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December 19th, 2014

Vermont’s 1777 Constitution

Vermont’s 1777 Constitution

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Vermont’s Constitution, written in 1777, was one year after our nation declared its Independence in 1776 and 10 years before our national constitution was written in 1787. On July 2, 1777 a convention of delegates from the East and West side of Vermont met in Windsor to write a constitution. Borrowing phrases from the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Article 1 stated: “that all men are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights among which are the enjoying and defending of life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” The first article concluded with a clause prohibiti…
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12/15/2014Vermont’s 1777 Constitution
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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So many of you have asked me about my furry loved ones that I decided to sit right down and let you know who is who and what is what. First, I should tell you that we still have two dogs and only two cats. You might remember that our beloved James, our first and wonderful boy Siamese cat, passed away in 2013. The only thing that was good about his passing was it couldn’t have been more peaceful. He simply walked across the room, laid down by my feet and went to sleep. And that was it. We took him down to the Cape and buried him in the same lovely area where all of our animals are buried. Now, we still have James’s brothers, who are both alive and well. And it is interesting to know that…
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12/15/2014Reiss’s Pieces
Point and Shoot

Point and Shoot

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**1/2 When I read a headline about a westerner being captured by ISIS, my first thought is to feel horror and sadness for the poor man. My second - less empathetic - thought is, what the heck was he doing in the most dangerous part of the world to begin with?! “He was there to help the needy or report the news,” you say. Sure, but that doesn’t fully explain it. There is plenty of worthwhile charity work to do here in this hemisphere and there are plenty of interesting news events that are happening outside of the Middle East. My theory is that American guys who voluntarily travel to the Arab world are extreme thrill seekers. They are driven by a compulsion to risk their li…
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12/15/2014Point and Shoot
The Ornament

The Ornament

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By G. E. Shuman Only weeks ago we climbed the stairs, To the attic, behind the old door. And went to the corner, where ‘Christmasʼ is kept, In boxes stacked high on the floor. We brought the stack down to the living room, Two flights from its cold storage spot. And opened it up, just like every year, Quite amazed at all weʼd forgot. The boxes held ornaments, bound for the tree, And garlands and wreath bows and wire. Most things quite familiar from years of use, Like the stockings we hang by the fire. We opened up memories, box after box, But some things I could barely recall. Did we use these lights on the tree last year, Or the archways in the hall? And then, th…
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12/15/2014The Ornament
Reason #2 Why I am Against Marijuana Legalization

Reason #2 Why I am Against Marijuana Legalization

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Editor, Vermont has the highest rates of marijuana use in the U.S., in all age groups. That goes along with some very disturbing statistics: In the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 16% of Vermont’s high school students reported having driven while under the influence of marijuana, while 22% reported riding with a driver who was under the influence. Only 8% reported driving under the influence of alcohol. Our students have bought into the myth that marijuana is harmless. Unfortunately, that’s far from true. Recent studies have shown that marijuana impairs all of the faculties involved in driving, doubling the chance of an accident. The more you use, the worse the impairment, and t…
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12/15/2014Reason #2 Why I am Against Marijuana Legalization
Ice Fishing Safety Tips from F&W

Ice Fishing Safety Tips from F&W

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has some ice safety tips for those of you who will be going ice fishing this winter. “Once we have sustained cold weather to form good ice, ice fishing can be safe and a lot of fun,” said Major Dennis Reinhardt, “but when we go onto the ice, we need to use good judgment and observe several safety precautions.” ·Leave your car or truck on shore. Every year several motor vehicles go through the ice on Vermont lakes, and some people have drowned as a result. ·Leave information about your plans with someone -- where you intend to fish and when you expect to return. ·Wear a personal flotation device and don’t fish alone. ·Ice varies…
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12/15/2014Ice Fishing Safety Tips from F&W
Casey/Downing Engagement

Casey/Downing Engagement

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The parents of Mary Beth Casey and Ian Downing are pleased to announce their children’s engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Jim and Mary Casey of Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The future groom is the son of Dave and Lynda Downing of Montpelier. Mary Beth graduated from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, and is a teacher at the North Hero Elementary School. Ian graduated from Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and is co-owner of SlopeStyle Ski and Ride in Montpelier. A July 2015 wedding is planned at Sugarbush Ski Resort.
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12/15/2014Casey/Downing Engagement
Central Vermont Girls’ High School Hockey Preview

Central Vermont Girls’ High School Hockey Preview

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By Jim Severance The girls high school hockey season got underway last week with all area schools in action. The Northfield Marauders got off to a blazing start outscoring opponents 11-0 while posting two victories. Forward Claudia Gee had an opening week to remember scoring six goals, including two shorthanded goals against Metro Division rival Middlebury. The Spaulding Crimson Tide got off to a good start winning the Dr. Butsch Tourney topping North Country 4-2. The U-32 Raiders went 1-1 during the opening week with a win over Harwood. The Stowe Raiders and Harwood Highlanders are still looking for their first wins of the season. SPAULDING (Metro Division) LAST YEAR: 14-6-2…
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12/08/2014Central Vermont Girls’ High School Hockey Preview
Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part III

Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part III

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It has been said that Vermont’s greatest export is its people, and this is no less true for its political figures. Vermonters who have served their state in Washington, and the natives who left Vermont and served in other states, have been part of an unusually large group of highly regarded public figures from one of the country’s smallest states. Three-term Whig congressman George Perkins M…
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12/08/2014Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part III
LaCasse/Mercier Engagement

LaCasse/Mercier Engagement

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Amanda LaCasse and Daniel Mercier are pleased to announce their engagement. Amanda is a 1998 graduate of Spaulding High School and is employed by Noyle W. Johnson Insurance Agency in Montpelier. Amanda is the daughter of Tony and Debbie LaCasse of Barre Town. Daniel is a 2001 graduate of Hazen Union High School and a 2008 graduate of Vermont Technical College. He is employed by New Engla…
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12/08/2014LaCasse/Mercier Engagement
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Vermont’s 1777 Constitution

Vermont’s Constitution, written in 1777, was one year after our nation declared its Independence in 1776 and 10 years before our national constitution was written in 1787. On July 2, 1777 a convention of delegates from the East and West side of Vermo...

Read More

Reiss’s Pieces

So many of you have asked me about my furry loved ones that I decided to sit right down and let you know who is who and what is what. First, I should tell you that we still have two dogs and only two cats. You might remember that our beloved James, o...

Read More

Point and Shoot

**1/2 When I read a headline about a westerner being captured by ISIS, my first thought is to feel horror and sadness for the poor man. My second – less empathetic – thought is, what the heck was he doing in the most dangerous part of the...

Read More

The Ornament

By G. E. Shuman Only weeks ago we climbed the stairs, To the attic, behind the old door. And went to the corner, where ‘Christmasʼ is kept, In boxes stacked high on the floor. We brought the stack down to the living room, Two flights from its cold st...

Read More

Reason #2 Why I am Against Marijuana Legalization

Editor, Vermont has the highest rates of marijuana use in the U.S., in all age groups. That goes along with some very disturbing statistics: In the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 16% of Vermont’s high school students reported having driven while un...

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