Holidays gone sideways

These films depict the best of times, the worst of times By Dan Tebo, Vermont Country correspondent As 2022 crawls to a close, we once again find ourselves navigating the holidays through the dense fog of this relentless pandemic. While the threat


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


‘Forest of Mystery’ is a fall treasure

By Chris MaysVermont Country Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center’s “Forest of Mystery” is a fun way to celebrate the fall season by hiking at night and taking in a haunting but humorous story. James and Jess Gelter, a couple from Brattleboro, have been

A trail that leads hikers to the distant past

By Jim TherrienVermont Country WOODFORD — Ghost towns in the Old West are depicted with sun-bleached wooden storefronts, saloon doors creaking in the wind and tumbleweed rolling down deserted streets. But that wasn’t the case in New England when early settlements were

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