Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Fountain of Youth-Thanksgiving Snow in Vermont

I found the fountain of youth this morning - the newly fallen fresh Vermont snow on Thanksgiving day.

Creme anyone?

Claw tracks?

Time to get out the Black Oil Sunflower seeds. 

Yay Frosty is back!

              Going to need a bigger coffee table for this Yule Tide log. 

                        H A P P Y  T H A N K S G I V I N G

Thanksgiving Prayer

    Thank You Lord                                                                            for the life essentials
we sometimes take for
granted- that so many other
people in the world
lack or struggle to maintain; 

Like clean water

Food for nourishment
Hot baths & showers,
Freedom from persecution
Freedom of choice-where to live,
to shop, to go to school, to travel.

Thank You for the safe environment we live in;               
for health care, for police and fireman, and volunteers.

And Thank You Lord for each other,
family and friends,
for all that makes us each unique and special.

Lord, please help us to appreciate all that you have given us, or helped us achieve; to appreciate the unique strengths and goodness in others and ourselves.

Help us to understand how to enjoy the world we live in
And enjoy life as it unfolds.

Remind us of the value in sharing with others your love, patience, kindness and forgiving nature. 

 God Bless us all, Amen. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Tribute to Social Janitors

Do you know the janitor of your school, your workplace, your synagogue or church? 

Likely as not this person is humble, dependable, and takes pride in cleaning up after others. This person probably passes no judgment upon those whom create and drop bits of trash. Steadfast and true this observant and non-assuming person cleans the floor and hallway and parking lot every day year round.  The janitor cleans up so that all the functions of the school, or workplace, or religious meeting place, can take place with pride.

We should have a South Burlington Golden Broom Award for year round commitment to maintaining a litter free environment. I could easily name a long list of nominees so deserving-both in the business community and the community of citizens.

Please join me in thanking a few of these people, these Social Janitors.

Thank You to the citizens who have adopted a block as part of the solution to keep our community litter free. Here is a partial listing, Marga & Glenn Sproul, Ann Slattery, the Scarpa Family, Kelsey Hudson, Rosanne Greco, Paul Engels, Jane Boisvert, Walter Luchini, Susan Saferstein, Chris Shaw, and Maida Townsend. Read more on the Adopt-A-Block tab on my web site.

Thank You Kylie Gould, district manager of Rite Aid on Hinesburg road for installing a public trash can on the storefront. Thank You Rite Aid employees who frequently empty the heavily used trash container.

Thank You Zachary’s (Williston road) a most improved site in the past year.

Thank You Price Chopper employees for diligence and persistent parking lot clean up. We are proud of you for doing this service for your store and our community. Special Commendations and Thank You goes to the employees of Double Tree, Sheraton, Vermont Gift Barn, Dunkin Donuts, and Holiday Inn associate Gary, spotted cheerfully cleaning up litter (including cigarette butts) not only on the property, but also on the sidewalk a-fronting the Holiday Inn.

Thank You Justin Rabidoux, SB Director of Public Works, for contacting VTrans representatives to clean up litter on the SB I-89 ramps.

Thank You Winooski Valley Park District employees, Tom, Ben, James, Tim, Ashley and others, for keeping district parks Green and Clean.   

Thank You Rachael Miller, Director of Rozalia Project (and volunteers) for organizing and implementing beach cleanups.

Thank You Sophie, Karen, Sarah, Penne, Michael, Barbara, Betsy, Susan, Rosanne, and other representatives from the SB Land Trust for organizing SB Green Up Day. Thank You for this year’s SBHS volunteers. Of course, gracious thanks to all of those who on their own or with family, friends or work associates joined in the great Vermont tradition of Green Up Day.

Alas, I am out of space. Please personally thank these and others who you know are deserving of a Golden Broom Award for their commitment in making our community Green and Clean.

Remember, litter clean up is an All-Season-Sport, which promotes litter prevention, and provides instant gratification.

Bernie publishes essays and photos reflecting Vermont values of Green and Clean and Community. He urges us all to pick up litter and maintain a litter free environment through caring, community, and contribution in order to protect our water, wildlife, and human health.   Bernie’s web site is

References on Gratitude, Appreciation
"Piglet had a Very Small Heart, but it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." -A.A. Milne
Gratitude and well being. 
Gratitude and Happiness...
The secret of happiness 
Why it takes balls to be happy.
Attitude of Gratitude vs Appreciation
***  Want to be happy? Be Grateful (Video)
*** Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.  (Video)
Three reasons you should adopt an attitude of gratitude

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lake Champlain - Micro debris

Microplastics* alert. Study reveals potential 7 BILLION pieces in Lake Champlain shoreline sediment. *Plastic fragments, which absorb (or are coated with) plastic-bound industrial toxins, pharmaceuticals and antibiotics. 

Rozalia Project reports there is significant presence of micro-marine debris in the shoreline sediment of Lake Champlain

Read the report @

View photos of Lake Champlain BTV Blanchard Beach clean up

View Lake Champlain City Beach cleanup photos @

View photos of Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center shoreline cleanup.

View photos of
Winooski River shoreline clean up.

Burlington Free Press article "Microplastics: a puzzle along Lake Champlain (11/25/2014).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BTV bike path Oct 29 2014

Btv Waterfront Bike Path. Lots of leaf litter, very little people litter.
Along for the ride. 


Along the way I picked up two recyclable cans and a discarded pumpkin. 
Each will be recycled. 

Outdoor temp was 57-63 degrees Fahrenheit.  

 No frost yet in BTV as of today 10/29/2014. First fall (lite) frost at BTV airport was on 11/4/2014. However no killing frost as of 11/10/2014.  Even my pepper plants are still growing.