Season of celebrations and gifts

Q.  We have been invited to both college and high school graduation parties and have no idea whether we need to take a gift, and if so, what it should be. A.  Yes, a gift is in order when you are invited to a graduation party. For high school grads, traditional gifts include a check... Read More

Cool off with this Italian treat: Affogato

When is an espresso not an espresso? When it becomes affogato.

After all that snow we had this winter and a wet, rainy spring, summer is finally here! It is a perfect time to get out outside and enjoy the warm weather. And that is just what Judy and I will be doing. Dining outdoors with friends and family has always been favorite of ours. There... Read More

Kristin Scott Thomas illuminates Before the Winter Chill

Kristin Scott Thomas in Before the Winter Chill.

There’s something so relaxing about watching movies from France. Unlike many films made in the USA — which can feel conceived by committee and developed in corporate board rooms — the French let characters breathe. They permit their stories to take leisurely strolls through the emotional ...

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Brando singing and dancing; two Redford gems; comedy classic

Big stars in classic movies highlight what’s available this weekend on broadcast and cable channels. Some offerings return us to Hollywood’s golden age while others paint more recent pictures. Check these out. Guys and Dolls (1955) Marlon Brando is well remembered for his masterful dramatic ...

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Coming out of hibernation; Schaghticoke Mtn. hike June 29

Mountain Laurel blooming recently in Devil's Den. —Rob McWilliams photo

  The hiking community around here, like the black bears out in our wilder woods, mostly slumbers through the winter months. From December to the first warm day of spring, you hike alone, or share a hushed trail with a few kindred souls. Then, about when the leaves come out, it is as if ...

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CT DEEP: early summer fishing good to excellent

Largemouth Bass are biting now.

LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing is generally reported as good. Places to try include Mudge Pond, Mono Pond, Congamond Lakes, East Twin Lake, Highland Lake, Burr Pond, Lake Wononskopomuc, Candlewood Lake, Bantam Lake, Hopeville Pond, Silver Lake, Batterson Park Pond, Gardner Lake, Pickerel Lake, ...

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A delicious treat anytime, just for Dad

Greens for a great salad for Dad's good health.

June ushers in a host of traditional celebrations such as weddings, graduations and of course, Father’s Day, which we just celebrated. Fathers, stepfathers and grandfathers serve so many roles in our lives. They are disciplinarians, teachers, mentors, counselors, and very often, heroes and ...

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