LOCAL NEWS

MONTPELIER, Vt. — State legislators have called on the governor to reinstate the COVID-19 state of emergency order.

Patients facing everything from shoulder replacements to irregular heartbeats to long-haul COVID symptoms now have new options, thanks to treatment and research innovations at New Hampshire hospitals.

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LANGDON — The Wildcats took care of business on Friday by dismantling Franklin 36-0 with Quinn Healy finishing things off with a run that had the defense headed for th… Read more

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NEWPORT — The Newport football team was all business as they took on the Mascoma Royals on a crisp fall day at Marlyn Field in Newport on Saturday and exploded for ear… Read more

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WINDSOR, Vt. — Bragging rights for the SVL-B division will head to Otter Valley after the Otters brought their “A” game to Windsor on Saturday morning and headed home … Read more

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A gathering of all the Bellows Falls fall athletes under a purple clock tower. Read more

REGIONAL NEWS

ANDOVER, Vt. — The towns of Andover and Chester are continuing to negotiate for Chester Fire and Ambulance services to cover the town of Andover despite an announcement by the Chester Selectboard after an executive session during their Oct. 6 meeting that “the town of Chester is not interest…

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As I travel to Maine occasionally to shop and visit friends, I consider Sen. Susan Collins local, especially as I have been sympathetic with some of her actions and votes over the past 20-odd years. Read more

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Mr. David, my English teacher, wore corduroy suits and wire-rimmed glasses. His conversation was seasoned with words like “Dostoyevsky,” and he cared about what he said to us even when we didn’t. He also cared about capital letters, synonyms and the passive voice. These things I remember les… Read more

OUR COLUMNISTS

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Spring is all about planting, but many gardeners overlook fall planting. Now is the time to plant garlic and spring-blooming flowers planted as bulbs. For me, fall planting is a joy: the thought of bulbs nestled into the ground just awaiting spring fills me with hope. And if you pick a good …

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As I tootled my way toward Unity to Sullivan County Health Care to visit my mom the other day, a flustered lady was on her phone beside the road. The truck and trailer in front of me slowed down and spoke with her for a minute, and I didn’t think a thing about it until a flock of four guinea…

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Recently the transhumanists of the world met in Spain for the “TransVision Future Summit 2021.” There they discussed such comforting subjects as brain implants, extending the human lifespans to 1,000 years, and golden oldies such as cryogenically storing cadavers for future regeneration.

Lifestyles

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Spring is all about planting, but many gardeners overlook fall planting. Now is the time to plant garlic and spring-blooming flowers planted as bulbs. For me, fall planting is a joy: the thought of bulbs nestled into the ground just awaiting spring fills me with hope. And if you pick a good … Read more

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As I tootled my way toward Unity to Sullivan County Health Care to visit my mom the other day, a flustered lady was on her phone beside the road. The truck and trailer in front of me slowed down and spoke with her for a minute, and I didn’t think a thing about it until a flock of four guinea… Read more

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When we were children, my mother used to take us to a place that we called simply “the ducks,” as in “Can we go to the ducks, please?” The answer would usually be, “Yes. When we have enough stale bread.” Given this stipulation, it seemed an obvious thing to us that we had to systematically h… Read more

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My German mother was a highly superstitious soul, especially when it came to the natural world. Case in point: One day, a “fairy ring” of mushrooms appeared in our yard. My mother became agitated and told me not to disturb the ring, for it was a “hexenringe” — a place, she believed, where wi… Read more