races this year at Thunder Road International SpeedBowl in Barre, Vermont this summer for the Times Argus. I used to go to the races at this track occasionally with my parents when I was younger and it has been a lot of fun to get to go shoot racing from time to time.

 

Photo by Adam Caira Kolton Williams, 5, of Georgia, Vt., plays with a toy car with his Grandfather Dick Bradley, at left, of Randolph, and his mother, Sarah Williams, at right, of Georgia, Vt., during the Late Model semi-feature at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

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Kolton Williams, 5, of Georgia, Vt., plays with a toy car with his Grandfather Dick Bradley, at left, of Randolph, and his mother, Sarah Williams, at right, of Georgia, Vt., during the Late Model semi-feature at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira #59 Scott Maynard and #19 Marvin Johnson get tangled up on the front stretch early in the Street Stock Feature at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

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#59 Scott Maynard and #19 Marvin Johnson get tangled up on the front stretch early in the Street Stock Feature at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira #94 Brendan Moodie does donuts on the back stretch during his victory lap after winning the Tiger Feature at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

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#94 Brendan Moodie does donuts on the back stretch during his victory lap after winning the Tiger Feature at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira Randy Johnson of Barre, Vt., catches some air after hitting the wall in turn 4 during the second Rough Riders race of the night at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

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Randy Johnson of Barre, Vt., catches some air after hitting the wall in turn 4 during the second Rough Riders race of the night at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Storm Damage – Marshfield and Plainfield Vermont 2013

A powerful summer storm swept through Plainfield, Marshfield, Duxbury, and beyond on Sunday, June 2, 2013. The high winds and heavy rains caused extensive damage and widespread power outages in many of the surrounding rural communities.

 

Photo by Adam Caira Ansel Quintin poses for a portrait with his 2007 Honda Civic that was crushed by a fallen tree on Gilman St. in Marshfield on Monday, June 6, 2013. Quintin was standing in the front doorway of his rented trailer home watching the storm when the tree fell not quite reaching the trailer.

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Ansel Quintin poses for a portrait with his 2007 Honda Civic that was crushed by a fallen tree on Gilman St. in Marshfield on Monday, June 6, 2013. Quintin was standing in the front doorway of his rented trailer home watching the storm when the tree fell not quite reaching the trailer.

Photo by Adam Caira A car slows as it passes a home damaged by a wind-blown tree on Hollister Hill Rd in Plainfield Vt. on Sunday, June 2, 2013. According to neighbors the home is owned by Leslie Rabins who also owns One More Time in Montpelier. Neighbor David Ertel who lives two houses down on the opposite side of the road was home when the storm hit, several cedar trees fell in his yard in addition to one that fell across Hollister Hill Rd. Ertel and his neighbors were able to use a chainsaw and a tractor to remove the tree blocking the road, one of many that fell on Hollister Hill.

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A car slows as it passes a home damaged by a wind-blown tree on Hollister Hill Rd in Plainfield Vt. on Sunday, June 2, 2013. According to neighbors the home is owned by Leslie Rabins who also owns One More Time in Montpelier. Neighbor David Ertel who lives two houses down on the opposite side of the road was home when the storm hit, several cedar trees fell in his yard in addition to one that fell across Hollister Hill Rd. Ertel and his neighbors were able to use a chainsaw and a tractor to remove the tree blocking the road, one of many that fell on Hollister Hill.

Photo by Adam Caira L-r Dave Mulligan and his children Bride Mulligan, 10, Anthony Mulligan, 8, and Raphael Mulligan, 4, work to cut and remove fallen trees from the property where they live along with Dave's parents on Hollister Hill Rd. in Plainfield on Monday, June 3, 2013. Dave's mother Alice Mulligan, not pictured, recounts how during the storm it was raining and blowing so hard "We couldn't see from our house to our barn." some 60 feet away.

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L-r Dave Mulligan and his children Bride Mulligan, 10, Anthony Mulligan, 8, and Raphael Mulligan, 4, work to cut and remove fallen trees from the property where they live along with Dave’s parents on Hollister Hill Rd. in Plainfield on Monday, June 3, 2013. Dave’s mother Alice Mulligan, not pictured, recounts how during the storm it was raining and blowing so hard “We couldn’t see from our house to our barn.” some 60 feet away.

Photo by Adam Caira A utility worker attaches a line to the top of a broken utility pole on Upper Depot Rd. in Marshfield on Monday, June 3, 2013.

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A utility worker attaches a line to the top of a broken utility pole on Upper Depot Rd. in Marshfield on Monday, June 3, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira A line is down resting on the sign for Groton on Rout 232 (New Discovery Rd) headed out of Marshfield, Vt. on Monday, June 3, 2013.

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A line is down resting on the sign for Groton on Rout 232 (New Discovery Rd) headed out of Marshfield, Vt. on Monday, June 3, 2013.

Mountaineers Baseball and Spaulding Softball

A couple of images from Spaulding High School Softball this spring and a couple of images from the Vermont Mountaineers this summer.

