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Why do some mushrooms glow in the dark?

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The Outside Story   by Rachel Sargent Mirus I recently found myself sitting in the crawl space of my house holding a bioluminescent mushroom. I’d been on a quest to find one of these light-producing mushrooms and, on my birthday, had collected a jack o’ lanter... More »

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The life of a snapping turtle

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The Outside Story by Anna Morris Until 65 million years ago, huge reptiles dominated our planet — and every summer I think they might be making a comeback. The sight of a snapping turtle hauling herself onto a sunny log or lifting her incredible bulk on mud-co... More »

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Hunting lottery for Bluffside Farm

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The lottery for the 2023 archery hunting season at Bluffside Farm is open. Applications are due September 22. As in years past, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) will host archery deer hunting at Bluffside, by permission only. All hunting will be archery-only becau... More »

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Canoes race in Island Pond

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  by Matthew Wilson ISLAND POND — Over land and over water, this village was full of people on the move Sunday.  With a combination marathon and bike race early in the day, it only made sense that a race on the water would happen as well.  Paddles in hand, can... More »

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Chrysalis surprise: a parasitoid wasp

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The Outside Story   by Rachel Sargent Mirus A caterpillar eats and eats, becomes a chrysalis, and after a period of metamorphosis emerges as a beautiful butterfly. Except, sometimes it doesn’t quite work that way. Occasionally, while sitting on my deck, I spot... More »

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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The secret lives of bears

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by Leanne Day Harple GREENSBORO — Benjamin Kilham, is an author, a scientist, and a world-renowned black bear whisperer.  On Sunday, in a program dubbed “The Bear Essentials,” he spoke to a packed house at the Highland Center for the Arts here about a lifetime... 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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Borderline Players offer a journey into the woods

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by Joseph Gresser DERBY LINE—What could be more charming than an evening spent with the characters from stories we heard as children?  A lot of things, actually, especially when the stories come from pens belonging to the brothers Grimm or the French writer Ch... More »