With February ending, it’s time to switch gears from American Heart Month to National Nutrition Month. This annual campaign, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, draws attention to the importance of healthy eating and lifestyles. This year’s theme, “Eat Right, Bite by Bite,” …

The newspapers this past week recorded the filing for bankruptcy protection by the Boy Scouts of America. Even for those of us who’ve seen it coming for years, it was sad news. But only mildly sad. In a way, the development is just desserts. Or, perhaps, the extinction of a woolly mammoth, u…

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Winter is long, and for a gardening guy like me, winter can be oppressive. I keep sane, in part, by starting seeds indoors. I am just now getting ready to start a few plants that need a long head start before they go outside.

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At town meeting in 2018, the South Royalton Food Shelf made a modest request: They asked for $500 per month, totaling $6,000 annually, from the town budget to purchase fresh food and shelf-stable goods for local families in need. After some discussion, one resident rose to the microphone and…

On a walk one winter afternoon, I spotted two white objects darting across a snow-covered field. White on white, they were difficult to identify at first. It was a short-tailed weasel chasing a snowshoe hare!

Gazing out the window from my study on another dismal February day, with memories — photos of me and my sons during our hunting and fishing adventures — surrounding me, I sometimes drift off to another world. This usually happens with the inspiration of nothing, in terms of what I should wri…

Robert Frost, writing with, I presume, a fountain pen, is distracted by a tiny dot of a bug running across his page. He moves “to stop it with a period of ink,” but holds off, and watches as it reaches his still-damp words, pauses and turns to flee. He lets it be, impressed that he’s dealing…

Exercise often. Maintain a healthy weight. Eat a nutritious diet. Don’t smoke. You’re already aware of the basics that make up a heart-healthy lifestyle. But there’s a lesser-known habit that’s also important for protecting your ticker: getting enough fluids.

We’ve all done it — gotten overzealous in spring and overplanted or planted the wrong varieties for our tastes and needs. Make this the year you plan your garden for the best return on your investment.

Ruth Stout, born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1884, lived to the ripe old age of 96. She was an early proponent of organic gardening and was also (as seen from her writing) a sweet, funny, intelligent and common-sense person. I recently read her book, “Gardening without Work:” for the aging, the bu…

Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice has partnered with the American Heart Association of Vermont for American Heart Month, in February, to help you make informed, heart-healthy choices when you go to the grocery store and out to dinner.

Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice has partnered with the American Heart Association of Vermont for American Heart Month, in February, to help you make informed, heart-healthy choices when you go to the grocery store and out to dinner.

There is much talk these days about global warming. It’s easy to feel hopeless and to think there is nothing we can do. But if we all take a few small steps, it can add up to a big difference.

I have always admired nature’s mutineers: animals and plants that thwart the recognized system and do their own thing. As a child, I was the sole member of my own duck-billed platypus club, endeared to this creature with the bird-like bill, beaver-style tail and shocking ability to lay eggs.…

Larry and Helen Whittaker’s house lies just north of the Arctic Circle at 67º49’N, 115º05’W, at the mouth of the Coppermine River. The dining room on the southeast corner of the house features two very unArctic picture windows, one looking east over Coronation Gulf — part of the route of the…

The resilience of the human body is truly awe-inspiring. So often, we forget the micro-traumas we suffer through our regular day-to-day life. Perhaps you lifted something with poor body mechanics or stepped in a hole while hiking. Although you may not have felt much change in your body, each…

On a frozen winter morning, the sound of my feet crunching along in squeaky snow is an almost daily occurrence as I trek my food scraps, carefully collected during meal prep the day before, out to my backyard compost bin. I emptied the bin in the fall onto a garden bed and now the bin is fil…

My paternal grandmother, before she married, clerked in an upscale home furnishings store in Albany, and must have scored a very impressive trousseau when she left to wed a struggling young pharmacist. She had a really nice china service, sterling silverware and even a sterling table scraper…

It’s one thing to sponsor an ice fishing derby. It doesn’t hurt, however, if you can get out there, in February temperatures that can easily slip below zero, and have some fun doing it.

