Elmer Bitgood was the Paul Bunyan of Voluntown

One of the more enjoyable aspects of working for The Last Green Valley has been to discover the many interesting, … [Read more...]

‘Masked bandit’ is alive and well in The Last Green Valley

Summer vacation reading was a requirement growing up in my house. When I was about 9 or 10 years old, my mother gave me … [Read more...]

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Insect-sized pit of doom a little wonder of natural world

A couple of months ago as I was unlocking the door to my barn, I noticed a conical-shaped hole in the sandy soil next to … [Read more...]

If you look closely, you can see signs of approaching fall

The autumnal equinox is more than a month away, but already I know the signs of seasonal change. I see it all around me … [Read more...]

The Natchaug River valley is worth a visit soon

For 30 years I lived in Woodstock Valley on Route 198, the state highway that stretches between Chaplin to the south and … [Read more...]

Butterfly Season is Here: The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

For one of my teenage birthdays, I was given an insect and butterfly catching kit that came with a fine-meshed insect … [Read more...]

A Giant Along the River Bank: Our Mighty Sycamore

Safe in the harbour of home at last I'll tell the tale of my dangers past. O! for my cottage beside the sea, And the … [Read more...]

An eastern box turtle is rare find in The Last Green Valley

The house I grew up in was only 100 yards from a small pond, and there was a golf course in my neighborhood with several … [Read more...]

The Old Connecticut Path brought settlers to state

I first learned about the Old Connecticut Path when I lived in Woodstock and saw a plaque on Route 171 identifying a … [Read more...]

Favorite places for “alone time” in The Last Green Valley

By the time this column is printed in the Bulletin, I will be on vacation. Most of my vacation will be spent with family … [Read more...]