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April 21st, 2018

More than Mingling: New Nightclub Comes to Barre

More than Mingling: New Nightclub Comes to Barre

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By Katie Moritz   “The slogan,” Connor Mears says, “is Vermont’s premier night club.” He is sitting in what he calls the cocktail lounge or whiskey room of his new business, Mingle Nightclub. Framed pictures of famous musicians spanning several genres of music decorate the deep purple walls. The furniture, which is black and comfy, is arranged in a way that allows for more one-on-one co…
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04/17/2018More than Mingling: New Nightclub Comes to Barre
The Power of the Pen

The Power of the Pen

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The Power of the Pen Dear Readers: This week I’d like to present something very special for your enjoyment. As many of you know, I teach high school English at Websterville Christian Academy. (It is a school I highly recommend you consider for your children’s and grandchildren’s education.) Last week my sophomore class was assigned the task of authoring a poem on a subject of their choosing. Miss Sera Fecher, a student in that class, handed in a truly brilliant and thoughtful creation which states, better than I ever could, just how writers, and especially poets, feel about the power of words. Sera writes with a level of maturity far beyond her years and I have often felt that she co…
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04/16/2018The Power of the Pen
A Quiet Place: *1/2

A Quiet Place: *1/2

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A Quiet Place: *1/2 I like horror movies. But I rarely watch them. Good horror movies make me lose sleep. It’s embarrassing but true. The night after “The Blair Witch Project,” I stayed awake in terror until dawn. The night after “Paranormal Activity,” I was 80% sure that my wife slumbering soundly next to me was a vicious demon. I only go to see horror movies when they look really good and really interesting. Last weekend I saw “A Quiet Place.” I thought it was going to be great. I was mistaken. Writer/director and new parent John Krasinski plays Lee Abbott: the greatest dad of all time. The movie takes place in upstate New York after the alien apocalypse. [Spoilers Ahead] We le…
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04/16/2018A Quiet Place: *1/2
Hunger Free Vermont: Proposed House Farm Bill Would Worsen Hunger for Vermonters

Hunger Free Vermont: Proposed House Farm Bill Would Worsen Hunger for Vermonters

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Hunger Free Vermont: Proposed House Farm Bill Would Worsen Hunger for Vermonters April 13, 2018 (South Burlington, VT) — Yesterday the House released a draft of the Farm Bill that aims to significantly erode nutrition programs that support millions of Americans, including SNAP (known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT), our nation’s largest hunger-relief program that helps 75,000 Vermonters feed themselves and their families. The House Farm Bill endangers the long-term bipartisan commitment to preventing hunger. These proposed changes to SNAP will take away food from children, seniors, working people, people struggling to find jobs, and others struggling to make ends meet. As it has for decades,…
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04/16/2018Hunger Free Vermont: Proposed House Farm Bill Would Worsen Hunger for Vermonters
Statement Regarding Signing of Vermont Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Statement Regarding Signing of Vermont Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

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Statement Regarding Signing of Vermont Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Issued by Clai Lasher-Sommers, Executive Director, GunSense Vermont S.55, S.221, and H.422, all of which Governor Scott signed into law will work together to help keep all Vermonters safer. With more guns than people, Vermont needs these common sense laws that acknowledge our changing reality. We appreciate the courage that the Governor has shown in recognizing a risk to his state and taking proactive measures. We have witnessed his commitment to public safety over politics, and are grateful to him for taking this stand. The cultural shift signified by having these laws in place will be hard for some, but the day…
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04/16/2018Statement Regarding Signing of Vermont Gun Violence Prevention Legislation
Now Playing in Burlington: The Death of Stalin: ****

Now Playing in Burlington: The Death of Stalin: ****

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Max’s Views Now Playing in Burlington- The Death of Stalin: **** Most everyone knows that the Soviet Union was a nightmarish place to live. I’m not sure people know exactly why, though. I don’t have enough room here to list all the atrocities, but the forced collectivization of agriculture was one of the worst. In 1929, the Soviet Politburo announced the mass collectivization of agriculture. Successful capitalist peasants – labeled Kulaks – were not invited to join. The Kulaks were marched off to work camps or killed. For the remaining peasants, collectivization was nearly as bad. With the best farmers gone, the large State farms were run by city bureaucrats. The bureaucrats knew…
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04/09/2018Now Playing in Burlington: The Death of Stalin: ****
Guest Opinion: Investing in Our Future

