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Performers invited to show off

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Performers looking for a gig in New England in the coming year may want to keep the date Sept. 7 in mind.
That’s the deadline to apply for the 9th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase. The event is being hosted by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association on Nov. 15 in White River Junction.
The audience is made up mainly of people who book musical acts, including those representing recreation and parks departments from around New England, public libraries, school groups, fair and festival organizers, ski resorts and others.
Information can be found on the Vermont Recreation and Parks Department website.

Vet’s View: Blog tackles root canals in animals

Here’s a column about root canal’s for animals from veterinarian Heath McNutt’s blog, “Vet’s View.”

Root Canal Therapy

More often than not a veterinarian is going to recommend extraction of a damaged or diseased tooth. There are several instances, however, where advanced dentistry is going to be not just a pleasant alternative but a better alternative. Some teeth are strategic for the integrity of the jaw, some are strategic in use, some are both. In very specific circumstances it is preferable to leave a strategic tooth in place whenever possible. Root canal therapy (often simply called a root canal) is one method of preserving a tooth that may have otherwise required extraction. This week I will outline the steps to a root canal therapy.

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Blog: Dealing with cancer in pets

From Vet’s View, a blog by veterinarian Heath McNutt:

As veterinarians we all dread this conversation. Cancer carries with it so many different stigmas and connotations that I’ve heard no less than a dozen different viewpoints from the same owner during the same conversation. It is an emotionally charged, painful subject not helped at all by the fact that quite frequently we can not win.

From my perspective, it is also not helped at all by the fact that it typically happens to older pets. I hear it all the time, “Well, if he were six or seven we might do the treatment but he’s thirteen. He lived a good life.” While on the surface I can’t disagree with that statement I can’t help but have a slightly different perspective.

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Shana Stack Band at Lebanon Opera House Thursday

LEBANON, N.H. – The Lebanon Opera House and the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department will present the Shana Stack Band as next in The Citizens Bank @ Home Series, a series of free performances by regional artists, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7.

Country Band of the Year at the first annual Cider Magazine Awards, The Shana Stack Band excites their audiences with their high energy, high impact show, featuring multi-national award-winning vocalist Shana Stack. The group includes five seasoned musicians that hail from parts of central and southern New Hampshire. The Group focuses on Top-40 country, southern and classic rock, and original music written by NSAI (Nashville Songwriter’s Association International) member, Ed Leavitt. Ed sings both lead and backing vocals and plays rhythm guitar for the group.

Admission is free; for information, call 603-448-0400 or go online to

Don’t forget: Quebecois tunes and songs Thursday

EAST MONTPELIER – Fiddler David Boulanger and guitarist Paul Marchand will present an evening of Quebecois tunes and songs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Four Corners School House.

Boulanger has been active on the Québécois traditional music scene for nearly 10 years. A devotee to crooked tunes, he is an active composer for the fiddle and has a lore of peculiar tunes that one can hear at traditional music sessions in Montreal. From 2002 to 2007, he was a member of La Part du Quêteux as a fiddler, feet-tapper and singer. In 2007, he joined the famous group La Bottine Souriante, with which he has been touring.

Marchand is from the Lanaudière region of Quebec. Since the early 1980s, he has been intensely involved in the traditional music scene in Quebec. He has worked for singer Angèle Arsenault in the show “Bonjour Madame Bolduc” and he also performs with violinist Laurie Hart with whom he has recorded two CDs.

Admission is $15; for reservations or directions, contact Susan, 229-1403 or email [email protected].

Savoy Theater may close for lack of $12k

By Keith Vance | Staff Writer
MONTPELIER — Terrence Youk, the owner of the Savoy Theater, said that unless he can come up with $12,000 in the next couple of weeks, on June 15 the theater will be forced to close.
Youk is calling on the Montpelier community to open their wallets to save one of Vermont’s oldest arthouse theaters, which dates back to at least 1905.
People love the theater, he said, but folks just aren’t coming out and supporting it.
He’s crunched the numbers, and Youk said that he only needs seven more people to come see a movie every day to balance out his books. Continue reading

Couple run Vt. marathon, then marry

BURLINGTON — They ran a marathon — then they got married.
Tony DiPadova and Judy Desmarais both ran the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in Burlington on Sunday.
DiPadova finished first, in about four hours and 20 minutes. She finished about an hour later, wearing a white veil and clutching a bouquet at the finish line.
The Burlington Free Press reports ( the couple from Claremont, N.H., then walked about 50 feet to the shore of Lake Champlain and got married.
Desmarais said it was a crazy idea — but of course, she said yes.
The couple, both 49, said they plan to return to Burlington next year and run the marathon again for their first anniversary.

Solving a dog’s bad bite

From the blog, Vet’s View, by veterinarian  Heath McNutt.

Warning: Some of the photos are graphic images of canine oral surgery.

Traumatic malocclusion.

This week I am going to illustrate a problem with a story. The pup in these pictures has a single off set canine tooth due to an injury. Every time he closed his mouth the tooth would strike against the roof of his mouth causing chronic irritation to the soft tissue.

This is a fairly common finding in both dogs and cats though it is typically a developmental issue and usually involves both canines. We call them base narrow canines and they can be very painful and can cause serious issues especially if the canines are allowed to break through the palate into the sinuses. Think chronic infection. Continue reading

Poetry tennis in Marshfield

MARSHFIELD — At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sherry Olson and Jo Chickering will present a back-and-forth reading. These two local poets will share their work in a presentation held like a conversation at the Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St.

For information, call 426-3581 or email [email protected].

Your dog, on the rocks…

On the rocks…

From Vet’s View, by Heath McNutt, a veterinarian in Rutland.

Canine Urolithiasis.
This week and next week we are going to discuss canine urinary stones. While dogs and cats can certainly get stones in their kidneys they more frequently get them in their bladders. This is ultimately the better location as it is far easier to retrieve stones from a bladder than it is from the kidneys. There are several different types of stones that dogs and cats can from in the bladder and today we will discuss struvite stones. Next week’s topic will be oxalate stones…

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