When COVID-19 closed restaurants and farmers’ markets in New York City, Amanda Andrews, owner of Tamarack Hollow Farm in Plainfield, had to change her business model: Now she is selling her vegetables directly to customers from across central Vermont.

Melodie LaPorte, co-owner of Zuri, an eco-friendly salon in Montpelier, works on Millie Brumback, of Calais on Friday. Salons and barbers were allowed to return to work Friday and Zuri is offering indoor and outdoor options for clients. Zuri recycles 90% of their salon waste, and is one of t…

Nate Hausman, Montpelier’s Green Up Day coordinator, hands bags to resident Jessica Ball on Friday so she can get an early start on the state’s annual clean up ritual. Saturday is the 50th anniversary of Green Up Day. Self service tables for participants will be outside City Hall, at the Sta…

Theo Kennedy, co-owner of Chill, loads his freezer with gelato Friday at his shop in Montpelier. Chill will be open this weekend for contact-free, walk-up service and starting next week will be open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

Dexter Steis and his family were visiting the Pinnacle in Stowe from Arlington, Virginia. The family had come up to Vermont for Memorial Day weekend.

Abby Latour, of Berlin, delivers a banana split to a customer Wednesday at the Dairy Creme in Montpelier. The popular summer attraction opened last week and is now operating as a drive through with customers ordering, paying and picking up their frozen treats from their vehicles.

Sandy Thurston, co-owner of Exile on Main Street music store in Barre, arranges inventory Wednesday at the shop. Thurston, like most retailers in Barre, has reopened her business to in-person shopping.

Will Priddy, right, and Daniel Wiser, working for Conica, of Tennessee, handle rubberized material made from recycled tires as the resurfacing of the U-32 track nears completion Wednesday. When completed the new state-of-the-art track will likely be the finest track facility in the state.

Will Priddy, right, and Daniel Wiser, working for Conica, of Tennessee, handle rubberized material made from recycled tires as the resurfacing of the U-32 track nears completion Wednesday. When completed the new state-of-the-art track will likely be the finest track facility in the state.

PLAINFIELD — Fire officials are cautioning people against having fires because of dry conditions and some recent accidental brush fires, including one at Goddard College that burned around an acre.

Family members gather Monday around a fire while camping off Route 2 in East Montpelier. Due to coronavirus travel restrictions the group is staying closer to home this summer and has set up a camping compound with five trailers and RVs, a wading pool, a playground and other amenities next t…

Nina Thompson, of Williamstown, visits the grave of her father, Leandro Perojo, in Barre’s Hope Cemetery on Memorial Day. Perojo, who died in 1971, joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school. Most public Memorial Day celebrations were canceled this year.

A black bear walks through an East Montpelier forest on Sunday. Bear sightings have been fairly common this spring in central Vermont with nearly daily reports on social media sites.

Katherine Nelson, left, of Montpelier, leads an outdoor yoga class at the Martin Covered Bridge Park in Marshfield on Saturday for River House Yoga in Plainfield. The studio is offering outdoor yoga classes on Saturday and Tuesday.

Alicia Laferriere takes a lunch order Friday from first customer Jeff Norway at Mulligan’s Irish Pub in Barre. Friday was the first day since the coronavirus outbreak that restaurants were allowed to serve customers in person in outdoor seating areas. Mulligan's has space for about 50 outdoo…

The Vermont Air National Guard performs an F-35 flyover above the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Friday to honor Vermont’s frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers. Dubbed Operation America Strong, the 158th fighter wing performed flyovers at 16 hospitals and medical …

Owner Tim Boltin and employee April Pope decorate cakes Friday during the first official day of business at Delicate Decadence’s new location in the Blanchard Block in Barre. The new space is three times larger than the bakery and coffeee shop’s old spot and will allow for numerous tables, a…

Jonathan Slocum of Plattsburgh, New York, directs traffic on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Middlebury for Green Mountain Flagging, as work on the Western Rail Project has resumed.

Simone Foelsche, 6, and her father, Arthur, of Montpelier, ride the Roll Call Flow Trail Wednesday in Montpelier. The North Branch trail network opened for the season on Wednesday, including a new trail called Sapsucker.

Health care workers check-in people for free COVID-19 testing outside the Barre Auditorium on Tuesday. Nearly 300 people were tested during the event that was open to anyone, regardless of whether they had symptoms or not. The Vermont Department of Health is running a series of one-day testi…

The Rutland County Parent-Child Center needs to do some renovations before it can start offering child care again.

The Berlin Mall reopened Monday with a handful of retailers opening their doors to in-person shopping.

Sarah Graves, of Marshfield, fills a seedling order Friday at the Cate Farm in East Montpelier. The local farm’s popular spring plant sale has moved online for ordering and payment. Customers can pick up their orders on Fridays and Saturdays at the farm. Hunger Mountain Co-op also carries a …

Hundreds of cars wait in line on the tarmac at EF Knapp Airport in Berlin during a Farmers to Families Food Box Program food distribution event.

