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4574 Main StreetManchester Center, VT 05255
36 Main StMontpelier, VT 05602
10 State StMontpelier, VT 05602
93 Gates StWhite River Junction, VT 05001
156 Daniels RdHardwick, VT 05843
Vermont Flowers News
Nov 9, 2019
Realism of Harvard's Glass Flowers still dazzles - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There's a red maple branch, for instance, that looks plucked from a Vermont tree during the fall peak season. There's part of a budding cashew tree boasting two rust-colored cashew apples and drooping nutshells, each leaf vein and stem intricate in detail.
These are only two examples of more than 4,300 individual glass models in the collection, which has at least 780 species from the plant kingdom represented. They are affectionately known as the "Glass Flowers," or formally as the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants.
The detail and the anatomical exactness stuns onlookers like Erin Averill, a 26-year-old from Orange County, California, who was recently perusing the flowers.
Aug 22, 2019
Tina Weikert: Selecting flowers for a garden of sweet perfume - The Manchester Journal
Today, its legacy continues. The swing bench presently resides in my Vermont yard. My boys, now readers in their own right, regularly climb onto its wooden lap to read a chapter from their latest library boosk. I show up often too, sliding into its seat in the early morning hours with an afghan for warmth and a pen and paper to write. Truth be told, I am in its embrace now, writing it this love note.
I love it to the point that since acquiring it over a year ago, I've desired to adorn it with flowers. To plant fragrantly scented beauties around it so that when pumping my legs to swing, the breeze created will be awash in perfume. A girl can dream! I've set about test planting some aromatic flowers in my yard so that by next summer I will be fully knowledgeable of how to landscape this area.
Flower scents were first categorized in 1893 by Count von Marilaun into six groups (later expanded into ten). I struggle with the Count's explanation but have found Dr. Leonard Perry, an extension professor of University of Vermont and contributor to "The Green Mountain Gardener" gives a brilliant outline, which is worth quoting in full:
The indole group has flowers smelling like and resembling decayed meat or carrion, such as the skunk cabbage (Lysichiton) and a wake-robin (Trillium erectum), and attracts dung flies for pollination.
The aminoid group also smells unpleasant to attract flies, smelling of decayed fish or ammonia, and includes many umbel flowers such as giant fennel.
The heavy group smells similar to the last, only sweete... Jul 26, 2019
Retired Circuit Judge Clarence Johnson Jr. dies at age 89, left legacy in court system - Florida Today
Florida communities of Trenton and Alachua.
The late judge's daughter, Jan Hulse of Vermont, recalled that, throughout her father's life, "he just loved being on the water with his family and friends," especially fishing for trout and bass.
Their father liked to tell the story of arguing his first legal case at age 6, when he came to the defense of a ice delivery man he knew whom he felt was wrongly jailed for being drunk.
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"I immediately went down and told the sheriff, whom I knew, that my friend did not deserve to be in jail, that he was a good man, had made a mistake, and that I knew he'd never do it again," Clarence Johnson wrote in his memoirs. "The sheriff released him."
Johnson became a Florida House of Representatives page at age 13, after he went to Tallahassee to lobby legislators, asking them to select him from among 35 candidates for eight page positions. He became a messenger in the sergeant-at-arms office at age 15.
Johnson was a four-sport athlete in high school (football, basketball, softball and track). He then attended the University of Florida, where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1955 and a law degree in 1958. His undergraduate work was interrupted by four years of service in the Air Force during the Korean War era.
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Following law school, Johnson began work as a lawyer for a West Palm Beach law firm. In 1961, he opened a branch office of that firm in Rockledge.
Jay Johnson said his father sought to become a judge not for the prestige of the post or the pay (especially since lawyers typically earned more than judges at the time), but because he would be able to spend more time with his family, since judges had more predictable hours than lawyers did.
"My dad did not talk about cases at home," Jay Johnson said. "When he was home, he was full-time dad," focusing on his family. Clarence Johnson would talk about what was going on at his children's schools, as well as church and sports — especially UF Gators football and the sports activities in which his children were involved.
Clarence and Shirley Johnson were married for 62 years, raising three sons and a daughter on Merritt Island. They also have nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
"My dad's main focus was to make my mom happy, and her main focus was to make my dad happy," Hulse said. "It was a great partnership and a great friendship. He was Type A, and she balanced him very well."
Hulse remember her father as "a very down-to-earth guy. He was a man of his word. He was very fair."
But she joked that, for the children in the Johnson household who got into trouble, "imagine getting punished as a kid when your dad is a judge." It usually meant being sent to your room, sweating things out, while mom and dad had deliberations over what the punishment should be.
Dale Johnson of Merritt Island — one of the judge's three sons, along with Jay Johnson of North Carolina and Doug Johnson of Texas — said his father was "a good storyteller, and also told a lot of good jokes."
Clarence Johnson also very involved in his church, Faith Lutheran Church on Merritt Island, where he served as congregational president.
"He had a love of... Apr 27, 2019
Priscilla Heine: Flowers, Food, and Art - East Hampton Star
Amagansett in the early 1960s.
