Tipping at hotels

Tipping at hotels.

Q.  Is it still expected that you leave a tip for the housekeeping staff at a motel or hotel? A.  It still is expected that you do leave a tip. It would be wonderful if hotels and motels paid their housekeeping staffs a reasonable salary, but until that time, tips provide a lot of help... Read More

A sweet treat for fall: our favorite banana cake!

Banana Coffee Cake with rum-soaked raisins and a vanilla rum gloss.

OK everyone, the countdown has begun! The kids are back in school and the summer is just about over.  BUT….there is still one weekend left we consider summer and then, “BOOM!” we are thinking fall! Thank you again for all of your requests for our summer recipes. We wrote about perfectly ...

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CT DEEP begins fall trout stocking

A Seeforellen strain brown trout.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that its 2014 autumn trout stockings have begun. From now through mid October, DEEP is releasing 30,000 trophy and adult sized trout into selected waters throughout the state. Among the areas scheduled to ...

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Buddy Holly lives in this tribute show

Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame among rock-’n’-rollers came to a tragic end when he and several other musicians were killed in a plane crash. However, his legendary music lives on and his story is told and retold on theater stages across America. Currently, Landmark Community Theatre at the ...

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Carb-Loaded highlights local filmmaker’s creativity

Filmmaker Lathe Poland, in a scene from his new documentary, Carb-Loaded.

Since we were old enough to absorb television commercials we have been encouraged to “have it your way” and told that we “deserve a break today.” The potential results of eating the foods advertisers promote sets the stage for a compelling — and highly entertaining — documentary from Bethel ...

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Some choices for family viewing

Grease is one of this weekend's choices.

Watching movies is a lot like choosing what we eat. We can choose movies that are nutritious — that inform, enlighten, entertain or inspire — or we can choose cinema junk food. As in life, balance also makes sense with movies and, fortunately, the many choices on broadcast and cable stations ...

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Redding: Four watersheds, 60 miles of trails

A pleasant sight on a warm summer's day: the shady Valley Road track.—Rob McWilliams

Last month I wrote that you would expect good hiking in Vermont because it is a sparsely-populated state. Closer to home, you could say something similar about Redding. Among the 23 towns and cities of our county, only neighboring Easton and up-north Sherman have fewer people per square mile. ...

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