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October 20th, 2014

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Heroes Wanted!

Editor:     Is there an unsung Hero in your community? We need your help so that we can tell their story.   At its first ever Heroes Breakfast, the Vermont & New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross will honor community members who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage or kindness. The Heroes Breakf...

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Restore the Tobacco Trust Fund

Editor:   Fifty years after the Surgeon General first told Americans that smoking causes disease and death, the American Heart Association and other public health advocacy groups have announced bold new goals to end the tobacco epidemic for good, including reducing adult tobacco use to 10%.   As the President-Elect of the Vermont Board of...

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Enjoying “American Crisis” Series

  Editor:   Who needs a library or e-reader when there are superb writers as H. Brooke Paige.   The American Crisis I story was such a concisely compacted informative history of our early involvement for the independence of the american states.   Wow! Nothing was left out and the readers are much more educated on this important...

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Please Support Early Educators’ Right to Organize

Editor:   I support the Early Educators Right to Organize bill and I hope my legislators will support it, too.   The early educator workforce is primarily women, and they have historically been isolated. Allowing them to form a union would provide opportunities to work together.   I am glad that VT Early Educators United is working o...

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Right to Organize Bill Benefits Everyone

  Editor:   I believe the Right to Organize bill should be passed by our legislators so that low income families and single parents can go to work knowing their children are well cared for.   This bill will benefit not only the children by providing them with quality care, but also ensuring the parent or parents that their children a...

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Consider Serving on Berlin School Board

      Editor:   The Berlin Elementary School Board of Directors is seeking candidates to fill three vacant positions in 2014. Four months ago I volunteered to fill a position that was vacated by a long serving board member that chose not to finish her term. In those four months, I have been amazed at the wealth of knowledge and...

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Community Connections is Vital for our Children and Families

  Editor:   I am writing to share my concerns about the potential loss of Community Connections. I have a 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter at Union Elementary School. They access CC two days a week for after school care, and have attended school vacation camps and summer programs. CC fills in an enormous gap in our community.  ...

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Winter Banquet and Auction to Benefit Aldrich Library

  Editor:   As President of the Friends of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, I am happy to announce our 13th annual Winter Banquet and Auction to be held on February 1, 2014 at the Elks Club on Jefferson St. in Barre.   We are dedicating this dinner to the memory of our dear friend and chef, Chet Briggs. The dinner will be beef te...

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January is National Mentoring Month

Editor:     Across the country, individuals are reflecting upon, recognizing and celebrating those people who have significantly impacted their lives in a positive and supportive way. National Mentoring Month offers an opportunity to reflect upon our own lives. Are we significantly sharing our knowledge, love and guidance in ways that are...

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Early Educators Need a Voice

  Editor:     Why us and not them?   I am a home care worker of eight years and we recently won the right to unionize this past fall. This was a huge success for us because we will now have fair representation for home care programs and our clients who depend on us to be there every day to support and enable them to live as inde...

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