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May 26th, 2015

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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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Home Share Now Closes in on 100 People Matched for the Year

By Aaron Retherford The idea of living with a stranger might not appeal to all, but Home Share Now in Barre is there to help those open to the idea, traverse the path to a home-sharing arrangement. Since its start in 2003, Home Share Now has developed a fine-tuned process, so those interested in either providing a home or seeking a home, should fee...

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Montpelier High School Flutists Sweep Vermont All-State Orchestra

Two Montpelier High School student flutists, senior Jillian Reed and freshman Ada Rohan, were the top two scorers at the competitive All-State auditions held in January. Together they will comprise the flute section of the Vermont All-State Orchestra. They will perform at the All-State Music Festival concert on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Memo...

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6 tips for a safe and enjoyable summer

Summer is all about spending time outdoors – either at home or away. Whether you’re hitting the road or taking a trip to the local park, it’s time for fun in the sun. And when you’re preparing for fun outside, remember that there are safety concerns to consider as well. With that in mind, Master Lock offers these six tips to...

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Student loan aftermath: educating graduates on the importance of credit scores

This is a special time of year. Across the nation, graduates are on the horizon of new careers and building their own lives. While this is an exciting stage in life, it is a concerning time as well. Many students are graduating with student loan debt, and research shows that Millennials (ages 18-34) know comparatively little about how that debt aff...

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Baby boomers: Three crucial times to review your Medicare options for retirement

Baby boomers facing the big decision of when to take Social Security retirement shouldn’t overlook the importance of signing up for Medicare at age 65. Although Social Security offers an age range, generally 62 to 70, for starting retirement benefits – you don’t have this type of flexibility with Medicare health insurance. “...

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