After the school year Ms. Heine spent the summer in Vermont and then moved to the city, settling into a loft on 10th Street between Avenues C and D — Ground Zero, during the ’80s, for the city’s cutting-edge cultural life. In 1983 she met Mr. Majcherski, who had an old-car-and-motorcycle shop on the Lower East Side. They married five years later.
After their first son, Tomas, was born in 1989, she felt uneasy about the expenses and challenges of raising a child in New York. The couple decided to rent the loft and move to the East End. First they rented, then they bought a house in foreclosure, then they sold it to purchase the land in Northwest.
When not in East Hampton, they divide their time between Vermont and Uruguay. Mr. Majcherski emigrated there from Poland when he was 13, and lived there through his 20s. From his mother, they have inherited apartments in Montevideo and Punta del Este, and have spent a lot of time in Uruguay over the years.
This past winter, Ms. Heine found a gallery in Uruguay where, she said, she will be able to fulfill a longtime dream: to create an installation inspired by her Pyrenees honeymoon. In the years since, she has been alternating sculpture with painting, first filling empty beauty-product packaging with rags and old clothes, then lathering the result with paint.
After taking top honors in Guild Hall’s Artist Members exhibition in 2007, she began to make calla lilies of papier-mâché, reinforced with wire, covered with fabric, and finished with gesso, which takes paint well and is relatively indestructible.
Of her plans for the Uruguay gallery, she said, “My thought is, you walk into a room with hundreds of calla lilies, real ones. Then it would morph into the sculptures. Then, as you’re walking through, you would hear and smell the cooking from a line of tagines.”
She showed a visitor a Lazy Susan she’d made from an upside-down tagine, a Morrocan pot. “I want the viewers to have an experience that is completely on their own terms, and ingest it. And I think the flowers and the food will bring them to that place, and then I slip my art in.”
Despite the profusion of lily sculptures in her studio, the artist described herself more as a painter than a sculptor. Her work is characterized by lush, vibrant color and complex layered surfaces. In an essay on her work, the curator Janet Goleas wrote, “Among dense tangles and strokes of pigment, bare linen and swirls of charcoal, her imagery erupts before you as painterly moments coalesce to create a whole.”
Of a 2014 painting, “Engine Room,” Ms. Heine said, “I think the image was a surprise and incredible discovery as it came about. It still surprises me, and I think that’s how I deal with finding images as an abstract painter now. My work has the same mystery for me, where it comes from and how it forms, and I think that’s part of what keeps me going.”
Another epiphany of sorts took place on a river in Vermont, watching water lilies open. “At different times in my life, when I worked on very psychological paintings, the lily pads became for me potholes of desire or potholes of longing. The lily would be a way into a piece, a road to follow that becomes the possibility for many roads.”
She works on several paintings at the same time. “My paintings are layered; some of them are very layered, and have been worked on for a long time. But what I’m always looking for is simplicity.” Of a painting she’s returned to many times, she said, “I would never have arrived at what it eventually became if I hadn’t just worked and worked and fooled around. Each mark that goes down is only because somehow you’re being led somewhere, and it’s to try and find something.”
... Aug 17, 2018
Deep field set for Bridge of Flowers 40th anniversary
The third-place finisher from a year ago, Scott Mindel, of Burlington, Vermont, also returns.Rop is a member of the Western Mass. Distance Project, and will have four teammates joining him. One of those is Amos Sang, of Chicopee, who won the 2014 Bridge of Flowers. Sang won the New England 5-mile championship this season with a time of 24:36.Northampton's Ben Groleau, another Western Mass. Distance Project runner, is the UMass record-holder in the mile with a time of 4:01. Groleau was fourth at the New England 5-mile championships in 25:27. Dennis Roche, of Springfield, another WMDP runner, finished fifth last year at the Bridge of Flowers.The women's field will be just as deep. Last year's champion, Holly Rees, of Cambridge, is returning. Rees ran an average of just under 6 minutes a mile in winning the women's crown in 37:05.Rees will be challenged by Semehar Tesfaye, of West Roxbury. Tesfaye won the Bridge of Flowers in 2016 in 39:03.Another major challenger is newcomer Aisling Cuffee, who graduated from Stanford but now lives in North Grafton and runs for Saucony under coach Ray Treacy. Cuffee has a 15:11 personal record in a 5K.The third, fourth and fifth-place finishers from a year ago also return in the women's field. Apryl Sabadosa, of Westfield, took third. Karen Bertasso, of Albany, New York, is a two-time Bridge of Flowers winner. She was fourth last year. The fifth-place finisher from a year ago was Jenna Giglioti, of Northampton, who joins Sabadosa as two of the top female runners in the Western Mass. Distance Project.Another person to keep an eye on is newcomer Kim Nedeau, of Leverett, who is a top hill runner in New England and placed second at the Mount Washington Road Race in 2016.Ashley Krauss, of Easthampton, recently placed eighth at the James Joyce 10K in Dedham, which served as the U.S. championship for the Master's (ages 40-49) Division. Sidney Letendre, of Florence, returns after running an 8:11 pace on the course last season at the age of 62.