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America's Greek salad borrows from original but lacks old-world taste

In the mountains of the southern Greek prefecture of Lakonia, lies the small farming village of Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas), my mother's ancestral village. There, as a teenage American expatriate, I used to visit in the summers. At the village, I also ate the most delicious salads I've ever known, before or since. Full Story
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Five excuses keeping you from a healthy summer

Summer is here, and with it comes so many possibilities for outdoor activities. But the season also brings sun, heat, insects, disrupted child-care routines and other headaches. It's no wonder, then, that one might actually feel less inclined to exercise, eat well or maintain an otherwise healthy lifestyle over the summer months. Full Story
Stargazers: Measure with cosmic yardstick

I have a friend who swears that he can tell the distances to the stars just by looking at them, but he's never convincingly demonstrated to me his amazing powers. The reason is that it just isn't possible. Oh, sure, anyone could do it if all stars were alike. Then, if star A appeared four times dimmer than star B, it would have to be two times farther away; if it appeared nine times fainter it Full Story
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Take Five | Five questions for Judd Hirsch

Judd Hirsch: Audiences have most recently seen Judd Hirsch in the CBS sitcom "Big Bang Theory" and on the big screen in "Independence Day: Resurgence." Full Story
Best Bets in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont for July 21 - 27
Live music Free Shire City concerts The popular Shire City Sessions is back for the summer, kicking off the free concert series on Monday, with the Banditos. Full Story

'Chanticleer' to bring a capella harmony to Northshire Performing Arts
MANCHESTER, VT. — You never know who you might run into at the post office who will help solve a problem. Full Story

Take Five | Five questions for Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming: Alan Cumming has played the Emcee in "Cabaret" on Broadway — more than once — and won a Tony Award for his first go-round in the musical in 1998. Full Story