Andrew Nemethy

Andrew Nemethy

Veteran journalist, editor, writer and essayist Andrew Nemethy has spent more than three decades following his muse, nose for news, eclectic interests and passion for the public’s interest from his home in Calais, close to the state capital. A shy egotist, he’s obligated to note he’s an award-winning reporter and writer and a John J. McCloy Journalism Fellow. His stories have appeared on the cover of magazines from Yankee to Travel & Leisure and in numerous national newspapers. He is also one of Vermont Life’s most prolific authors and author of Travel Vermont. His Vermont media background includes three stints with the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus as both writer and editor. A world traveler born in Austria, he has a master’s degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and is a Vietnam veteran and avid outdoor enthusiast. He is currently working on two non-fiction book projects.

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    In This State: For state snowplow drivers, life in the cab is a rough adventure

    VTrans snowplow driver Mike Bride

    Keeping state roads and the interstate cleared in winter takes a small army of big orange trucks. It’s a rough job short on sleep and leaves drivers with many snowy and icy tales to tell.

    In This State: At the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, two former Olympians find a winning formula

    Owners Judy Geer and Dick Dreissigacker have made sustainability a key mission as the nonprofit they founded in 2008 transforms the well-known Craftsbury Outdoor Center in the Northeast Kingdom. Solar panels (there are eight in all) now  provide up to 80 percent of the power used by the center. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    In the six years they’ve now owned it, Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer, both Olympic rowers, have created a novel nonprofit model to run the cross-country ski and outdoor sports operations at the highly regarded Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

    In This State: The capricious business of Christmas trees suits Peter Purinton

    Standing at the top of the hillside where he grows 16,000 Christmas trees in Huntington, Peter Purinton talks about the extensive work it takes to grow and shape the balsam fir and other species he raises. On average it takes 7-8 years before a tree is big enough to sell at his cut-your-own operation. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    As Thanksgiving drifts into memory and devolves into leftovers, it’s all hands on deck at the Purinton Maple & Tree Farm.

    In This State: For Vermont’s largest mammal, the moose, some tiny, terrible problems

    Male moose grow new antlers every year, such as this one in the Victory Wildlife Management area in the Northeast Kingdom just sprouting antlers in velvet. Their racks can grow to over 50 inches by the fall when moose compete to mate.  Photo by Tom Berriman

    The comeback of the moose, extirpated more than a century ago, was a remarkable woodlands wildlife success story in the 1980s. But today, its future is under threat again, this time because of a warming climate and two horrible pests, woodland ticks and brainworms.

    In This State: Progressive publisher Chelsea Green has found a novel way to success

    Chelsea Green started out with one unlikely book back in 1984, an eco-fable called "The Man Who Planted Trees." Now co-founder Margo Baldwin has some 250 titles that cram the bookshelves at the publishing office in White River Junction. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    Vermont publisher Chelsea Green has been putting out books with a progressive view for 30 years now. After years of struggle to survive in its niche, today its books, practical to political, hot-button to how-to, are thriving and finding an eager audience.

    In This State: Vermont’s largest fresh foods network is flavored with strong principles

    Black River Produce co-owner Mark Curran shows off some produce in front of his company's massive solar array in North Springfield. A ski bum at Okemo in the late 1970s, he turned his passion for fresh vegetables and fruits into a progressive company that now plays a key role in connecting Vermont farmers with buyers. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    Mark Curran and Steve Birge started out as ski bums trucking produce from Boston to the Ludlow area in 1978. Today the progressive company they founded, Black River Produce, has become an essential link in the Vermont localvore ethos, tying farmers and producers to 3,000 outlets around the state and beyond.

    In this state: A champion for the much-maligned rattler

    In his two years of research, state wildlife biologist Doug Blodgett frequently handled rattlesnakes with radio transmitters. The plastic tube makes handling safe and protects the snake from injury, but getting them in it "is a bit of a trick." "I wouldn't recommend it without a significant level of training" he quips. Photo courtesy Doug Blodgett.

    State wildlife biologist Doug Blodgett has spent more than a decade studying endangered Vermont rattlesnakes, whose small population he says is misunderstood and unfairly reviled.

    In This State: For historian Michael Sherman, a second career takes flour

    Michael Sherman slides a tray of fresh out-of-the-oven rolls onto cooling racks at Manghis' Bakery in Montpelier. The former head of the Vermont Historical Society and academic has an unusual second career as a baker, indulging his longtime interest in fresh homemade bread. Photo by Andrew Nementhy

    Many people know Michael Sherman as a distinguished Vermont academic, historian and former head of the Vermont Historical Society, but he balances his scholar’s life with a hands-on job – as a baker.

    In This State: Artist makes earthbound medium soar

    This freestanding stone circle was built in a farm field above Thea Alvin's studio and communal homestead south of Morrisville on Route 100. She builds wooden frames to support the shapes until the stones are in place, then knocks the props out. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    Thea Alvin creates with stone, bends it to her will and imagination, twists it, turns it, spins it into eye-catching, improbable shapes, taking our landscape’s most elemental pieces and lofting them as if they were nature’s snap-to Legos.

    Charlie Nardozzi: A guru of the garden, springing up all over

    Charlie Nardozzi, holding his dog Rosie, has become a familiar voice and household name when it comes to all things gardening in Vermont. He traces his interest in growing food and flowers back to his Italian upbringing on a diversified farm started by his grandparents, and his time at the University of Vermont. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    Raised on a farm in an extended Italian family, Charlie Nardozzi’s rural roots were too deep to resist the call of the garden. Today, he’s become a horticultural whirlwind, offering advice all over Vermont and across the nation on all things gardening on radio, in print and on the worldwide web.

    In This State: The marten makes a comeback, and Chris Bernier is hot on its tail

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    From weasels to bears, Chris Bernier oversees the state’s fur-bearing animals for the Fish & Wildlife Department. He’s happy to report he’s got a new/old creature to look out, the American marten, a long-vanished species that is making a comeback — and he’s got the photos to prove it.

    In This State: Mural painter Tara Goreau is coloring Vermont, bigtime

    Mural painter Tara Goreau recently filled the wall of the new PIngala Cafe in Burlington with this colorful, bucolic farm landscape.  Photo courtesy Tara Goreau

    Taking up the ancient art of murals and making it her own, artist Tara Goreau is covering bare walls, metal containers, barn sides and entrances with colorful, whimsical art that captures Vermont – with a fanciful sense of humor.

    In This State: Cartoonist Ed Koren earns a Vermont laurel, but don’t expect him to rest on it

    Ed Koren wears a feline neck warmer in his old vlllage house in Brookfield, where he has spent decades illustrating and producing cartoons for the pages of the New Yorker. Koren has been named Vermont's second Cartoonist Laureate. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    For five decades, Ed Koren’s squiggly, distinctive characters have populated New Yorker cartoons. The prolific illustrator and Brookfield resident, 78, was just named Vermont Cartoonist Laureate.

    In This State: Wood fuels both a passion and a remarkable career

    For nearly three decades, Tim Maker of Calais has had a passion for promoting large-scale and community biomass wood heating systems, becoming a nationally recognized expert doing consulting, design and project management. Maker came up with the idea and helped design and get funding for the state capital's now nearly complete heating system for the entire downtown. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    In the world of wood energy, Tim Maker of Calais is a quiet pioneer whose nationally recognized expertise has done much to spur use of renewable, cheap biomass for heating.

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