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The Art Of Fencing With Jack Nop
By Marcie Bolton
   With white suit and chainmail mask Jake Nop looks like a medieval dueler especially holding a three and a half foot sword.  Nop, 16, of Middlebury, is a competitive foil fencer, part of the growing Vermont Fencing Alliance.

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How Sweet It Is! Maple Season is Off and Running
By Cookie Steponaitis
    Just a couple of weeks ago snow sparkled on the yards and if you listened just right you could hear the sounds of spring running from the maple trees. Like every other season this year, the Vermont Maple Sugaring crop was off season but not off the mark for a sweet, tasty and dependable crop. In talking to local maple gatherers it seems that while the sap came soon, it also came fast and the totals this year should result in a good crop of one of Vermont’s main exports.
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Signs Of Spring Follow Warmer Temperatures
By Marcie Bolton
   Spring is in the air and now is the time to open the windows and doors, let the fresh clear air breathe new life into our stale winter gray thoughts.  It is time to swat the cobwebs from the corners, wash the curtains and the bedding, and fold away woolens and heavy coats.
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