Tia McCarthy and Rob Hitzig, of Montpelier, examine a work by Susan Calza during Montpelier Alive’s scaled-down Art Walk Friday night, the first since the COVID crisis began. Calza and other artists were donating proceeds from greeting cards to the Vermont Foodbank.

Thad and Martha Blaisdell, left, and their dear friend JoAnn Wolter, pick blueberries Friday at the Blaisdells’ Taplin Hill Sugarworks and Berry Farm in Barre Town. The farm has 2,300 blueberry bushes and is open every day from 7 a.m. to dusk. The blueberry season is nearing its end but shou…

Aly McHugh, owner of No. 9 Boutique, stands at the entrance to her women’s clothing store in downtown Montpelier on Friday. McHugh is closing the shop on Sunday after being in business in Barre and Montpelier for the past 16 years. The decision to close happened before the COVID crisis. All …

JT Blanchard, of Graniteville, gets spun around coming out of Turn One as Kaiden Fisher, of Shelburne, gets past and Cooper French, of Northfield, makes contact during Allen Lumber Street Stock action at Thunder Road on Thursday.

Heaton Woods resident Norma Raymond, of East Montpelier, pounds a wiffle ball as staff member Susie Otis looks on during a tribute to the Vermont Mountaineers on Thursday in Montpelier. Otis made signs thanking people who have helped Heaton Woods during the COVID crisis and placed them in th…

Siblings Loren, 5, and Calla Mandell Wood, 3, sell cucumbers from a wagon Friday while walking the streets of Montpelier with their grandmother. The pair grew the vegetables from seed and were selling them for $1 each.

Al Percy, of Barre, working for Patriot Painting, puts a fresh coat of colorful paint on a historic home on Loomis Street, in Montpelier on Thursday.

John Mayfield, owner of Julio’s Cantina, paints the downtown Montpelier restaurant’s new parklet with his daughter, Maddie, on Thursday. The popular Mexican food restaurant added the parklet last week, and now has 30 outdoor seats and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m., for ou…

Nancy Martel, co-owner of Pinky’s On State, with Kathy Berry, loads her car Wednesday with lunches destined for essential workers in the area. During the height of the COVID pandemic, Pinky’s and other area restaurants including the Langdon Street Tavern and Gunner Brook Deli, were helped gr…

A red eft, the juvenile stage of the eastern spotted newt, glows against a moss-covered log Wednesday along a section of the East Montpelier Trails off Sparrow Farm Road in East Montpelier.

Cutting Back

Community Service Officer Michelle Amaral checks a meter Wednesday in downtown Montpelier. The city’s meters started accepting parking fees again this week after several months of inactivity but the city won’t start enforcement of meters until Aug. 17 to allow people to readjust to paying fo…

Justin Jerome, of Barre, fills a baked goods order for a customer at the Wayside Restaurant in Montpelier on Tuesday. The historic restaurant reopened for curbside takeout on July 27 and is offering lunch and dinner meals served in environmentally friendly takeout packaging.

A Green Mountain Transit bus plows through standing water on the Barre-Montpelier Road Tuesday afternoon as heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Isaias began to fall on the region. Look for additional coverage online today at www.timesargus.com

Workers remove exterior sheet metal Tuesday as Malone Properties continues renovation of the old Grossman’s Lumber property near the Route 2 roundabout in Montpelier. The planned renovation will cost approximately $1 million and includes construction of a 7,883-square-foot addition.

Police were investigating what they believed to be a shooting in Rutland City on Monday evening. No injuries were reported, but sections of downtown were closed into the evening so police could investigate. Additional coverage, page A5.

Isla Jennings adjusts a title card Monday for a new show from Cabot artist Janet Van Fleet at J. Langdon in Montpelier. The shop on Langdon Street will be one of several downtown businesses participating in Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk this Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Avery Mornis, from Vermont trail building company Sinuosity, uses a mini excavator Monday to build a new multi-use trail in Montpelier’s North Branch Trails network. The trails system is undergoing a major expansion this summer.

Workers use a lift while installing windows recently on a new glassed stairwell on the the Department of Motor Vehicles building in Montpelier.

Mary Fettig, of East Montpelier, selects a flat of tomatoes Friday at the Cate Farm in East Montpelier. The farm sells 10-pound flats of B-grade organic tomatoes on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Grace, 10, and Elena Noyes, 11, walk with a herd of young Devons Friday morning at their family’s Wicked Bines Farm in Berlin. The farm sells chickens, turkeys, pork, beef and eggs from their location at the end of Marvin Road.

