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May 26th, 2016

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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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Nature Walks Offer Look at Barre’s Industrial Past Intertwined with Forested Present

By Aaron Retherford Editor’s note: The WORLD will explore the different activities available within the Barre Town Forest and the greater Millstone Trails network. This week, we’ll focus on the weekly Nature Walks. The Barre Town Forest might officially only be a few years old, but it has plenty to offer anyone who wants to explore whether it is on...

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Just Basics, Inc. Teams up with Community Connections, MSAC to Serve Free Lunch for Children

By Aaron Retherford Just Basics, Inc. has been successful in providing meals to seniors and others in need throughout the Montpelier area as the parent organization of Feast and the Montpelier Food Pantry. Now, Just Basics is teaming up with Community Connections and the Montpelier Senior Activity Center to make sure another vulnerable group doesn’...

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Calais Family Raises Money to Fight Pediatric Cancer

By Aaron Retherford When Molly Dubois was just 4 months old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of infant leukemia and was given a 40 percent chance for survival. She was one of the lucky few, who beat the odds and didn’t relapse after achieving a quick remission. Now, she’s a lively and enthusiastic 4½-year-old, who loves playing outside with her...

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Put on Your Dancing Shoes! It’s Time for the Senior Prom

By Aaron Retherford It might be called a Senior Prom and it might beput on by the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, but the MSAC’s soiree on Saturday, May 30 is far from a seniors-only affair. The National Life Ballroom will play host to what MSAC Director of Programs and Development Dan Groberg calls a “community celebration.” It is also a fundra...

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