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A precious stone with wings
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May 11, 2017

A precious stone with wings

By Carolyn Lorié

One day last spring, I pulled into a parking lot in Thetford and saw a flash of brilliant red. Instantly, I knew it was a male scarlet tanager. He was perched in a cluster of bushes and everything around him — the…

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May 11, 2017

Popular products from the 50s

Life was certainly different back in the 50s compared to today.

I recently came across some ads from that era and they prompted me to take a look back at the products customers were enticed to buy and how the manufacturers went about it.

So…

Altitude Sickness
May 11, 2017

It’s boot-hiking season

Boot-hiking season is here! As some of you may or may not know, boot hiking season is one of my favorite times in Killington. When everyone else is getting out their lawn chairs and firing up the grill, I am sharpening my crampons, eager for…

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May 11, 2017

$1 invested in 1802

By Kevin Theissen

How much would $1 be worth today if invested in 1802?

Professor Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School put together a chart of real returns for various investment asset classes, adjusted for inflation that shows what would have happened if you had invested…

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May 10, 2017

Game on

By Dom Cioffi

On Dec. 19, 2006, a young Swedish high school student named Felix Kjellberg registered a YouTube channel, uploading occasional short videos not unlike thousands of other early users. His interest was sporadic and purely for fun and entertainment; he never dreamed he…

National treasures
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May 3, 2017

National treasures

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Have you dared to sit on a cliff overlooking Yosemite Falls? Have you watched the sun set over Bryce Canyon as its conical shapes seemed to rise and fall? Have you hiked up the rocky river inside Zion’s narrow canyon walls? We…

Wild leeks
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May 3, 2017

Wild leeks

By Virginia Barlow

The white bulbs of wild leeks, also called ramps (especially in the South), can be eaten year round, but it’s the early leaves that are most appreciated. In pre-freezer days, ramps were the first greens available after five or so months of…

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May 3, 2017

Talking it out over a beer

By Brett Yates

Out of all the political debates you’ve ever had over drinks at a bar, how many of them, in retrospect, do you think were worth your time?

The new Heineken commercial (titled “Worlds Apart”) that’s been making the rounds on social media…

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May 3, 2017

Putting a price tag on your health

By Kevin Theissen

We hear over and over again how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But being healthy for its own sake isn’t easy—especially when you’re facing down temptation or battling procrastination. For some, the monetary benefits of a healthy lifestyle may offer…