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December 21st, 2014

Senate Report

Congressman Matthew Lyon

The story of Matthew Lyon focused national political attention on the newborn state of Vermont and offers a good illustration of the intensity of political strife in the 1790s. Lyon came to this country from Ireland as a “redemptioner,” meaning the cost of passage was paid by some American employer in return for a contracted period of work, usually...

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Middlesex

  Middlesex was granted on June 8, 1763 to Jacob Rescaw and 64 others by Benning Wentworth, the royal governor of New Hampshire. As was true for most of the Wentworth grants, one right was reserved for the first settled minister, one for schools, one for the propagation of the gospel, and one right to Governor Wentworth. Some scholars feel tha...

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Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

The following information is excerpted from “The Making of a Forester, An Autobiographical History” by Perry H. Merrill   “In March of 1933, President Roosevelt proposed as a measure of unemployment relief to put unemployed youths aged eighteen to twenty five to work in our forests. Congress quickly passed the Emergency Conservation Works Act...

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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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