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April 27th, 2017

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Gardening With Amanda: Tomatoes — The Most Popular Garden Crop

By Amanda Legare According to the National Gardening Association web site, nine out of ten gardeners will grow tomatoes this summer, making them the most popular garden vegetable (although technically they are fruits). If I could give just one piece of advice for growing tomatoes, it would be to get LOTS of compost into the soil. Whether it is from...

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Max’s View

New York Doll ***1/2 When I was a young man, I decided that my life would be easier if I didn’t have children. So I never did. Now, 20 years later, I have learned the truth: my decision to abstain from reproduction was even more wise than I had even imagined. People without children have more freedom, more money, more options, more time, and more s...

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Spring Has Sprung!

By G. E. Shuman You know how, at times, there is a rhyme, or a song that you love: “How Sweet It Is” — James Taylor, or hate: “It’s A Small World” — Disney and Company, and it just gets stuck in your head, sometimes for an entire day? Well, I must tell you that at this time of year, EVERY year, since I was a child, the following tiny poem worms its...

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When Life Gives You Lymes

Debra Paul’s recounts of Chronic Lyme as transcribed by Melissa Ruiz Part III: Controversies So these past couple of segments we’ve discussed transmission and symptoms of Lyme disease, and touched a little bit on its treatment. Now it’s time to talk about the controversy surrounding Lyme disease. That’s right, controversy. As if Lyme itself weren’t...

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Ted Brady Offers Insight on Economic Development Initiatives, Opportunities

Pat McDonald producer and host of Vote for Vermont and Ben Kinsley, Executive Director of Campaign for Vermont Prosperity co-hosted a show on Economic Development Initiatives and Opportunities. Our guest was Ted Brady, the Deputy Secretary of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The following is a summary of their conversation. Ted...

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What Changed My Mind about Orange-Washington School Merger

Editor, School district mergers in compliance with VT Act 46 have been controversial in many towns. When I first joined the Joint 706 Committee in my town of Orange, we were tasked with examining how Orange and neighboring Washington could comply with Act 46. I was doubtful I could support a merger to form a unified Washington and Orange school dis...

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Guest Opinion: Let’s Take the Long View

By Ed Paquin Is it just the nature of the institution that the Legislature tends to focus on issues that have or are about to become crises? We seem to have a new annual tradition in Vermont; each year we face a “budget gap” with insufficient revenue to meet the projected budget for our current level of services. And each year we resolve the crisis...

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Spotlight on Business: Butterfly Bakery is Growing Up

After nearly 14 years in business and 9 in its current location, Butterfly Bakery of Vermont is getting some new digs. The fast-growing popularity of its new hot sauce and mustard lines have pushed the limits of its current space and necessitated an upgrade from 600 to a much more comfortable 3000 square feet. Hot sauce might seem like a surprising...

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Vermonters in Favor of Additional Affordable Housing, Efforts to Identify Water Pollution Sources

At right, are the results for Bill Doyle’s 2017 Town Meeting Day Survey from the 7,300 returns of Vermont residents in all 14 counties. The numbers represent the percentage of residents who answered “yes”, “no” or “not sure” for each of the 15 questions....

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Passion for Parks: National Park Week is Perfect Excuse to Reconnect with Nature

By Helen Hossley Most park rangers I’ve met love what they do. They demonstrate a gentler way of living; an intrinsic value of imparting a little bit of wisdom, demonstrating a gentler way of living so others can be inspired to do the same and, hopefully leave the world in better place. I recently read an article highlighting that travel isn’t acce...

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