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Boisterous Blue Jays flock in winter
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January 18, 2017

Boisterous Blue Jays flock in winter

By Susan Shea

“Jay, jay, jay!” Every morning last winter I awoke to the loud cries of a flock of 17 blue jays dancing around my feeder. They gorged on sunflower seeds and suet, scaring away smaller birds, then left, only to return in the…

Everything happens for a reason
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January 18, 2017

Everything happens for a reason

By Marguerite Jill Dye

If you’ve followed “Mountain Meditation” for a while then you know how I feel about our political situation. My spiritual friends say: “Stay positive to help raise the vibration.” “Don’t worry. All is in divine order.” “There is a reason for what…

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January 18, 2017

Skiing with a rope tow at the country club

When I was growing up in Rutland during the 50s and 60s you didn’t have to leave the city to experience downhill skiing. You simply headed to the Rutland Country Club on Grove Street.  There was a rope tow that brought you to the top…

Altitude Sickness
January 18, 2017

Healthy choices: fitness, food discipline, and sleep!

Things have been alright. My back has been alright, weightlifting has been alright, work has been alright, the skiing has been alright (we keep getting these little surprise powder days, nothing on Killington Road, but really nice turns up on the mountain). Things have been…

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January 18, 2017

The queen is dead

TV catchphrases aren’t meant to live forever. Even the most successful character slogans like “Dy-no-mite!” and “Don’t have a cow, man!”—which made the jump from in-series use to real-world use—gradually faded from the American lexicon except as fond memories of our pop-culture past.

Of all…

Rockin’ the region with Michael Glabicki
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January 18, 2017

Rockin’ the region with Michael Glabicki

By Dave Hoffenberg

This Thursday, don’t miss Michael Glabicki at the Pickle Barrel Nightclub at 8 p.m. You may know Glabicki as the front man of Rusted Root. The band played the Pickle last February as part of its 25th anniversary tour. This time, he’s…

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January 11, 2017

Rockin’ the Region with the Mean Waltons

Every second Friday night of the month at 7 p.m., you need to head to Taps Tavern in Poultney  to see the Mean Waltons. They’ll be nice to you and your ears as you listen to some great folk covers. The Mean Waltons are Wayne…

Gifts of friendship
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January 11, 2017

Gifts of friendship

By Marguerite Jill Dye

It is such a blessing to spend time with friends from near and afar. I especially love getting together after months or years and picking up conversations where we left off as if no time has passed. Friends bring out our…

Reconnecting with old friends
Altitude Sickness
January 11, 2017

Reconnecting with old friends

This was a week for reconnecting with old friends and people who have assisted me in some pretty thunderous ways. Last week, at the 50th birthday party for a friend of mine, I ran into a bunch of people that I had not seen in…

The arthropods among us
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January 11, 2017

The arthropods among us

By Kenrick Vezina

Not to alarm you, but you’re surrounded. There, buzzing stupidly into the slats of your venetian blinds, is a house fly. Nearby, nestled in a crevice of the window-frame, a ladybug waits out the winter. In a corner overhead, a spindly house…