John Bauer hands out ballots Tuesday morning at Waterbury's polls inside the Thatcher Brook Primary School gym.

Leon Eggelston from the Montpelier Fire Department was taking down the holiday wreaths in front of Montpelier City Hall on Monday morning.

Nicole Westbom was greeting people in front of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier on Saturday morning. She is the children’s librarian and heard that the kids were missing the library. Today, Town Meeting Day for most communities in Vermont, voters will be showing their support for lo…

Participants sprinkle offerings onto a fire at the Montpelier Recreation Field Friday during a scaled-back Ice on Fire celebration Friday. The school vacation week celebration this year includes a snow village, a luge run, a Christmas tree maze and a story walk.

Chris Ruiz, bar manager at Alimentari Roscini in downtown Barre, pours a glass of Italian red wine Friday at the grocery store's new wine bar. The new space will be open Fridays from 4-8 p.m. for wine, beer, charcuterie plates and other food.

Toby-O Muller-Moore, 10, and Elise Von Duntz, 6, roast hot dogs over an open fire in Montpelier’s Hubbard Park on Thursday during a school vacation week outdoor camp for area kids.

Chet Farrell and his son, Logan, of East Montpelier, repair sap lines Thursday while preparing a maple stand in Berlin for this year’s sugaring season.

Josh Saxe, of Montpelier, co-director of Jackalope Northeast Cycling in collaboration with the Richard Tom Foundation, takes his road bike for the first ride of the year Wednesday in East Montpelier as temperatures rose into the 40s.

Progress Made

Isak Duncan, 13, left, of East Montpelier, and Lex Leikin, 13, of Montpelier, clear snow off a colorful frozen heart Tuesday along a nordic trail outside Duncan’s home. The heart, made with frozen-colored water, was created by the boys’ mothers last week.

Nicholas French, 11, of Barre, sleds down a hill Tuesday in Barre’s Elmwood Cemetery during winter vacation week from school.

Puddle Truth

From Above

A resident of North Street in East Montpelier created this colorful art sculpture recently. The snow and cold has made for perfect conditions for such creativity.

Montpelier High School did have fans in the stands during a recent basketball game. 

The Proud Flower florist shop in Waterbury was busy on a recent Saturday morning. Here, Owner Nina Towne wraps up a bouquet.

Crews were out removing snow from the streets and sidewalks in Barre on Monday morning. Making Way

Lydia Bodette, along with her two children, Grayson and Everly, were out shopping for a camper at Mekkelsen RV Sales and Rentals in East Montpelier on Monday morning.

Tim Griffin, manager of the Ice Center in Waterbury, sprays down high touch areas after Saturday's hockey game with a disinfectant that has a COVID kill time of 60 seconds.

Lachlan Pierce, 11, examines a pair of baby chickens at his home in Montpelier on Friday. Pierce, and his sister, Somerset, 15, are raising and selling four breeds of laying hens and starting a new flock of their own.

Twinfield maintenance worker Heath Farnsworth helps third-graders raise the Black Lives Matter flag in a ceremony Friday outside the school in Marshfield. Over the past six months members of the Twinfield Student Voice Group have been leading an effort to raise the Black Lives Matter flag at…

A farm truck sprays liquid on a dormant cornfield in East Montpelier Friday.

Ice on Fire

Twinfield physical education teacher Tom Costello assembles an illuminated ice snowman Thursday as he prepares for the school’s snow globe sculpture trail. Costello and students created almost 200 ice globes and illuminated a trail through the woods for families to walk during the event.

A dapper snowman stands outside a home on East Hill Road in Plainfield on Thursday.

Snowmobilers ride the VAST trail network through the Barre Town Forest in Websterville on Thursday. Conditions around the region are excellent for snowmobiling.

Clearing Out

Marci LaRue and her son, Miles, 4, explore the edge of the frozen North Branch of the Winooski River in Montpelier on Wednesday.

Student skiers from Montpelier schools practice in an East Montpelier meadow on Wednesday afternoon.

Richard Wiswall, from the Cate Farm in East Montpelier, examines a flat of organic seedlings growing in fiber pots at the farm recently. The farm is looking for good biodegradeable alternatives to the traditional plastic potting trays as they begin planting for the growing season ahead.

Registered nurse Nancy Butryman from Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice delivers a COVID-19 vaccine injection to 91-year-old Helen Gomez, of Montpelier, recently. CVHHH has begun vaccinating individuals in the community currently active on CVHHH service who are homebound and unable to…

Water Leak

The winter storm that stalled much of the state had little effect on these Jersey heifers in Williamstown on Tuesday.

Allison Champlin and Honey were out for a walk in Waterbury on Tuesday morning. Champlin is an elementary teacher at Thatcher Brook in Waterbury and was taking advantage of the snow day.

Two-year-old Gina Morton was enjoying the swing in Waterbury on Monday morning. The next few days may prove to be far more snowy. The forecast appears on A2.

Once again, the Valentine’s Day Phantom struck the Capital City over the weekend. Thousands of heart placards were put up around the city (and region) overnight Saturday into Sunday, as has become the tradition in Montpelier over the last decade.

Registered nurse Nancy Butryman from Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice delivers a COVID-19 vaccine injection to 91-year-old Helen Gomez, of Montpelier, on Friday. CVHHH has begun vaccinating individuals in the community currently active on CVHHH service who are homebound and unable t…

Hillary Wolfley, of Montpelier, picks out chocolate hearts Friday for her 3-year-old daughter for Valentine’s Day at Rabble Rouser Chocolate & Craft in Montpelier.

Micah Ball, of Montpelier, a mechanic at Onion River Outdoors, rides his fat bike through a maze made from discarded Christmas trees at the Montpelier Recreation Field tennis courts on Thursday.

Mike Martel, of Swanton, drives his team of draft horses Thursday while giving a sleigh ride to a family at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.

A snowmobiler crosses the historic Coburn covered bridge in East Montpelier on Thursday.

Sous chef Mary Lester, of Warren, stocks shelves Wednesday at The Warren Store, in Warren. The venerable shop changed hands last year and the new owners have done extensive renovations to the space, including a new deli and kitchen area.

Chainsaw artist Jake Swanson, of Lowell, carves a bear Wednesday at his The Art of the Carve business in Stowe. Swanson has competed in international carving competitions and most of his work is now done on commission.

Randi Van Hollebeck, visiting family in Waterbury, tows her daughter Vida, 1, past a gazebo decorated with Valentine greetings Wednesday in Waterbury’s Rusty Parker Memorial Park.

Florist Charlene Peirce gathers flowers in a cooler for a bouquet Wednesday at Vee’s Flowers and Garden Shop in Waitsfield. The full service florist on Route 100 is open every day this week, including Valentines Day on Sunday, the busiest day of the year for flower-giving.

A Barre Town plow clears a residential street Tuesday as another few inches of fresh snow fell on the region during the day.

Hadley Link, 4, and her brother, Parker, 6, play hockey Tuesday afternoon on a backyard rink at their home in Barre Town.

Matt Nola, from Woodsman’s Tree Service, in Corinth, cuts an ancient sugar maple Tuesday outside a home in Barre.