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September 23rd, 2014

Monthly Archives: September 2014

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 Vermonters. Afternoon sessions will focus on the results of the Vermont Roots Migration Project and...

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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: - Choose a live, straight tree. - Buy smart. Only use stands certified by the Treestand Manufactur...

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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 short period of time. In his words, “Although this is a message of welcome, it is also a message of far...

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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 development and human disturbance of loon habitat, but were removed from Vermont’s endangered species...

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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 welcome to donate non-perishable food items and display them in Bear Pond Books’ window. All donations wil...

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Discovering Life on a Green Planet

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...

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Reiss’s Pieces

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...

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In a World… ***1/2

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 w...

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Washington County Senate Race Needs a Debate

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 qu...

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Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

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...

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