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   By, Hugh O'Donnell Have you ever been walking through the woods and noticed a large, hollow tree with a full canopy? That tree, even though it looks dead, is still alive. Hollow trees can survive for years without falling over. They can do this because most of the living parts of a tree are just under the outer bark. These parts are called the phloem and the xylem. The xylem transports food and water to the leaves, and the phloem transports nutrients from the leaves to the rest of the tree. The inside of the tree is made out of dead...


By, Tim Gray As I made my way to this old oak tree many things raced through my mind. I asked myself, "Why is this massive tree in this spot?" I began looking for clues. I saw an old stone wall and thought maybe this old oak started growing after the sheep fever had occurred in the 1840s. The farmers farmed sheep and made stone walls that had to be a certain height to keep the sheep in. Tom Wessel writes in his book, Reading the Forested Landscape, that “these walls had to be four and a half feet tall” so that...


  By Lauren Townsend Ever wonder why certain trees drop their leaves during the autumn season? How about why the leaves are changing color? Vermont is argued to be one of the most beautiful places in the United States during the peak of autumn where many deciduous trees are featured shedding their colorful leaves each year. However, there are many factors that influence these vibrant colors during this time. Weather patterns leading up to the beginning of autumn are a large factor that plays into how vibrant leaf colors will be during the peak of fall. The interesting thing is that the...


TA Alumni, Did you play basketball while you were at TA? Would you put on the Panther uniform again for old times sake? Will you be in Thetford for Thanksgiving? If you said yes to any of these questions, then WE NEED YOU! We will be hosting the 1st annual TA Alumni Basketball event on Saturday, Nov. 25 (the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend) and we want you to join us. The format of the game(s) will be determined by the amount of interest from alumni (we'll probably divide by age group). So, if you are willing or interested in playing, please email Bridget Dugan-Sullivan by Friday,...


Thetford Academy robotics teams 4886B and 4886C travelled to North Conway, NH, on Saturday, Nov. 4, to face 29 other teams from eight  schools. Team 4886C, with senior Clay Goodling (who joined our team last spring) and third year competitor, 9th grader Alex Holzer, finished first in the qualifying rounds with the best record of the day; Clay and Alex were team captains and first seed in the elimination rounds. Team 4886B, with 8th grader Tate Whiteberg and 7th grader Isaiah Kol finished in the top ten and were team captains for the fifth seed out of the eight alliances moving forward...


If you haven’t noticed, the past three years have seemed to be mast years for oaks producing acorns. A mast year is when a tree produces a large amount of cones, nuts or seeds.  In the picture to the right you’ll see what the ground looks like if you find yourself standing in a patch of oaks during a mast year. “It’s like roller skating with all these acorns, just without the skates, and in the middle of the woods.” Quote  Tim Gray Now onto the real question. The last three years have been mast years and let’s not forget that mast...

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