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October 23rd, 2017

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Support Your Independent, Socially Just Radio

Dear Editor, WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio is made up of its many listeners, producers, volunteers, underwriters, and partners. This station gives voice to an under represented set of societal values that have become increasingly threatened by the fragmenting effects of digital connection. This small, but mighty station is now one of t...

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Public Art Instills Meaning & Strengthens Identity

Dear Editor, Public art is often site specific, meaning that it is created in response to the place and community in which it resides. The many blue tabs that span the North Branch of the Winooski River, which are designed to reflect the water and move with the wind, are an excellent example of a public art installation right here in Montpelier. If...

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Improving Responses to People in Mental Health Crisis

by Pat McDonald   Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley are co-hosts of the show “Vote for Vermont.” They have covered Vermont’s mental health crisis in several shows in the past few months. In a recent show, Mary Moulton, Executive Director of Washington County Mental Health Services, and members of her staff spoke highly about a new program called Te...

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Washington County GOP Caucuses This September

Editor,   By law, every odd numbered year major parties in Vermont hold town caucuses to discuss issues and choose a town committee. After the caucus, the town committee elected at the caucus meets to elect town officers for the coming two years.   As “all politics are local” (to repeat an oft quoted expression), the local town caucuses a...

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A Salute to Veterans in Barre’s Elmwood Cemetery

Editor, On Monday, September 11, 2017, Patriot’s Day, at 11AM, the Barre Flags for Veterans Committee will dedicate two memorials to 10 veterans in Elmwood Cemetery in Barre. Through the years these veterans’ resting places have been lost due to erosion and possible vandalism. These memorials are two slant markers designed by Gino Tosi, and manufac...

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Who Mentored You?

Dear Editor, Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big difference in helping them achieve success and greater resiliency during their younger lives. Even as a recently retired person in my 60’s, I can clearly recall neighbors, teachers, colleagues, elders and some not-so-elders who in one way or another served to provide impo...

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Your Students Will Be Taught By an Excellent Staff

Dear Editor, I had the distinct pleasure of attending “opening day” on Tuesday August 22, 2017 for the staff that serves our four schools in our area, Spaulding High School, the Central Vermont Career Center, Barre City Elementary and Middle School and Barre Town Elementary and Middle School. The day kicked off with a visit from Governor Phil Scott...

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A Lovely Stroll

Dear Editor, I am summer visitor in Montpelier and I walked along bike path behind Montpelier High School and came upon a lovely rest area with table, benches, old fashioned flower garden and beautiful peace mosiac made with stones and decorated with pieces of pottery, dishes, personal mementos surrounding a white dove. Met the lady, Esther Farnswo...

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What Does Killing a “Nuisance” Animal Accomplish?

Editor, Most people care about wildlife and assume that the Vermont Fish & Wildlife (VFW) Department is working to protect all wildlife on behalf of all Vermonters. Some biologists are doing important work, but other folks at VFW are only working on behalf of hunters, trappers, and anglers. VFW should be working to protect wildlife for their ow...

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Before Summer Is Gone, Enjoy a Little More Music

Greetings Friends of Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band, It has been quite a while since I last posted. I can’t believe we are on the downside of Summer in Vermont already. Here are some terrific upcoming opportunities to hear and “experience” The Ramblers. We have been invited back to headline one of my favorite Vermont Summer fes...

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