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While 2020 has been a big mess, one of my achievements is that I’ve been successful in slowing down my refined sugar intake. I finally followed the advice I give to pet owners and just don’t buy anything I shouldn’t be eating. This is easier since I cut out a drastic amount of grocery trips.…

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As with everything else this year, Germany’s Oktoberfest was canceled. It’s not the first time in its more than 200 year run that the world’s largest beer and folk festival was canceled, though the last time was back in 1949. With more than six million global visitors over the 16 (or more, d…

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It promises to be a hugely weird Halloween this year, but it never hurts to do a little spooky reading to get into the mood. These are not your standard horror titles (Dracula, Frankenstein, Stephen King … although I’m a big fan of Frankenstein & King is so good he scares me).

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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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NORTH CLARENDON — Mason Hubbard has had several very rough days in his short life, but he had a pretty good one on Friday.

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PITTSFIELD — Normally, Riverside Farm would be one among hundreds of hosts for the Spartan races, grueling endurance tests held across the world, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic it’s one of the few that will see any such action this year.

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One night during his senior year at Rutland High School, Peter Wallis, his sister, and a friend drove out to the Eddy Brothers property in remote Chittenden. Every town has its urban legends, and many, many years ago, word spread like wildfire about the Eddy brothers, who lived on a small fa…

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A display of nude figures inside a space at the Opera House that faces Merchants Row has been blocked by a white screen so they can’t be seen from the street. The arts group that put up the exhibit of drawings isn’t complaining, and the owner of the building said he expects to continue colla…

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To the uninitiated, latitude and longitude coordinates can look like a nonsensical jumble of numbers and symbols. But to geocachers, letterboxes and orienteers, they’re so much more. In part, they’re a recipe for adventure, and they lead to the precise location of little treasures hidden aro…

Tac
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With the selection of “The Hate U Give” as the 2020 Vermont Reads and the current state of race relations in America right now, the Vermont Humanities Council is leading important discussions across the state that are reshaping how people think about systemic racism, and more.

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MONTPELIER — While the colors are expected to be as vibrant as ever, this year’s foliage season isn’t likely to generate the level of tourism revenue it normally does, owing to traveling restrictions stemming from the pandemic.

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It’s not like long-distance runner April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, needs an excuse to get up and run. She regularly sets out, often with friends in tow, for pre-dawn runs on the trails and hilly, dirt roads around her northern-central Vermont home. She even inspires many others through …

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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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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.