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Last Mile Ride Raises $60K for End-of-Life Care

Fueled by compassion, 154 runners and walkers, 201 motorcyclists and 38 cyclists gathered at Gifford Medical Center on Friday and Saturday, August 15th and 16th, for the Last Mile Ride, raising $60,000 for area residents in life’s last mile. Now in its ninth year, the Last Mile Ride has grown to a two-day event that includes a timed 5K, one-mile wa...

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Vermont’s Biggest Labor Day Celebration Gets Bigger

More booths, more games, more vendors, more rides, say the Board of Northfield Observances, the all-volunteer group behind Northfield’s annual Labor Day weekend. The weekend begins Saturday, August 30, with the Northfield Savings Bank fun runs for adults and children, and then swings into high gear. Entertainment lasts throughout the weekend from 1...

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Hunter Ed Courses Offered

It’s back to school season … for would-be hunters. With most hunting seasons just around the corner, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging new hunters to sign up now for a hunter education course. Classes fill up quickly, but securing a spot is easy with Fish & Wildlife’s online Hunter Education Program registration system. All w...

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Vermont Has Two Bear Hunting Seasons

Vermont has two bear hunting seasons. The early bear hunting season, which requires a special bear tag, starts September 1 and continues through November 14. The late bear season begins November 15 and continues through November 23. The bear tag that comes with a hunting license is for use during the late season, which partially overlaps with the N...

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Berlin Public Safety Petition

Editor: The recent article “Petition aims to force public vote” [Times Argus, July 27, 2014] stating that the Berlin Select Board is denying residents the right to vote on public safety in Berlin, is biased, one-sided political slop. Pat McDonald, a former Berlin Select Board member who is making these claims, knows the select board cannot deny res...

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Pedestrian Concerns in Montpelier

Editor: The Montpelier Police Department deserves the gratitude of those of us who walk to and fro across streets and intersections around the city for making stops and providing warnings to drivers who have been failing to yield for pedestrians at crosswalks, as was noted recently in the police blotter section within the Times Argus. Whether it be...

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Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day

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 newspa...

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The Giver **1/2

Most Americans are in favor of freedom and equality. Those two values are contradictory, however. Those who value freedom above all believe in the greatness of individuals and want government to stay out of our lives as much as possible. Those who value equality, whether they realize it or not, support a powerful central government. We are born une...

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B.T.S.

I won’t keep you in suspense. The letters ‘BTS’ are a bit of old retail jargon for the selling season of ‘back to school.’ I know this, as I am an old retail jargon person. I don’t know if the letters BTS are still used in that industry to abbreviate the words back to school, but I think that they probably are. Why would they not be? In retail, as...

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Reiss’s Pieces

One day after my 74th birthday, I woke up and started to think about half the people I knew in Waitsfield who had lost tons of weight. Here I was in my 75th year, still grossly overweight, and I started to think about my death and how my children and grandchildren were going to be able to fit me into a coffin. So I decided that I, too, would try th...

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