Captain’s Log, Part 8

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With the Oocher in an Albany repair shop to have her outboard motor’s carburetor overhauled, we headed north for Waterford on September 28th, again without her services. No matter. We were in tidal water, so that when we got underway from the floating dock at Rensselaer, we could just let the flood tide swing the schooner’s stern off the dock; …

Vergennes: 1812: Welcome Home

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by Art Cohn As we planned the 2012 -1812 interpretive program and refined the ambitious tour schedule designed to bring the causes of the War of 1812 and the first season’s story to communities around the region, we realized we had an opportunity to conclude the program with a “Welcome Home” event at Vergennes. Vergennes is one of our “homeport” …

Past and Present Meet on the Lois McClure in Shoreham

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by Dawn Saunders September 3, 2011 My experiences with Otter Creek have, up to now, been limited to kayaking and canoeing the placid and lightly traveled waterway between Cornwall and Middlebury, far above the falls.  Those paddles have always recharged me, providing in certain bends away from fields and roads a sense of near-instant transportation in time or place to …

Hurricane Watch

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by Tom Larsen August 28, 2011 Leaving Essex early in the morning, we were graced with glorious weather that would allow us to make our final preparations for hurricane Irene.  The trip from Essex to Vergennes was a short 12 mile transit.  Seven of those miles were up the Otter Creek, which is always a glorious trip.  It’s a totally …

Girls Only!

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This summer, six Vergennes Middle School Girls teamed up with Vermont Teacher of the Year Jen Lawson and LCMM Champlain Longboats trip leader Jessica Frank on a four-day outdoor rowing adventure on Lake Champlain. They started in pilot gigs (six- and eight-oared boats built by high school students in our Champlain Longboats program) below the site of the Crown Point …