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MONTPELIER — Vermont's traditional trout fishing season is set to open April 14, and despite recent cold weather and lingering snow cover across the state, officials from Vermont Fish & … more
Q An indigo bunting [is] a first for me in my garden in Williamstown. He has stayed around for days (about 10 so far) and this evening, joined the doves ground feeding. In the morning, he was up on … more
Among the most attractive flowers in the summer garden are the lilies, including Turk's cap lilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Yes, I know it is still spring, but I mention these … more
This coming Friday is Arbor Day, a day dedicated to trees. Some will celebrate the day by participating in a community project, such as a commemorative tree planting, while others will demonstrate … more
Q There are no more pigeons in downtown Pittsfield. Where did they all go? I have been in business on North Street for 44 years and have not seen any for the last several years. I saw one single … more
Last weekend, as I was refilling the hulled sunflower seed feeder, two rival male black-capped chickadees began their spring rivalry. Hidden from sight within the evergreen hedge we share with Al and … more
Constellations are like states. Just as the continental U.S. is divided into 48 such states — some large and some small — the heavens are also divided into 88 constellations. And just as every city in the U.S. (except … more
I went outside to scratch around at the ground with my rake; much the same way as a chicken does with its feet. Slowly, I was unearthing the area where, the previous November, I had last seen one of … more
How do you spell "relief"? I don't know since spelling was never my forte in school. Fortunately, I am spared much embarrassment by having "spell check" on my computer. However, if I had to spell it … more
Q: I live in Lanesborough, where we have a small pond. We are frequently visited by a kingfisher, coming to eat the crayfish and goldfish in the pond. Today, we were treated to two kingfishers, … more
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