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Perennial Rutland Herald Column: Stop And Smell The Lilacs

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Lilacs in full bloom at Shelburne Museum

Modern life is hectic and stressful, and it can be hard to adhere to that old adage about taking time to stop and smell the roses. But as loyal readers of the Rutland Herald are reminded each year, it is definitely worth it to stop and smell the lilacs.

Every year around this time, the Herald publishes an editorial that first appeared in the paper back in 1929 that extols the virtues of Vermont's lilac blooms.

"Now is the brief season of the lilac bush, modest and enduring symbol of the depth and permanence of New England traditions," it begins. "It has given a name to color, perfume, poems, songs, story."

David Moats, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor for the paper, explains the column's origins.

Read the full editorial here.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station WBUR...as a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
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