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I’ve been waiting to catch a glimpse of Condylura cristata, the star-nosed mole, ever since I learned about this animal during a small mammals course in graduate school. Can you imagine a palm-sized mole whose pink, star-shaped nose contains …

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While it looks like we won’t be traveling far this summer, Vermont offers myriad ways to celebrate the longest, sunniest days of the year. From trails to fishing, kayaking to horseback riding, parks, waterways and businesses are open for expl…

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The staff at South Burlington’s Higher Ground are waiting to get back to the grind. Along with others far and wide, Higher Ground had to close shop because of COVID-19.

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Once, when I was little, I was so thrilled to come across a gorgeous, dark red trillium that I picked it and placed it in a vase in the house. I was disappointed when it quickly wilted. And it smelled bad.

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Champlain Valley Union High School is collaborating with its Essex and South Burlington cohorts to put together a socially distant – and no doubt memorable – graduation.

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The soft, folksy songs of Burlington band Cricket Blue practically beckon the listener to come closer.Since March, duo Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith have had to keep fans at more than arm’s length, awaiting safer days for live performances.

As spring arrives, so do… bats? Like many other naturalists, I spend lots of time during this season looking for migrating salamanders and blossoming bloodroot. I’ve never thought much about what bats are doing this time of year.

One of the first spring wildflowers you’ll see – maybe even before the last patches of snow disappear – is the violet. The flower, which blooms from April-June, is widely known and easily identified.

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Last week we reported that, after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, this summer’s Lyric Theatre Company production of “Matilda” was to take the stage in July.

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This May, while we thank the human moms around us, I’ve been thinking about the many dedicated moms in nature, too.

Champlain Valley School District teachers Tim O’Leary, left, of the Shelburne Community School and Charlie MacFadyen of Champlain Valley Union High School were named 2020 Rowland Fellows.

Our beloved Doris Elizabeth Wheeler Jenkins, 96, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020, at the McClure Miller Respite House, in Colchester. Everyone who knew Doris was blessed by her humor, generosity, spirit, and joy.

Anyone who has shared a home with a dog or a cat has learned something about the silent language of tails.

Roger A. Guillemette lost his valiant battle with diabetes and coronavirus on April 14, 2020. He was born January 26, 1952 to Ludger and Cecile (Dupuis) Guillemette. He graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School. He was a loyal and tru…

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