 

Photo by Adam Caira Spaulding softball players watch from the dugout as one of their teammates bats in in the third inning of their game against St. Johnsbury Academy in Barre, Vt. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

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Spaulding softball players watch from the dugout as one of their teammates bats in in the third inning of their game against St. Johnsbury Academy in Barre, Vt. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira Spaulding's Stefanie Bullock chases a home run ball back to the fence during their game against St. Johnsbury Academy in Barre, Vt. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

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Spaulding’s Stefanie Bullock chases a home run ball back to the fence during their game against St. Johnsbury Academy in Barre, Vt. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira Vermont Mountaineers pitcher #27 Trey Oest tags Holyoke Blue Sox's Spencer Brann out at third after a run-down in the 4th inning at Recreation Field in Montpelier, Vermont, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

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Vermont Mountaineers pitcher #27 Trey Oest tags Holyoke Blue Sox’s Spencer Brann out at third after a run-down in the 4th inning at Recreation Field in Montpelier, Vermont, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira Vermont Mountaineers' Mike Vigliarolo ducks a wild pitch during the third inning against the Holyoke Blue Sox at Recreation Field in Montpelier, Vt., on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

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Vermont Mountaineers’ Mike Vigliarolo ducks a wild pitch during the third inning against the Holyoke Blue Sox at Recreation Field in Montpelier, Vt., on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

The Times Argus – Summer Assignments and Features

Here is a small selection of the single-shot assignments and features I’ve shot recently for The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus

 

Photo by Adam Caira Tyler Kirkpatrick of Moretown paddles with loons on Berlin Pond on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The city of montpelier is looking to block the use of internal combustion engines, such as those used in power augers, and all ice fishing shanties on the pond that serves as the main water supply for the capitol city.

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Tyler Kirkpatrick of Moretown paddles with loons on Berlin Pond on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The city of montpelier is looking to block the use of internal combustion engines, such as those used in power augers, and all ice fishing shanties on the pond that serves as the main water supply for the capitol city.

Photo by Adam Caira Graduates wait as their classmates receive diplomas at the U-32 2013 commencement Friday, June 14, 2013

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Graduates wait as their classmates receive diplomas at the U-32 2013 commencement Friday, June 14, 2013

Photo by Adam Caira Officers and Firefighters salute the flag at Barre's City Hall Park as it is lowered to half-mast in honor of Officer Michael Zemanek on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.

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Officers and Firefighters salute the flag at Barre’s City Hall Park as it is lowered to half-mast in honor of Officer Michael Zemanek on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.

Photo By Adam Caira Mike Carbonneau, a licenced funeral director at Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home re-paints the yellow curb in front of the Funeral Home at the corner of Summer Street and West Street in Barre, Vt. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Carbonneau says that when he isn't busy conducting funerals he often spends his time performing maintanance and keeping the property looking clean and sharp. He hopes that any small contributions that he and the funeral home can make will help to keep downtown Barre looking its best.

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Mike Carbonneau, a licenced funeral director at Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home re-paints the yellow curb in front of the Funeral Home at the corner of Summer Street and West Street in Barre, Vt. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Carbonneau says that when he isn’t busy conducting funerals he often spends his time performing maintanance and keeping the property looking clean and sharp. He hopes that any small contributions that he and the funeral home can make will help to keep downtown Barre looking its best.

Photo by Adam Caira Brandy Perez, far right, and her husband, Greg Perez, center, launch a model rocket with their children, Sophia Perez, 7, left, and Jason Perez, 4, center, at the Barre Town Recreation Fields in Barre, Vermont, on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

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Brandy Perez, far right, and her husband, Greg Perez, center, launch a model rocket with their children, Sophia Perez, 7, left, and Jason Perez, 4, center, at the Barre Town Recreation Fields in Barre, Vermont, on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Downtown Montpelier is illuminated by the fading sunlight on Tuesday evening, Aug. 6, 2013.

Downtown Montpelier is illuminated by the fading sunlight on Tuesday evening, Aug. 6, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira "Fireside Book" by Marilyn Gillis of Burlington, Vt. and other artist books are part of the new exhibit "There's No Place like Home" - Artist books and fine bindings presented by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont at Studio Place Arts on North Main St in Barre, Vt. photographed on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

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“Fireside Book” by Marilyn Gillis of Burlington, Vt. and other artist books are part of the new exhibit “There’s No Place like Home” – Artist books and fine bindings presented by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont at Studio Place Arts on North Main St in Barre, Vt. photographed on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Photo by Adam Caira l-r Jon Kilian, a sophomore at Montpelier High School and Matt Mclane, Coordinator of Community Based Learning at Montpelier High School work to find the center point on the newly erected rafters of a hoop greenhouse behind Montpelier HIgh School. The structure will be used to grow tomatoes and peppers, the ingredients for salsa.

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l-r Jon Kilian, a sophomore at Montpelier High School and Matt Mclane, Coordinator of Community Based Learning at Montpelier High School work to find the center point on the newly erected rafters of a hoop greenhouse behind Montpelier HIgh School. The structure will be used to grow tomatoes and peppers, the ingredients for salsa.

Photo by Adam Caira Kristina Applegate, founder of Kids Share, poses for a portrait in her home studio in East Montpelier along with two works of art she is preparing for a display at Lost Nation Theatre and a drawing-in-progress for her upcoming book release, on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

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Kristina Applegate, founder of Kids Share, poses for a portrait in her home studio in East Montpelier along with two works of art she is preparing for a display at Lost Nation Theatre and a drawing-in-progress for her upcoming book release, on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

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

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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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