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January 17th, 2017

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Williamstown Academy is a Big Hit at Ainsworth Public Library

By Aaron Retherford Author Alfred Mercier once said, “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” A Williamstown couple has taken that quote to heart and made it the foundation for the newly created Williamstown Academy workshops hosted at Ainsworth Public Library. With his wife Helen, who volunteers at the library, Bill Johnson created the serie...

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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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Vermont Stars come out for Lost Nation Theater in ‘LNT-Aid’ Thursday Night

By Aaron Retherford You’ll be hard-pressed to find a larger gathering of talented performers in Vermont than when Lost Nation Theater puts on its third “LNT-Aid” extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Montpelier’s City Hall. This is an event not to be missed. LNT-Aid 2016 includes a lineup of veteran and first-time stars. A $25 ticket allows y...

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Experience what The Summit School is all about at Summit School Sampler

By Aaron Retherford City Hall in Montpelier will be the site of a mini-festival of events on Saturday, November 19 thanks to The Summit School for Traditional Music and Culture. This will be the first Summit School Sampler and the school’s executive director hopes to do this every year. “We want to share all the things we do with the public. The fi...

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VCIL Honors Local Youth Leaders

By Aaron Retherford On Friday, Maleia Darling of Spaulding High School and Erika Dow of Maple Hill School in Plainfield received Deborah Lisi-Baker Youth Leader Awards from the Vermont Center for Independent Living for their work advocating for disability rights. Both Darling and Dow were nominated for the award and chosen due to their work within...

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Barre Town Parks & Recreation Hosts Inaugural Fall Festival, Oct. 22

By Aaron Retherford The Barre Town Parks & Recreation Department has made a concerted effort to showcase its parks and playgrounds throughout the year, hosting everything from a Spring Festival to ice cream socials at the six town playgrounds. This weekend, the Parks & Rec Department is back at it with a Fall Festival at the Barre Town Re...

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AMERICAN PICKERS To Film In Vermont

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Vermont! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region this fall. AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in...

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Art Explodes in Barre this Summer

Studio Place Arts (SPA) is hosting a fiber art extravaganza that includes an exhibit called “Visionary Conspiracy” of outstanding work by Vermont members of the nationally renowned Surface Design Association. The artwork will include traditional and sometimes unconventional pieces made using an arsenal of threads, textiles, wool, needles and looms....

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Duck Rescue at Berlin Pond!

At the end of June, Tina Valentinetti was photographing a mallard family at Berlin Pond when suddenly there was a flurry of wings, thrashing and splashing. She realized one or more ducks were entrapped in something, but she was unable to reach anyone at Fish & Wildlife. So she called her daughter, Angela Wilkin, who is a registered bird transp...

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Ice Cream Socials Reconnect Neighbors with Barre Town Playgrounds

By Aaron Retherford In early June, the Spring into Summer Festival helped get local residents out to Barre’s recreational facilities. The Town of Barre Recreation Department has come up with another great idea to get people out to the local playgrounds — ice cream socials! “This is the next phase to promote the local playgrounds that we oversee,” D...

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