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Lessons worth teaching

July 3, 2024
Last week I wrote about my nephew making the decision to get into golf. Having just graduated from college and looking to make his mark on the world, he decided that knowing how to golf would not only be handy in business situations, but also appease his current girlfriend who happens to enjoy the game.…

Big changes, and a new home for Charley

July 3, 2024
By Bruce Bouchard and john Turchiano Editor’s note: Bruce Bouchard is former executive director of The Paramount Theatre. John Turchiano, his friend for 52 years, was formerly the editor of Hotel Voice, a weekly newspaper on the New York Hotel Trades Council. They are co-authoring this column to tell short stories on a wide range…

A chance to regain clarity, resolve

July 3, 2024
Every warrior, no matter how passionate, how furious or how righteous, grows weary eventually. This isn’t to say that being weary is a signal to quit. Quite the contrary. Sometimes you just need a little resolve. To lay down your sword a while and rest. While the battle will rage on a while yet, a…

Hospitality near and far

July 3, 2024
Building a Killington Dream Lodge, part 20 On frequent weekends and vacation, Dad added sheathing to the outside walls, second hand windows in the bedrooms, and new Portland Glass picture windows across the front of our Killington dream lodge. Sturdy repurposed wooden doors from N.J. offices graced our house. (I helped when here, but sometimes…

Summer concerts over the years

June 26, 2024
Summer is all about outdoor events! In Rutland we have had the opportunity to enjoy band concerts in Main Street Park for about 100 years. There is not much around today that existed before “my time” but this event did! When I was a child back in the ‘50s I remember sitting on our back…

Journeying up on the mountain

June 26, 2024
Stepping out of the woods, I giggled to myself as I felt the mountain embrace me. The baby’s-breath reached up to my armpits, tickling me as I walked across the trail, following the narrow but well trodden path. But not right now. At the end of June, nature still overwhelms the path, no one from…

Firing up a passion

June 26, 2024
Growing up, my family always had a corner of the garage reserved for sports equipment. Nothing was new; it was mostly a conglomeration of hand-me-downs that family members had used throughout the years (the majority of it would be considered antiques by today’s standards). I remember a pair of wooden tennis racquets, a few baseball…

Western adventures, Vermont home

June 26, 2024
Building a Killington Dream Lodge, part 19 By Margeurite Jill Dye I loved spending time in Killington without schedule or deadline after my college graduation. Our friend Ann took us to the Strawberry Festival and Vermont State Fair. My favorites were farm animals, 4-H entries, the petting zoo, and maple creemees. Being in Vermont reconnected…

Why cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds’ nests

June 26, 2024
By Susan Shea Black birds with a greenish sheen and brown heads sometimes visit my yard during spring migration. These are male brown-headed cowbirds, and they often arrive in mixed flocks of red-winged blackbirds and grackles. Cowbirds breed in most of the Northeast and have an unusual reproductive strategy. Instead of building their own nests,…

Charles Wallace the Magnificent:

June 26, 2024
A Tribute, Part 3  Editor’s note: Bruce Bouchard is former executive director of The Paramount Theatre. John Turchiano, his friend for 52 years, was formerly the editor of “Hotel Voice,” a weekly newspaper on the New York Hotel Trades Council. They are co-authoring this column to tell short stories on a wide range of topics. …

The beauty of nature

June 26, 2024
Lilacs, All purple and pink, How very beautiful they are, Magical and enchanting, You just want to sit there, Enjoying the scenery, By the sparkly lake, In the crystal clear water, The reflection is wondrous, With petals drifting in the water, The most beautiful scene, You just want to stay there, Enjoying it, The beauty…

What did you see that can’t be unseen?

June 26, 2024
The recent Full Moon brought light to an area of life that will set the stage for further unfoldment in the weeks and months to come. When something is seen or revealed, it can’t be unseen. You can ignore it. You can bury your head in the sand. Eventually, though, it will come back to…

Overridden!

June 26, 2024
Last Monday the Vermont Legislature reconvened to override six out of the seven gubernatorial vetoes issued since the regular session ended a month ago. Clearly the Democratic supermajority in the legislature and Governor Scott are not on the same page and see such issues as affordability differently. Among the bills overridden were ones increasing the…

Summer of illuminators:

June 26, 2024
Beacons of positivity in Vermont Summer in Vermont sparks contrasting desires: for some, bingeing beach books and streaming thrillers and comedies in air-conditioned living rooms are optimal choices. Others opt for self-improvement via thought-provoking content. Though beach reads and streamers are as essential for summer survival as sunscreen and shorts, this piece leans more towards…

Graduation: Milestones and outlooks

June 19, 2024
Building our Killington Dream lodge, Part 18 Mom and Dad were digging in deep to tie us to the state of Vermont and all it stood for like self-reliance, hard work, and the courage to create an authentic life. These qualities to me represented Vermonters and what Dad was striving to accomplish. Mom supported him…