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Senator Bernie Sanders gestures while speaking at the Gateway Center in Newport.
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Bernie visits Newport

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by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — The world situation is bad, but not hopeless, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders told a crowd of just under 100 people Wednesday afternoon. His visit to the Gateway Center was his first Newport stop in two years. “If anybody here is conc... More »

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Spotted turtles: rare and reclusive

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The Outside Story   by Susan Shea Named for their polka-dot-like markings, spotted turtles have declined throughout most of their range, which stretches from Maine south along the Atlantic coastal plain to northern Florida, and from western New York into the e... More »

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Spawning sunfish, satellites, and sneakers

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The Outside Story   by Doug Facey In the shallow margins of many lakes and ponds in June and July, you may spot male sunfish guarding their nests. The sunfishes (family Centrarchidae) comprise many well-known species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass... More »

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Lawns for bees

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  by Bonnie Kirn Donahue Extension master gardener, University of Vermont Much of landscape maintenance in summer is devoted to mowing lawns. Traditional lawns in the Northeast are typically made up of a mix of turfgrasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial... More »

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How much chuck can a woodchuck carry?

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  After several failed attempts to get her entire family of little ones to follow her, momma woodchuck took to transporting them by mouth. Though many consider these large rodents to be a nuisance, this event was endearing to witness. By Connie Knaggs and Trac... More »

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Pup loses his way

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This little pup veered too far from his mother who was busy relocating her many babies. If he was less than three month’s old, it is likely that he is unable to see. So, he picked a shady area under a vehicle to wait it out. After exchanging a few chirps back ... More »

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Summer lights: it’s firefly season

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The Outside Story by Laurie D. Morrissey “Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, and here on earth come emulating flies, that though they never equal stars in size, (and they were never really stars at heart), achieve at times a very star-like start….” ... More »

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Of dewdrops and spider webs

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The Outside Story   by Rachel Sargent Mirus On a foggy morning walk, it may seem as if the spider webs on the path have turned into jeweled wonders, every thread a string of gems as smooth as pearls and as sparkling as diamonds. Each of these “jewels” is a dro... More »

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Watch for Turtles on the Roadway

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  Vermont’s turtles are on the move, and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking for the public’s help in keeping them safe.  Female turtles will soon be looking for places to deposit their eggs, and they sometimes choose inconvenient or dangerous l... More »

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The early bird gets the jumping worm

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The Outside Story by Jen Weimer We’ve all heard the idiom, “The early bird gets the worm.” When it comes to invasive jumping worms, unfortunately, there are more than enough to go around. These invasive worms can consume excessive amounts of organic matter and... More »

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Owls on the nest

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The Outside Story ….Owls on the nest   by Anna MorrisAmong the very earliest signs of spring are the strange caterwauls of the barred owls that haunt our woods: “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?” Their hooted conversations, thrown back and forth throu... More »