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All living creatures have two sets of names: their vernacular or ‘common’ names and their scientific or ‘real’ names. There are strict rules for assigning scientific names, through the binomial nomenclature established by Karl Linné (Carolus Linneaus) in the 18th century, and more rules for …

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I know people who say we shouldn’t be cutting down trees just to brighten our homes for the holidays. Trees are, after all, sequestering carbon and making our environment cleaner, greener, and all that. I disagree and will cut a fresh tree from my neighborhood tree farmer. I say Christmas tr…

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Millions of us are headed to the malls, the box stores and to the internet to do some shopping this week. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, but the shopping frenzy goes on. The shelves at the stores and in the warehouses are stacked with all sorts of technology devices to attract and b…

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It is the second day of December, a fresh layer of powder snow has sanitized and illuminated the once dusky, mottled brown and gray vistas of late autumn. It seems a bit early for snow, but I try to look beyond that feeling realizing the winter sports enthusiasts and snow angel aficionados a…

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — New England Youth Theatre (NEYT) proudly presents ‘Matilda: The Musical,’ the final show of their celebratory twentieth season. Playing Dec. 12-22 at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro, ‘Matilda: The Musical’ follows the story of an unlikely heroine who dares to take …

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Articulating his proposal for health care reform, former Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the number of Americans who, he said, were more than perfectly satisfied with the coverage they have.

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Walking through the woods on a crisp December day, I spotted a flash of green among the rocks, snaking up through the snow. Greenery in a forest full of gray and white is a treat, and so I stooped to study the fern frond that was firmly attached to a rock.

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In the late 1970s somewhere in the wilds of Alexandria I saw a small group — three or four — of rumpled looking black and gray birds sitting in a birch tree in late summer. Alexandria is hilly to the point of mountainous with peaks exceeding 2,000 feet in elevation. That is, higher than Gree…

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I recently stumbled over the term eggcorn in my Google meanderings and I must say that I was greatly relieved when I found that the eggcorn has nothing to do with the science of podiatry. The word “eggcorn” became a new part of speech back in 2003 when recognized by Prof. Geoffrey Pullum of …

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You have got good boots and six bags of animal-safe sidewalk salt, so nobody is gonna slip on any ice. There are fresh spark plugs in the snowblower, logs stored for the fireplace and you are good to go. They say it is going to be a long winter, but with some hot cocoa and “Snow: A Scientifi…

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I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Deborah Stevens, a teacher at the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center for several years now, and we have become good friends. Both she and her students start my tomato and pepper plants, and I have volunteered a few times to help stud…

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Why do you invest? For many people, here’s the answer: “I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement.” And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

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CLAREMONT — The walls of the John D. Bennett Atrium Gallery at the Claremont Opera House (COH) are filled with displays about local arts organizations and artists. This Local Arts Showcase is an effort to promote performing and visual arts organizations, schools, artists and musicians in the…

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