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Montpelier Death Café Helps Eliminate Stigma Surrounding Dying

By Matt Coutu When first hearing of a Death Café, the idea might seem a bit morbid at first, but it is anything other than gruesome. In Montpelier, Michelle Acciavatti and Fred Cheyette are two of the four Death Café facilitators working to break down social barriers containing the stigma known as death. “I call myself an End-of-Life Specialist,” A...

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Understanding Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Tax Provisions

The Affordable Care Act contains comprehensive health insurance reforms and includes tax provisions that affect individuals, families, businesses, insurers, tax-exempt organizations and government entities. These tax provisions contain important changes, including how individuals and families file their taxes. The law requires you and your dependen...

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Aging with Grace…

With the busy holiday season approaching, I’ve received inquiries from caregivers with concerns about the holidays. Dear Grace, My father, who is quite frail, is spending the holidays with us this year. I’m thrilled to have him and I want to make sure he feels included in all the festivities. How can I do that without exhausting him? I’m afraid he’...

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Reiss’s Pieces

By Judy Reiss When we were young, no one that I knew ever thought about or discussed whether you were being fed anything unhealthy or inappropriate. Think abort it. When we were young, do you remember coming home from school and been given a snack of plain old white bread with butter and sugar on it? If your mother did that today she would probably...

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Max’s View

Rolling Papers *** The State of Vermont still has a $100 million budget deficit. And yet, shamefully, marijuana still hasn’t been legalized here. “But max,” you exclaim, “think of the children.” I AM thinking of the children. I’m thinking of the ones who just graduated high school and college and can’t find a decent job. When marijuana is legalized...

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Not Your Ordinary Tea and Wine Café

By Aaron Retherford Sometimes a café is just a café. You might stop in for an early morning cup of coffee. And while enjoying a flaky pastry, you check out the calendar section in the latest issue of The WORLD. Other times, a café is so much more than that – it’s a community builder. That’s been the inspiration for North Branch Café. When North Bra...

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Poetry Corner

Fall Comes But Once a Year By Darlene Sprague The wild asters have bloomed among the golden rods The milkweed hid its silk, in its puffy pods The sumac’s red spikes stood out proud and tall Autumn comes with cockleburs in a time called fall Morning meadows glisten with heavy frost and dew Wild grapes have ripened, a very blackish blue September day...

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The Freedom to Elect, The Freedom to Cry

By G. E. Shuman Well, after about two years of campaigning, reporting, sniping, chiding, protesting, polling, and many other gerunds, our country’s presidential election is finally over. The people have spoken, as they say, and we have a new president-elect. In all earnest, I do wish he and his team well. I don’t use this column to push any politic...

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Max’s View: You Don’t Really Have to Move to Canada

Okay, the presidential election is over and your side didn’t win. I’m sorry. It’s painful. I know how losing feels. I’m a New York Jets fan. If you want to be sad because our country elected a childish, unqualified sexist who knows less about geography and history than I do, then go ahead. That’s fair. If you want to be sad because you think Presid...

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Reiss’s pieces

By Judy Reiss Now that most of our fall or Leaf Season activities are over, it is now the beginning of the Holiday Season. Actually I hate not to call the season Christmas. In fact I always say Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays. And I do that for two reasons. Probably first and foremost it is because since the day one, America has been conside...

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