Donia Prince, wine and food manager at the North Branch Café in Montpelier, pours samples Thursday into to-go containers for a Rosé Roundup wine tasting event. Customers took samples home and joined in an online tasting with a wine expert that night for the event. The café is starting a new …

A large gathering of socially distanced well-wishers surprised beloved East Montpelier resident Nona Estrin on her 80th birthday Tuesday. Estrin was on a mid-day walk when she was greeted by emergency vehicles, a long line of decorated cars and friends with birthday signs.

Twinfield senior Stetson Cozza takes a bow after receiving his cap and gown Tuesday from school counselor Melissa Gosselin. A decorated school bus, with an emergency vehicle escort and a long parade of teachers and staff delivered caps and gowns to the school’s seniors in recognition of thei…

Sculptor Sean Williams looks over a recently completed granite piece called “The Origin of the River” at his studio in Barre on Wednesday. The six-foot long spawning brook trout will be installed at the Roxbury Fish Hatchery in August and was commissioned by a Vermont Arts Council Art in Sta…

A Greater yellowlegs wades along the shallows of the Kingsbury Branch of the Winooski River in Calais on Wednesday. {span}Greater yellowlegs mostly eat aquatic invertebrates but will take small frogs and fish if they can catch them.

Randolph’s Brian Lowe, whose work with building and siting bird boxes for more than 25 years to protect kestrels and allow them to successfully hatch and fledge in central Vermont, was named as the winner of the 2020 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award on Monday.

Emily Merrill and garden coordinator Paul Markowitz pull witch-grass Monday from Merrill’s plot at the Gove Community Garden in Montpelier. The coronavirus appears to have stimulated a renewed interest in gardening. All 25 plots at the garden are taken this year.

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Juan Pablo Schumann, 15, of Hardwick, waters plants Friday at his parents’ new business, Thomas Farm & Garden, on the Barre-Montpelier Road. The nursery and garden center recently opened in time for Mothers Day in the old Legare’s Farm Market location and offers produce, ice cream and ot…

Christine Litchfield greets well-wishers Thursday outside her home in Barre as a long line of friends paraded by in vehicles and on on foot to mark her 80th birthday. The former teacher is still an active volunteer in many area organizations.

Garden volunteers work on the Peace Park recently along the Montpelier Recreation Path. The park is full of perennials, annuals, shrubs and places to sit and relax. From left are Elaine McIntyre, Ruth Frost and Esther Farnsworth.

Bruno LaCroix, of Barre, works on a fleet of new golf carts Wednesday at the Country Club of Barre. The club plans to open to members Thursday after the governor lifted restrictions on certain outdoor sports on Wednesday.

Iconic Barre granite statue Youth Triumphant has gotten into fighting the spread of the coronavirus with a new face mask Wednesday in City Hall Park.

Retiring Norwich University President Richard Schneider and his wife Jaime greet faculty, staff and Northfield community members during a car parade Tuesday honoring the Schneiders for their years of dedicated service to the university and to the community. Hundreds turned out for the event.

A woodchuck keeps an eye out for danger near its burrow recently in Berlin. There are many names for woodchucks, which are a type of marmot, including groundhog, whistlepig and thickwood badger. Woodchucks are one of the few species that enter into true hibernation. During hibernation their …

Mesud Sehovic, of Barre, working for Nicom Coatings Corporation, applies caulking to windows on the state office building at 120 State St., in Montpelier, on Monday.

A song sparrow perches on a branch in Montpelier on Monday. Song sparrows usually stay low and forage secretively near the ground but males often fly to exposed branches to sing.

February Daphne blooms in an East Montpelier forest Monday. Daphne is very toxic if compounds in the berries and twigs are ingested. If poisoned, victims commonly experience a choking sensation.

Allison Mann, director of the Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, puts out bags of dance costumes for pick-up Friday at the studio in Montpelier. A couple hundred families had ordered and paid for their dance costumes before the coronavirus abruptly ended classes and canceled the annual…

The traditional May Day May Pole Dance was canceled this year in Northfield, but a local artist and some children in the town created a clever solution to keep the tradition alive by using wooden cutouts, painted by children, to perform the dance in a display on the town green.

Montpelier photographer Paul Richardson takes a picture of Steve and Catherine Coteus and their 7-week-old son Mesa on their porch in Montpelier this week. Richardson has been offering “Porchtrait” photo sessions in exchange for a minimum $50 donation to the Good Samaritan Haven homeless she…

Siblings Logan, 17, and Lyric Luce, 11, wave to a long parade of Calais teachers and staff Thursday during a drive-by show of support for their students. The parade followed the daily lunch bus on its route delivering meals to students throughout the town.