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Celia Woodsmith: A Musical Primer
Celia Woodsmith is the real deal. Her soulful voice and songwriting have taken her to stages all over the world. But before her national stardom and Grammy nomination, Celia was a Vermont resident, daughter of poet Sybil Smith and a Hanover High student. On some of her tracks, the grit of her voice sounds like the audio equivalent of Beaver Meadow Road in mud season.  Since I first saw her early duo, Avi & Celia in a Burlington bar in the mid-2000s, Celia's musical evolution has been an absolute blast to watch. As she returns to the Upper Valley for a show at the Skinny Pancake in Hanover this upcoming Saturday, The Local Music put together a quick primer on Celia's projects past and present.  Avi & Celia - "Bud and Mary"  Going back to 2009 here, even the less than stellar video quality can't contain the power in Celia's voice on this awesome track. "A woman's work is never done," indeed.  Della Mae - "Jamie Deer" Globally, Celia Woodsmith is no doubt best known for her work with all-female Bluegrass Group, Della Mae. These gals have played all over including headlining shows in front of tens of thousands at Bluegrass festivals. They're so impressive, in fact, that the US State Department has sent them overseas to serve as cultural ambassadors of American music.   Woodsmith & Hersh - "Move it On Over" Celia's latest project with Girls, Guns and Glory's Chris Hersh is a return to the barroom roots that I first saw her in. If you're new to Celia Woodsmith, this a great way to check her out for the first time.  Come see Woodsmith & Hersh, this Saturday at the Skinny Pancake in Hanover! Subscribe to Local Music Corner to get all the tunes news!
Coffee Brewing Tips from the Pros
Today, we continue our series we like to call, "Let's take some great stuff from our pals at Equal Exchange and publish it on our blog!" (Luckily, they don't mind this.) Upper Valley coffee lovers, check out some of these awesome tips and how-to videos from the folks who know fair trade coffee like nobody's business. Brewing Tips from Equal Exchange  Originally published on the Equal Exchange website Download the Brewing Tips brochure How to Make a French Press
How to Brew with a Clever How to Brew Coffee with a Aeropress The 3 Basic Elements Water Coffee is 99% water! Use only the cleanest, freshest water available. It's best not to use distilled water in which the natural minerals have been removed because coffee interacts with these minerals to naturally enhance the taste. Bottled spring water or filtered tap water is ideal. Water Temperature The perfect temperature to brew coffee is between 195˚ and 205˚F. Since many automatic drip brewers average only 850 watts of power, it's important to make sure that your brewer's capacity is at least 1,000 watts as this is required to bring the water temperature up to the proper range. When brewing manually with a French press or filter cone, remove your kettle of boiling water from its heat source and let it sit 2 minutes before pouring over your ground coffee. Grind When you purchase whole bean coffee, it's best to grind your coffee right before brewing, although it's perfectly acceptable to grind your coffee when you buy it. Your goal is to achieve the right grind for the right brewing method: coarse grind for French press brewing medium-coarse grind (aka. "regular') for automatic drip brewers medium grind for filter cone method fine grind when making espresso You may also purchase Equal Exchange drip grind coffee that has been ground and vacuum-sealed to preserve freshness for automatic drip brewers and filter cones. Coffee-to-Water ratio Whatever method of brewing you use, the general standard is 1-2 Tbsp of coffee for every 6 oz of water. For the French press, use 2 Tbsp per 6 oz of water. Automatic drip brewers, on the other hand, tend to produce a desirable brew when using as little as 1 Tbsp per 6 oz of water. You'll want to experiment and adjust depending on whether you prefer a stronger or milder brew. Brewing Time Once your coffee finishes brewing, the flavor and quality begins to deteriorate. In the case of the French press, after it's brewed 3-5 minutes and the coffee grounds have been pushed down to the bottom of the glass vessel, we recommend that you transport the coffee into a thermos, or serve it immediately; if left in the press, the coffee will continue to brew and become bitter. In general, we recommend that you transfer coffee from any method of brewing into a stainless steel thermos or an insulated carafe to keep it hot for the next cup. Storing Your Coffee Storing your coffee in an airtight glass or ceramic canister is optimal. Properly stored coffee can stay fresh up to two weeks and should not be refrigerated, nor is it necessary to keep it in the freezer. For maximum freshness, we recommend purchasing only as much coffee as you will consume in a 1 1/2 to 2 week period. Thanks to our friends at Equal Exchange for the great tips! ••• Get more good stuff at http://coopnews.coop. Want to never miss a Co-op DailyUV post? Subscribe: http://eepurl.com/cfXVTc
Learn About the Science of Fake News
7 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Norwich Public Library, Norwich, VT Explore both the cognitive phenomena and the political and social implications of misinformation at this informal colloquium with researchers from the Psychological & Brain Sciences and Government departments of Dartmouth College. Speakers: Seth Frey -  Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College’s interdisciplinary William H. Neukom Institute for Computational Science. Rich Lopez -   PhD candidate in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Dartmouth, working with Dr. Todd Heatherton at Dartmouth's Center for Social Brain Sciences. DJ Flynn -   Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program in Quantitative Social Science at Dartmouth College. And because this is a book blog, here are some books on the topic for your consideration: A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, by Daniel J. Leviti The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics, by George Lakoff Politics Lost: From RFK to W: How Politicians Have Become Less Courageous and More Interested in Keeping Power than in Doing What's Right for America, by Joe Klein
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