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Comment Archives: stories: Arts + Life: WTF

Re: “Who Built the Otter Creek Dugway, and Why?

The Basin Harbor Club is in Panton.

Posted by Will Sipsey on 10/18/2016 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Why Did a Middlebury Bank Change Colors, Twice?

What's that saying about opinions??

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Posted by KateJessie on 10/05/2016 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Why Did a Middlebury Bank Change Colors, Twice?

I'm pretty sure it was blue for more than a month- probably all summer- pretty hideous I have to say.

Posted by Phil lumen on 10/04/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Why Are the Burlington City Hall Fountains Always Dry?

I really miss the fountain in the top block of Church Street. It made it the coolest, temperature-wise, block on the street. The fact that kids enjoyed it too was a plus to my mind. Surely there is a way to keep fountains in this fine city. Kids love them and the sound of flowing water is a calmative to the worried and hassled people who pause by them.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/18/2016 at 4:19 AM

Re: “Why Is Edward James Olmos on a Mural of Vermont History?

Olmos was a good friend of Dan Bonfigli, a tennis pro who died of cancer a few years ago. I talked with Olmos at Danny's funeral. Dan's brothers Mark and Andy each started local businesses, Earth Cars and So it is quite likely that Olmos strolled down Church Street and bought a cigar in Garcia's Tobacco Shop.

Posted by leaterhune on 09/03/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

Hi I didn't get a good look at the cat but it was on Mount an thy here in bennington V.T it was around 1030 am something was following me then I head something in the distinction behind some brush. Then I turned an heading back to my about a thousand yard as I got back I ran across a track that was on the path in the woods right were I had heard the noise something had been following me I have a photo of the track but bony now how to post it here

Posted by William P. Clark on 08/23/2016 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Why Is There a House in the Middle of the Winooski River?

You did a lot of leg work to get this story down! I'm not from Montpelier, but I have seen it in the past and never gave it a thought. Now that I have read your very informative story, it was very interesting and a lot has a lot of history of out beautiful state of Vermont! Kudos to you!

Posted by lyn on 08/09/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Why Is There a House in the Middle of the Winooski River?

Fun and informative article! Thanks for your work.

Posted by David A. Rice on 08/09/2016 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Why Is There a House in the Middle of the Winooski River?

Yes thank you so much on the info of this place. I have lived in Montpelier and surrounding areas since I was about 7yrs old and am now about 34 and have always been very curious about this shack/house and wondered more info on it. This place is still here today with no one still living in it or doing anything with it. Now my wonders after reading this article is who will get it and what will they do or purhaps can I do something with it or own that little island. So much ideas go through my head to do with this place and have since I was 7. I would love to take it over.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bailey1 on 08/07/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Why Is There a House in the Middle of the Winooski River?

Yes! Thank you for writing this story. Growing up in Montpelier my bus route on my way to and from school would bring me by this house and I would always make up stories about who lived there and what it would be like to occupy the island shack. Even as an adult I have always been curious about the history of the place and now I finally know.

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Posted by Kyle802 on 08/07/2016 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Why Is There a House in the Middle of the Winooski River?

As someone who has lived in Middlesex and Montpelier for most of my life, I have always wondered about that shack. We too speculated about what the story of it was and dreamed of fixing it up. Thanks so much for digging into this story!

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by mama in montpelier on 08/05/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Why Is There a House in the Middle of the Winooski River?

Excellent investigative and research chops on display here. Kudos.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by aparigraha on 08/05/2016 at 1:55 PM

Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

Saw a black panther on 15 outside of Hardwick July 30th about 6:45 pm - it definitely wasn't a bear!

Posted by Mike-Steffanie Sneed - Balog on 08/04/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Why Is There a House in the Middle of the Winooski River?

Thanks! Just heard from a woman who remembers taking a rope swing over to Mr Benson's island when she was little. She says her grandfather was mayor of Montpelier at the time and he helped the man retain custody of his daughter, as he was a widow and it wasn't consider proper in those years for a man to raise a girl alone. A writer's retreat isn't a bad idea...

16 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ken Picard on 08/04/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Why Is There a House in the Middle of the Winooski River?

Nice sleuthing there, Ken Picard! I've often driven by there and wondered WTF was up with that structure. And occasionally fantasizing about its being rebuilt as a writers' retreat...

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by bert53 on 08/03/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Does Lightning Ever Strike the Same Place Twice?

Miserable luck, or more likely miserable karma.

Posted by Joshua Howland on 07/25/2016 at 3:22 AM

Re: “WTF: What Would Make Silverware Magnetized?

Magnetic silverware is only found at restaurants and I think it has to do with a big magnetic ring they sometimes put at the top of the trash bin near the dishwasher station. This prevents silverware from being thrown out which actually happens a lot. Silverware gets saved from the trash by attaching to the big magnet. Getting attached to the magnet passes along some magnetic properties.

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chris Pearson on 07/07/2016 at 8:28 AM

Re: “WTF: Georgia's Unfinished Castle?

If it ever gets finished I would love to see it as a b&b or wedding destination

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mya Potts on 06/19/2016 at 9:02 AM

Re: “WTF: Why does Vermont have such a high incidence of melanoma?

So after reading the article and understanding that long periods of almost NO exposure to the sun and then one or a few large exposures leads to melanoma, I would think thank fo nine months per year it would be good to spend 10 minutes twice per week in a tanning bed to prevent skin cancer. And you would get your vitamin d also

Posted by Steven L Dunn on 06/08/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “WTF: What Do Cyclists' Hand Signals Mean?

J.r.Bomber it is a WTF moment when people don't know the people riding bicycles are using the same signals cars and motorcycles should be using.

Posted by dave-Ca on 06/07/2016 at 3:32 AM

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