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April 27th, 2017

Gardening With Amanda: Tomatoes — The Most Popular Garden Crop

Gardening With Amanda: Tomatoes — The Most Popular Garden Crop

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By Amanda Legare According to the National Gardening Association web site, nine out of ten gardeners will grow tomatoes this summer, making them the most popular garden vegetable (although technically they are fruits). If I could give just one piece of advice for growing tomatoes, it would be to get LOTS of compost into the soil. Whether it is from your own compost pile, purchased bag…
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04/24/2017Gardening With Amanda: Tomatoes — The Most Popular Garden Crop
Max’s View

Max’s View

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New York Doll ***1/2 When I was a young man, I decided that my life would be easier if I didn’t have children. So I never did. Now, 20 years later, I have learned the truth: my decision to abstain from reproduction was even more wise than I had even imagined. People without children have more freedom, more money, more options, more time, and more sleep. People without children have less stress and less worry. Seemingly, the only advantage that people with kids have is that their lives have built-in meaning. Childless adults have far less responsibility, but we have one big challenge: find meaning to our lives. “New York Doll” is an open-minded documentary about one m…
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04/24/2017Max’s View
Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

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By G. E. Shuman You know how, at times, there is a rhyme, or a song that you love: “How Sweet It Is” — James Taylor, or hate: “It’s A Small World” — Disney and Company, and it just gets stuck in your head, sometimes for an entire day? Well, I must tell you that at this time of year, EVERY year, since I was a child, the following tiny poem worms its way out of the deepest, dumbest area of my brain: “Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the flowers is.” I think my father said that silly poem to me once, and evidently, once was enough. Now I have passed it along to you, and you can thank me, or hurt me, later. Last Saturday I was outside puttering and sputtering around, a…
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04/24/2017Spring Has Sprung!
When Life Gives You Lymes

When Life Gives You Lymes

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Debra Paul’s recounts of Chronic Lyme as transcribed by Melissa Ruiz Part III: Controversies So these past couple of segments we’ve discussed transmission and symptoms of Lyme disease, and touched a little bit on its treatment. Now it’s time to talk about the controversy surrounding Lyme disease. That’s right, controversy. As if Lyme itself weren’t enough of a problem. According to the Lyme Disease Association’s website, there has been ongoing debate surrounding the illness that has kept many from being diagnosed and treated for it, the core issue being persistence of the infection versus issue of autoimmunity. One take on the issue is that Lyme is supposedly hard to…
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04/24/2017When Life Gives You Lymes
Ted Brady Offers Insight on Economic Development Initiatives, Opportunities

Ted Brady Offers Insight on Economic Development Initiatives, Opportunities

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Pat McDonald producer and host of Vote for Vermont and Ben Kinsley, Executive Director of Campaign for Vermont Prosperity co-hosted a show on Economic Development Initiatives and Opportunities. Our guest was Ted Brady, the Deputy Secretary of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The following is a summary of their conversation. Ted Brady has focused on economic deve…
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04/24/2017Ted Brady Offers Insight on Economic Development Initiatives, Opportunities
What Changed My Mind about Orange-Washington School Merger

What Changed My Mind about Orange-Washington School Merger

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Editor, School district mergers in compliance with VT Act 46 have been controversial in many towns. When I first joined the Joint 706 Committee in my town of Orange, we were tasked with examining how Orange and neighboring Washington could comply with Act 46. I was doubtful I could support a merger to form a unified Washington and Orange school district, which would potentially be part of a side-by-side regional education district with Williamstown-Northfield. As I saw it then, it was simply a way for the State to take away local control from our school board and offered no real benefit to our kids. More than a year later, I cannot imagine a better move for our schools to take than to m…
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04/24/2017What Changed My Mind about Orange-Washington School Merger
Guest Opinion: Let’s Take the Long View

Guest Opinion: Let’s Take the Long View

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By Ed Paquin Is it just the nature of the institution that the Legislature tends to focus on issues that have or are about to become crises? We seem to have a new annual tradition in Vermont; each year we face a “budget gap” with insufficient revenue to meet the projected budget for our current level of services. And each year we resolve the crisis by cutting state services, moving money around, or raising bits of revenue with increases in fees and narrowly targeted tax adjustments. We make it through another year without deficit spending, but also without solving the underlying problems. And the budget gaps persist. To be fair, legislators acknowledge that there are investments…
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04/24/2017Guest Opinion: Let’s Take the Long View
Spotlight on Business: Butterfly Bakery is Growing Up

Spotlight on Business: Butterfly Bakery is Growing Up

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After nearly 14 years in business and 9 in its current location, Butterfly Bakery of Vermont is getting some new digs. The fast-growing popularity of its new hot sauce and mustard lines have pushed the limits of its current space and necessitated an upgrade from 600 to a much more comfortable 3000 square feet. Hot sauce might seem like a surprising product for a bakery, but the addition dev…
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04/17/2017Spotlight on Business: Butterfly Bakery is Growing Up
Vermonters in Favor of Additional Affordable Housing, Efforts to Identify Water Pollution Sources

Vermonters in Favor of Additional Affordable Housing, Efforts to Identify Water Pollution Sources

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At right, are the results for Bill Doyle’s 2017 Town Meeting Day Survey from the 7,300 returns of Vermont residents in all 14 counties. The numbers represent the percentage of residents who answered “yes”, “no” or “not sure” for each of the 15 questions.…
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04/17/2017Vermonters in Favor of Additional Affordable Housing, Efforts to Identify Water Pollution Sources
Passion for Parks: National Park Week is Perfect Excuse to Reconnect with Nature

Passion for Parks: National Park Week is Perfect Excuse to Reconnect with Nature

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By Helen Hossley Most park rangers I’ve met love what they do. They demonstrate a gentler way of living; an intrinsic value of imparting a little bit of wisdom, demonstrating a gentler way of living so others can be inspired to do the same and, hopefully leave the world in better place. I recently read an article highlighting that travel isn’t accessible to everyone. While that may or may…
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04/17/2017Passion for Parks: National Park Week is Perfect Excuse to Reconnect with Nature
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Gardening With Amanda: Tomatoes — The Most Popular Garden Crop

By Amanda Legare According to the National Gardening Association web site, nine out of ten gardeners will grow tomatoes this summer, making them the most popular garden vegetable (although technically they are fruits). If I could give just one piece...

Read More

Max’s View

New York Doll ***1/2 When I was a young man, I decided that my life would be easier if I didn’t have children. So I never did. Now, 20 years later, I have learned the truth: my decision to abstain from reproduction was even more wise than I had even...

Read More

Spring Has Sprung!

By G. E. Shuman You know how, at times, there is a rhyme, or a song that you love: “How Sweet It Is” — James Taylor, or hate: “It’s A Small World” — Disney and Company, and it just gets stuck in your head, sometimes for an entire day? Well, I must te...

Read More

When Life Gives You Lymes

Debra Paul’s recounts of Chronic Lyme as transcribed by Melissa Ruiz Part III: Controversies So these past couple of segments we’ve discussed transmission and symptoms of Lyme disease, and touched a little bit on its treatment. Now it’s time to talk...

Read More

Ted Brady Offers Insight on Economic Development Initiatives, Opportunities

Pat McDonald producer and host of Vote for Vermont and Ben Kinsley, Executive Director of Campaign for Vermont Prosperity co-hosted a show on Economic Development Initiatives and Opportunities. Our guest was Ted Brady, the Deputy Secretary of Vermont...

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