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“Universe of Two” by Stephen P. Kiernan
William Morrow, 2020

“Universe of Two” is a wartime love story of a physicist, Charlie Fisk, and an organist, Brenda Dubie.  They meet in 1943 when he wanders into Dubie’s Music, a Chicago store that sells sheet music and...
Officials say numbers may track lower
MONTPELIER- Vermont’s COVID-19 mitigation measures appear to be working, Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday, with the number of cases on track at a lower rate than had originally been projected.
“Your sacrifices are having an impact...

No haggis needed: A patchouli-soaked Vermonter has no problem following recommended social distancing practices
MONTPELIER- Legislators this week approved funding for a state program to aid in social distancing.  
Under the bill, H.401, the Vermont Department of Health will purchase and distribute bagpipes and patchouli to Vermonters to support their social distancing efforts.  “Our testing...
By Ydnar Inatipac
DOVER- When the state of Vermont ordered all hair and nail salons to close two weeks ago, as part of the effort to stem the community transmission of the coronavirus, it was done with the interest of protecting public health. 
While the order was meant to slow the...
WILMINGTON - When community members began regularly engaging in video chats in recent weeks, Ralph Dune noticed a trend. 
“Everyone was sizing up people’s backgrounds,” he says. “Whose house is most eclectic? Who has the best view?” 
Dune got an idea. “Sure, you could remodel your...
WILMINGTON - Though bears were surprised to see a lack of food debris downtown upon waking last week, when they learned that humans are engaging in social distancing, they quickly pivoted to offer advice and support. 
“Really all the time, but especially from October to March each year, we...
DEERFIELD VALLEY- With stay-at-home orders shuttering restaurants, schools, and many businesses, people are stocking up on more than just toilet paper, say local package store and bar staff. 
“Beer sales are through the roof,” said Charlie Angle of Tatoo’s Liquors.  “All of the Mexican...
WILMINGTON- On Wednesday, April 1, police received a 911 report of possible drug-related activity occurring at a downtown park.  According to the 911 caller, dozens of people were observed arriving at the park and scurrying away minutes later with something in a brown paper bag tucked under their...
SEARSBURG- State police, working with federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents, have seized an illegal still operating in the woods behind a private home in Searsburg.
According to police, the illicit distillate was being used to make bootleg hand sanitizer to be sold on the...
“Dead Voices” by Katherine Arden
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2019

In this sequel to her ghost story “Small Spaces” (reviewed here August last year), Katherine Arden opens by putting her three protagonists—Ollie Adler, Coco Zintner, and Brian Battersby—in a Subaru heading...

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