Escape from ‘Black Friday’ at Macedonia Brook

The view southwest from Cobble Mountain. —Rob McWilliams photo

My wife suggested that my column this month begin with a nightmare. In this nightmare I would be dressed for hiking, down to my pack and trekking poles. And I would be walking, though dazed by bright lights and a thousand voices. I’d be jostled by other people who were walking, running even, ...

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A holiday gift for anglers from DEEP

Seasonal hatchery maintainer Glen Somogie with one of the 400 Seeforellen strain Brown Trout being stocked this December by DEEP. This fish was stocked into Highland Lake earlier this week.

400 Seeforellen strain Brown Trout to be stocked in time for the Holidays Fish average 15 pounds each For the angler who enjoys winter fishing, Connecticut s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Inland Fisheries Division has begun stocking approximately 400 broodstock ...

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A happy, healthy holiday?

Citrus contributes to a healthy life, especially in winter.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” —Agnes M. Pharo Finding peace and good will towards our fellow men and women ...

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A blizzard of Christmas joy in Waterbury

The cast of Christmas Eve at Earlene’s Diner, playing through Dec. 21, at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury.

Winds howl and snow flies, as a full-fledged blizzard rages just outside Earlene’s Diner on Christmas Eve. Earlene’s Diner has run into tough times and is about to be demolished but it proves to be a last-minute haven for an entire group of talented performers who are trying to make it to St. ...

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’Tis the season for tipping

Holiday tipping

Q. Should I give a holiday tip to the letter carrier who delivers our mail? A.  The United States Postal Service has rules about this that state that carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer, but that cash, checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash,... ...

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Counting down to Christmas with films

Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck.

What a great way to count down to the holidays than with favorite movies available on broadcast and cable television. There’s something for everyone in this weekend’s lineup. Take a look. The “Sing-along” Sound of Music (1965) Back in 2000, at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan, this all-time ...

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Inherent Vice explores the hunger for escape

Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice.

Yes, Paul Thomas Anderson has a sense of humor. After creating one absorbing drama after another — from Magnolia to There Will Be Blood to The Master — Anderson reminds us how funny he can be when he chooses to chill. With the irreverent Inherent Vice, this director in search of meaning ...

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