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July 1st, 2015

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Generous Gift Provides Horse Therapy for Veterans

Editor, Rhythm of the Rein would like to recognize a substantial donation of $5,000 made by Gladys Day Thompson in memory of her brother and her husband who both served in WWII. This fund will assure that no veteran ever seeking the growth and self restorative powers of working with horses will need to pay for attending. We are indebted to Mrs. Tho...

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A Bernie Presidency

Editor, I am writing this letter in support of socialist, progressive, liberal, democrat Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. This may come as a shock to many who know me as a libertarian and Republican. How could I possibly support Bernie Sanders? Over 75 percent of Vermonters approve of the performance of Bernie Sanders in the U.S....

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Garden Update at Berlin Elementary School

Editor, Check out the newly planted ‘living fence’ around the perimeter of the 78’ x 86’ garden! This spring, the funding from the Farm to School Grant, awarded 2 years ago, culminated with the purchase of fruit plants and trees, and herbaceous perennial edibles. Berlin Elementary School consulted with Nicko Rubin, of East Hill Tree Farm in Plainfi...

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Cabot School Reconstruction Dilemma

Editor, When I opened my Cabot Chronicle this month, I was surprised to see a defamatory letter to the editor about my “Sense of Community” commentary from May’s edition. In that letter I was grossly misrepresented as saying “Cabot High School does not contribute to Cabot’s Sense of Community.” For anyone who actually read my personal commentary la...

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Local Business Helps Girls/Boyz First

Editor, On behalf of Girls/Boyz First, I would like to thank Sarduccis for supporting our program by hosting June 9 as a full day of donating a percentage of profits to Girls/Boyz First. Friends and supporters of mentoring were able to come out and dine in a lovely atmosphere, enjoy a delicious meal and know that they were also helping our program...

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Thank you to Bikers For Beth!

Editor, On May 17, 2015, I was blessed and honored to be one of the recipients of the Seventh Annual Beth Hemenway Memorial Ride and Poker Run, that benefits adults battling cancer. To say that the event was a success would be an understatement. It was a perfect day, beautiful weather, and a large number of riders (approx. 170) came out to support...

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How Times Do Change

Editor, Harry S. Truman, before he became 33rd President of the United States on April 12, 1945, was a Senator from the great state of Missouri. Truman served his country with honor as an artillery officer in World War I. As a Senator during the Second World War, Truman was appointed to head an oversight committee appropriately named the Truman Com...

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Solar Expansion in Vermont Must be Done Responsibly

Editor, There is currently a controversy in Taftsville regarding the installation of a commercial solar farm by an out-of-state developer on a scenic Rte 4 byway and Historic District. It is a village historic neighborhood. This will be happening in all of our towns across the state. I moved to Vermont 20 years ago and love the beauty of this state...

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Thanks to All Those Who Made GMFF a Success

Editor, First, we would like to thank everyone for supporting and attending this year’s 18th Green Mountain Film Festival. Your continued support, attendance and enthusiasm was very appreciated and wonderful for the staff, interns, volunteers and Focus on Film board to witness. Second, we want to thank all of our volunteers! Without all of your ded...

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Montpelier Could Benefit from Smoking Ban

Editor, I applaud the effort from New Directions to ban smoking in downtown Montpelier. In a recent news story on this initiative, Mayor Hollar is quoted as saying that, in the past 25 years, he has never been burdened by cigarette smoke in downtown Montpelier. I wonder if Mayor Hollar ever had to stand at a bus stop. As someone who has stood at th...

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