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: 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.

    In this state: With his video camera, Mark Paul is taking birding to a new level

    Videographer Mark Paul explains his craft standing by the sturdy tripod he says is essential to his quest to capture all the birds of North America on video. He's aiming for 501, one more than John James Audubon painted. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    A budding fascination with birds that started two decades ago has led Mark Paul of Starksboro on a remarkable quest: To get high-quality video of every bird in North America, doing what Audubon did except with digital pixels, not a paint brush.

    In This State: In a derelict coal plant, two college kids fire up a new waterfront vision

    Tad Cooke, left, and Erick Crockenberg, standing on the upper level of the derelict Moran power plant on Burlington's waterfront, talk about their innovative renovation proposal for the iconic building. The  plan by the two University of Vermont seniors has won highest marks in a competition to enhance the city's downtown.  Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    Two University of Vermont seniors have hatched an audacious plan to redevelop the derelict Moran power plant on Lake Champlain, and now find themselves unexpectedly in the vanguard of efforts by Burlington to enhance its waterfront.

    In This State: For photographer Peter Miller, a wonderful life in black and white, and a future colored with gray

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    After publishing “A Lifetime of Vermont People,” a 208-page paean to the art of black and white portraiture, Peter Miller ponders the state of his craft and the projects that lie ahead.

    In This State: For Bob Vasseur, being selectman for 54 years came naturally

    Sitting on his home's deck high above Route 17 in the Mad River Valley, Robert Vasseur jokingly says he ran for Fayston Selectboard at age 26 because "somebody had to do it, I guess." He's now been on the board for 54 consecutive years. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    When Vasseur was voted onto the Fayston Selectboard in 1959, the board often met in a milking parlor.

    In This State: At Jasper Hill Farms, a magical alchemy yields award-winning cheese

    Mateo Kehler takes a sample from a 35-pound wheel of Cabot clothbound cheddar being aged in the innovative ripening cellars at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro. Three years after building the $3 million facility, the "caves" are producing award-winning cheeses and unraveling the science of aging cheese. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

    The Kehler brothers, digging deep into the science of aging cheese at their ground-breaking ripening cellars, are boosting Vermont’s cheeses and already making waves in the industry.

    In Stowe’s Jack Nash, a mentor, a sport, and an era in the making

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    Jack Nash left a remarkable imprint on the Vermont we know today, with a formidable passion and character that touched many lives as it went quietly spinning through the sporting world, like the cycles that he loved.

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