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Barre Students Help Bury Cancer

By Aaron Retherford Spaulding High School students haven’t been strangers to helping with good causes this spring. The SHS Student Council helped The Autism Puzzle Foundation promote Autism Awareness during Light It Up Blue in Barre last month. Now, the SHS junior class is helping a group of cancer survivors, who are planning a big event for this y...

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Barre Elementary Schools Eager to Hit the Links with The First Tee National School Program

By Aaron Retherford Barre Town Middle and Elementary School recently joined the 86 schools and one university in Vermont enrolled in The First Tee National School Program Initiative. Angie Carpenter-Henderson, a Physical Education Teacher for grades 3-5 at Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, witnessed the benefits of The First Tee National Sch...

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Rumney Memorial Teacher Releases Novel Geared Toward Middle Schoolers Who Want to Make a Difference

By Aaron Retherford In recent years, popular tween-focused literature has leaned toward fantasy worlds involving wizards, vampires or teenagers fighting to the death. But what about literature geared toward teens who care about the reality right here in their backyards? Katy Farber, a sixth-grade teacher at Rumney Memorial School in Middlesex, deci...

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Library Story Times Provide Children With Necessary Skills

By Aaron Retherford Kids don’t need to go to a prestigious preschool to be well prepared for kindergarten. They just have to head to their local libraries. Most libraries in central Vermont provide programs that nourish young, developing minds and bodies. Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield isn’t the only library in central Vermont with a weekly s...

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Montpelier Teen Named Vermont Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Rachael Cummings, 16, has been named the 2015 Vermont Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The program honors our nation’s most a...

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Taste of Home Cooking School Coming to Barre Opera House

By Aaron Retherford Taste of Home is known as the largest food and entertainment magazine in the world. It also puts on approximately 250 cooking school events a year, inspiring more than 150,000 home chefs across the United States. Central Vermonters will get a chance to see what the shows are all about. On Tuesday, April 28, Taste of Home will pu...

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Onion River Exchange Pops Up on Main Street

By Aaron Retherford With the opening of a tool library and a pop-up this week, the Onion River Exchange is picking up steam as it heads into its eighth year of existence. ORE, a time trade that serves Central Vermont and is located at 46 Barre Street in Montpelier, has exchanged around 38,000 service hours between time traders. For years, people ha...

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Barre to Light It Up Blue Thursday

By Aaron Retherford On Thursday, April 2, all around the world, iconic landmarks, businesses, sporting venues, schools, bridges, museums, and thousands of homes will be lit blue for World Autism Awareness Day to signal the start of Autism Awareness Month. For the first time, Barre will be part of Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue global initiative, w...

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Barre Resident Hopes to Help End Child Abuse

By Aaron Retherford When Governor Peter Shumlin’s staff proclaims April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” on April 1, recently-crowned Mrs. Vermont International, Ashleigh Ricciarelli, will see her crusade come to the forefront. Ricciarelli isn’t your stereotypical pageant queen. She didn’t grow up in the pageant girl scene. She doesn’t live...

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Harwood Union’s Van Dine Takes Third in Vermont Poetry Out Loud Competition

By Aaron Retherford It started with 5,179 students from across the Green Mountain State. It dwindled to 50, then 10, before finally the 10th Annual Vermont Poetry Out Loud Competition was down to the final three last Thursday night at Vermont PBS Studio in Colchester. Harwood Union student Anna Van Dine was one of those final three competitors, vyi...

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