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September 2nd, 2015

Cars Aren’t Much Fun Anymore

Cars Aren’t Much Fun Anymore

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By G. E. Shuman My wife and I buy new cars. Actually, we lease them, we don’t buy them. For our purposes, leasing works better than buying. The payment is reasonable, and, even though there is that payment, there are no thousand-dollar surprises like there used to be so many times when we owned VERY used, un-warranted vehicles. I like that idea of no surprises, and the fact that if they break down, it’s someone else’s problem. For me, long gone (hopefully) are the days when it was an adventure to climb into, on top of, or, most stressfully, UNDER a car, to solve one problem or another. I am an English teacher, writer, editor, husband, father, grandfather, son, grandson…etc. I am not, nor h…
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08/31/2015Cars Aren’t Much Fun Anymore
Max’s View

Max’s View

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I Am Femen *** In the United States, we have an usual amount of freedom to protest. But we don’t really take advantage of it. Sure, the people of Ferguson have come together to shed light on police brutality. And the Occupy Wall Street movement showed how disenfranchised some young people feel about the New World Order of corporate greed. In America, we have people who sometimes take to the streets in protest. But we don’t have many actual dissidents - people who have devoted their lives to protest. The documentary “I Am Femen” gives us an unvarnished, uncensored look at the life of Oksana Shachko: a full-time protestor. When we meet Oksana, she is 25 years old but she…
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08/31/2015Max’s View
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss I am not going to talk about the crazy weather, although I would really like to. It was bad enough in the winter when it was cold and we had gob of snow, but right now, this summer, the 90s is just too hot, at least, for me. Nope, what I want to talk about and get your opinion about is toilet paper! Now I am sure that there are many of you who are wondering why a grown woman of 76 would be obsessing about such a strange topic. Well, the answer is I have gone to several restaurants and stores that have public facilities and I never let one go. My mother always told me to be sure and use any and all restrooms when they are available because you just never know! And I have fo…
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08/31/2015Reiss’s Pieces
Leadership Changes in the Boy Scouts of America

Leadership Changes in the Boy Scouts of America

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By Ed McCollin, Scout Executive/CEO Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America For 105 years, the Boy Scouts of America has played an important and significant role in shaping the lives of its youth members by instilling in them the values found in the Scout Oath and Law. For those readers who are unfamiliar with the Oath and Law, please read on: Scout Oath: On my Honor, I will do my best, to do my Duty, to God and my Country; To obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Re…
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08/31/2015Leadership Changes in the Boy Scouts of America
O’Donnell Puts Exclamation Point on Title Bid with Fourth Win of Season on Cody Chevrolet Night

O’Donnell Puts Exclamation Point on Title Bid with Fourth Win of Season on Cody Chevrolet Night

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N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell put an exclamation point on his bid for a third consecutive Thunder Road championship by making a late charge for his fourth win of the season Thursday, August 27 on Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night. O’Donnell broke out of traffic late in the 50-lap main event and sliced through the front of the pack, passing cars low and high before reaching leader Mike “B…
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08/28/2015O’Donnell Puts Exclamation Point on Title Bid with Fourth Win of Season on Cody Chevrolet Night
Poetry Corner

Poetry Corner

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A World Surrounded By Lyza Giroux Feelings come in a storm of emotion Sadness, which comes to someone like waves from the unsteady sea Love, a feeling that will never truly leave one be; It’s almost as if missing him is the reason I breathe Anger, for the moments when you feel like nothing’s going right Joy, is what you find when the ones you care about hold you tight Depressed, a feeling of uncertainty in the obstacles of life Disappointment, for when you feel like you’re the one under the knife Fear, for when the dark takes over the night Excitement, a feeling where you’re simply drowned by delight Then there’s happiness Where even after everything;  all you want to do is dan…
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08/28/2015Poetry Corner
Local 18U Softball Squad Honors Fallen Soldiers with Selfless Act

Local 18U Softball Squad Honors Fallen Soldiers with Selfless Act

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By Aaron Retherford The Screaming Eagles is an 18U Junior Olympic softball team based out of the Northeast Kingdom. But it’s not the fact they are taking on college athletes in tournaments that sets them apart. It’s what the players chose to put on the back of their jerseys that makes them special. Instead of having their names on the back of the jerseys, each player has the name of a fallen…
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08/24/2015Local 18U Softball Squad Honors Fallen Soldiers with Selfless Act
Max’s View

Max’s View

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Straight Outta Compton *** What were Americans listening to in 1988? Nothing good, I’m afraid. The singles charts was dominated by bland pop stars like Steve Winwood and George Michael. The top-selling rock albums were by artless bores like Def Leppard and Van Halen. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Max was listening to “Weird Al” Yankovic. That is until my school friend Nathaniel gave me a cassette copy of Straight Outta Compton by the rap group N.W.A. My taste - and the world’s taste - in music was forever changed for the better. N.W.A. reinvented the genre of hip hop. Their brand of gangsta’ rap was defiantly black music made for an inner city audience. Their stories of crack dea…
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08/24/2015Max’s View
Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day

Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day

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By Sen. Bill Doyle Barre was the first community in Vermont to celebrate Labor Day. This took place at the Green Mountain Trotting Park (present location of Spaulding High School) on September 7, 1895. The event was sponsored by the Barre Granite Cutters’ Union. There were many speakers that day, and one prominent speaker spoke in the Italian language. A Barre newspaper, The Barre City Leader, reported that the park “was well fitted for the occasion with swings and hammocks. There was a large pavilion for dancing with the music being furnished by the Barre Coronet Band. In the morning there was a baseball game between the two strongest teams in the state, followed by a football game. T…
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08/24/2015Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss I’m willing to bet that most of you who read this column were brought up very much like I was. Although the name of the town wasn’t Mayberry, it was very much the same. When I started kindergarten, I not only walked to school, I walked home for lunch, back again, and then back at the end of the day. It was quite far too! When I was in sixth grade, we moved to another town, and it was even more Mayberry-ish. In sixth grade, we did have to take a bus, but we had to walk about six blocks to catch it. And from seventh grade until high school graduation, we walked to school every single day, and I assure you nobody’s mother walked with us. When I met and married Malcolm, we d…
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08/24/2015Reiss’s Pieces
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Cars Aren’t Much Fun Anymore

By G. E. Shuman My wife and I buy new cars. Actually, we lease them, we don’t buy them. For our purposes, leasing works better than buying. The payment is reasonable, and, even though there is that payment, there are no thousand-dollar surprises like...

Read More

Max’s View

I Am Femen *** In the United States, we have an usual amount of freedom to protest. But we don’t really take advantage of it. Sure, the people of Ferguson have come together to shed light on police brutality. And the Occupy Wall Street movement showe...

Read More

Reiss’s Pieces

By Judy Reiss I am not going to talk about the crazy weather, although I would really like to. It was bad enough in the winter when it was cold and we had gob of snow, but right now, this summer, the 90s is just too hot, at least, for me. Nope, what...

Read More

Leadership Changes in the Boy Scouts of America

By Ed McCollin, Scout Executive/CEO Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America For 105 years, the Boy Scouts of America has played an important and significant role in shaping the lives of its youth members by instilling in them the values found i...

Read More

O’Donnell Puts Exclamation Point on Title Bid with Fourth Win of Season on Cody Chevrolet Night

N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell put an exclamation point on his bid for a third consecutive Thunder Road championship by making a late charge for his fourth win of the season Thursday, August 27 on Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night. O’Donnell broke...

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