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NEK — Attitude. When the beginning of a 24 hours multi-discipline race involves paddling into a steady if not howling headwind, endurance athletes say attitude trumps athleticism and most everything else.

The granite industry has been a huge economic driver for Vermont and especially the Barre area. I have always had an interest in the industry and have written about it in the past as recently as last year when I wrote about the Millstone Hill trails. My maternal grandfather worked in the granite industry and died of silicosis, what was then called granite cutter’s lung, when my mother was just one year old.

Where did the summer go? It’s been either feast or famine with the weather. Granted my lawn has never looked better. There have been a few days when it really felt like sweater-weather and we aren’t even through the dog days of summer. Looking ahead when the leaves will turn in earnest, Schilling Beer Co. will celebrate their 8th Anniversary along with their 2021 Oktoberfest event on September 25. Tickets are available starting today via their online store. Visit for additional information. Schilling Beer Co. is a European-inspired award-winning craft brewery located along the Ammonoosuc River in Littleton, NH.

Police reported a 12-to 14-foot kayak was found on the shores of Lake Memphremagog around 9 a.m. on May 4. Anyone with information on the owner of the kayak is asked to contact Trooper Ferrier with the Vermont State Police in Derby at 802-334-8881.

Eric and Daniel Phendler, of Magog, Quebec, are nearing the end of their summer kayaking trip which goes the length of the Mississippi River, and raising donations for Memphremagog Conservation Inc. to benefit international Lake Memphremagog. They started June 30 and only have 15 more paddling days left on the trip. They have raised $1,415 of their $5,000 fundraising goal at (Courtesy Photo)

I am happy that the new gun legislation in Vermont bans the possession of “bump stocks”, something I had never heard of prior to the Las Vegas murders. Although I try to keep up on firearms and regularly attend the massive annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas where just about any firearm imaginable and anything related is on display, I didn’t even know there was such a thing.