More than presents

For Phil Bowen of East Dover, donning red suit means gratitude, family, gift of baby Jesus By Chris Mays, Vermont Country Phil Bowen of East Dover is getting ready for another holiday season, dressed up as Santa Claus and bringing cheer to


Sipping cider

Sweet stuff, hard or as a cocktail By Bob Audette, Vermont Country Apple cider flavors can change from year to year and even from batch to batch, said Simon Renault, general manager of Scott Farm Orchard, who is in his third season at


An awful Christmas gift for the Bates family

‘Shaftsbury Murderer’ hangs for slaying of new mother Harriet Jane Bates By Lex Lecce, Vermont Country In the year 1838, a man named Archibald Bates lived in Shaftsbury. Archibald was 33 years old and a religious man. He would read the Bible

Editor’s note: No presents of mind

By Noah Hoffenberg, Vermont Country I was raised in a Jewish home that also sported an annual Christmas tree, with lights and decorations, opening one present on Christmas Eve and the rest the next morning. My grandparents, all now gone, were never


Vernon boy’s dance moves are dope

By Shane CoveyVermont Country BRATTLEBORO — Halfway through a hip-hop class at Kelly’s Dance Academy in late July, all eyes were on a 9-year-old boy from Vernon. “C-Double-O-P” was about to bust a move. The fourth-grader at Vernon Elementary School squatted down


Beads of time

History, currency and spirituality on display at Brattleboro museum By Patricia HerleviVermont Country correspondent Before there were love beads, before the rosaries of Christian faith and long before vitamin pills, humans traded, prayed with and provided for their nutritional needs with beads.

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