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Voluntary nomad prepares to hit the road again

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  by Leanne Harple GREENSBORO — What does it take to live a happy life?  Not much according to Jason Crane, the somewhat nomadic office manager of the Greensboro United Church of Christ.  Mr. Crane has been living happily, and by choice, in a van since Decembe... More »

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Riding the rails

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by Sylvia C. Dodge For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all the fun, a group of enthusiasts took to the rails in their restored “motor cars” — railroad track inspection cars also known as speeders, section cars, putt-putts, jiggers, trikes,... More »

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Feisty hummingbird makes rare appearance in Glover

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  by Tena Starr GLOVER — The presence of a tiny hummingbird rarely seen in Vermont has birders flocking to a Shadow Lake home and bed and breakfast here. The rufous hummingbird is native to the Southwest and Pacific Northwest.  Sightings of it in Vermont have ... More »

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American mountain ash: a rosaceae by any other name

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The Outside Story American mountain ash:  a rosaceae by any other name by Laurie D. Morrissey There’s a giant living in northern Coös County, New Hampshire.  It’s a 61-foot tall tree, the country’s largest known American mountain ash.  At last measurement, it ... More »

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Big fish headed for local waters

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  by Sylvia C. Dodge BARTON — Good news for anglers — next spring May Pond in Barton will be stocked with two-year-old “trophy” brook trout for the first time in a decade.  Long Pond in Westmore, Center Pond in Newark, and Martin’s Pond in Peacham are other No... More »

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Jay Peak hunts for buyer

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by Luke Vidic JAY — While Jay Peak approaches another challenging season, fraught with labor shortages and travel restrictions, pre-pandemic talks of a sale have resumed. While the upcoming ski season may prove more predictable than last year’s, and a sale mor... More »

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Ben Luce unveils his water dragons

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    by Luke Vidic HOLLAND — Late in the evening, after the sun had set and an eerie fog crept over the surrounding Holland farmland, Ben Luce stood beneath the warm glow of stage lights of the Barrage and began his otherworldly performance.  His hands danced a... More »

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Beloved butternut has fallen on hard times

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  by Sylvia C. Dodge If you know of a healthy butternut tree, one that produces nuts, you are lucky.  For the past 50 years or so, the tree species has been in decline. Few people today are familiar with the fresh citrus scent of the large nuts as they first f... More »

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A search for family ends in a happy surprise

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  by Leanne Harple BARTON — Jacqueline Laurion, of Barton, doesn’t remember a time in her life when she didn’t know she was adopted.  Her parents were always honest about that with her and her older sister, who was also adopted.  They raised their girls in a l... More »