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May 27th, 2016

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Spaulding Student Entering West Point

By Jim Higgins Aidan Reardon, a senior at Spaulding High School, had a longtime dream fulfilled last month. The United States Military Academy at West Point, established in 1802 by Thomas Jefferson, invited Reardon to join its 2016 Corps of Cadets. “I’ve always thought of the United States Military Academy as the best college in the nation,” Reardo...

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Freezing Fun For Families Announces 2016 Beneficiaries

Freezing Fun for Families has announced its 2016 beneficiaries. This year’s beneficiaries are 22-month old Ryland Houle of East Middlebury, Vermont and 11-year-old Garrett Peace of East Montpelier, Vermont. Ryland was diagnosed at 16 months old with Neuroblastoma and has been undergoing treatment since August 2015. Garrett was diagnosed at 10 years...

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Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes Reveal Secrets of Winter Wildlife

By Aaron Retherford Nature lovers might dread the months where white snow blankets the vast green landscapes of Vermont. If they don’t ski or snowboard, they might as well join the bears in hibernation. But North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier isn’t deterred by the cold, dark winters of central Vermont. In fact, NBNC offers a recurring activity...

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Deadline Nears for Sanders’ State of the Union Essay Contest

The deadline for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) sixth annual State of the Union essay contest is noon on Friday. Sanders essay contest calls upon Vermont’s high school students to address what they view as the major issues facing the United States. President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union speech to a joint session of Cong...

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The Amazing Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Barre reports no gold coin(s) have appeared in this year’s “Kettle Drive” as of yet, but central Vermonters have been quite generous, and the goal of $64,000 is about half way realized. Lt. Chris Street of the Barre Salvation Army explains that his office operates 19 kettles from Waterbury to W. Lebanon/Claremont, NH. He belie...

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Jim Miller, ReSOURCE Team up for ARC/Fun Holiday Winter Dance Saturday

The Annual Holiday Dinner Dance, a fun holiday event coordinated by the Central Vermont ARC and Families and Friends United (FUN), will take place this Saturday, Dec. 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Bethany Church in Montpelier. The “potluck” affair, which starts at 6:30, will draw members of ARC/FUN plus family, friends, supervisors and supporters from...

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Randolph Community Preschool Ornaments Sale this Weekend

This coming Sunday, Dec. 13, the Randolph Community Preschoolers will be selling their sweet, popular ornaments at L.H. Stowell & Son Christmas Tree Farm, located at 1591 Twin Pond Road in Brookfield. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Christmas Barn, the handmade ornaments will be available for purchase, along with plenty of baked goods, warm bever...

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Community Bike Shop Keeps on Riding for Nearly a Decade

By Aaron Retherford Passersby might hear the occasional sound of an air pump inflating a bike tire or the clank of a crescent wrench, but Freeride Montpelier has been quietly providing an inexpensive bike repair service in the Capital City for nearly a decade. Freeride Montpelier, a volunteer-run bike repair/sale shop located at 86 Barre St. in Mon...

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Vermont Foodbank Benefits from National Life Group’s ‘Canstruction’

By Aaron Retherford For the third straight year, teams from National Life Group’s Sentinel Investments asset management company raised money and collected canned goods to be donated to the Vermont Foodbank. In the process, those teams “canstructed” three unique structures that represented the fight against hunger in Vermont. The teams took some lib...

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Spaulding Drama Club Relieves November Doldrums with Multi-night Performance of ‘Fools’

By Aaron Retherford We haven’t quite hit the November doldrums yet, but the Spaulding High School Drama Club is about to put on a performance that will bring a smile to attendees’ faces. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Spaulding High School Auditorium, the drama club will perform Neil Simon’s Fools, a comic fable set in the sm...

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