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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2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio GQ Edition

2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio GQ Edition

The Italian automaker Fiat foisted some spectacularly bad cars on the American public during the 1970s and ’80s, but it seems all is forgiven. The tiny Fiat 500, a retro-styled minicar, is gaining acceptance in a U.S. market niche created more than a decade ago by the Mini. August sales of the ...

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An appetite for apples: Fall is here!

Fall is the time for sampling apples.

“The goldenrod is yellow, The corn is turning brown… The trees in apple orchards With fruit are bending down.” —Helen Hunt Jackson The glorious days of autumn have arrived!  Suddenly the world is full of deep, distinctive colors such as burnished amber, brilliant scarlet and rich russet. ...

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What to do with a tea bag?

Where to put the tea bag?

Q.  One of my friends prefers tea to coffee. I use tea bags, but don’t know what I’m supposed to do about taking the tea bag out, or leaving it in when I serve her the tea. A.  If you serve the tea with the tea bag still in the mug or cup, serve it... Read More

Some movies to share with the family

A scene from Mrs. Miniver brings home the effects of war on England.

Of all the way we share family time, movies give us all kinds of things to talk about. Thanks to a full weekend of films available on broadcast and cable television, it’s easy for everyone to discover something new on the screen. Take a look. His Girl Friday (1940) I have always loved to ...

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There’s no high with Reefer Madness

The cast of ‘Reefer Madness’ onstage at the Warner Theatre.

Warner Theatre, Torringon: Now that medical marijuana has become more widely used, and now that Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana, some of the irony and camp of Reefer Madness, the musical, has lost its glow. Based on a 1936 film that warned against the use of ...

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New York Film Festival offers a rich slate

Michael Keaton stars in Birdman, a feature at the New York Film Festival.

For people who love movies, our corner of the world offers many ways to savor our favorite pastime. In addition to the theaters and screenings in our area, we are a short train ride or drive away from one of the premier events of the movie season. This year marks the 52nd annual celebration ...

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