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August 17th, 2017

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Hardware & Hops

By Katie Moritz Walking up to Harry’s Hardware in Cabot, Vermont, feels a little like walking back in time: a single gas and diesel pump, unadorned and unsheltered, stand out front; the wood floors, worn smooth, buckle slightly between the boards; red tractor seats line a glistening granite bar. Yes, a bar. In a hardware store. But it’s not just an...

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Plastic Bag Ban

Dear Editor, I recently learned that no Vermont town has a plastic bag ban. Given that Vermont has been an environmental leader since the 70s, I was surprised and disappointed. After living 35 years in Middlesex, my husband and I moved to Lee, Massachusetts in 2011, to be closer to grandchildren. We chose Lee partly because it was most like Montpel...

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Max’s View

Now on Netflix The Battered Bastards of Baseball **** Tim Tebow is one of the most famous sports figures in America. He is best known for being Christian, but he actually plays sports from time to time as well. Tebow was a star quarterback for the University of Florida. Then he was a lousy quarterback in the NFL. This year, he made headlines with h...

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Rule Change favors Trapper Convenience?

Dear Editor, Protect Our Wildlife opposes a trapper’s petition that seeks to extend the season in which otters can be killed in inhumane, body-gripping traps for their pelts. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has proposed a rule that would grant the trapper’s request, yet the Department has still not provided adequate justification for the...

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The Lawn Mower

I know I’ve mentioned in the past that I don’t particularly like mowing my lawn. I don’t particularly like snow blowing more, but mowing is not something I ever look forward to. You may love mowing grass, and if so I’m happy for you. I do it, but I would just rather not. About a week ago I bought a new mower, on sale, at ‘Stuffmart.’ I decided that...

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2017 Solar Eclipse: A Historic Day

For many Americans, Aug. 21 will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the greatest displays in nature: a total solar eclipse. Partial solar eclipses — those in which the moon blocks a portion of the sun during the daytime hours — aren’t particularly uncommon. Total solar eclipses, in contrast, are far less common, especially for people...

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Aldrich Library Thanks You!

Dear Editor, Once again the Book Sale at the Aldrich Public Library was a rousing success.   This is an annual project of the Friends of the Library, a part of the summer Barre Heritage Festival. It was an exciting weekend in Barre and we are proud and happy to be a part of it. We made about $3200, all given to the library, helping to fund programs...

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Max’s Views

Dunkirk ***   In 1939, the UK declared war on Nazi Germany. That said: the British weren’t actually in any position to fight a war. In spring 1940, the German army tore through the Netherlands, Belgium, and then northern France. The combined French and British armies were no match. Within just a few weeks, UK soldiers had stopped fighting. Whe...

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Bikers for Beth Thank You!

Bikers for Beth 9th annual ride benefiting Tammy Surprise of Berlin raised over $10,000 Thanks to Gary & Jean Gosselin for their continued support over the last 9 years, the great meal, use of your facility your generosity goes above and beyond. To our chicken cooker Mike Taylor we missed you. Breakfast courtesy of Dunkin Donuts and Maria’s Bag...

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Brookfield Community Partnership Thanks You

As always, the Bookfield Community Partnership would like to thank The Frankenburg Agency of Randolph for serving as their lead sponsor for the entire 2017 series of events at the Brookfield Old Town Hall....

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