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Think Twice before Taking a Native Turtle Home

Each year, Steve Parren, wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, gets contacted about pet turtles people no longer want. Some turtles grow too large. Others require more complicated care than owners realize–turtles kept indoors require full-spectrum lighting for healthy shell development. And with lives that can last...

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Northstar Fireworks of East Montpelier, VT Takes 2nd Place at the La Fete De Lac Des Nations International Fireworks Competition in Sherbrooke, QC, Representing the United States

Northstar Fireworks of East Montpelier, VT represented the United States this past week at the Sherbrooke, QC International Fireworks Competition La Fete Du Lac Des Nations, taking 2nd place overall. Several pyrotechnic companies competed from July 16-21st, with Northstar Fireworks lighting up the sky on Thursday, July 18, 2019 with a pyrotechnic s...

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, To look at me, you are bound to come to the wrong conclusion.  The years have been hard on me.  I am 70 years old.  I fought in Vietnam.  I suffer from a host of health problems, including PTSD and chronic pain.  My face and body reveal my condition and my experiences. Last year I was arrested.  I had argued with a school principal abo...

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“Sunny Day, Papa!”

By G. E. Shuman I’m not sure why, but I believe this summer season has meant more to me than any other summer I can remember. Lorna and I often go for rides through the countryside of our gorgeous state, and it just seems more beautiful to me than it has in summers past. The tree-covered mountains are so filled with gorgeous shades of green; wildfl...

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I Love You, Now Die The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter

(4 stars) Now on HBO If you are depressed right now, please please do not consider taking your own life. Doing so would make your friends and relatives incredibly sad. Also, if you happen to have spoken to one of your friends about your depression, she may be prosecuted for your murder after you are gone. In 1692, Massachusetts convicted innocent w...

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Governor Phil Scott Announces $1.5 Million in New Funding Available for School Safety Improvements

Governor Phil Scott today announced an additional $1.5 million in funding to further enhance school safety and security. The Department of Public Safety is now accepting applications for grants to further build school security infrastructure. This second round of funding for the School Safety and Security Grant (SSSG) Program was included in the Ca...

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Sanders Statement on House Passage of $15 Minimum Wage

Senator Sanders released the following statement on the passage of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 in the House of Representatives: “Four years ago, when I first introduced legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour it was considered an impossible dream. “But today, thanks to a strong grassroots movement led by millions of fast food wor...

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Berlin Pizza Hut Honors Terry Murphy and Roxie Robinson for 60 Years of Service

As these two very modest customer service/waitstaff people will attest, it seems like only yesterday when they started serving pizzas to customers at Pizza Hut on the Barre-Montpelier Road (Rte 302) in Berlin. Roxie Robinson, above right, started at “The Hut” when she was 18 and has continuously worked there for over 30 years.  Terry Murphy, of Ora...

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Barre Fish and Game Club Early History—Part II

Exerpted from Percy Angwin’s Club History. The Barre Fish & Game Club had long before started a regular program of outdoor shoots involving both rifle and shotgun events.  In the late 20s and 30s a “chicken” or “turkey” shoot meant just that.  The winners got live turkeys or chickens as prizes for their skill.  The late Ron Cruickshank, Irving...

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Fasting

(1.5 Stars) Now on Amazon Prime Video People sure do enjoy talking about food. And when they’ve eaten too much food, they enjoy talking about the latest fad diet they are on. But when I talk about my strategy for staying thin – skipping meals – people look at me with glassy eyes. It’s like that’s an alien topic that I am not supposed to mention. Pe...

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