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Holly shrubs used to be placed around houses to ward off evil spirits, bad luck, animals and even fairies. The leaves and berries were used medicinally and in Celtic folklore the Holly King ruled the land during the winter.

Awesome Etiquette: In Lieu Of Holiday Gifts, Is It Okay To Ask For Cash?

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When you are having cash-flow problems, is it wrong to ask for money for the holidays instead of gifts? 

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As the gift-giving season approaches, so too begins the search for the perfect gift for each person on your list. 

“As a receiver of kitchen gifts, I love getting things I wouldn’t buy for myself. [So] as a giver of gifts, I love being able to do that for other people,” said Candace Page, a contributor to the Savovore Section of the Burlington Free Press.

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This year, VPR will feature several special programs Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 in honor of Thanksgiving:

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The death of J.S. Bach in 1750 has traditionally been regarded as the end of the Baroque Period. The well-known Classical era of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is said to have begun in 1775.  The transitional, 25 year period between is known as Rococo.

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A tenacious vine, the Virginia creeper is best known as the plant gracing the walls of Ivy League Schools. It has five leaflet leaves and small tendrils that adhere to just about any surface that allow it to climb to great heights without falling over.

Awesome Etiquette: The Proper Professional Greeting

Nov 20, 2015
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A hug can be a warm, generous and gracious way to greet friends or family. But hugs are not universally appreciated and can sometimes be completely inappropriate, especially in a professional setting.

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Sarah Wunderle from Bellows Falls suggested The Santa Express aboard the Green Mountain Flyer from Bellows Falls to Chester and back on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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The Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area is a destination spot for bird watchers who come to see the thousands of snow geese that flock there.

Biologists Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland explain why snow geese are on the decline and why that's a good thing. You'll hear the incredible din of the birds as they rise up from Dead Creek in a cloud of winged snow. Here are some additional resources to learn about Dead Creek and Snow Geese.

Young Writers Project: In The Woods

Nov 16, 2015
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In the Woods
By Cassidy Martin, Age 12, Brattleboro

I can think of the
rivers made of diamonds and ice,
trees with the blossoming buds and dancing birds,
pearl clouds of smoke,
valleys of green, rainbows of flowers,
emerald dragonflies skipping in the air
above the deep olive pond as the cat tails sway and murmur.
But I don’t think of that.
I think of the dark thunder clouds that only rain on me,
the shadows that watch as I pass,
glowing eyes in the white and purple fog that creeps in around me.