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Music review: Scrag Mountain Music challenges and entices

Music Review


MONTPELIER — Scrag Mountain Music, closing its 2017-18 season Saturday at the Unitarian Church, presented perhaps its most audience-challenging program to date – yet its fans responded enthusiastically. (The program was also performed in Northfield and Warren.) The major work – and major success – was Sergei Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor, Op. 39, based on his chamber ballet “Trapèze,” […]

Brody: How to avoid burnout in youth sports

Few would dispute the value to children of participating in sports, organized or otherwise. Being physically active and engaged in friendly competition is widely acknowledged to be good for children’s physical, mental and social well-being. It can foster discipline, cooperation and camaraderie as well as a good time. When I was growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s and ’50s, […]

First With Kids: Sports injuries and overuse

With spring sports season upon us, parents have stepped up to the plate and pitched lots of questions in my direction. They want to know whether their young athletes can injure themselves from too much practicing, resulting in an overuse injury. An overuse injury is an injury that causes damage to a bone, muscle, ligament or tendon. This happens due […]

Our new threat: Emerald ash borer


  Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey, when he confiscated their out-of-state firewood. Ranger Jim: “We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.” Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “you mean like that one there?” In this instance, the hitchhiking insect proved […]

The roaring 90s+ are where it’s at

RAISE YOUR GLASS

The light and refreshing Lot 33 Rosé from 90+Cellars is so good that it should be selling for at least twice its price. In fact, this wine, which is great to drink during the warmer months, is sold for a lot more, but under another name. Six or so years ago, I attended a tasting hosted by Latitude Beverage to […]

New book offers hilarious and poignant take on motherhood

ESSAYS


Motherhood is nothing if not a roller coaster of emotions, and a new book on the topic captures the wild ride perfectly. “Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words” by Kimberly Harrington careens from the hilarious to the poignant, eliciting nods of recognition, fists of outrage and many moments of bemusement and reflection. Harrington, a regular contributor to the […]

Author reimagines comedian Stan Laurel in ‘He’

FICTION


Although never referred to by name, the he of the eponymous “he” is comedian Stan Laurel, who with Oliver Hardy, was half of Laurel and Hardy, one of the most successful and beloved comic teams in the early 20th century. With only the pronouns of he or him, author John Connolly reimagines Laurel in both abstract and three-dimensional ways, getting […]

‘Hush of the Night’ is compelling, with realistic characters

CRIME FICTION


A special agent for the FBI works to bring down a sex trafficking ring with origins in Russia in Raymond Benson’s latest crime novel, “In the Hush of the Night.” Annie Marino works for the FBI out of Chicago. When a car crash produces more than a dead driver, she learns the woman stashed in the trunk has a tattoo […]

F&W proposes increase in doe permits

Jensen Afield

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wants to slightly increase the number of antlerless deer permits for the December muzzleloader season in a proposal that was brought before a public hearing held last week at Rutland High School. Under the proposal, Fish & Wildlife would issue 27,000 antlerless permits, an increase of 10 percent over the number of permits issued […]

Our new threat: Emerald ash borer

THE OUTSIDE STORY

Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey, when he confiscated their out-of-state firewood. Ranger Jim: “We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.” Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “you mean like that one there?” In this instance, the hitchhiking insect proved to […]


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