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Mephistopheles comes to Vermont
“The Devil in the Valley” by Castle Freeman Jr. In the late middle of his life, Langdon Taft sits on the peeling porch of his Vermont house and reflects with dissatisfaction that he is a backpacker...
Feb 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Presence of predators validates the health of river’s fish population
In the Connecticut River watershed, you can catch bass in the main river, a mix of bass, rainbow, and brown trout in the lower reaches of its tributaries, and brook trout in the headwaters. The riv...
Feb 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Learning how to be a senior and how to do it well
It must be plain by now to anyone reading these articles that I am not shy about claiming to be old, nor do I feel I have to apologize for it. I am finding this a very interesting new phase in my l...
Jan 31, 2016 | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coney Island is under seige
“Undertow” by Michael Buckley (Ages 14-adult) This excellent dystopian fantasy has an unlikely setting: Coney Island, which has been invaded by 30,000 underwater aliens called the Alpha. The Alpha ...
Jan 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Birthday of the trees
On January 25th, Jewish people will celebrate the birthday of the trees. Birthday of the trees in January – in Vermont? Does that make any sense to you, even with the extraordinarily warm December ...
Jan 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Living the teaching life
Note: This is another installment of contributor Linda Donaghue’s occasional series on people around the Deerfield Valley. WHITINGHAM- Off a dirt road in Whitingham, Dr. Robert (Bob) and Ellen Shad...
Jan 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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This Week in History
Jan 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
10 years ago: Vermont Commissioner of Education Richard Cate and CFO Bill Talbot got an earful from local education officials at a meeting in Wilmington. Twin Valley School Board Chair Ed Metcalfe ...
Wedding bells will be ringing
Jan 17, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
HALIFAX- Todd and Patricia Kingsley, of Halifax, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Leslie Kingsley to Noah Blakney, son of Stephen Blakney and Susan Treleaven, of Dover, NH. ...
Downsize: Hang onto the memories, not the things
by Aging in Place: Claudette Hollenbeck
Jan 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Downsizing is a mild term for a full-on nightmare experience. If you haven’t yet done it, do not scoff at my words! I am of an age to be acquainted with a whole lot of folks doing the downsizing da...
This Week in History
Jan 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
10 years ago: Haystack Club developer 1 Cornell Inc. agreed to pay $250,000 toward the purchase of a ladder truck that the town estimated would cost a total of $450,000. Under the agreement, the de...
Destiny takes a detour
by One-Minute Book Reviews: Laura Stevenson
Jan 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
“100 Sideways Miles” by Andrew Smith Sixteen-year-old Finn Easton feels he’s an alien – perhaps a product of the chaotic universe through which he has figured that the earth careens at 20 miles a s...
Playing catch-up, prepping for the legislative sesson
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
This week I headed back to Montpelier for the legislative session which started on Tuesday, January 5 and will likely go through some unknown date in May. I’ve also been catching up with folks who ...