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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Max’s View

A Man Named Martin ***1/2 In this most Evangelical of countries, it’s odd to me that there isn’t more reverence for the founder of Protestantism. With all due respect to the great Dr. King, the most influential guy named Martin Luther in world history is definitely Martin Luther. Luther didn’t just found a Christian sect, he saved Christianity itse...

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The People’s House: A History of the Vermont Statehouse – Part III in a Series

By Senator Bill Doyle Second Statehouse, 1836-1857 In 1831, the legislature asked for proposals for a new Statehouse. In the running were Montpelier, Burlington, Woodstock, Rutland, Middlebury, and Randolph. In 1832, the legislature chose Montpelier, provided that Montpelier would raise $15,000. Montpelier raised $18,000, and with the extra money,...

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Senior Center Thanks Volunteers, Sponsors, Donors

Editor, Montpelier Senior Activity Center staff take this opportunity to publicly thank our 2015 volunteers, recent sponsors and donors. On December 16th, we hosted a luncheon to recognize the service of over 150 volunteers who have served this year. The value of their service, estimated conservatively, is $136,000 – and that’s a lot of hours donat...

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Stringing Popcorn

By G. E. Shuman When I was a child, a long time ago, in a galaxy far away, many things were different than they are today. That statement seems to go without saying, but I still said it. The world has changed so much since then. Traditions, celebrations, and even seasonal decorations are not the way they once were. I’m not sure if such changes are...

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Max’s View

That Sugar Film ***1/2 My best friend Kurt told his 6-year-old son, Luke, two nuggets of wisdom. Santa Claus exists and brings him presents on Christmas. Soda is poison. Unfortunately, Luke believes number one but not number two. Luke has it backwards. Too much sugar really is poison. As soon as I heard earlier this year that sugar is the cause of...

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Senate Report: Three Governors Illustrate Waterbury’s Productive History

By Senator Bill Doyle Waterbury was granted by Governor Benning Wentworth, the royal Governor of New Hampshire, to Joseph Abbott and 63 grantees in June 1763. Waterbury was originally six miles square, but in time, its land area was increased by accessions from Middlesex and Bolton. In 1763, many of the proprietors lived in Waterbury, Connecticut a...

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Jim Miller, ReSOURCE Team up for ARC/Fun Holiday Winter Dance Saturday

The Annual Holiday Dinner Dance, a fun holiday event coordinated by the Central Vermont ARC and Families and Friends United (FUN), will take place this Saturday, Dec. 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Bethany Church in Montpelier. The “potluck” affair, which starts at 6:30, will draw members of ARC/FUN plus family, friends, supervisors and supporters from...

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Max’s View

The Best of Enemies **** I like the name of my column: Max’s View. I like that it’s cool sounding and I like that it’s honest. Every article I write is just my opinion on a topic. Nothing more. If I stumble across the truth sometimes, that’s nice. If I’m full of crap sometimes, that’s okay, too. Not every newsman is as honest. I just read a good ar...

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Senate Report: The People’s House – A History of the Vermont Statehouse

Part II in a Series By Senator Bill Doyle By 1808, it became necessary to have hard money to purchase glass and nails to finish the building. At this meeting, Montpelier voted to raise a tax of 4 cents on the dollar for each inhabitant. Two-thirds of this tax could be payable in grain, butter and cheese. In 1807, Montpelier’s grand list was $23,000...

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Poetry Corner

A Winter Storm By Darlene Sprague It was two weeks before Christmas and after a storm We heard noise from the housetop, not sounds of the norm Mama heard a crash that sounded like an “oof” She said, I think something just hit the roof Thanksgiving had passed a few weeks before Now the snow is deep and up to the door We needed to investigate So outs...

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