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April 30th, 2016

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Kerrin McCadden Wins First Ever Vermont Book Award

Plainfield resident and poet Kerrin McCadden has won the first ever Vermont Book Award for her collection of poetry titled “Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes.” McCadden earned her award during the Vermont Book Award Gala at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) on Saturday, Sept. 26. VCFA President Tom Greene presented the award, which Vermont artis...

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Area Restaurants Support Souper Supper at Brookfield’s Old Town Hall

Nine local restaurants will be providing their specialty soups and homemade breads to the second annual Souper Supper, a joint fundraiser supporting the Randolph Area Food Shelf and the Brookfield Community Partnership. The supper is this weekend – Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Old Town Hall in the village of Brookfield. Diners have the optio...

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New Home, New Director, New Wood

By Aaron Retherford The T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center has been an important part of the Montpelier community since 1895. It houses one of the largest permanent collections in Vermont, and it is also the Vermont repository for the Federal Works Progress Administration collection. That hasn’t changed over the years. But the gallery has gone th...

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Scout Dig

By Bill Croney Barre’s Vermont Granite Museum was busier than usual last weekend. A group of 26 Boy Scouts representing eight different troops from all over the state arrived on the Museum grounds last Friday afternoon and camped out there until Sunday afternoon. The Scouts were there to take part in the first Vermont Granite Museum Archaeological...

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4 paws and a wet nose can save a wounded veteran’s life

Combat-wounded veterans often face a new kind of battle when they return home. Of the 51,000 service members that the Congressional Research Service reports have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands have come home to find that not even the love and support of family and friends is enough to help them cope with their physical and mental h...

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Gov. Shumlin & Mayor Lauzon Announce Flood Assistance Loan Program

Gov. Peter Shumlin, Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon, and the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) today announced a loan program to assist Vermont owners of rental housing properties damaged by the July 2015 flooding that affected Barre, Plainfield, and surrounding areas. While businesses and homeowners have access to flood assistance programs, no...

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Young Williamstown Man Heads to Brazil for International WorldSkills Competition

He’s only 20 years old, but Chris Royea is already making a name for himself in the plumbing and heating field. From Aug. 7-18, he will be in San Paulo, Brazil, representing the U.S. in competition against youth from around the world. Royea is the son of Suellen Royea and Dan Royea of Williamstown and is a 2013 graduate of Williamstown High School...

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Autographed Guitar Returns to Local Musician After 10-Year Journey

The fabulous, almost serendipitous ReSOURCE Store in Barre gave native son and musician extraordinaire, Jim Miller, one of the biggest surprises of his life – a “cheese slicer” guitar that he and many other local musicians had signed back in 2004 when it belonged to Riverwalk Records on Langdon Street in Montpelier. The guitar showed up recently at...

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Berlin Resident Overcomes COPD to Win 3 Events at Senior Games

By Aaron Retherford Jim Ryan never played sports in high school. Up until four years ago, he was a heavy smoker, had developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and could barely climb a flight of stairs before needing to catch his breath. So he decided to sign up for the Vermont Senior Games Track & Field State Championships held at the e...

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Millstone Trails Grows into a Mountain Biker, Hiker, and Winter Recreationist Paradise

By Aaron Retherford When Millstone Hill was a bustling home to 75 independent quarries over 100 years ago, it was granite grey for as far as the eyes could see. But now that nature has reclaimed the land and the dormant quarries have filled with turquoise water, it has become one of the gems of the Green Mountain State. The Millstone Trails Associa...

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