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May 25th, 2016

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Help Make Green Up a Success

Editor, Last year’s Green Up event was a great success and this year we’re hoping for even more participation. Barre City has been left tarnished by trash and debris from this past fall and winter. Spaulding’s Action for the Environment (S.A.F.E.) is currently organizing this event and gathering Green Up bags and gloves to distribute. We are encour...

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Great Community Gathering; Thank You to Christ Church for Hosting

Editor, I just got home from a really great party. The buzz in the packed room was keen, warm, and hummed with excitement. Conversation was constant, and the food was fabulously retro! Where was I? Christ Church. They were throwing a “Welcome Hairspray Party!” So on behalf of all of us at Lost Nation Theater and everyone involved in Hairspray, I se...

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Governor Shumlin Supports LGBT People

Editor, This Oklahoman praises Governor Peter Shumlin for supporting LGBT rights and dignity. I heard him announce on National Public Radio his cancellation of official state travel to North Carolina because of its new laws allowing discrimination against LGBT people. I hope Paypal Corporation accepts his invitation to move their 400-job facility t...

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Guest Opinion: ‘Hands off’ Environmental Laws Leave a Lasting Legacy

By Deb Markowitz Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources As a parent, and as the head of Vermont’s environmental agency, I often ask myself, what will be our generation’s environmental legacy? We strive to keep our families healthy and safe, our communities prosperous, and our natural environment free from the effects of harmful pollution. T...

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Every Month is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Editor, Every month is child abuse prevention month! Although Governor Shumlin 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 and every month. We all have a significant role to play. If you know a parent who is stressed and could...

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In Gratitude to Volunteers

Editor, The week of April 10-17 is National Volunteer Week. Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE) salutes and honors the importance of our volunteer partners for their role in ensuring the success and powerful impact of our education services. As CVABE celebrates 50 years in service to the communities of Washington, Orange and Lamoille Coun...

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Ticks are Out!

Editor, Ticks are out! For the past month, Ticks have been out on sunny days, and are out most of the time now. Some are the size of poppy seeds, and some a little bigger. The Black-legged deer tick, Ixodes Scapularis, are carriers of Lyme, Babesia, Erichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and other rarer possibilities – right here in Vermont. Ticks especially li...

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The Fresh Air Fund Recognizes Local Volunteers for National Volunteer Week

Editor, National Volunteer Week marks a special time of year for The Fresh Air Fund, and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to our wonderful Fresh Air volunteers, hosts and supporters in central Vermont. Their continued dedication to our New York City children is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies...

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ACT 46. No Cost Savings

Editor, ACT 153, which encouraged but did not mandate school district consolidation, was pushed by Governor Shumlin and passed by the legislature in 2009 (taking effect in 2010). It was promoted as a way to save large amounts of money, create efficiency and improve our educational system “for the children.” ACT 46, which goes further by mandating c...

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Taste of Maple a Great Success

Editor, I am touched by the kindness and generosity of this community, and amazed at the culinary skills available to us. On Friday, March 18, Mayo Healthcare held our annual Taste of Maple in the Milano Ballroom at Norwich University. This event supports Mayo in continuing to provide award-winning care. All proceeds this year will go towards the i...

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