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Last Mile Ride Raises $60K for End-of-Life Care

Last Mile Ride Raises $60K for End-of-Life Care

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Fueled by compassion, 154 runners and walkers, 201 motorcyclists and 38 cyclists gathered at Gifford Medical Center on Friday and Saturday, August 15th and 16th, for the Last Mile Ride, raising $60,000 for area residents in life’s last mile. Now in its ninth year, the Last Mile Ride has grown to a two-day event that includes a timed 5K, one-mile walk, 38-mile cycle ride and an 80-mile motorcycle ride. The annual event raises money for Gifford patients in and out of the hospital who are in advanced illness or at the end of life. Money raised at the ride goes directly to help patients with comfort measures, provides financial support to patients and families, and grants special wishes. T…
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08/25/2014Last Mile Ride Raises $60K for End-of-Life Care
Vermont’s Biggest Labor Day Celebration Gets Bigger

Vermont’s Biggest Labor Day Celebration Gets Bigger

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More booths, more games, more vendors, more rides, say the Board of Northfield Observances, the all-volunteer group behind Northfield’s annual Labor Day weekend. The weekend begins Saturday, August 30, with the Northfield Savings Bank fun runs for adults and children, and then swings into high gear. Entertainment lasts throughout the weekend from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and Monday afternoon following Vermont’s premier Labor Day parade. Among this year’s additions: a mechanical bull ride, a showcase from the United Way’s Kaleidoscope of Talent, and a Friday night dance for teens. And that barely scratches the surface. New board members have brought a vitality and exub…
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08/25/2014Vermont’s Biggest Labor Day Celebration Gets Bigger
Hunter Ed Courses Offered

Hunter Ed Courses Offered

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It’s back to school season … for would-be hunters. With most hunting seasons just around the corner, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging new hunters to sign up now for a hunter education course. Classes fill up quickly, but securing a spot is easy with Fish & Wildlife’s online Hunter Education Program registration system. All would-be hunters, trappers and bowhunters are required to complete their respective course before purchasing their first license. “Classes are held throughout the year, but their numbers peak now through early fall,” said Hunter Education Coordinator Chris Saunders. “So this is the time to sign up and complete a course, because once hunting…
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08/25/2014Hunter Ed Courses Offered
Vermont Has Two Bear Hunting Seasons

Vermont Has Two Bear Hunting Seasons

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Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts September 1 and continues through November 14. The late bear season begins November 15 and continues through November 23. The bear tag that comes with a hunting license is for use during the late season, which partially overlaps with the November deer season. The early season bear tag costs $5 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. A hunter may only take one bear during the year. Vermont’s regulated bear hunting seasons help manage Vermont’s bear population, now estimated at about 6,000 bears, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The number of bears has…
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08/25/2014Vermont Has Two Bear Hunting Seasons
Berlin Public Safety Petition

Berlin Public Safety Petition

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Editor: The recent article “Petition aims to force public vote” [Times Argus, July 27, 2014] stating that the Berlin Select Board is denying residents the right to vote on public safety in Berlin, is biased, one-sided political slop. Pat McDonald, a former Berlin Select Board member who is making these claims, knows the select board cannot deny residents the right to vote. The select board has the authority, and more importantly, the responsibility to require a petition containing 5 percent of the voters’ signatures on any questionable issue. This is not to “force” the select board to do something as much as it is a safety feature put in place to protect the town from the persuasions and…
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08/25/2014Berlin Public Safety Petition
Pedestrian Concerns in Montpelier

Pedestrian Concerns in Montpelier

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Editor: The Montpelier Police Department deserves the gratitude of those of us who walk to and fro across streets and intersections around the city for making stops and providing warnings to drivers who have been failing to yield for pedestrians at crosswalks, as was noted recently in the police blotter section within the Times Argus. Whether it be for those drivers who are simply not paying enough attention while behind the wheel or those who otherwise blatantly refuse to stop because they view doing so as being an elective (as if they have a choice in the matter, save for when they might not have enough time and distance to do so safely), this has been an ongoing problem within the c…
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08/25/2014Pedestrian Concerns in Montpelier
Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day

Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day

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Barre was the first community in Vermont to celebrate Labor Day. This took place at the Green Mountain Trotting Park (present location of Spaulding High School) on September 7, 1895. The event was sponsored by the Barre Granite Cutters’ Union. There were many speakers that day, and one prominent speaker spoke in the Italian language. A Barre newspaper, “The Barre City Leader,” reported that the park “was well fitted for the occasion with swings and hammocks. There was a large pavilion for dancing with the music being furnished by the Barre Coronet Band. In the morning there was a baseball game between the two strongest teams in the state, followed by a football game. The Barre City Ranger…
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08/25/2014Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day
The Giver **1/2

The Giver **1/2

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Most Americans are in favor of freedom and equality. Those two values are contradictory, however. Those who value freedom above all believe in the greatness of individuals and want government to stay out of our lives as much as possible. Those who value equality, whether they realize it or not, support a powerful central government. We are born unequal and live our lives unequally. We have different amounts of money and power. And we have different levels of opportunity due to our age, race, sex, where we live, and how good looking we are. For people who are outraged by inequality, big government is the only answer. Firstly, only government can define what equality means since…
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08/25/2014The Giver **1/2
B.T.S.

B.T.S.

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I won’t keep you in suspense. The letters ‘BTS’ are a bit of old retail jargon for the selling season of ‘back to school.’ I know this, as I am an old retail jargon person. I don’t know if the letters BTS are still used in that industry to abbreviate the words back to school, but I think that they probably are. Why would they not be? In retail, as in many other professions, words and titles of people and things, (CEO, CFO, etc.) have been abbreviated for a very long time now. It makes one wonder why abbreviation is such a long word in the first place. Long B-4 (Get it? Of course you do.) facebook, texting, and tweeting, my generation was using terms like BTS. As a reformed and recovering…
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08/25/2014B.T.S.
Reiss's Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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One day after my 74th birthday, I woke up and started to think about half the people I knew in Waitsfield who had lost tons of weight. Here I was in my 75th year, still grossly overweight, and I started to think about my death and how my children and grandchildren were going to be able to fit me into a coffin. So I decided that I, too, would try the “Ideal Weight Loss Solution Diet” to see if it would work for me. Today, about three weeks after my 75th birthday, I have lost 81 pounds, feel better than I have in years, and now know that my loved ones will be able to carry me to my grave. So how does old age, now that I’m much thinner, find me? Well, there are good things and bad things. Th…
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08/25/2014Reiss’s Pieces
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Last Mile Ride Raises $60K for End-of-Life Care

Fueled by compassion, 154 runners and walkers, 201 motorcyclists and 38 cyclists gathered at Gifford Medical Center on Friday and Saturday, August 15th and 16th, for the Last Mile Ride, raising $60,000 for area residents in life’s last mile. Now in i...

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Vermont’s Biggest Labor Day Celebration Gets Bigger

More booths, more games, more vendors, more rides, say the Board of Northfield Observances, the all-volunteer group behind Northfield’s annual Labor Day weekend. The weekend begins Saturday, August 30, with the Northfield Savings Bank fun runs for ad...

Read More

Hunter Ed Courses Offered

It’s back to school season … for would-be hunters. With most hunting seasons just around the corner, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging new hunters to sign up now for a hunter education course. Classes fill up quickly, but securing...

Read More

Vermont Has Two Bear Hunting Seasons

Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts September 1 and continues through November 14. The late bear season begins November 15 and continues through November 23. The bear tag that...

Read More

Berlin Public Safety Petition

Editor: The recent article “Petition aims to force public vote” [Times Argus, July 27, 2014] stating that the Berlin Select Board is denying residents the right to vote on public safety in Berlin, is biased, one-sided political slop. Pat McDonald, a...

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