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Some of you may know this about me, but I love fall and I hate ticks. Unfortunately, fall brings a whole new vigor to ticks. I can balance these two things out because I love being in nature without sweating and bugs that much. However, I am very vigilant about preventing ticks on my dogs an…

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I have to admit that I don’t enjoy overly spicy food. I think there’s an expectation when you grow a vegetable garden and like to cook that you need to get into hot pepper culture. But generally, jalapenos or chipotles are as hot as I go these days. When I want some spice, jalapenos are my g…

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One of the pleasures of working in a library is digging out older titles … and you don’t have to be in line for them as you often do for the latest bestsellers. Plus, in the case of series, you’re not on the hook while waiting for the author to get the next book out. Not everything holds up …

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It is now officially autumn — time for leaf-peeping, cider pressing, and of course, the first cold viruses of the season. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 7-month-old son, and with my daughter’s entrance into preschool this year, the little ones have had two colds already since the start o…

TV Review

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Let’s start with what “Shrill” isn’t: it isn’t a show about a fat woman taking pratfalls or being a cruel, easy punchline. It’s a confident, gently funny, slice-of-life show that benefits from the streaming model, where niche shows can find an audience, as it explores issues and characters y…

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In Silicon Valley, the old adage “fake it ’til you make it” is often a guiding principle of fledgling startup companies. Sometimes, turning a good idea into a viable business and, potentially, revolutionizing society, requires a bit of smoke and mirrors. The danger, of course, is knowing how…

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Watching “Arrested Development” is a lot like hanging out with an old friend. No matter how long you’ve been apart, you’re always happy to see them. And, like spending time with an old friend, that pull of nostalgia and shared memories makes it easy to fall into the same old routine. But at …

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Growing up reading “X-Men” comic books, I never really considered the psychological toll fighting crime and saving the world would have on the young super-powered characters that often populated the teams. With few exceptions, the books often glossed over how traumatizing all that violence a…

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It’s difficult to critique longstanding institutions. Over time, aged bodies like the Catholic Church or Congress become so towering and entrenched that even the sharpest criticisms tend to bounce off them or are waved off by defenders who dismiss them as subjective, petty, facile or ignoran…

Local

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An Osprey rests on an artificial nest platform atop a utility pole, above the Green Mountain Power Dam at Twin Bridges in Weybridge on Friday morning. The nesting platforms have been instrumental in helping the Osprey’s nesting success.

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MONTPELIER — With an unusual amount of changes having been made to Vermont’s deer hunting rules all at once, the state has launched a website devoted to helping hunters keep track of them.

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Bill Ramage is one of the strongest local forces for connecting art to community. His name is synonymous with the evolution of several art venues as part of what has been called the “Rutland Renaissance.”

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In fall 1875, Charles Winn bought a small pig from his neighbor Henry Bradley and named him “Ben Butler” after the controversial Union general and Massachusetts governor.

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Adrien Broom’s “A Journey through Color” just opened in the Wilson Gallery at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Patty Hudak’s “There, Through the Broken Branches, Go,” an expansive installation of cascading panels of translucent painted fabrics, natural light bathing them, transforms the Wilson’s broad staircase and landings, drawing viewers into another world.

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Adrien Broom’s “A Journey through Color” just opened in the Wilson Gallery at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Patty Hudak’s “There, Through the Broken Branches, Go,” an expansive installation of cascading panels of translucent painted fabrics, natural light bathing them, transforms the Wilson’s broad staircase and landings, drawing viewers into another world.

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Weston Playhouse has always attracted a high caliber of performers with every kind of prestigious award and nomination. And even though they can’t deliver performances in person these days, they’re committed to presenting the same standard through the internet.

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The following information and guidelines have been developed by the Vermont Principals’ Association utilizing guidance from the Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and the National Federation of State High School Associations:

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KILLINGTON — Since March, Killington Ski Resort has donated hundreds of bags of food to those put in need by the COVID-19 pandemic. The next event, however, will feature only food from local producers.

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NEW HAVEN — After a six-day search involving a drone, a Bavarian scent hound, a sheriff and his deputies, a map app, two people claiming psychic abilities and dozens of friends, Tela the English setter is finally home.

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The children of Wayne and Sylvia (Philburt) Howland announce the 60th wedding anniversary of their parents who were married Aug. 20, 1960, in St. Peter Church in Rutland. They have spent the last 60 years living in Brandon raising a son, Brian, and a daughter, Melissa, and now enjoy the comp…

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It’s difficult to find someone around Rutland who doesn’t know Lincoln “Linc” Fenn. For 36 years, from 1963 to 1999, Fenn taught history at Rutland High School, where scores of students passed through his classroom.

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RUTLAND — If things feel different around Rutland High School this fall, it won’t be entirely on account of the pandemic. In June, history teacher John Peterson retired after 35 years.