Category Archives: Columns

Which Witch Book is Which?: Fiction

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Pointy-hatted crones decorate spooky Halloween displays. On October 31 people in witch costumes of all sorts parade about the streets. The Salem witch trials still…

Any way you slice it: A fall treat and a fond memory of home

Fran Sun RUTLAND BITES I feel like I do an awful lot of nostalgic reminiscing in this column. Maybe it’s because I’m so often reminded of dishes from my childhood…

Tricks and treats: Tips to keep Halloween safe for your pet

Dr. Anna Duntong-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH So far this year, my dog has had to wear three Halloween costumes simply for my entertainment. In case you were wondering: No, dogs…

‘L’elisir d’amore’: Italian opera full of comic surprises

By JIM LOWE THE LOWE DOWN The Opera Company of Middlebury is entering its 15th season this weekend with Gaetano Donizetti’s comedy, “L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love),” the fizzy…

Spaghetti love: Harvest those tomatoes and sauce them up

Steve Peters RUTLAND BITES According to my girlfriend, nothing beats spaghetti and meatballs. Unless, of course, it’s accompanied by a glass of red wine and desert includes homemade ice cream….

Gratitude in Times of Crises

Joanna Tebbs Young CIRCLES OF COMMUNITY As I lay in bed wondering what I would write for this column today, I was going through the things I could, and probably…

Fall falacies: Debunking some myths about autumn pests

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH That time of year has arrived! Cool evenings, beautiful leaves, fleas trying to get into your house and hungry ticks. I never said that…

Change happens: Tips to help your pet adapt

Dr. Anna Dunton-Gallagher OFF THE LEASH I make changes to my medication and anesthesia protocols constantly. I read up on new medications, new ways to treat things and new ways…

A slice of home: Apple tea cake brings fond memories to an Aussie ex-pat

Fran Sun RUTLAND BITES One of the major grocery stores in Australia, Coles, has always had a few stalwart products in its bakery section. Which is a huge relief, right?…

Russia: Then and Now

Janet Clapp BOOKS CHECKED OUT Russia is a frequent topic in the news of 2017, both for interference in the United States presidential election and because this year is the…