A huge inflatable cow covered in a map of the world, created by artist DJ Barry, of Middlesex, was on display Friday morning on the State House lawn in Montpelier.

Fred Bashara, of Montpelier, walks to the first tee Friday morning during Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice’s 24th Annual Golf Outing at the Country Club of Barre. Nearly 100 golfers turned out for the fundraising tournament.

Montpelier Housing maintenance specialist Steve Rickert, of East Barre, rebuilds a large planter box Thursday outside the Lane Shop apartments in Montpelier.

Will Huntoon, top, and Randy Gonyaw, from Gonyaw Custom Homes, are silhouetted as they raise scaffolding Thursday while renovating a historic barn for Pierre Couture in Websterville. Couture is creating the elegantly rustic Millstone Hill Event Center on his family’s property that when compl…

Workers use a lift while installing windows Thursday on a new glassed stairwell on the the Department of Motor Vehicles building in Montpelier.

If Vermonters want to see a ski season this winter, they’ll need to stay the course when it comes to COVID-19 precautions, say voices in the industry.

Fitness Time

Sculptors Heather Milne Ritchie, of Bonnie Wee LLC, and Sylvain Metivier, of Tabernack Granite, collaborate on an elaborate granite monument Wednesday at their new studio location on Mill Street in Barre. The monument depicts St. Michael slaying the demon and is for a customer in Pennsylvania.

Meal Deal

Kate Camilletti, of South Woodbury, walks beneath a historic barn on the former Ezekiel Ball farm property in Woodbury on Tuesday.

Adam Jackson, of Artistone of Vermont, in Roxbury, works Monday to repoint deteriorating mortar and replace broken bricks on the historic Old Labor Hall building in Barre.

Aaron Bilodeau of Goldfinch Hemp Company mows between rows of hemp plants grown for CBD products on Monday afternoon in Whiting.

The VT Bluegrass Pioneers perform an intimate concert Saturday night on a back porch in Montpelier. From left are Willy Lindner, Sam Blagden, Danny Coane and Dan Lindner. The free event raised $344 in donations to the Vermont Foodbank.

Rachel Lever, coordinator of the Bethany Bowl, assembles a bag of fresh produce Friday for a community member at the Bethany Church in Montpelier. The church is distributing food on Friday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. with donations from Community Harvest and the Farmers to Families program.

Robinson Sawmill trustee emeritus Elliott Morse, left, board member Toby Talbot, right, and president Larry Gilbert, below, stand in the new planer shed that was built this week at the historic mill site in Calais on Friday. The sawmill was built in 1803 and is the only working water-powered…

A Vermont Youth Conservation Corps crew works to remove an old cement culvert Thursday in Montpelier’s Hubbard Park. From left are Jeremy Little, of Georgia, Olivia Sena, of Connecticut, Sam Miller, of Mississippi, Grace Bodykevich, of South Burlington, and Mariah Flanagan, of St. Albans.

A silhouetted Ruby-throated hummingbird hovers at an East Montpelier feeder on Thursday. Ruby-throats are precision flyers with the ability to adjust their flying position with minute control.

Tobi Bernier, owner of Helply, repairs a laptop Thursday in Barre. Bernier opened his shop on Main Street, almost a year ago but was forced to close by the COVID pandemic in March. He reopened this week and offers service and sales of computers, phones and tablets.

Eyrich Stauffer, of Stauffer Woodworking, and Asa Skinder build a universal access parklet for outdoor dining outside the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier on Wednesday.

Ela Chapin, of East Montpelier, and her sons Ari, 13, and Ezra, 9, paddle on No. 10 Pond in Calais on Wednesday.

Family and friends help Paul Hannan collect hay bales Tuesday evening on his farm in Calais following several days of good drying weather.

John Matusz refurbishes a wire saw cover for a Barre granite shed at his Transformation Sculpture Studio in Waitsfield on Tuesday.

John Atkinson, executive director of the Mad River Riders mountain bike club, shapes a berm Tuesday on a new extension to the Evolution trail in Waitsfield. The multi-year project to add 2 miles to the popular trail in Camel’s Hump State Forest is nearing completion.

Mary Alice Fisher, 4, of Fayston, picks blueberries Tuesday at the Knoll Farm in Waitsfield. The blueberry season is just beginning at many area pick-your-own operations.