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June 30th, 2016

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A Night on the Town

Editor, You can feel it: the days are getting shorter, the cold weather is creeping in. The ambitions of after work bike rides and Saturday hikes are giving way to the desire to stay closer to home and indoors. The change in the seasons can mean an early retreat into hibernation, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Now is the time to be planning a...

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Please Consider Making a Donation to GMUW

Editor, It is my pleasure to be asked by Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) to serve as Campaign Chair for the coming year. We hope generous Vermonters and businesses, with people in Vermont, will work together with the United Way to get to our goal of $550,000. This money will be used to promote programs for the people of Caledonia, Essex, Orange, O...

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Individuals Have a Role to Play in the Delivery of Better, More Efficient Health Care

By David M. Coddaire, M.D. President of the Vermont Medical Society The topic of health care reform has been prominent in the Vermont news in recent years. The Vermont Medical Society, which is comprised of about 1,200 of the state’s medical doctors, has been working actively to make our health care system work better, more efficiently and at lower...

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Key Club Fundraiser

Editor, I am a sophomore at Spaulding High School and the Secretary of Spaulding’s Key Club. What is the Key Club you ask, well we are a student lead, community service based organization that creates fundraisers in order to raise money for our not only our community but for other worthy causes worldwide. In the past, we have raised money for Alzhe...

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Local Program Continues its Work to Address Adult Literacy Needs

Editor, September reminds us that it’s “Back to School” for the children in our local communities. At the same time, this is a good time to review a few facts about adult literacy and be reminded about where adults can go to meet their own education goals and improve their skills. For 50 years, Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE) has prov...

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Barre Could Use an Institution of Higher Learning

Editor, Last March I began to research and discuss the future of the old Ward 5 school at 4 Humbert Street, now the closed Barre Housing Authority building publicly inquiring if it might be available to address a Barre City civic weakness Ń the fact that Barre City almost distinguishes itself by being one of the only major cities in Vermont bereft...

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Guest Commentary: When Multinationals Buy Local

By Anthony Pollina Vermont Senate – Washington County We recently got a stark reminder of what can happen when large multinational companies take over local businesses. Less than three months ago the IBM plant in Essex Junction, Vermont, was taken over by a new owner – the emirate of Abu Dhabi – represented here by an outfit calle...

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First “Touch a Truck” Event a Success

Editor, On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Barre Kiwanis Club held its first “Touch a Truck” event at the Barre Town Recreation Field. It was an absolutely delightful day. The children attending had such a grand time climbing on the various pieces of equipment, talking with the firemen, the ambulance driver, and the policeman with his dog. It will be a las...

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McDonald’s Egg Pledge Is a Small Step

Editor, McDonald’s pledge last week to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds. Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macera...

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Your Vote is Your Voice – Register!

By Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos September is National Voter Registration Month. A national, non-partisan campaign by non-profit and voter advocacy organizations will also celebrate September 22, 2015, as National Voter Registration Day. Voting is at the very core of our democracy! Our system of government works because “we the people” part...

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