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August 20th, 2017

Hardware & Hops

Hardware & Hops

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By Katie Moritz Walking up to Harry’s Hardware in Cabot, Vermont, feels a little like walking back in time: a single gas and diesel pump, unadorned and unsheltered, stand out front; the wood floors, worn smooth, buckle slightly between the boards; red tractor seats line a glistening granite bar. Yes, a bar. In a hardware store. But it’s not just any hardware store. Harry’s Hardware, esta…
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08/14/2017Hardware & Hops
Plastic Bag Ban

Plastic Bag Ban

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Dear Editor, I recently learned that no Vermont town has a plastic bag ban. Given that Vermont has been an environmental leader since the 70s, I was surprised and disappointed. After living 35 years in Middlesex, my husband and I moved to Lee, Massachusetts in 2011, to be closer to grandchildren. We chose Lee partly because it was most like Montpelier in the Berkshires. After our move, I joined the Lee Greener Gateway Committee. In 2015, the committee started the process of writing 2 bylaws for consideration at our 2016 Town Meeting: a plastic bag and Styrofoam ban. About 24 Massachusetts towns already had plastic bag and/or Styrofoam bans. We presented drafted bylaws to our Selectboard, he…
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08/14/2017Plastic Bag Ban
Max's View

Max’s View

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Now on Netflix The Battered Bastards of Baseball **** Tim Tebow is one of the most famous sports figures in America. He is best known for being Christian, but he actually plays sports from time to time as well. Tebow was a star quarterback for the University of Florida. Then he was a lousy quarterback in the NFL. This year, he made headlines with his unusual decision to become a professional baseball player. The media scoffed. I scoffed. But, strangely enough, Mr. Tebow is doing all right. He is a productive starting Outfielder for the St. Lucie Mets, a single-A affiliate of the New York Mets. At work the other day, a guy who saw a Tebow story on ESPN stated that Tebow is living t…
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08/14/2017Max’s View
Rule Change favors Trapper Convenience?

Rule Change favors Trapper Convenience?

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Dear Editor, Protect Our Wildlife opposes a trapper’s petition that seeks to extend the season in which otters can be killed in inhumane, body-gripping traps for their pelts. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has proposed a rule that would grant the trapper’s request, yet the Department has still not provided adequate justification for their support of the proposal. When asked to provide justification for this particular rule change, the Department has admitted that their position is based solely on anecdotal information from trappers - hardly a reason to support extending trapping season on one of Vermont’s most cherished animals. The Department offers the flimsy explanation that…
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08/14/2017Rule Change favors Trapper Convenience?
The Lawn Mower

The Lawn Mower

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I know I’ve mentioned in the past that I don’t particularly like mowing my lawn. I don’t particularly like snow blowing more, but mowing is not something I ever look forward to. You may love mowing grass, and if so I’m happy for you. I do it, but I would just rather not. About a week ago I bought a new mower, on sale, at ‘Stuffmart.’ I decided that I had tortured my dozen-year-old little mower enough, on our hill and tall grass, and decided to put it out to pasture, if you get the pun. Ha. My wife has a dachshund, and it’s a miniature dachshund, at that. I usually determine when it is time to cut the grass when I put her out for her morning pee. (I mean the dachshund, not my wife.) My…
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08/14/2017The Lawn Mower
2017 Solar Eclipse: A Historic Day

2017 Solar Eclipse: A Historic Day

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For many Americans, Aug. 21 will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the greatest displays in nature: a total solar eclipse. Partial solar eclipses — those in which the moon blocks a portion of the sun during the daytime hours — aren’t particularly uncommon. Total solar eclipses, in contrast, are far less common, especially for people who don’t have the means or interest to travel to…
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08/14/20172017 Solar Eclipse: A Historic Day
Aldrich Library Thanks You!

Aldrich Library Thanks You!

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Dear Editor, Once again the Book Sale at the Aldrich Public Library was a rousing success.   This is an annual project of the Friends of the Library, a part of the summer Barre Heritage Festival. It was an exciting weekend in Barre and we are proud and happy to be a part of it. We made about $3200, all given to the library, helping to fund programs, materials, events and the purchase of books for all ages. A special thank you to Jeff Bergeron who always has the tables from the BOR ready and waiting early on Thursday morning, SW Rentals for donating the tent, Hannaford’s for donating the bags we use at the end of the sale,”Fill a Bags for $1”, CVSWMD for providing the boxes for recyclin…
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08/07/2017Aldrich Library Thanks You!
Max's Views

Max’s Views

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Dunkirk ***   In 1939, the UK declared war on Nazi Germany. That said: the British weren’t actually in any position to fight a war. In spring 1940, the German army tore through the Netherlands, Belgium, and then northern France. The combined French and British armies were no match. Within just a few weeks, UK soldiers had stopped fighting. When the film begins, 400,000 men are on the beaches of Dunkirk, desperately waiting to be rescued. I can’t help but contrast the Dunkirk evacuation with the defense of the Soviet Union. In direct contrast with the UK, the USSR had no interest in going to war with Nazi Germany. Stalin was in horrified disbelief when he heard that Hit…
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08/07/2017Max’s Views
Bikers for Beth Thank You!

Bikers for Beth Thank You!

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Bikers for Beth 9th annual ride benefiting Tammy Surprise of Berlin raised over $10,000 Thanks to Gary & Jean Gosselin for their continued support over the last 9 years, the great meal, use of your facility your generosity goes above and beyond. To our chicken cooker Mike Taylor we missed you. Breakfast courtesy of Dunkin Donuts and Maria’s Bagels. We would like to thank the following businesses for their support. Agway, Auto Zone, Baroffio’s Garage, Beauty Nail and Spa, Boisvert Shoe Repair, Bradford Mini Mart.Bury the Needle, Chan’s House, Cindy Brier, Clark’s Collision, Cody Chevrolet, Colatina Exit, Cornerstone Burger Northfield, Craft Beer Armory, CVMV NFS, Dad’s 4 By, D…
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08/07/2017Bikers for Beth Thank You!
Brookfield Community Partnership Thanks You

Brookfield Community Partnership Thanks You

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As always, the Bookfield Community Partnership would like to thank The Frankenburg Agency of Randolph for serving as their lead sponsor for the entire 2017 series of events at the Brookfield Old Town Hall.
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08/07/2017Brookfield Community Partnership Thanks You
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Hardware & Hops

By Katie Moritz Walking up to Harry’s Hardware in Cabot, Vermont, feels a little like walking back in time: a single gas and diesel pump, unadorned and unsheltered, stand out front; the wood floors, worn smooth, buckle slightly between the boards; re...

Read More

Plastic Bag Ban

Dear Editor, I recently learned that no Vermont town has a plastic bag ban. Given that Vermont has been an environmental leader since the 70s, I was surprised and disappointed. After living 35 years in Middlesex, my husband and I moved to Lee, Massac...

Read More

Max’s View

Now on Netflix The Battered Bastards of Baseball **** Tim Tebow is one of the most famous sports figures in America. He is best known for being Christian, but he actually plays sports from time to time as well. Tebow was a star quarterback for the Un...

Read More

Rule Change favors Trapper Convenience?

Dear Editor, Protect Our Wildlife opposes a trapper’s petition that seeks to extend the season in which otters can be killed in inhumane, body-gripping traps for their pelts. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has proposed a rule that would g...

Read More

The Lawn Mower

I know I’ve mentioned in the past that I don’t particularly like mowing my lawn. I don’t particularly like snow blowing more, but mowing is not something I ever look forward to. You may love mowing grass, and if so I’m happy for you. I do it, but I w...

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