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The charismatic Peter Askim brought a decidedly new flavor to the December Vermont Symphony Opera Holiday Pops concerts, one that was applauded enthusiastically by audiences Dec. 10 at the Barre Opera House, Dec. 11 at The Flynn in Burlington, and Dec. 12 at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre.

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Stunning details of individual leaves with their variations in shape and color, tendrils of Spanish moss, a thicket of vertical lines of slender trunks, the watery ground — Catherine Opie’s images in her “Swamp Series” draw you into their depths. The large format invites immersion into these…

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Feeling the heatEAST MONTPELIER — Select Board Chair Seth Gardner laid it on thick this week while running a meeting in East Montpelier from the 20-acre farm where he raises polo ponies in Florida.

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On New Year’s Day in 1891, Montpelier’s new stone post office was inaugurated with a ceremonial opening. Hailed by the Vermont Watchman as the most beautiful federal building in Vermont, it was constructed of fine marble from Sunderland in Bennington County. Built atop a granite foundation, …

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BRANDON — Rhythm. That’s becoming a buzz word in high school basketball this season. Teams need to play games to get in a rhythm and that’s becoming increasingly difficult to do in these COVID times.

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What just happened? When it comes to the year that’s just ended that depends on which one of central Vermont’s “Twin Cities” you call home.

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Shelf stocked!WILLIAMSTOWN — Horace Duke isn’t super talkative to start with, but the long-time resident who serves on the board of Williamstown Food Shelf, says a couple of super-sized donations left him flat out speechless last week.

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Live music has long been a popular pick for ringing in the New Year, and this year’s offerings deliver a plethora of compelling events — a welcome return after last year’s lull in the action.

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Vermont Everyone Eats, a program that addresses food insecurity by providing a weekly meal to residents through the state, has been extended through April 1, providing an additional three months of meals from its originally scheduled conclusion at the end of this year.

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CABOT — A woman has taken her passion for skating and channeled it into a public skating rink in Cabot that is set to open for its 10th season later this week.

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BARRE — When Victor Marques and Isa Bortoletto left Minas Gerais, an inland state in southeastern Brazil just northwest of Rio de Janeiro, neither ever imagined that Barre would be their new home.

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Now that its purchase of Grow Compost in Moretown is complete, Rutland-based Casella Waste Systems is planning to reopen the facility and expand its capacity, according to Casella Vice President Joe Fusco.

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Green Mount Cemetery has been called “the great glory of Montpelier.” Its wealth of sculpture and memorials, as asserted in The Montpelier Souvenir of 1893, depicts “the almost perfect story of the town.”

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Earlier this year, Brett Ann Stanciu, of Hardwick published “Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal.” (Steerforth Press, 2021) She is also the author of “Hidden View,” a novel (Green Writers Press, 2015). “Unstitched” was critically accl…

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There was no shortage of noteworthy Vermont releases this year, perhaps due in part to the added “woodshedding” time during the past year-plus of the pandemic. Here’s a look at 12 albums by Green Mountain State artists that stood out in 2021, in order of release date.

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Vermonters peering skyward early last week might have noticed a series of winding, curling clouds scrawled across a crisp blue background.

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From the December day in 1843 when parsimonious Ebenezer Scrooge first growled “Bah Humbug!” to his nephew Fred’s cheery Christmas greeting, Charles Dickens’ tale of ghostly Christmas Eve visitations and the cranky miser’s change of heart has been a holiday favorite.

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After a long hiatus, Counterpoint, Vermont’s professional vocal ensemble directed by Nathaniel G. Lew, is back and joining forces with the VSO Brass Quintet — as they have for many years — to ring in the holidays in style!

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Come winter, after the bears have retreated to their cold weather dens, many backyard bird enthusiasts hang feeders to attract — and nourish — avian visitors. Birds need more than a supplemental food source, however. Whether they are roosting, feeding, selecting a nest location, or flying fr…

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Remembering TommyFirst and foremost, our thoughts today go out to the Morse family. Over 15 years, Burr Morse, of East Montpelier, wrote a column for The Times Argus titled “Burr’s Whittlin’s.” His family played a key role in his unique storytelling. And his son Tom made a regular appearance…

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The evening before Thanksgiving, a 10-year old “great soul” passed from the Montpelier community, where he’d spent his life spreading love and joy.

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“I wish I could just leave my body, or be someone a little bit less like me,” sings Lily Seabird on “Bug,” a jangly, acoustic guitar-driven indie-pop standout track on the rising singer-songwriter’s stellar debut album “Beside Myself,” released last month.

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Dueling was once a common way of settling disputes. Although other weapons were used, the dueling pistol was the most popular weapon of choice. The first duel reported in America occurred in 1621 in Massachusetts. By the advent of the war for independence it was a widespread practice, especi…

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Larry Gordon, who likely brought community singing to more Vermonters than anyone in our state’s history, died last week at the age of 76 as the result of a tragic bicycle accident. The accident — with no car involved — occurred Nov. 1, near his Marshfield home, and resulted in serious brain…

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From Studio Place Art’s vibrant “Celebrate!” with three floors of artwork to the landscape oriented Bryan Memorial Gallery’s “Gems and Giants” with small and large format paintings to “A Wintry Mix” at AVA in Lebanon with, New Hampshire artwork by over 100 artists, each gallery has its own flavor.