Last flight

By Scott Funk I’m just back from a cross country flight via JFK. It was a learning experience, made no easier by memories of the luxury and excitement of flying some years back. Remember when people got dressed up to fly? It was fancy. Stewardesses catered to you and made you feel special. The competition… Read More »

Choosing the right tree for the right place

Choosing the right tree for the right place

The first critical step in planting a tree that will stand the test of time in the urban landscape is choosing the right tree for the right place. Take a walk through a wooded natural area and you will find that most species of trees occupy a specific niche. You will not find a willow… Read More »

Diagnosis: Diabetes

Diagnosis: Diabetes

At my last annual physical, my doctor informed me I had diabetes. No big deal, I thought. I feel great; I’ve got no symptoms. Maybe I have to give up candy bars and do a little less recreational eating, but how bad could it be? Then I went to the nutritionist for diabetes education. It… Read More »

It’s time to talk about aging

It’s time to talk about aging

We are all, inexorably, marching toward old age. By 2030, 72 million Americans will be age 65 or older. The good news is longevity has been improving, and people are remaining healthy and vibrant at older ages. The bad news is cultural perceptions of “old” people have not kept pace. A 2016 analysis by the… Read More »

Lyme disease – what to look for in your pets

Lyme disease – what to look for in your pets

By M. Kathleen Shaw, DVM Vermont Veterinary Medical Association for Vt. Digger Lyme disease is a very serious concern for people and pets. It is carried by deer ticks, which emerge in the spring, remain active during the summer months, and then go through a burst of activity in the fall. While we think of… Read More »

John Bisbee: Advocate for Vermont youths

Working as an optical system engineer, John Bisbee helped make the first camera that landed on the surface of Mars in 1976, as well as the cameras that circled the moon to find a place for American astronauts to land. Those are the ones he can talk about; many more remain classified. After retirement, Bisbee’s… Read More »

Keep moving. . .

Keep moving. . .

By Jeff Albertson Hamstring Strains Spring is in the air! The transition from skiing and skating to running and jumping opens us up to certain injuries. Hamstring strains are one such injury. Who Gets It? Hamstring strains are relatively common in sports – especially those requiring explosive acceleration and jumping. Sports such as football, soccer,… Read More »

Beware of schemes during tax season

Beware of schemes during tax season

It’s tax season! Every year, around this time, the Internal Revenue Service publishes its dirty dozen – a list of scams criminals use to try and ferret out personal information and/or steal money. For example, if you received an email from a top executive in your company or organization requesting data from IRS form W2… Read More »