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July 25th, 2014

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Some Important Facts About Literacy

  Editor:   September 23-29 is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week and a good time for all of us to tune into a few facts about literacy. Did you know that……?   - More that 30 million adults in the U.S. – 14% of the country’s adult population – cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level....

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ACS to Discontinue Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

  Editor:   Two years ago, the American Cancer Society began carefully analyzing all its programs, services and fundraising initiatives in an effort to maximize the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness in fighting cancer. As part of this effort, the Society’s Board of Directors made the very difficult but strategic decision to phas...

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Thank You for Successful Blood Drive

Editor:   On August 29, Vermont’s Enhanced 9-1-1 Board sponsored an American Red Cross Blood Drive in Montpelier. The drive was a success thanks to the many donors and potential donors who were willing to take the time and give the gift of life. A blood drive is nothing without donors; your efforts were greatly and truly appreciated.   We...

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Please Support 2013 Alzheimer’s Walk

Please Support 2013 Alzheimer’s Walk   Editor:   Rowan Court Health & Rehab is currently trying to raise funds for the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association. We have a dedicated team of employees who have committed to participate in the 2013 Alzheimer’s Walk at the Shelburne Museum on Sunday, September 22. The team has set a goal of $3,000,...

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Remembering Irene, Preparing for Future Floods

By Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Like many Vermonters this summer, by July I was sick of the constant rain. My garden beds flooded. The house smelled vaguely of mildew. I was worried about the swollen rivers and flooded lakes. And, I watched the damage mount – storm after storm – to homes, to roads, to farms, and to...

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Re: Parklets in Downtown Montpelier

Editor:   As President of Montpelier Alive, I was disappointed by criticism of parklets at the Liquor Control Board’s meeting, as recently reported in the press.   Parklets will provide outdoor seating for restaurants downtown. People downtown attract people downtown. The more people are seen in a downtown, the more successful that downto...

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Friends of Aldrich Public Library Offer Thanks

Friends of Aldrich Public Library Offer Thanks   Editor:   As President of The Friends of the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, I would like to express my thanks to all who helped make our big Book Sale on July 26 and 27 such a success. As usual we sold books on the lawn of the library during Barre’s Heritage/Homecoming Days. We appreciate...

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Thank You, Blood Donors

Editor: We would like to thank everyone who patiently waited an hour or more to give blood at the Barre Blood Drive on July 8th. We hope you are enjoying your T-shirt and other goodies. We collected 145 pints and had twelve first-time donors. The Red Cross is constantly trying to fine-tune the process to make it more donor friendly. You can lessen...

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Montpelier Girls Tennis Win Back to Back Titles

Editor: Congratulations to the Montpelier High School tennis team and their coaches Wendy Watson and Laura Furber for winning the Division II State Title. This was the first time the girls had ever won back to back titles. They achieved this by defeating Burr and Burton Academy who they defeated last year 7 to 0, and this year the result was the sa...

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Berlin’s Flood Plain Correction Vote

On Tuesday, July 23, Berlin voters will have the opportunity to vote to amend the zoning bylaws to correct a problem of significant importance to the economic health of the town. It was only a little more than a year ago that Berlin enacted changes to the flood control portion of the zoning bylaws. The Planning Commission held hearings, but there w...

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