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September 23rd, 2014

What is Vermont? Image & Identity in the Green Mountain State

What is Vermont? Image & Identity in the Green Mountain State

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What is Vermont? A day-long conference presented by the Vermont Historical Society on September 27 will explore “Image & Identity in the Green Mountain State” and take a broad sweep of history from the state’s founding to new research on today’s Vermonters. Afternoon sessions will focus on the results of the Vermont Roots Migration Project and a special presentation of portrayals of Vermont on film and television. After the Society’s annual meeting, the morning keynote, given by historian Jill Mudgett, will give an overview of the cultural history of Vermont’s image and identity, viewed from inside and outside the state. Mudgett is a cultural historian and occasional VPR commentator,…
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09/22/2014What is Vermont? Image & Identity in the Green Mountain State
Tree Stand Safety Tips for Hunters

Tree Stand Safety Tips for Hunters

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Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here areas some tips from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience: - Choose a live, straight tree. - Buy smart. Only use stands certified by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA). - Inspect them…
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09/22/2014Tree Stand Safety Tips for Hunters
Submit Your Spaulding Memories and Help Celebrate 50 Years on Ayers Street

Submit Your Spaulding Memories and Help Celebrate 50 Years on Ayers Street

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In the Fall of 1964, former principal, Anatole G. Pendo extended a warm welcome to the Freshman Class. He took the time to acknowledge the challenges one may face as a student entering the building, particularly when they would only be here for a short period of time. In his words, “Although this is a message of welcome, it is also a message of farewell, for in a few short months the echoes…
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09/22/2014Submit Your Spaulding Memories and Help Celebrate 50 Years on Ayers Street
Loons Post Record Year for Nesting Success, Bald Eagle Nesting Down

Loons Post Record Year for Nesting Success, Bald Eagle Nesting Down

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Vermont’s loon population had a record year for nesting success, producing 65 fledglings, or chicks that survived to leave the nest, on lakes and ponds throughout the state. Loons faced dramatic declines in the 20th century mostly due to shoreline development and human disturbance of loon habitat, but were removed from Vermont’s endangered species list in 2005 following decades of recovery efforts. Peregrine falcons, which also were removed from Vermont’s endangered species list in 2005, saw similarly strong nesting success this year. “Rare birds such as peregrine falcons and loons are very sensitive to human disturbance while nesting,” said John Buck, nongame bird project leader fo…
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09/22/2014Loons Post Record Year for Nesting Success, Bald Eagle Nesting Down
Just Basics inc.’s Montpelier Food Pantry and Bear Pond Books Team Up to Fight Hunger in Central Vermont

Just Basics inc.’s Montpelier Food Pantry and Bear Pond Books Team Up to Fight Hunger in Central Ver…

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September is “Hunger Action” Month Across the US and Just Basics Inc.’s (JBI) Montpelier Food Pantry and Bear Pond Books are teaming up to fill the window! Beginning Monday, September 22 through 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, the community is welcome to donate non-perishable food items and display them in Bear Pond Books’ window. All donations will be brought to the JBI Montpelier Food Pan…
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09/22/2014Just Basics inc.’s Montpelier Food Pantry and Bear Pond Books Team Up to Fight Hunger in Central Ver…
Discovering Life on a Green Planet

