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Francis L. Knox, 57, spoke to Judge Thomas Zonay in Rutland criminal court on Thursday before being sentenced. Knox was scheduled to serve five to eight years. Knox pleaded guilty in Rutland criminal court on Sept. 5 to one felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct in one case and one felo…

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Christina Cunningham, local wellness pro, introduces and leads a guided meditation on grounding. She’s offering this as a free sample of her current work. She’s dedicated her career to helping people become comfortable in their bodies and creating lives that bring them fulfillment through ma…

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Tom Giffin, of Rutland, serves Rutland City as cemetery commissioner, overseeing maintenance and upkeep for four cemeteries: West Street Cemetery, House of Corrections Cemetery behind Northwest School, Poor Farm Cemetery off Gleason Road near the transfer station and  North Main Street Cemet…

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When Jack Blount, of Rutland, came to consciousness in his native New Jersey — he started school in Cedar Grove — World War II was raging in Europe and the Pacific. His father, an electrical engineer, worked 6 and 7 days a week, gasoline for family outings was hard to find, as were nylon sto…

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In 1850, Herman Melville, of New York City, a struggling writer of small repute, then known for novelized travel books “Typee” and “Omoo” based on his adventures as a merchant seaman and whaler, bought a 160-acre farm outside the then-village of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He named the place …

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Enid Reiman, of Rutland, is a woman with strong opinions, as anyone who knows her or has read her columns and letters to the editor in the pages of this newspaper. “I do think we’ve lost our moral compass in this nation. I don’t think it’s exclusive to us. I think the whole world is a little…

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Petra O’Neill, who teaches yoga at her studio in the Howe Center in Rutland, says, “For me, yoga means not only movement but also a way to bring mindfulness to my day-to-day and to share that with other people.” O’Neill describes “mindfulness” as using time to pause, to be more present. “May…

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A 77ART August artist-in-residence, Yasmeen Abdallah explores socio-political issues within contemporary culture using discarded/found objects, images and text as source material. She said, “I think (artists) have a privilege of doing what we love, and I think it’s our responsibility in a wa…

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