Guest Opinion: Investing in Our Future

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Guest Opinion: Investing in Our Future By Scudder Parker Education of our young people is one of the most important obligations of our democracy. And a funding system that enables school district voters throughout the state to make thoughtful budget decisions is key to fulfilling that obligation in Vermont. After the Vermont Supreme Court’s Brigham decision in 1997, the Legislature made a structural school funding change. The result was the current system, which is not a “formula” that attempts to equalize a flawed and inherently unfair local school property tax as the various efforts in the seventies and eighties were. Instead, it is a fundamentally fair, sustainable, and workable…
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04/09/2018Guest Opinion: Investing in Our Future
Guest Opinion: Regarding Guns

Guest Opinion: Regarding Guns

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Guest Opinion: Regarding Guns Dear Editor, Advocates of unrestricted gun laws repeat the mantra, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” And if we were to truly outlaw guns, they might have a point. But there is nothing in the recently passed Vermont gun safety law that outlaws or even contemplates outlawing guns. The NRA repeats a similar refrain. They claim efforts to pass any sort of gun regulation are an erosion of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. That message is repeated so often many people are absolutely certain it’s true. But what exactly are the rights the Second Amendment conveys? Writing for the Supreme Court majority in 2008, Justice Anton Scalia…
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04/09/2018Guest Opinion: Regarding Guns
Thank You!

Thank You!

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Thank You! Dear Editor, The Fresh Air Fund looks forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week every year. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our inspiring volunteers, hosts and supporters in Central Vermont. Their dedication to our Fresh Air children truly embodies the spirit of National Volunteer Week, which is from April 15th to April 21st this year. Volunteers work in several capacities throughout the year along the East Coast and Southern Canada to help make The Fresh Air Fund’s programs possible. Fresh Air host families open their hearts and homes, and share the everyday joys of summertime with Fresh Air children. Our local volunteer leaders – many of whom are a…
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04/09/2018Thank You!
Anything but Temptation

Anything but Temptation

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Anything but Temptation By G. E. Shuman I spend many weekday evenings with my wonderful 19-month-old granddaughter. We have a great time together and, as the father of five and grandfather of twelve, I can tell you that THIS child is able to test the abilities of a tired adult, and the ability of a house to remain on its foundation, like none other I have known. My granddaughter is a very sweet child. She loves her Grammy and me, and hugs and smiles abound whenever we are with her. She is also something else. She is the most active little girl I have ever seen. From the moment she arrives at our house, until the moment she leaves, she leaves nothing untouched that can be reached by…
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04/02/2018Anything but Temptation
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More than Mingling: New Nightclub Comes to Barre

By Katie Moritz   “The slogan,” Connor Mears says, “is Vermont’s premier night club.” He is sitting in what he calls the cocktail lounge or whiskey room of his new business, Mingle Nightclub. Framed pictures of famous musicians spanning several...

Read More

The Power of the Pen

The Power of the Pen Dear Readers: This week I’d like to present something very special for your enjoyment. As many of you know, I teach high school English at Websterville Christian Academy. (It is a school I highly recommend you consider for your c...

Read More

A Quiet Place: *1/2

A Quiet Place: *1/2 I like horror movies. But I rarely watch them. Good horror movies make me lose sleep. It’s embarrassing but true. The night after “The Blair Witch Project,” I stayed awake in terror until dawn. The night after “Paranormal Activity...

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Hunger Free Vermont: Proposed House Farm Bill Would Worsen Hunger for Vermonters

Hunger Free Vermont: Proposed House Farm Bill Would Worsen Hunger for Vermonters April 13, 2018 (South Burlington, VT) — Yesterday the House released a draft of the Farm Bill that aims to significantly erode nutrition programs that support millions o...

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Statement Regarding Signing of Vermont Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Statement Regarding Signing of Vermont Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Issued by Clai Lasher-Sommers, Executive Director, GunSense Vermont S.55, S.221, and H.422, all of which Governor Scott signed into law will work together to help keep all Ver...

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