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Book an Adventure

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Hidden treasures, secret codes, greedy villains, or a race to the finish may signify an adventure story. In action-filled novels like those sampled below, the…

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‘Sweeney Todd’ is gruesome — and fun

By Jim Lowe LOWE DOWN How many musical comedies find humor in insane revenge, multiple murders, and cannibalism? Perhaps only one. Main Street Arts opened a spectacular production of “Sweeney…

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Don’t eat that! Common household products can be hazardous to your pets

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH We have recently seen a rash of animals that have eaten things they should not have. These things range from medications to chocolate, to…

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A time to plant: Get a head start on your garden by sowing seeds indoors now

Steve Peters RUTLAND BITES Snow may still be on the ground but spring is here. And that means it’s time to get ready for planting the vegetable garden. Whether you…

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Mighty little fish: Heart-healthy nutrients, packed in like sardines

Steve Peters RUTLAND BITES I like to think that I eat rather well. Yet there is one commonly accepted dietary standard that I’m failing to achieve. It’s eating fish on…

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Fred Garrow, Connected Caregiver

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY Fred Garrow feels connected to this area. To the state, the town, the people, his job, his patients. “Although I could live without the…

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Dog days: Answering questions about caring for your pet

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH A lot of this has to do with studies on immunity, but also what the vaccine is made out of. The vaccines that can…

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Spring into action: Now is the time to make sure your pets are up to date with vaccinations

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher Off the Leash While I am still holding out that this is a “pseudo” spring and I might have some more snowboarding ahead of me, my hope…

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Cutting carbs: Whether you’re gluten-free or carb-conscious, these “breads” are easy and delicious

Steve Peters RUTLAND BITES Everyone seems to be cutting back on carbs these days. Contrary to what years of USDA nutritional guidance has suggested (think the old food pyramid), many…

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Dear Diary: Glimpses into (Extra) ordinary lives

By Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Each of us has a unique perspective on the life and times in which we live. Readers can gain a greater understanding of a…