Whenever I spy a pileated woodpecker traversing the sky, I pause to watch its weird undulating flight. The jerky rise-and-drop movement of this large woodpecker is endearingly gawky — like a mini pterodactyl visiting from the Cretaceous period. This time of year, the bird’s bold crimson cres…

February is National Heart Awareness Month, with the goal to bring more awareness about the prevalence and severity of heart disease in the United States. I would like to focus this discussion specifically on some key differences women experience regarding cardiovascular health. Cardiovascul…

Groundhog Day has come and gone. The big, fat rodent has made his or her proclamation about the arrival of spring. And of course, I paid no attention. I think the birds are better about announcing spring, but so far, the cardinals are not singing their spring songs, and the red-winged blackb…

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It’s unusual for a barred owl to visit a backyard bird feeder, but that’s exactly what was happening last winter at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science’s Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation in Quechee.

CASTLETON — It is something of a challenge to replace a person who was a legend in his time. Tom Evanoika ran his bait and tackle shop for many years. He had a reputation as a local character who spoke his mind. He was also a fair businessman who honored his customers.

As we leaned over the Colchester Bog boardwalk, a student asked, “What’s that black stuff on the water?” I suggested gently poking it with a twig. This elicited the expected response: as though ejected from James Bond’s Aston Martin, tiny black flecks scattered, landing inches away and on my…

A couple of friends sent me a lovely Christmas gift — a big boiled ham, sausage, pancake flour and maple syrup. You know the kind of gift package I’m talking about. Today, a Sunday morning with a few hours to kill before church, I finally decided to make some pancakes.

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In Lewis Carroll’s poem, “The Jabberwocky,” the hero exalts, after killing the ferocious mythical beast, “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” That’s the way I feel when I think about the upcoming spring flower shows. Thinking about the shows, I am known to exclaim, “Oh, Boy!” at random moments…

Imagine thousands of tiny life-forms created by computers. Their behavior is programmed by artificial intelligence, but they are made from living cells. They are preloaded with their own food source and have no head, eyes, nor other sense organs. But they are very much alive. They can carry …

Spoiler alert: Everyone dies. The only part you can control is how you choose to live until the end comes. If you’re afraid to face it and avoid planning for it, chances are it will be a rougher journey for you and your family.

For many of us, the dawn of a new year is a time to make changes in our lives to improve our physical and mental health. Some of us vow to eat more fruits and vegetables. Others plan to exercise more or spend less time on Facebook. What about resolving to put your advance care plan in place …

Prevention is an important topic as lifespans are getting longer and statistically, quality of life is decreasing all over the globe. Health and wellness in the media can be challenging to navigate, and depending on the source, information can be completely incorrect. It can be easy to want …

One gorgeous July day, perhaps two or three years ago, out in our back yard, one of my grandsons held a young garter snake in his hands. Proud of his bravery, the boy wore a big smile.

Late one January afternoon, my husband and I stood on the shore of a frozen pond below the summit of Camel’s Hump, admiring the view. Suddenly we heard familiar calls, and a flock of robins flew over. Robins? In winter? In the mountains? I was perplexed.

My mother used to say, “The road to Hades is paved with good intentions.” That is particularly true for gardeners and plant collectors. Most of those nasty invasive plants we struggle to eliminate from our landscape were brought here from abroad by people who didn’t know better. They thought…

Prevention is an important topic as lifespans are getting longer and statistically, quality of life is decreasing all over the globe. Health and wellness in the media can be challenging to navigate, and depending on the source, information can be completely incorrect. It can be easy to want …

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In the 1970s, Greg Morrill bought a Super 8 camera to make films of his ski trips. A few years ago, he had the videos digitized, and now he’s sharing them at a “Home Movie Night” at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Morrill, who is a ski historian and writes …

POULTNEY — One of the first things you might notice when you walk into Mart’s Sporting Goods are three chairs, set just off to the side of the counter. Often, there are outdoorsmen seated in those chairs.