The Outside Story: Spring Excavations; Pileated Woodpeckers

05/27/2016 09:29 PM EDT
Wuk-wuk- wuk-wuk! With a rattling call, a large bird took off from a tree and flew in an undulating fashion across our field towards the woods. It was black and the size of a crow, but flashes of white on the underside of its wings and a red crest on its head easily identified it as a pileated woodpecker. 
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Speaking of Religion: Being the Church
05/27/2016 09:27 PM EDT - Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street is a congregation of the United Church of Christ, one of about 140 such congregations in the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ. On April 29-30, the Vermont Conference held its 221st Annual Meeting at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee to worship together, to be inspired by our keynote preacher, bishop Dwayne Royster from Philadelphia, Full Story

The View from My Place: Are you rich?
05/27/2016 12:11 PM EDT - The boy in a sea of faces couldn't have been older than 11 although he looked much younger. My eyes were darting around the room in search of raised hands. Some simply raised their hands hoping to be called upon. The boy, though, was practically flailing and as expected, grabbed my attention. "You have a question," I asked. Full Story

Purcell: Why to Avoid Excessive Prom Spending
05/26/2016 09:59 PM EDT - Proms sure have gotten expensive these days. According to this year's nationwide Visa survey, the average American teen will spend $937 on the prom this year. That got me thinking about the money I wasted on my own prom in 1980. I didn't know my date very well. She was in my photography class, pretty and, more important, available. Full Story

Memorial Day: On Not Forgetting!
05/26/2016 09:58 PM EDT - I believe that laying a wreath for fallen soldiers on Memorial Day should not be a substitute for respecting the living veterans—many of who are suffering in our midst. I sponsored a bill and a resolution in the Vermont House of Representatives this year to address my concern for Veterans. The crafting of the bill was prompted by conversations that I had with local veterans in Sunderland, Full Story

Makayla McGeeney | Bigger than Biceps: The key to health snacking
05/25/2016 06:23 AM EDT - It's 3 p.m. and you just had lunch not too long ago, but it's also not time for dinner yet. It's the time for a snack, or a pick-me-up coffee. This mid-day slump calls for many things for many different types of eaters. Allow me to elaborate. Some people only snack throughout the day, some only eat three big meals and some eat five times a day, all small portions. Full Story

Health Matters: A successful workout; Jumping rope
05/25/2016 06:22 AM EDT - As a physical therapist, I often make recommendations regarding exercise. I find people have the greatest long term success with a new exercise routine when it is well suited to their abilities, when it fits in with their lifestyle, and when they see the positive results of the exercise quickly. That's why I often recommend jumping rope. Full Story

The Outside Story: Angry Birds
05/20/2016 09:47 PM EDT - One morning in mid-March, I opened the door to discover a dark-eyed junco frenetically battling another bird. Or at least it thought it was another bird. His nemesis was, in fact, his own reflection in the stainless-steel chimney of my wood stove. The junco was perched on a bracket between the chimney and the house and every few seconds would flutter in front of his reflection and repeatedly Full Story

Guest column: Update on WBTN
05/20/2016 05:10 PM EDT - Over the past several months much has been said and rumored about the status of WBTN. As a past Board Member of the Shires Media Partnership, and the present acting Treasurer, I am in a better position than most to help people understand what has been happening. First, since I have been associated with the Board of Directors, WBTN-AM has had significant financial challenges. Full Story

The Truth of the Matter: Let's try to keep them here
05/20/2016 05:10 PM EDT - In the final days of the 2016 Vermont legislative session, Bill S-55 was taken up for consideration. Any discussion of it did not garner a great deal of press coverage. You see, S-55 has to do with tweaking the Vermont estate tax regulations. For Vermont, estate taxes do not amount to a consistent source of revenue. Full Story