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October 31st, 2014

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Fashion Show Beneficiaries Thank Meals on Wheels supporters

    Editor:   On behalf of the Senior Activity Center and Just Basics, Inc., we thank all who made the June 7th Vintage Edition Montpelier Fashion Show and Practical Auction so successful. The fundraiser raised $2,000 to support the expenses for the Montpelier Home Delivered Meals program, also known as “Meals on Wheels” and “Feast a...

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Comply With Your Voter’s Oath

    Editor:   H. Brooke Paige is absolutely correct when he recites, “You solemnly swear, or affirm, ….you will do it so in your conscience you shall judge will most conduce to the best interest of the same, as established by the Constitution, without fear or favor of any person.” In other words, if you know a candidate plans to viol...

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U. M. Army Invasion

  Editor:   When you see a group of young people (60-70 young folks) between the ages of 14-18, what first comes to mind? Well, this coming July 6, Hedding United Methodist Church will be hosting 64 teens and 20 adults. They are volunteers who pay their own way to spend a week in an area doing service projects for senior citizen home owne...

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Thanks to Mrs. Massie and All School Bus Drivers

  Editor:   As this school year comes to an end, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of school bus drivers and in particular that of our wonderful bus driver, Marilyn Massie. When we moved back to Berlin (Mike and I are both U-32 graduates) we were lucky enough to buy a house along her route. Sara and Michael first stepped onto her...

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Barre Friends of Education Encourages Attendance at BCEMS Budget Forum on June 23rd

  Editor:   On June 10th, the Barre City Elementary & Middle School budget was narrowly defeated by twenty votes. The fourth try at passing a budget for the school is scheduled for Monday, June 30th at the Barre Auditorium. Before the revote, however, the BCEMS School Board has scheduled an Informational Forum for voters to learn abou...

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Electric Heat Pumps a Better Choice Than Natural Gas

  Editor:   One of the questions on Senator Doyle’s Town Meeting Survey was, “Should natural gas be an important part of Vermont’s economy?” I was astonished to see that 55% answered yes. Only 21% said no, and 24% were not sure. Natural gas is not a Vermont product. It needs to be purchased from huge out-of-state corporations. Currently,...

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Barre is a Great Place to Do Business

  Editor:   Too much time has passed; I should have written much sooner. I wanted to comment on Barre. It has a beautiful new look, but the heart and soul are still the same, as demonstrated in simple little things that mean so very much. I was in People’s United Bank and wasn’t feeling well. One of the employees offered me his arm, walke...

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Signing of Open Meeting Law

  The Vermont Press Association is deeply disappointed that Gov. Peter Shumlin opted not to veto a seriously flawed Open Meeting Law that was passed as part of a compromise between the House and Senate in the final days of the legislative session. We are pleased Gov. Shumlin, while signing the bill, noted he wants to work with the legislature,...

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Vote Yes for BCEMS Budget

  Editor:   I’m a Barre City resident, homeowner, and taxpayer. My husband and I are parents of three young boys, the eldest of which is in first grade at Barre City Elementary & Middle School. I’m writing to encourage your readers to vote in favor of the BCEMS budget on Tuesday, June 10th. The proposed budget represents a little more...

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Public Has a Right to Paddle on Berlin Pond

  Editor:   In the last election, voters in the Town of Berlin overwhelmingly supported non-motorized access to Berlin pond. I was in favor of access two years ago and I stand even more convicted on the issue today. Leading up to the vote, a small group of landowners and preservationists began circulating a list of “talking points” in an...

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