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For first-time authors, getting a novel or a collection of poetry published can be a daunting task. They must decide whether to seek an agent or not, whether to hire an editor, and whether to use traditional, hybrid or self publishing.

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In a February forest, evergreens provide welcome color. But look more closely on the bark of trees, conifers and hardwoods, and you’ll find other bright hues, from sunny yellows to blue-greens. These are lichens, common, but often overlooked members of the winter woods.

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On a classic zero-degree Vermont winter day, Val Stori laced up her running shoes and drove to a start line one mile from her home in Underhill to set out on a virtual 5K race. In a normal year, she uses running to explore the world and has set out on long-distance trail-running adventures i…

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For the past five years JAGfest, the brainchild of Jarvis Antonio Green, has established itself as a unique Vermont theater company celebrating black lives through original storytelling. This year is no different, except that COVID-19 restrictions have led to a creative way to present them.

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If you’re like me, you probably wake up in the morning, make coffee and breakfast, and ready yourself for your day without putting much thought to what’s happening beneath your feet.

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The Outside Story Last summer, I regularly passed a stand of towering white pine trees at Camp Plymouth State Park in Ludlow, where I live and work. Most days, I saw at least one hairy woodpecker, a few blue jays, chickadees, a pair of broad-winged hawks and a multitude of red squirrels arou…

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‘Frozen’ challenge?BARRE — Do you want to build a snowman?

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As the three-year effort to rewrite Waterbury’s zoning regulations continues at a snail’s pace, town officials are looking for a way to usher in new development projects in the downtown that don’t meet the outdated rules.

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BARRE — Vermont transportation officials are hoping automated vehicle companies will see the state as a good place to test self-driving cars, given the variety of road conditions and other factors the state has going for it.

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What’s happened to Marie Hartung of Monroe, Washington and Damien Middelton, of Plainfield, Vermont over the past year reads like a script for a Hallmark movie: Young couple spends a perfect night together at their winter prom, they date for several months in high school, break up as most hi…

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MONTPELIER — City officials acknowledge the district heat system has been a “mixed bag” since it went online in 2014, thanks to lower-than-projected oil prices, but the customers that use it say they are happy with the service.

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Wheels roll, seedpods burst with color, handcrafted art books beckon, and an intricate thread installation considers “Contact Tracing.” The four exhibitions have opened at Studio Place Arts in Barre offer a beautifully fitting start to this year, each one with much to explore and savor.

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In “Raggedy And,” David Valdes Greenwood’s 2016 comedy of manners, the perfect poet is needed for the impending inauguration of America’s first female President. When a trans woman, is selected, her wife hits the roof and her son is torn. Imagining the glare of the media spotlight on her fam…

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On frigid winter evenings, the hooting of a barred owl (Strix varia) serves as a reminder the darkened forests of the Northeast are still very much alive with activity. Their nocturnal calling emanates from favorite forest haunts, including along lakeshores, swamps and rivers. But the sound …

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Montpelier’s favorite resident country musician and singer-songwriter Mark LeGrand recently released a 17-track, nearly one hour of music, CD titled: “A Twenty Year Retrospective 1997-2017.”

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John Fusco is the 2020 recipient of Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, which recognizes Vermont artists who have had a profound impact on their field. Since the Vermont Arts Awards couldn’t be presented in person this year the five recipients appear in brief videos.

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Perhaps you haven’t had time to read lately… things have been a little wild over the last year. Perhaps the wildness of 2020 is enough to keep you going, and you don’t particularly need or want more suspense, drama, mystery, or tragedy in book form. Or, perhaps you just aren’t much of a read…

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I am once again starting my article by telling you a personal story. If we aren’t careful, 2021 will reveal more about my life than you ever wanted to know! So I got up to pee in the middle of the night a few weeks ago. I’m shuffling along, only 10% awake, in my bare feet, and WHAM! I step i…

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The Valley Players will present “A Life Altering Event” by Jeanne Beckwith, the fourth online staged reading in their Theater in Your Home series, at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Jan. 21-23 via the meeting platform Zoom.

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Roxbury playwright Jeanne Beckwith has been a Vermont playwright for nearly two decades. “I’ll be honest,” she said. “I’ve been a playwright in Indiana, I’ve been a playwright in Georgia, I’ve been a playwright in Alabama, and I’ve been more productive since I got to Vermont than I was through any of the other years."

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Roxbury playwright Jeanne Beckwith has been a Vermont playwright for nearly two decades. “I’ll be honest,” she said. “I’ve been a playwright in Indiana, I’ve been a playwright in Georgia, I’ve been a playwright in Alabama, and I’ve been more productive since I got to Vermont than I was through any of the other years."

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Drive down Center Road in Greensboro and it’s clear that things are happening at the Highland Center for the Arts. Brilliant festival flags fly in an exuberant row, expansive Bread and Puppet prints adorn one side of the building, red circle segments move in the breeze in a Judith Wrend kine…

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To the people who know her well, the fact that Ginny Sassaman’s first published book is about happiness probably isn’t a surprise. Sassaman, of Calais, co-founder of Gross National Happiness USA, has spent most of her life tying to figure out what makes people happy. Her new book, “Preaching…

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Three of Vermont’s professional theater companies have programs for developing new plays, including Weston Playhouse Theatre Company and Dorset Theatre Festival, but only Northern Stage has regularly taken works from birth to New York, with all the steps in between.

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“Amanecer,” a seven-song album released by Burlington-area singer-songwriter Marcie Hernandez in late November, is a stunning debut by a seriously promising artist that delivers a captivating blend of Latin rhythms and instrumentation with spellbinding indie folk sensibilities.