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September 16th, 2014

Senate Report

Women Gain the Right to Vote

Edna Beard, the first woman to serve in the Vermont General Assembly. Beard represented the Town of Orange, and was later elected to the Senate from Orange County.   The General Assembly of 1915, which enacted the direct primary, was considered a “progressive” group. Progressive legislation included Vermont’s initial workmen’s compensation act...

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Three Governors Illustrate Waterbury’s Productive History

  Waterbury was granted by Governor Benning Wentworth, the royal Governor of New Hampshire, to Joseph Abbott and 63 grantees in June 1763. Waterbury was originally six miles square, but in time, its land area was increased by accessions from Middlesex and Bolton. In 1763, many of the proprietors lived in Waterbury, Connecticut and New Jersey....

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Duxbury

  Duxbury was one of ten towns granted in the course of one day by Benning Wentworth, the Royal Governor of New Hampshire. The charter of the town reads as follows: “King George the Third, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, king, defender of the faith to all persons to whom these presence shall come, greeting. Know ye,...

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Barre: The First in Vermont to Celebrate Labor Day

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 language. A Barre newspa...

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Worcester Supports Labeling of Food Products

  Many thanks to the 79 citizens of Worcester for participating in the Town Meeting Survey. It was Worcester’s highest total yet! Worcester supported labeling of food, an increase in the minimum wage, and prohibiting cell phones while driving. Following are some comments.   Marijuana “Legalize it and tax it.”   Non-violent Offenders...

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Waitsfield Supports Statewide Cell and Broadband Service

  Many thanks to the 89 citizens of Waitsfield that participated in the Town Meeting Survey. Waitsfield supported cell and broadband service and labeling food products. Below are comments.   Information “The government collects too much information on the lives of American citizens, but so do companies such as Google, etc.”   Roads “...

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Warren Concerned About the Use of Opiates

  Many thanks to the 101 citizens of Warren who participated in the Town Meeting survey. Aside from opiates, Warren supported reduction of prison population through alternatives for non-violent offenders. Over 20 returns had written comments. Some comments are below.   Energy “We are on the wrong track with energy. Our costs are rising an...

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Waterbury Supports Statewide Cell and Broadband

  Many thanks to the 329 Waterbury citizens who responded to the Town Meeting survey. This was the second highest return in the county. There were over 40 written comments. Some are listed below.   Taxes “Education should not be on the backs of property owners. It should be based on income – the current way of funding education is u...

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Northfield Concerned About Opiates

  Many thanks to the 289 citizens of Northfield who responded to the Town Meeting Survey. Northfield supported minimum wage increase and statewide cell and broadband, and expressed concern about opiates. Comments are as follows.   Cell Phones “I’ve had more people head for me when coming in the opposite direction, only because they are ta...

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Moretown Supports Statewide Broadband and is Concerned About Increased Use of Opiates

  Many thanks to the 97 citizens of Moretown who responded to the annual Town Meeting survey. It was the largest participation ever. The citizens were concerned about the use of opiates, statewide broadband, increasing the minimum wage, and prohibiting cell phones while driving. Following are some comments and results from Moretown.   Eco...

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