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Nationwide supply line problems are leading some store managers to look closer to home for items to sell, forming new relationships that may outlast the current situation and leave Vermont better suited to handle the next crisis, be it a flood or pandemic.

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Electric vehicle sales in Vermont are increasing in sales but only when models are available from local dealerships. In recent months, a shortage of computer chips used in all new vehicles has led to a slowdown of deliveries of cars and trucks at many car dealerships nationally and Vermont i…

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All warmed upCOVID may have slowed things down for Wheels for Warmth, but the popular annual event is back on track.

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It’s fall, and we’re falling in love with Montpelier all over again. As I write, I’m looking out on a sunny warm autumn day and can’t help but wonder at the foliage and the beauty all around us. I’m also giddy about what’s to come: some of my favorite holidays, one of the prettiest times of …

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Writing a novel is hard work. Hundreds of hours are spend staring at a computer screen trying to write the next sentence and the next chapter, determining the point of view and the most effective tense to use, crafting the plot and more. And when the last period is typed and the novel is com…

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If you’re like many Vermonters — that is, a little over third of them — then you probably have some type of wood heating appliance in your home, even if it’s a woodstove that you use only some of the time. Or you might even be one of the 15% of homes in the state that use wood as your primar…

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Sales of e-bikes (electric powered bikes) in Vermont are on the rise primarily because of a growing interest in outdoor exercise attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in senior bike riders moving from conventionally powered bikes to power-assisted bikes.

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Last week, we looked at the vibrant live music options happening this month. This week, we cast our gaze at a slew of October happenings that are bright spots on the horizon.

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A granite fireplace stands in the center of Studio Place Arts’ Main Floor Gallery, flame red glowing amid the logs — granite logs. A kneeling granite garden angel, a smile playing on its lips, exudes kindness. A tabletop of petrified wood, with growth rings from millennia ago still clear, si…

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NORTHFIELD — It was an overcast day, but if those who know Norwich University’s 24th president are to be believed, the future is bright for the private military school.

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For nearly half a century Tom Stuwe was called out of his home and bed at all hours and in all kinds of nasty weather. When he got where he was called, he was constantly and consistently splattered with manure, streaked with blood and flecked with gore. He was routinely stomped on, bitten an…

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The Department of Public Safety announced this week that Mourning Fox, who had been deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, has been hired as the first director of mental health programs for the department that oversees Vermont State Police and Vermont Emergency Management.

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I should have known Kiki wouldn’t stay in her little hatch in the rear deck of the kayak, even though I’d thoughtfully padded it with a big fluffy towel. As soon as we left the dock, I could feel her thrashing around back there and then, out of the hatch, standing on the deck behind me, lean…

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One recent day did not go as planned, but after starting with sadness, tension and adrenaline, it came to an end with an incredible feeling of happiness.

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It was the third week of September 1928 when Northfield’s oldest resident, Joseph C. Rice, was honored as a special guest at Northfield’s Dog River Valley Fair. Mr. Rice, who at age 97, according to the Rutland Daily Herald, still enjoyed excellent health and was “about the village streets e…

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The feeling of sharp edges, cold steel and industry emanates from Gloria King Merritt’s triptych digital painting “Changing Gears,” a piece inspired by a vintage model used by a gear salesman. The model is also on display. “20/20 Hindsight: Seeing the Past Anew with Contemporary Art” opens this weekend at Kents Corner State Historic Site in Calais.

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Although it’s not an election year, local voters may be asked to go to the polls this November to consider what would be the largest bond issue for school construction in the history of the Harwood Union School District.

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Do you grow hostas? Even if you don’t know them by name, you’ll likely recognize their neat, rounded form in the garden. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3-8, they’re popular as a reliable, easy maintenance choice.

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The grackle appeared early last spring, the day before I put the feeder away (so as not to tempt the bears who would soon be awakening from their winter dens). In the dim light of a cloudy day, this avian visitor seemed at first to be just another blackbird, on the larger side, perhaps, and …

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NORTHFIELD — Norwich University women’s soccer head coach Heather Faasse announced the addition of Lynn Sobczyk as an assistant coach on her staff.

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On a cool August morning — slowly lifting fog, light offshore breeze, more bearable than it’d been for several days — the crew and I showed up at the town landing in Kittery Point. The harbor, a working and recreational anchorage, was studded with a mix of fishing boats, yachts and day-sailo…

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The annual folk music concert returns to the Old West Church in Calais at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Voices” and features singer, composer, and song-collector Moira Smiley.

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Nearly 80 years ago, on June 14, 1942, in Nazi occupied Netherlands, Anne Frank wrote her first entry in the red-and-white-checkered diary that her father had given her for her 13th birthday, two days before. One month later, just after Anne’s sister Margot was summoned to a Nazi work camp, …

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OFF THE LEASH You may have noticed recently that your favorite restaurant is closed some new random nights or that you can’t get an appointment with your veterinarian immediately. We can blame covid for some of the workplace crunches, but there are other factors. The face of veterinary medic…

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BERLIN — The Conservation Commission hasn’t held a warned meeting since mid-June, but that hasn’t stopped the panel from firing off letters — one in July and two in August — complaining about “unapproved” work on a snowmobile trail that will run up Irish Hill and through the town forest this…