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August 27th, 2015

Senate Report

Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day

By Sen. Bill Doyle Barre was the first community in Vermont to celebrate Labor Day. This took place at the Green Mountain Trotting Park (present location of Spaulding High School) on September 7, 1895. The event was sponsored by the Barre Granite Cutters’ Union. There were many speakers that day, and one prominent speaker spoke in the Italian langu...

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Senate Report: Vermont County Documentary Series

The recent completion of the history documentary “Life in Bennington County” marks the completion of an 8-year project to capture and share the memories and stories of each of Vermont’s 14 counties. The county documentary series was produced through collaboration between Bill Doyle, a professor at Johnson State College, his students, and profession...

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Why the Battle of Bennington Matters

By Sen. Bill Doyle On August 16, 1777, Vermont will celebrate the Battle of Bennington. Edward Conant, in his History of Vermont said the battle was “the first of a series that led to the surrender of Burgoyne’s army. It was the turning point of the Revolutionary War, as it led to the recognition of the independence of the United States by France a...

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Senate Report — East Montpelier: The Youngest Town in Washington County

By Sen. Bill Doyle The land that ultimately was to become East Montpelier was claimed by New York and New Hampshire. The earliest governmental organization was by New York who called the town Kilby. The New York charter, or patent, in 1770 said that “All mines of gold and silver, and also all white or other source of pine trees fit for the masts of...

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The Battle of Hubbardton, a Turning Point to the American Revolution

The Battle of Hubbardton was the only Revolutionary War battle fought entirely in Vermont, and it marked the beginning of the end for British General John Burgoyne and his strategy to continue to New York and divide New England from the rest of the colonies. American Major General Arthur St. Clair, retreating from Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Indepen...

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Northfield Residents Desire Increased Cell and Broadband Coverage; Believe State, Shumlin Could Do Better Job

At right are the results for the 2015 Town Meeting Day Survey from the returns of Northfield residents. The numbers represent the percentages of residents who answered “yes”, “no” or “not sure” for each of the 15 questions. Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate Economic Affairs Committee. He teaches government histo...

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Senate Report: Vermont’s Major Role in Our Independence

By Senator Bill Doyle When we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, we should remember the contributions made by Vermonters in the fight for independence. In his “History of Vermont,” Walter Crockett made reference to Ethan Allen and the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. Crockett wrote, “The first surrender of a British fortress in the long st...

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Duxbury Residents Concerned about Opiate Use, Believe State Could Do Better Job Attracting Companies to VT

At right are the results for the 2015 Town Meeting Day Survey from the returns of Duxbury residents. The numbers represent the percentages of residents who answered “yes”, “no” or “not sure” for each of the 15 questions. Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate Economic Affairs Committee. He teaches government history...

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Flag Day – June 14

By Sen. Bill Doyle In 1861, the first Flag Day was celebrated in Hartford, Connecticut, and in 1889, the state of New York passed a law calling for Flag Day in schools. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation asking that June 14 be observed as Flag Day. The statute stipulated: “It shall be the duty of the state superintendent of pub...

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Senate Report: The Origin of Washington County

By Sen. Bill Doyle Political parties were not a part of the first years of the United States. Indeed, Washington and other founding fathers warned against them. But dissent is the hallmark of democracy, and soon after the adoption of the Constitution, America’s early leaders were divided into two groups. The first was the Federalists, who believed...

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