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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.

Snow day! The announcement draws squeals of joy from students throughout the school district and groans from parents who must scramble to provide care for their kids and face a treacherous commute. But fourth-graders with overdue homework and harried parents aren’t the only ones whose fortun…

Most of us have parts of our lives we may like to change. This may bring about negative feelings at times, but it’s normal. It’s part of our process of creating happy and healthy lives for ourselves. You may want to become better at managing money, or you may aspire to take real steps to imp…

I can’t wait till spring. Don’t get me wrong: I love winter. But I look forward to trying a recipe I just found for pea, leek and sorrel soup while reading Deborah Madison’s fabulous cookbook, “Vegetable Literacy” (10-Speed Press, 2013, $40). And sorrel, a leafy perennial, is one of my first…

Yeah, it’s cold out there sitting on a bucket with a jig rod in your hand, trying to entice a fat perch to take the bait. Some people think ice fishermen are, you know, a little bit off. I mean, why would a sane person go out on a cold winter’s day on a big lake to try to catch fish? I used …

Two chipmunks vie for seeds on our front lawn. One lives directly underneath the bird feeder. Another hails from the far side of the house, address unknown.

How could I have guessed that, traveling to Arkansas and Texas during the Christmas holidays, I’d come face to face with mammoths? Or having hinted I’d rather not get gifts that would increase the weight of my luggage, I’d in response get a great gift card to my favorite restaurant? Or, in m…

Anyone from babies to senior citizens can be at risk for developing glaucoma. Without initial treatment, glaucoma can cause permanent blindness. The good news is, while glaucoma can’t be cured, early treatment can control it.

It is no secret. Kids today are getting further and further from the reality that is the outdoors. We are all to blame. Parents are too busy and often because they are trying their hardest to provide for their children. Youngsters are raised on a wide variety of electronic devises, things th…

I’ve always found slender, sharp, yellow-ochre beech leaves alluring, and it’s endearing how they cling onto saplings late into the fall. However, Fagus grandifolia, the American beech, tends to get a lot of flak from foresters. The trees are plagued with beech bark disease which ruins any t…

It’s cold outside, and nothing is happening in my garden. Well, I guess deep beneath the soil surface there are microbes and worms and moles alive and doing whatever they do in winter. But I am doing nothing in the garden, so this is a time to read about gardening.

It’s that eerie period between darkness and light. At this stage, I will have to pass on any deer because, in low light, it is too risky that what looks like a doe could very well be a buck with short, straight spikes emerging from its head and often concealed by its very large ears. You wou…

A couple of decades ago, I spent several winters living in Crested Butte, Colorado, where I learned to peer into the cottonwood trees between Route 135 and the East River on the rare occasion when I needed to travel south to the closest “big” town. There, just downstream from the local fish …

This past year was, overall, a good one in the garden. It started off cold and wet in early summer, but then turned hot and dry. Most vegetables and perennial flowers did fine for me. I finally splurged and got an Itoh hybrid peony, one called “garden treasure,” and it bloomed gloriously. It…

Vermonters are growing increasingly concerned about our changing climate according to a recent poll conducted for Vermont Conservation Voters in which 76% of respondents expressed concern, with more than 60% indicating they are “very worried about global warming.”

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Tucked behind a stone wall on the edge of a hardwood forest, my 6-year-old students and I spy on an Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) as it climbs out of a tree cavity and scurries down to the ground. There is a dusting of snow. My students, bundled in vibrant snowsuits, are the o…

About a quarter-past six on Friday mornings, the lights go on in the dining rooms of the Wayside Restaurant, straddling the boundary between Berlin and Montpelier. A waitress maneuvers three or four tables into a line on the Montpelier side and shortly, a group of diners of a certain age fil…

What with Christmas right around the corner, it must be time for the latest Camp Swampy Catalog. This year, we have some real winners for the discriminating (if not always legal) hunter out there.

As we enter cold and flu season, more and more people may find themselves visiting health-care providers. And with the changing and growing health-care landscape, there are numerous options available to people seeking care. These range from primary-care health providers, specialty clinics, u…

During the holidays, I try to take time from the humdrum of festivities to sit quietly and reflect on how happy and grateful I am for my life here in rural New England. Much of what I appreciate is linked to a life that allows me to spend time in my garden, raising some of the food I eat and…

With our holiday season upon us, our thoughts turn to cozy fireplaces, friendly gatherings in winter sweaters and long, cold, snowy nights. The winter season creates new opportunities to try winter sports, start a new indoor hobby, or simply slow down to a contemplative pace and enjoy your r…

Winter’s short days and long nights can be festive, busy, stressful and lonely all at the same time. With the first full day of winter officially on Sunday, Dec. 22, it’s time to prepare for the changes that impact every one of us, as well as our friends and family members.

With our holiday season upon us, our thoughts turn to cozy fireplaces, friendly gatherings in winter sweaters and long, cold, snowy nights. The winter season creates new opportunities to try winter sports, start a new indoor hobby, or simply slow down to a contemplative pace and enjoy your r…

Black-capped chickadees are one of the most frequent visitors to our bird feeders in winter, but do we really know them? This common bird exhibits some remarkable behaviors and winter survival strategies.

Winter’s short days and long nights can be festive, busy, stressful and lonely all at the same time. With the first full day of winter officially on Sunday, Dec. 22, it’s time to prepare for the changes that impact every one of us, as well as our friends and family members.

You may think the planting season is over. Not for me. I recently planted eight giant red oaks. Or, I should say, potentially giant oaks. I planted eight acorns. I’m hoping at least one will begin growing next spring, and will eventually provide shade, food for wildlife and beauty for all wh…

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I know people who say we shouldn’t be cutting down trees just to brighten our homes for the holidays. Trees are, after all, sequestering carbon and making our environment cleaner, greener and all that. I disagree and will cut a fresh tree from my neighborhood tree farmer. I say Christmas tre…

Oh, but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone! ...A squeezing, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner. Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck generous fire.

Walking through the woods on a crisp December day, I spotted a flash of green among the rocks, snaking up through the snow. Greenery in a forest full of gray and white is a treat, and so I stooped to study the fern frond that was firmly attached to a rock.