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July 7th, 2015

Berlin Resident Overcomes COPD to Win 3 Events at Senior Games

Berlin Resident Overcomes COPD to Win 3 Events at Senior Games

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By Aaron Retherford Jim Ryan never played sports in high school. Up until four years ago, he was a heavy smoker, had developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and could barely climb a flight of stairs before needing to catch his breath. So he decided to sign up for the Vermont Senior Games Track & Field State Championships held at the end of June at South Burlington High School, and h…
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07/06/2015Berlin Resident Overcomes COPD to Win 3 Events at Senior Games
Millstone Trails Grows into a Mountain Biker, Hiker, and Winter Recreationist Paradise

Millstone Trails Grows into a Mountain Biker, Hiker, and Winter Recreationist Paradise

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By Aaron Retherford When Millstone Hill was a bustling home to 75 independent quarries over 100 years ago, it was granite grey for as far as the eyes could see. But now that nature has reclaimed the land and the dormant quarries have filled with turquoise water, it has become one of the gems of the Green Mountain State. The Millstone Trails Association encourages everyone to go out an…
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07/06/2015Millstone Trails Grows into a Mountain Biker, Hiker, and Winter Recreationist Paradise
Max’s View

Max’s View

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Red Army **** The most popular sporting events in the world are international competitions like the Olympics and the World Cup. Not to me, though. I have almost zero interest in those events. And if I do end up watching, I always root against the United States. “Whoa, Max! You root against us?! Do you hate America or something?” No, quite the contrary. One of the things I’m most proud of about the United States is that we go our own way when it comes to sports. I think it’s awesome that our national sport is a violent, complicated game that no one else in the world even understands. I think it’s delightfully audacious of us to call our baseball championship the World Series…
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07/06/2015Max’s View
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss Do you remember when a few months ago, I wrote about being scammed? Well, I did and the reason I wrote about it was because I thought if I could fall for such a stupid thing, I wanted to be sure that everybody within the sound of my voice would be warned. Hopefully, it saved someone from being as stupid as I was! This isn’t quite the same, but if hearing about my ridiculous adventure will save you from the same stupid problems, I’ll be happy. I received a phone call from the pharmacy I receive my prescriptions from (one that I like, have used for about 15 years, and one that sends me my medications whenever they are due). Well, they told me that since I was on Medicaid…
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07/06/2015Reiss’s Pieces
Public Libraries

Public Libraries

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Editor, One of the things that fascinates me in the USA is public libraries. Books have to me an irresistible power. Books are my faithful friends, always there, ready to help, giving themselves with no reserve, never asking for something in return. I was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1929. As I was growing up, all I could find to read were booklets of fascist propaganda, or religious pamphlets. So it was: Fascism and Religion, two forces denying light to my mind. I will never forget the immense damage that those two forces caused to me and my entire generation. To live in the USA is for me a great privilege. Here, I’m free to choose, to walk inside public libraries and to feel at home.…
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07/06/2015Public Libraries
Nature Walks Offer Look at Barre’s Industrial Past Intertwined with Forested Present

Nature Walks Offer Look at Barre’s Industrial Past Intertwined with Forested Present

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By Aaron Retherford Editor’s note: The WORLD will explore the different activities available within the Barre Town Forest and the greater Millstone Trails network. This week, we’ll focus on the weekly Nature Walks. The Barre Town Forest might officially only be a few years old, but it has plenty to offer anyone who wants to explore whether it is on foot, bike, ski, or snowshoe. Mariann…
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06/29/2015Nature Walks Offer Look at Barre’s Industrial Past Intertwined with Forested Present
Please Don’t Miss This!

Please Don’t Miss This!

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By G. E. Shuman You know, timing is everything, and mine is usually terrible when it comes to promoting local goings-on in this column. But, friends and neighbors, not this time. This time I have ample opportunity to announce and explain something that you really should get yourself to, in Montpelier, in about a week. And, this time, you also have ample time to get to it. Don’t worry, you don’t…
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06/29/2015Please Don’t Miss This!
Max’s View

Max’s View

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Alexandria ***1/2 We live in a world of luxury and comfort and technological advancement. It would be logical to think that progress is the natural order of things. It seems like the story of history should be a tale of ever-expanding knowledge and scientific know-how. Nope. Not even close. History isn’t a straight-line toward anything. History is a myriad of stories of amazing progress and shocking regress. Take Greece, for example. Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Greek city/states were world leaders in military discipline, democratic civility, and philosophy. Today, Greece is a pathetically weak backwater being kept financially afloat with charity from Germany. In cont…
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06/29/2015Max’s View
Senate Report: Vermont’s Major Role in Our Independence

Senate Report: Vermont’s Major Role in Our Independence

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By Senator Bill Doyle When we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, we should remember the contributions made by Vermonters in the fight for independence. In his “History of Vermont,” Walter Crockett made reference to Ethan Allen and the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. Crockett wrote, “The first surrender of a British fortress in the long struggle for American Independence was made to Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, and in the history of the military affairs of the United States the capture of Ticonderoga hedged the list as the first important aggressive movement in the Revolutionary War.” Charles Jellison, in “Ethan Allen: Frontier Rebel,” wrote that Ticonderoga,…
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06/29/2015Senate Report: Vermont’s Major Role in Our Independence
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss I have written more than one article about the wonderful community dinners we have in the Mad River Valley. The last Friday of every month is the time and the United Church (the white one in Waitsfield) is the place. However, without the efforts of all the different organizations who take turns cooking the dinner and serving it, it wouldn’t happen. We went to all of them throughout the fall and winter and just went to the last one we can go to at the end of May. And believe it or not, I always feel badly that we won’t be here for the dinners in the summer. It isn’t just the terrific free food that I will miss. It is the opportunity to see so many of the old friends! I can’t…
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06/29/2015Reiss’s Pieces
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Berlin Resident Overcomes COPD to Win 3 Events at Senior Games

By Aaron Retherford Jim Ryan never played sports in high school. Up until four years ago, he was a heavy smoker, had developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and could barely climb a flight of stairs before needing to catch his breath. So he...

Read More

Millstone Trails Grows into a Mountain Biker, Hiker, and Winter Recreationist Paradise

By Aaron Retherford When Millstone Hill was a bustling home to 75 independent quarries over 100 years ago, it was granite grey for as far as the eyes could see. But now that nature has reclaimed the land and the dormant quarries have filled with turq...

Read More

Max’s View

Red Army **** The most popular sporting events in the world are international competitions like the Olympics and the World Cup. Not to me, though. I have almost zero interest in those events. And if I do end up watching, I always root against the Uni...

Read More

Reiss’s Pieces

By Judy Reiss Do you remember when a few months ago, I wrote about being scammed? Well, I did and the reason I wrote about it was because I thought if I could fall for such a stupid thing, I wanted to be sure that everybody within the sound of my voi...

Read More

Public Libraries

Editor, One of the things that fascinates me in the USA is public libraries. Books have to me an irresistible power. Books are my faithful friends, always there, ready to help, giving themselves with no reserve, never asking for something in return....

Read More

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