Category Archives: Columns

Igniting new theater: Weston Playhouse’s Artist Retreat

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Most folks attending the theater don’t give a thought to where the play they’re enjoying came from. But Weston Playhouse, Vermont’s oldest professional theater,…

Rain, rain, go away: Indoor games to keep your pets entertained on rainy days

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH April showers bring May flowers, but what do May showers bring? Grumpy pets. At least, this is the experience in my house currently. Sure,…

Dressing for dinner: Fresh, homemade salad dressing is just a shake away

Steve Peters RUTLAND BITES If there’s just one thing you can do to improve your cooking this summer as fresh produce comes to the forefront of our meals, it’s to…

30 years of chipping away: West Rutland’s Carving Studio

By George V. Nostrand THE ARTS Spring has finally returned to West Rutland. The robins hop across the grass and in, around and upon the sculptures at the Carving Studio…

Getting to ‘good dog’: Training tips to make life easier and safer for you and your dog

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH In my previous article I promised you that I would talk a little bit about dog training. Well-trained dogs make walking (and life!) more…

Fiddler on the Hoof

Steve Peters RUTLAND BITES I won a sandwich competition last week. I know what you’re thinking. I don’t win things and frankly, I don’t make many sandwiches. Yet I was…

Cheesy reads

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT One of the delights at Rutland’s farmers market is tasting the various local cheeses. A surprising array of books has been published about this dairy…

Oh, that mountain greenery: Spring perennials can brighten your yard and your plate

Steve Peters RUTLAND BITES A friend stopped by the other day while I was out mowing the lawn for the first time this year. She almost immediately commented on the…

August Wilson has arrived in Vermont

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN WOODSTOCK – Vermonters have the unusual opportunity, right now, to experience authentic African-American theater here, produced by a Vermont theater company. JAG Productions opened…

Thinking inside the box: Litter box basics for cat owners

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH Now that spring is here, I have had chances to “find” all the dog poop from this winter in my yard. As I was…