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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Stopping the drain: Innovative technology helps conserve water throughout the house

Four hundred gallons – that’s how much water the average American home uses in a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Is it any wonder? You turn on the tap to get a drink and run the water until it feels cool, or let the shower pour until the water is hot enough. The toilet or irrigation system runs a bit too long, and...

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Ditch the New Year’s resolution and make 2014 a delicious, well-balanced eating revolution

The New Year’s resolution is an annual tradition for many Americans. But year after year, Americans throw themselves into a harsh new routine of extreme weight loss and diet, which leaves little room for success. In fact, 92 percent of those who set a resolution fall short of keeping it. This year, kick those New Year’s resolutions to t...

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Thinking about writing off Social Security? Not so fast

Social Security is a hot topic these days. Unfortunately, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to planning for Social Security. And that could have significant consequences. A recent nationwide omnibus survey of 1,007 adults in the United States shows that despite the constant coverage about the topic, many Americans aren’t clea...

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Vermont’s Spring Turkey Hunting Starts Soon

  Hunters are gearing up for Vermont’s spring turkey hunting season that starts May 1. Vermont offers some of the best turkey hunting in New England according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. In 2013, Hunters took 6,362 turkeys in both the youth weekend and regular seasons, and 608 turkeys in the fall season. What makes Vermont’s...

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Reptiles and Amphibians Are on the Move

Spotted salamanders like this one will soon be crossing Vermont roadways to reach wetlands where they will breed. Photo by John Hall. You may have already heard the spring peepers or wood frogs calling in your backyard. Or perhaps you’ve noticed salamanders crawling over rocks in a nearby stream. The arrival of spring brings the return of reptiles...

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GMUW Supports NALC Food Drive for Local Food Shelves on May 10

  Green Mountain United Way announces that the 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive for local food shelves will take place on Saturday, May 10th. Most local post offices are participating. This is an opportunity for all everyone in the community to “Help Stamp out Hunger” by donating some non-perishable food items, li...

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Celebrate May Day in Barre

  Ben Koenig (right) and Mark Greenberg (left) deliver Barre Labor Hall’s 90th birthday card to Pete Seeger (center).   An Italian dinner, an award-winning film, and a tribute to an American musical icon will fill Barre’s Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St., on May 1 for the Barre Historical Society’s annual celebration of Primo Maggio. The fe...

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Bear Ridge Speedway’s 47th Consecutive Season Kicks Off Saturday, May 3rd

  With the snow finally melting, Bear Ridge Speedway is prepping the track and sprucing up the facility for the competitors and fans who are getting revved up for the first green of the 2014 season on Saturday, May 3rd, after the annual Bear Ridge Car show at the Bradford Jiffy Mart. Be sure to check out the cars and stars at the 13th annual U...

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Tax Dollars Not Used to Influence Montpelier School Vote

  Editor: I am writing to respond to a letter that ran in the April 16 edition of your newspaper. The letter claimed that Montpelier Public Schools took out a $900 ad in The Bridge “to try to influence the outcome of the re-vote” on the school budget. This is not true. At no time did we use taxpayer dollars to advocate for passage of the schoo...

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Green Up and Avoiding Ticks

  Editor: Green Up VT and your backyard let’s us know it is spring. Ticks are becoming more prevalent all over New England and Lyme Disease has become “epidemic” in Vermont. Prevention is key. Billions of nymphs the size of poppy seeds are waiting in leaf litter for a meal – you, a mouse, a rabbit, etc.  Adult ticks are fewer, but equall...

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