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May 26th, 2015

Max’s View

Max’s View

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Chasing Ice **1/2 There is a war of ideas in the United States between the Christian right and the environmentalist movement. The funny thing to me is that many people don’t recognize why the two groups are fighting. It is a battle between two opposing religions. “But we’re not a religion,” environmentalists exclaim in shock. No, you really are. A religion is an unshakable faith in good and evil, in the way the world is, and how the world will end. Just as Christians have clergymen, environmentalists have holy men of their own: scientists. Environmentalists don’t actually feel the winters getting warmer but they believe that they are because scientists say it is so. And if…
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05/22/2015Max’s View
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss I used to think that it would be lots of fun to get e-mail. What a great idea, to be able to get in touch with friends regardless of where they lived, but to receive information from those very same friends that I hadn’t heard from for years. And then, reality struck! What I found out was that if and when I donated even a few dollars to certain charities, they automatically either took my name and hounded me for more money or even worse, they sold my name to someone else. And that doesn’t even count the plain old ads that come on a daily basis. Now, let’s think about that. All of us are constantly asked for money. And not just money from an organization that you have a w…
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05/22/2015Reiss’s Pieces
Thanks to All Those Who Made GMFF a Success

Thanks to All Those Who Made GMFF a Success

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Editor, First, we would like to thank everyone for supporting and attending this year’s 18th Green Mountain Film Festival. Your continued support, attendance and enthusiasm was very appreciated and wonderful for the staff, interns, volunteers and Focus on Film board to witness. Second, we want to thank all of our volunteers! Without all of your dedication, hard work and help, this festival wouldn’t exist. The entire festival staff enjoyed working with each and every one of you and hope that you will return to volunteer next year. Third, we need to thank all of the businesses in downtown Montpelier and the surrounding areas. Thank you for all of your support – we love sharing our aud…
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05/22/2015Thanks to All Those Who Made GMFF a Success
Montpelier Could Benefit from Smoking Ban

Montpelier Could Benefit from Smoking Ban

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Editor, I applaud the effort from New Directions to ban smoking in downtown Montpelier. In a recent news story on this initiative, Mayor Hollar is quoted as saying that, in the past 25 years, he has never been burdened by cigarette smoke in downtown Montpelier. I wonder if Mayor Hollar ever had to stand at a bus stop. As someone who has stood at the bus stop in front of Shaw’s supermarket on many occasions, I can tell you that it’s impossible to avoid inhaling second-hand cigarette smoke. If you doubt the amount of smoking that goes on there, just take a look at the ground surrounding the bus shelter. The butts are, unfortunately, everywhere around the shelter and, for that matter, everywh…
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05/22/2015Montpelier Could Benefit from Smoking Ban
Beware of Barbecued Bugs

Beware of Barbecued Bugs

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Editor, What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? This year, it’s all about food poisoning by the nasty E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria bugs lurking in hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets at millions of backyard barbecues. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline’s advice is to grill meat and chicken products longer and hotter. They fail to caution that high-temperature grilling forms lots of cancer-causing compounds. Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer? Luckily, enterprising food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of…
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05/22/2015Beware of Barbecued Bugs
Gagnon-Nelson Engagement

Gagnon-Nelson Engagement

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Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gagnon of Williamstown, VT announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Gagnon, to Marcus Nelson, son of Tracy Nelson of Texas and Lynette Nelson of New Orleans, LA. The future bride graduated from Williamstown Middle/High School in 2008 and earned a degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven in 2012. She currently works for the Florida Dept. of Law…
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05/22/2015Gagnon-Nelson Engagement
Graniteville WWII Vet Takes Flight of a Lifetime

Graniteville WWII Vet Takes Flight of a Lifetime

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By Aaron Retherford Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated 413 World War II veterans die each day. With each death, our connection to that era dwindles. One longtime Graniteville resident recently experienced just how far younger generations are willing to go in order to preserve that bond. Cecil “Pete” Tucker was drafted into the military on Sept. 3, 1942 and served in t…
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05/18/2015Graniteville WWII Vet Takes Flight of a Lifetime
The Explosion!

The Explosion!

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By G. E. Shuman I enjoy all of the seasons here in the North, with the exception of the six month long one which begins with the letter ‘w’ and ends, way too late. Don’t get me going on that one. Of the others, fall might be my favorite, although I just re-read this column, and now I am not sure. I do love the vibrant colors, the crunchy leaves, the cool, crisp apples and breezes, and the golden sunsets of fall. Summer is, obviously, fun too. We actually get to run air conditioners here then. It is also the one season of the year when even ‘northerners’ can dip their toes in the ocean without freezing them off. Of course, an ocean is pretty scarce here in Vermont. We have to go over to…
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05/18/2015The Explosion!
It’s a Boy!

It’s a Boy!

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Big Brother Carter Julian Somaini is excited to announce the newest member of his team, Manuel “Manny” Roy Somaini. Manny was born to proud parents Daniel and Rebecca (Dutil) Somaini on Sunday, April 19 and weighed in at 8 pounds 1 ounce. The family is doing great and enjoying their new bundle of joy.…
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05/18/2015It’s a Boy!
It’s a Girl!

It’s a Girl!

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A daughter, Sena Ella-Rose Zaphira Glück, was adopted on Monday, May 4 by Elyse and Rita Glück of East Montpelier. Ella-Rose’s mothers and brothers (Zai and Wylder) are delighted to share their lives and love with the newest (and perhaps feistiest) member of the family. Welcome to Glückhood, Ella-Rose – we love you deeper than the ocean!
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05/18/2015It’s a Girl!
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Max’s View

Chasing Ice **1/2 There is a war of ideas in the United States between the Christian right and the environmentalist movement. The funny thing to me is that many people don’t recognize why the two groups are fighting. It is a battle between two opposi...

Read More

Reiss’s Pieces

By Judy Reiss I used to think that it would be lots of fun to get e-mail. What a great idea, to be able to get in touch with friends regardless of where they lived, but to receive information from those very same friends that I hadn’t heard from for...

Read More

Thanks to All Those Who Made GMFF a Success

Editor, First, we would like to thank everyone for supporting and attending this year’s 18th Green Mountain Film Festival. Your continued support, attendance and enthusiasm was very appreciated and wonderful for the staff, interns, volunteers and Foc...

Read More

Montpelier Could Benefit from Smoking Ban

Editor, I applaud the effort from New Directions to ban smoking in downtown Montpelier. In a recent news story on this initiative, Mayor Hollar is quoted as saying that, in the past 25 years, he has never been burdened by cigarette smoke in downtown...

Read More

Beware of Barbecued Bugs

Editor, What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? This year, it’s all about food poisoning by the nasty E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria bugs lurking in hamburgers...

Read More

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