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December 8th, 2016

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Every Month is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Editor, Every month is child abuse prevention month! Although Governor Shumlin and governors throughout the United States take time to proclaim April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, there are children in need of nurturing and protection every day and every month. We all have a significant role to play. If you know a parent who is stressed and could...

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In Gratitude to Volunteers

Editor, The week of April 10-17 is National Volunteer Week. Central Vermont Adult Basic Education (CVABE) salutes and honors the importance of our volunteer partners for their role in ensuring the success and powerful impact of our education services. As CVABE celebrates 50 years in service to the communities of Washington, Orange and Lamoille Coun...

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Ticks are Out!

Editor, Ticks are out! For the past month, Ticks have been out on sunny days, and are out most of the time now. Some are the size of poppy seeds, and some a little bigger. The Black-legged deer tick, Ixodes Scapularis, are carriers of Lyme, Babesia, Erichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and other rarer possibilities – right here in Vermont. Ticks especially li...

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The Fresh Air Fund Recognizes Local Volunteers for National Volunteer Week

Editor, National Volunteer Week marks a special time of year for The Fresh Air Fund, and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to our wonderful Fresh Air volunteers, hosts and supporters in central Vermont. Their continued dedication to our New York City children is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies...

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ACT 46. No Cost Savings

Editor, ACT 153, which encouraged but did not mandate school district consolidation, was pushed by Governor Shumlin and passed by the legislature in 2009 (taking effect in 2010). It was promoted as a way to save large amounts of money, create efficiency and improve our educational system “for the children.” ACT 46, which goes further by mandating c...

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Taste of Maple a Great Success

Editor, I am touched by the kindness and generosity of this community, and amazed at the culinary skills available to us. On Friday, March 18, Mayo Healthcare held our annual Taste of Maple in the Milano Ballroom at Norwich University. This event supports Mayo in continuing to provide award-winning care. All proceeds this year will go towards the i...

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Tatum’s Totes Needs Your Help

Editor, The phone calls can come at any time, day or night. It’s the call from the Department of Children and Family Services telling us another child is being placed in emergency foster care and a Tatum’s Totes bag is needed. These are the calls the Green Mountain United Way staff has come to expect since starting the Barre District Tatum’s Totes...

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Phil Scott Cares about Suicide Prevention

Editor, On February 11th, I and several other members of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition distributed 103 roses at the Vermont Statehouse in memory of loved ones we have lost to suicide, and also in memory of each of the 103 people lost in Vermont last year alone. I am happy to say the roses were received with appreciation, respect and comp...

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Aldrich Public Library Has So Much to Offer

Editor, Thanks to my fellow Barre City voters for voting “yes” on the city budget which included an increase for the Aldrich Public Library. This library means so much to me. There is no other public resource like it. I can find the latest books, videos, CDs and audiotapes for my enjoyment on just about any topic. I can get help in using computer r...

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After School Program Funding Needed

Editor, Every day in Vermont, over 21,000 children are left alone to care for themselves between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. The statewide shortage of high-quality afterschool and summer programs is a significant challenge for many working families, and leaves kids vulnerable to risk and crime. Can we really afford to not invest in improving the live...

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