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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    Some call them capital offense, but Montpelier roads to be fixed

    “We’ve dramatically underfunded our infrastructure for a long time,” says Mayor John Hollar. That’s changing and is due to culminate in major paving work within the next few years by the city and state.

    For snow sports, it’s the winter of discontent

    This nearly snowless and overall unusually warm winter is being described as the worst in memory for those who like to ski, snowboard and snowmobile — and especially for those who make a living catering to them.

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.