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An inside look on how to make snow

An inside look on how to make snow

Madison Doucette

November 29, 2017


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’Tis the season — for snowmaking that is. Over the past month, snowguns have been blasting on the hillsides across the Northeast Kingdom, creating an artificial wonderland that allows those die-hard winter fans to dip their toes (or skis) into an icy cold heaven of snow a bit earlier than is natural. Killington...

Doesn’t matter what ails you: there’s a strain for that

Doesn’t matter what ails you: there’s a strain for that

Tom O'Leary

November 8, 2017


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“Before I get started, a quick show of hands,” said Joe Veldon to an at-capacity Bentley 207 at Johnson State College (JSC) on Oct. 25. “How many of you were out there blazing up in the parking lot before coming in here?” Veldon, who graduated from JSC in 1994 with a degree in environmental...

Second “Kingsman” movie brings back super spy badassery

Second “Kingsman” movie brings back super spy badassery

Cayla Fronhofer

October 26, 2017


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In today’s world of superhero film adaptations, it might seem there’s little room for other comic books to get a chance to shine on-screen, but the “Kingsman” movies have done it anyway. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class”), “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”...

Pokémon Go: Gotta raid ’em all

Pokémon Go: Gotta raid ’em all

Emily Clark

October 2, 2017


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At the beginning of summer 2017, Niantic introduced a new update to the phone-based video game Pokémon Go in the form of raids.   Pokémon Go has introduced a new level of game play for life-long fans of the pop culture show and games. The recent introduction of the raids has brought the...

“Science Fiction” worth the wait

“Science Fiction” worth the wait

Jacob Greenia

October 2, 2017


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It’s been eight years since the band’s last full-length, 2009’s “Daisy,” divided diehard Brand New fans. Brand New’s latest effort, “Science Fiction,” will leave their cult-like fans with more questions than answers, but the end product justifies the long waiting period.   A...

Thurston brings passion, humor and a dope beard to Dibden

Thurston brings passion, humor and a dope beard to Dibden

Tom O'Leary

October 2, 2017


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“If I had known Vermont would be so excited for another black person coming to the state, I would have come here much sooner,” Baratunde Thurston said to an overflowing crowd inside Johnson State College’s Dibden Center for the Arts on the evening of Sept. 18.   Using that statement...

Outdoor adventures and new culture in Alaska

Outdoor adventures and new culture in Alaska

Mary Fafard

February 16, 2017


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During the fall semester, senior Rachele Funk lived in Alaska and attended the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Juneau, Alaska. Funk took part in the National Student Exchange Program, along with 12 other exchange students who flew into Juneau in late August.     Aside from...

Panic, desperation and plot twists: NaNoWriMo through the years

Panic, desperation and plot twists: NaNoWriMo through the years

Cayla Fronhofer

December 8, 2016


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It’s just after midnight and I’m desperately typing out the final hundred words that I need to make my daily count of 1,667. If I finish it before I go to sleep, it still counts, right?   Such is the desperation and panic of a person entrenched in the middle of National Novel Writing Month,...

A cozy tasting at Citizen Cider

A cozy tasting at Citizen Cider

Agathe Fredette

December 8, 2016


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Located in the corner of an unassuming parking lot along Pine Street is the Citizen Cider tasting room.   Citizen Cider started pressing apples to make cider in 2011, and by early 2014 they had quadrupled production to meet the high demand for their products and opened up their first tasting...

Gaining strength from adversity

Gaining strength from adversity

Jacob Greenia

December 8, 2016


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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor,” one protester attending UVM said through her megaphone, quoting South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu.   The protester, a self-proclaimed proud Jewish woman, stood before a group of 200...

An open space for nerding out

An open space for nerding out

Avery Bliss

November 10, 2016


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For most college students, the idea of watching anime probably doesn’t cross their minds. It either isn’t what they are used to seeing on their screens or isn’t appealing because they know nothing about it.     But the Anime and Video Game Club here at Johnson State College is...

Tasty and unique food on the go

Tasty and unique food on the go

Cayla Fronhofer

November 10, 2016


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Gas stations and convenience stores are vital to travel, especially in a state with so much distance between towns, but they aren’t usually known for their quality food products. In a landscape of cold, pre-made gas station subs, The Cupboard Deli and Bakery in Jeffersonville stands out.   Positioned...

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