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April 23rd, 2017

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Please Support Community Radio and WGDR’s New Mission

Editor, Community radio became an American institution in the twentieth century for many reasons, but at its core, these reasons tie to one: civic connection, both with one’s civic self on the national scale and with one’s civic self on the local scale. Around the country, the impact of community radio on its listeners and producers is seen best in...

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Green Up Barre

Editor, Last year’s Green Up event was a great success, and this year we would like even more participation. Barre City is currently littered with trash and debris from the past fall and winter and is in need of being greened up. Spaulding’s Action For the Environment (S.A.F.E.) is currently organizing this event and gathering Green Up bags and glo...

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Guest Opinion: When Life Gives You Lymes

Debra Paul’s recounts of Chronic Lyme as transcribed by Melissa Ruiz Growing up I was always full of vigor. I was a combination of the Energizer Bunny, I just kept going and going and going and going, and Xena, Warrior Princess, my “super-strength” allowing me to accomplish any task ahead of me. With these powers combined, nothing could stop me. No...

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Thanks to All Who Made Empty Bowl Benefit a Success

Editor, The Fourth Annual Empty Bowl Benefit for the Vermont Foodbank was a huge success. Held at The Mud Studio in Middlesex on March 12, the benefit, which raised $9500—our largest total yet—translates into nearly 30,000 meals for our neighbors in need. A true community affair, benefits like ours are crucial in helping the Foodbank ease the food...

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Local Meals on Wheels Program in Need of Support

Editor, The City Hotel Café, formerly known as The Galley located in Washington Apartments, has been feeding elders and adults with disabilities in our community for over twenty years. Apparently, The City Hotel Cafe has been a well kept secret! It’s time for us to get the word out about this true gem in our community. We would like you to join us...

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Fresh Air Fund Sends Gratitude to Northeast Kingdom Volunteers

Editor, The Fresh Air Fund looks forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week every year. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our inspiring volunteers, hosts and supporters in the Northeast Kingdom. Their continued dedication to our New York City children is exemplary, and truly embodies the spirit of National Volunteer Week, which i...

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Every Month Should be Child Abuse Prevention Month

Editor, Every month is child abuse prevention month! Although Governor Scott and governors throughout the United States take time to proclaim April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, there are children in need of nurturing and protection every day of every month. And we all have a role to play. If you know a parent who is stressed and could use a break...

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Guest Opinion: Low Cost Local Food – Pile Your Plate with Vermont Food on a Budget

By Rachel Carter Communications Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermonters enjoy local food and beverages in a variety of waysŃgrowing or foraging their own, purchasing directly from a farmer or at the store, hunting or fishing, eating at schools and institutions serving local food, finding food from a community food shelf or the Vermont Fo...

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Guest Opinion: Of Plants, Birds and Bees

By Corrina Parnapy Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District The first day of spring has arrived and it is time to consider the relationship between what we plant in our yards and fields and the pollinator species we rely on. Be it stunning butterflies, buzzing bees, or beautiful songbirds, they rely on the flowering species and trees we pla...

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Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help in Vermont

Editor, There has been a lot of publicity recently about federal cuts in Meals on Wheels due to President’s Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grants. In Vermont, Meals on Wheels are not funded by this program, so this particular cut will not affect Vermont’s Meals on Wheels; however the program is still vulnerable to oth...

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