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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Women Gain the Right to Vote

Edna Beard, the first woman to serve in the Vermont General Assembly. Beard represented the Town of Orange, and was later elected to the Senate from Orange County.     The General Assembly of 1915, which enacted the direct primary, was considered a “progressive” group. Progressive legislation included Vermont’s initial workmen’s compensat...

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Planning can help families protect pets during natural disasters

News of natural disasters can stir our compassion, inspire us to find ways to help and remind us of the need to prepare our own homes and families to cope with emergencies, including severe weather, earthquakes and fire. Every family should have a disaster plan, so that if a disaster strikes, you’ll be ready to make the best use of aid from t...

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Hard water: bad for your home and wallet

Nearly 90 percent of American homes have hard water – water containing high levels of calcium and magnesium, according to The U.S. Geological Survey. The hardest water is commonly found in the states that run from Kansas to Texas as well as in Southern California. Hard water on its own is bad enough, making it difficult to wash clothes and di...

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Cost of home fire sprinklers at all-time lows; benefits still high

When it comes to the safety of your home and family, you would probably say money is no object. Yet cost (real or perceived) has long deterred many homeowners from considering a residential fire sprinkler system to protect their homes. The systems cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 80 percent, have broad support from safety experts and can eve...

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Tips to spruce up your home for the holidays

Holidays are when most people open their homes for friends and family. Sharing the season’s greetings is always the priority but these gatherings are also an opportunity to show off improvements made during the year. This is one of the reasons that autumn is a popular time for home improvements. Fifty-two percent of homeowners plan to make ho...

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Decoding your digestive health

A family feast for the record books, too much tailgating, a stressful day at the office, an allergic flare-up or just a change in your routine – no matter the cause, you’ve likely had to cope with digestive health issues at some point. For some, they’re an occasional occurrence. For many, they’re a regular or even daily disr...

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Washing your car at home can do more harm than good

Whether a Saturday morning ritual or a charity fundraiser, washing vehicles on driveways, parking lots and streets can do far more harm than good. That’s because the dirty water entering storm drains from pavement washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged. A study by the city of Federal Way, Wash., found that residential car...

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Granite Center Garden Club Reaches 75th Year & Wants to Grow Even More

As our Indian Summer and beautiful autumn foliage wane, the Granite Center Garden Club is already planning how to make the 2014 season in the greater Barre area even more spectacular.   Most of us are treated to the beautiful flower beds along the roadways of downtown Barre City but never knew exactly who was behind the spectacular designs and...

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Vermont Offers Several Deer Hunting Opportunities

Vermont has more older bucks in its deer population as a result of the antler point restriction that went into effect in 2005. VT Fish & Wildlife photo by Dave Yandel.   Hunters should feel upbeat about the state’s deer hunting seasons this year, according to Vermont deer biologist Adam Murkowski.   “Vermont’s deer herd has benefitted...

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Abraham Lincoln and the Rise of the Republican Party

The time was ripe for the rise of a new party that would gather under one stand the disaffected members of the various established parties. The Republican party in Vermont was organized on July 13, 1854, when about 600 to 800 people gathered at the State House in Montpelier.   A person who played an important role in the creation of the new pa...

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