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New Book Gives Hope to Those Needing to Lose Weight

By Aaron Retherford Ralph Peterson’s life-changing journey started on April 24, 2013 when he woke up fat, hung over, borderline suicidal, and hugging his toilet at the all-inclusive Breezes Resort in the Bahamas. It was supposed to be a celebration of his 42nd birthday. Instead, it was his rock bottom. Peterson has since lost over 150 pounds, and h...

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Aging with Grace…

I recently came across a poem regarding Alzheimer’s by an unknown author that I have seen before and is so fitting. Alzheimer’s Poem Do not ask me to remember Don’t try to make me understand Let me rest and know you’re with me Kiss my cheek and hold my hand I’m confused beyond your concept I’m sad and sick and lost All I know is that I need you To...

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Gardening With Amanda: Things I Learned the Hard Way

By Amanda Legare •Sharpie permanent markers are not permanent. Those plastic tags may last, but the writing on them doesn’t if you are using “Sharpies”. In terms of duration I have had the best luck writing with number-two lead pencils. Sharpie has come out with oil-based paint markers which should be much more permanent. I haven’t tried them yet....

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Poetry Corner

twilight time By Wayne F. Burke a smoky sky and white slather, the wooded hills brown, the streets dark-gray; twilight time does something to me, something good, to see a scrap of  crow swoop to the woods: it is not night is it not day a cornucopia of gray cloud with a spatter of charcoal bricks to start a fire, warm a heart, light a way through th...

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In the Garden

By G. E. Shuman Every spring, regardless of my many memories of past personal failure in trying to raise vegetables, I always try again. Something about that fact reminds me of the definition of insanity. Oh well. Over the years I have tried growing tomatoes in pots and plots, beans in rows and hills, and other vegetables every which way you can th...

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Max’s View

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room **** Alcoa makes money by producing aluminum and selling it. Ford makes money by building automobiles with that aluminum and selling them. Exxon-Mobil makes money by selling gasoline to the people driving those Fords. How did Enron make money? To this day, nobody knows for sure. And that’s the problem. In “Enron...

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Vermont Honors Desert Storm Veterans

Editor, On May 20, 2017 at 11 a.m., Desert Storm Veterans and their families will be honored by Vermont Veterans Service organizations and the State with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the Fair Haven, VT American Legion Post 49 dedicating VT Route 22A as the “Desert Storm Veterans Memorial Highway.” Past VT State VFW Commander Steve Leach p...

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Aldrich Library Vote

Editor, I was going to refrain from commenting on the Barre Town vote on the Aldrich Public Library until I was asked by a recent high school graduate what voting yes on Article 5 meant when I was putting up a lawn sign to support the vote. When I explained what it was for she said I always used the library when I was a student and my friends hang...

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I Stand with Planned Parenthood

Editor, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England serves a critical role in our communities here in Vermont. I would like to thank Congressman Peter Welch for voting no on yesterday’s American Health Care Act. Although Paul Ryan and House Republicans voted to block people with Medicaid from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health ce...

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Max’s View

Silicon Cowboys **** Ten thousand years ago, man developed written language. Written language allowed for the advancement of technology, the growth of cities, and the creation of lasting civilizations. Five hundred years ago, a German invented the printing press. Suddenly, Western Europeans became the most educated and the most intellectually rebel...

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