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Hollister Hill Apartments in Marshfield

Hollister Hill Apartments in Marshfield

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Editor, So the plan is to demolish the 16-unit apartment complex on Hollister Hill in Marshfield. Why? I’m told by the Vermont Housing Authority and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board that shoddy construction and deteriorating pipes are the main reason. Has either of these state entities even left their offices for a site inspection? Twelve of the units are occupied right now and the other four are empty in the anticipation of destruction. The $5,000,000 cost hasn’t even been finalized yet. If there is a need for low-income and elderly housing, why are we tearing down units that are occupied? We should keep these and build 16 more. The town of Marshfield has applied for a Commu…
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01/16/2017Hollister Hill Apartments in Marshfield
Aldrich Director, Library Deserve Credit

Aldrich Director, Library Deserve Credit

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Editor, Thank you for your regular coverage of the activities and offerings of the Aldrich Public Library. As a financial and volunteer supporter of the Aldrich, I appreciate how it is a community center, welcome center for visitors, and a safe place to visit for young and disadvantaged people. The staff is skilled, compassionate, and equipped to handle both technical library requests and the occasional over-loud teenager. Not surprisingly, library membership is up and use of the internet-connected computers is up 34 percent. Two months ago I helped a young woman with some learning challenges prepare a job resume on one of the Aldrich public computers. A week later, she had a full-tim…
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01/16/2017Aldrich Director, Library Deserve Credit
Thanks for Weathering Heights Column

Thanks for Weathering Heights Column

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Editor, I want to thank The WORLD for regularly publishing Roger Hill’s “Weathering Heights” column, which I look forward to reading. In addition to listing monthly local weather statistics, he explains in detail the weather we are experiencing as well as what is in store for the near-term future. The greatest service he provides to readers, however, is putting the ever-increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2) measurements in perspective, especially in how it relates to extreme climate events that are more frequently occurring around the world. This week he highlighted a scientific report on the alarming local extinctions of hundreds of various planetary species as they struggle to…
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01/16/2017Thanks for Weathering Heights Column
Senate Report: Doyle Secures Permanent Place in Vermont History

Senate Report: Doyle Secures Permanent Place in Vermont History

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A special ceremony was held Jan. 10, 2017 in the Vermont Senate Chamber, honoring the 48-year span of elected service by William “Bill” Doyle. Phil Scott led the praises (and sometimes “roastings”) by colleagues from both sides of the aisle - all of whom acknowledged that Doyle had secured a permanent place in Vermont history; not only because of his 24 election wins and landmark legislation to make Vermont one of the most open states for voter participation, but also his ability to fully listen to all sides of an issue. Doyle concluded the January 10 ceremony with the following statement: “Thank you, Mr. President, for giving me a few moments to share a few thoughts with the…
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01/16/2017Senate Report: Doyle Secures Permanent Place in Vermont History
De-Grinching Day!

De-Grinching Day!

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By G. E. Shuman I have always thought that the only thing worse than decorating for Christmas, was un-decorating. I’m sorry, Christmas decorations are very festive, but taking down all of that ‘stuff of December’ has always felt like torment, to me. My wife doesn’t seem to mind the day that we pack up all the ornaments, lights, left-over gift wrap, and other things, but I just hate it. Lorna carefully wraps up the breakable ornaments, and faithfully places them back in their original boxes, so they’re all set for the next year. I’d almost rather leave it all up, or leave it all packed away. I know how terrible that sounds. As proof of my dislike for ‘de-decorating,’ there is a 5-foot ta…
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01/16/2017De-Grinching Day!
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss I went out for coffee again today and once again had a blast! What is interesting is I knew that I loved getting together with the Grandmamafia but when I mentioned it to my physical therapist, she said I was right, except I had to go even if I am in terrible pain. She says that for me, to work through the pain is a very good thing. Staying in bed or in my chair with an ice pack on my rear end, it is just not good for me, and if I go downtown, I will get stronger and a lot more fun and interesting! We started by discussing a local girl, Hannah Utter, and how terrific she is doing as she skis with the US SKI Team Development group. And then we talked about everyone’s birthd…
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01/16/2017Reiss’s Pieces
Max’s View

Max’s View

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Do Not Resist ** Have you or anyone you’ve ever known been beaten up or shot by a police officer for no reason? Me, neither. The job of America’s police officers is to keep us safe without harassing us too much in the process. All things considered, they are doing an amazing job. Meanwhile, we keep finding ways to make their job more difficult. The misguided war on drugs forces officers to go after drug offenders rather than actual evil-doers. The misguided Police Unions waste their time defending the few bad cops instead of fighting for better pay for the many good ones. The misguided prison system continues to transform poor young men into violent, unhirable ex-cons by the mil…
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01/16/2017Max’s View
Max’s View

Max’s View

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I Am Your Father **1/2 If you will indulge me here, I am going to list all of the accomplishments of my career: 1. I’ve been with the same company for 15 years. That is all. Evidently, I am a responsible and agreeable enough employee to avoid being fired. Because I never go above and beyond in my daily work duties. I assure you of that. Do I try to impress my boss to earn a promotion? No! Do I stay late or work overtime unless explicitly forced by my boss? Goodness, no! Do I take work home with me, either in a briefcase or in my head? Heck no! If I ever find myself thinking about work when I’m not getting paid to, I drink until those shameful thoughts are out of my head.…
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01/09/2017Max’s View
Passion for Parks

Passion for Parks

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By Helen Hossley Looking through the lens of history of our parks seems glamorous; conjuring up nostalgia for the way they were in their heyday. We yearn to experience our parks as the pioneers of nature conservancy did; to be on the cutting edge of saving special places for future generations. How fabulous it would have been to be part of the conversation that John Muir had with Teddy Roosev…
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01/09/2017Passion for Parks
Demers Power Equipment has Great Ending after 66-Year Run

Demers Power Equipment has Great Ending after 66-Year Run

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By now everyone knows that the Barre landmark business — Demers Power Equipment at 81 South Main — has closed and its line of quality manufacturers and highly rated service was sold to Aubuchon Hardware and at least one other local small engine retailer. But not everyone knows that this was a business started over 66 years ago by Rheal J. Demers in the basement of his home at 81 South Main…
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01/03/2017Demers Power Equipment has Great Ending after 66-Year Run
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Hollister Hill Apartments in Marshfield

Editor, So the plan is to demolish the 16-unit apartment complex on Hollister Hill in Marshfield. Why? I’m told by the Vermont Housing Authority and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board that shoddy construction and deteriorating pipes are the m...

Read More

Aldrich Director, Library Deserve Credit

Editor, Thank you for your regular coverage of the activities and offerings of the Aldrich Public Library. As a financial and volunteer supporter of the Aldrich, I appreciate how it is a community center, welcome center for visitors, and a safe place...

Read More

Thanks for Weathering Heights Column

Editor, I want to thank The WORLD for regularly publishing Roger Hill’s “Weathering Heights” column, which I look forward to reading. In addition to listing monthly local weather statistics, he explains in detail the weather we are experiencing as we...

Read More

Senate Report: Doyle Secures Permanent Place in Vermont History

A special ceremony was held Jan. 10, 2017 in the Vermont Senate Chamber, honoring the 48-year span of elected service by William “Bill” Doyle. Phil Scott led the praises (and sometimes “roastings”) by colleagues from both sides of the aisle – a...

Read More

De-Grinching Day!

By G. E. Shuman I have always thought that the only thing worse than decorating for Christmas, was un-decorating. I’m sorry, Christmas decorations are very festive, but taking down all of that ‘stuff of December’ has always felt like torment, to me....

Read More

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