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September 24th, 2016

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Help, what is the Green Mountain Passport Good for?

Editor, We are hoping someone in your readership can provide us with the information we are looking for. As senior citizens, we each have a state of Vermont Green Mountain Passport. It states it gives “free admission to state-sponsored public events, exhibits, concerts, museums, state parks, historical sites and lands.” We are looking for a list of...

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VT Public Records – Cornerstone of Government Transparency

By Secretary of State Jim Condos Records management is not exactly an exciting topic, but when a particular record is the focus of a request or controversy, it becomes critically important in that moment. Those records are owned by the State of Vermont and are incredibly valuable for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are accountability a...

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Guest Opinion: Please Support Legal Action to Keep Montpelier’s Drinking Water Clean

By Isabelle Boutin, Lilli Curtin and Sanela Bikic For over 130 years, the city of Montpelier has used Berlin Pond as its water source. For many years, recreation on the pond was restricted due to concerns about water quality. However, recently this has changed. In 2009, a couple, arrested for boating on the pond, brought up a controversy involving...

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Hope Cemetery Needs Better Care

Editor, I was saddened and upset when I went to Hope Cemetery to my family’s grave stone and markers. My whole family is buried there. We planted flowers on Thursday and went back on Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, of all days, the cemetery was disgusting! This is Hope Cemetery for heaven’s sake, one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. My...

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Fulfill Navy Commitment

Editor, A current graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Keenan Reynolds, requested his service time be deferred so he can play in the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens drafted him. As a former Navy enlisted and officer I am highly disappointed with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus who submitted a request to the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter strongly reco...

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Negative Media has Effect on Society

Editor, We feel that negative media is a problem in society that needs solving. The media is ridiculously unbalanced. We observed that on all major news websites, over 70% of the news is negative! Jon Gordon, an international best-selling author, said,” A society in a state of depression can’t think its way out of a crisis.” People are being brainw...

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Thank You From Bikers For Beth

Editor, This year’s Bikers For Beth Memorial Poker Run and Motorcycle Ride was another huge success. With 106 motorcycles and an estimated 200 people for the BBQ, we raised $8148 to our two beneficiaries, Lynn Craig and Mike Lamberton. Thank you to the community for 8 years of success and we cant wait for next year! Matthew Walker...

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Thanks for Helping Cutler Memorial Library

Editor, Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library would like to thank the businesses which made donations to our annual plant and book sale: Berlin Price Chopper, Littlewood Farm, Montpelier Agway, The Rustic Moore, and Trillium June Flower Farm. We would also like to voice our appreciation to all those members of the local gardening community who con...

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Prices to Increase at Green Mount Cemetery

Editor, Montpelier’s largest cemetery, the Green Mount Cemetery on lower State Street, has cemetery lots – both full burial lots and cremation lots – on beautiful sites for sale. Prices for these lots will be going up in August, so if you or someone you know is potentially interested in purchasing a lot, it might make sense to contact the cemetery...

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Greater Barre Helps Stamp Out Hunger

Editor, A heartfelt thank you to all of the people from Barre and surrounding areas who donated food and made the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive a big success this year! All of the food collected remains in our community food shelves at the St. Monica and Hedding United Methodist CHurches. We collected 7,800 pounds of food. Over...

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