Discovering Life on a Green Planet

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I know how strange this probably sounds, but I truly believe that I have recently discovered life on a planet. I really have. I’m not exaggerating, lying, fibbing, or fantasizing. The fact that the planet I recently discovered life on happens to be the one you live on, does not make the discovery untrue... at least it doesn’t for me. You see, I feel that I have recently become more aware, and much more appreciative of all of the life that is around me. Perhaps this has something to do with my slowly, relentlessly, advancing age. I’m not sure, and I’m not sure if I care. I do believe that older people seem to appreciate the day, the hour, the present moment more than most younger folks do. Yo…
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09/22/2014Discovering Life on a Green Planet
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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Although I have never tried it, I can’t imagine that soap made from ashes and lye was very pleasant to use. I suppose that it worked alright on very dirty clothes and when those clothes were soaked in boiling water, the soap probably brought the ingrained dirt to the surface. I also don’t know for sure, but I assume that the hands that dipped into that scalding water and then were lathered up with the homemade soap were never, ever “party perfect.” Actually, washing clothes, dishes, pots and pans and children was never more than a weekly chore, and I imagine one of the reasons was it took forever and it burned the flesh right off your fingers! When I was young, I must admit, that I never ha…
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09/22/2014Reiss’s Pieces
In a World… ***1/2

In a World… ***1/2

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DVD Pick   Every time I walk into an establishment with a name like Watkins & Son Watch Repair, I wonder to myself: “Why did Mr. Watkins’s kid choose to work for his father?” I know that it’s tough to find a good job these days, but joining the family business seems like an unwise decision. There’s too much opportunity for strife and ill will. If Mr. Watkins Jr. doesn’t become as great a watch repairman as his old man, he’ll never have the opportunity to establish himself on his own. He’ll always be in his father’s shadow. If Mr. Watkins Jr. overtakes his dad, Watkins Sr. will at best feel old and inferior. At worst, the elder Watkins will be jealous of his son and be…
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09/22/2014In a World… ***1/2
Washington County Senate Race Needs a Debate

Washington County Senate Race Needs a Debate

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Editor: This year’s race for the Senate seats brings together a solid mix of incumbents and challengers who have varied but clear positions on key issues. All of which can be found on their websites. What is disappointing is that there are no debates scheduled for them that follow the presidential model. That is where one candidate responds to a question and the others can then ask follow-up questions. Without this type of debate, the public is left to read position papers about the candidates’ thinking on issues. Yes, you can phone them or catch them on the campaign trail to ask questions and then make your own evaluation. But I do not believe that is typically what today’s voters…
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09/22/2014Washington County Senate Race Needs a Debate
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

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The following information is excerpted from “The Making of a Forester, An Autobiographical History” by Perry H. Merrill   “In March of 1933, President Roosevelt proposed as a measure of unemployment relief to put unemployed youths aged eighteen to twenty five to work in our forests. Congress quickly passed the Emergency Conservation Works Act (ECW), thus creating the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).” “This nationwide program was originally designed to enroll about 250,000 youth who must be physically fit, unmarried and unemployed, have dependents and be willing to send an allotment home to their families. Vermont was originally allotted an enrollment of 750 youths, which woul…
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09/22/2014Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
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What is Vermont? Image & Identity in the Green Mountain State

What is Vermont? A day-long conference presented by the Vermont Historical Society on September 27 will explore “Image & Identity in the Green Mountain State” and take a broad sweep of history from the state’s founding to new research on today’s...

Read More

Tree Stand Safety Tips for Hunters

Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here areas some tips from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience...

Read More

Submit Your Spaulding Memories and Help Celebrate 50 Years on Ayers Street

In the Fall of 1964, former principal, Anatole G. Pendo extended a warm welcome to the Freshman Class. He took the time to acknowledge the challenges one may face as a student entering the building, particularly when they would only be here for a sho...

Read More

Loons Post Record Year for Nesting Success, Bald Eagle Nesting Down

Vermont’s loon population had a record year for nesting success, producing 65 fledglings, or chicks that survived to leave the nest, on lakes and ponds throughout the state. Loons faced dramatic declines in the 20th century mostly due to shoreline de...

Read More

Just Basics inc.’s Montpelier Food Pantry and Bear Pond Books Team Up to Fight Hunger in Central Vermont

September is “Hunger Action” Month Across the US and Just Basics Inc.’s (JBI) Montpelier Food Pantry and Bear Pond Books are teaming up to fill the window! Beginning Monday, September 22 through 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, the community is welcom...

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