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June 20th, 2019

Summer Street Mural Unveiled

Summer Street Mural Unveiled

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Barre Rotary’s Summer Street Mural project was completed on a lovely summer Saturday on June 8th.  After more than two years of design, planning, fundraising and collaboration, the Mural Wall installation went off without a hitch before interested members of the public and many of those who had worked on the project. Spearheaded by Barre Rotary,  the Mural Wall Committee included Rotarians Carolin…
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06/18/2019Summer Street Mural Unveiled
WGDR Pledge Drive

WGDR Pledge Drive

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Dear Editor, WGDR is the soundtrack of social justice, environmentalism, multiculturalism and responsible community action in Central Vermont. By being a listener, and contributing to this courageous broadcast, you become part of this transformative action. WGDR gives voice to cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and life-long learning. When you invest in WGDR, you become a community educator. WGDR is programmed by individuals who take imaginative and responsible action in the world through community radio -- your community radio. Every dollar you give buys another day of these brave and creative productions. Like many small public stations around the country, WGDR’s feder…
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06/18/2019WGDR Pledge Drive
Birds, Bees, and Dandelions

Birds, Bees, and Dandelions

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By G. E. Shuman So, several days ago my nearly three-year-old granddaughter Nahla and I went on a great explore up the sidewalk of a nearby street. We do this often on sunny spring and summer days. Nahla dons her bunny, which is a stuffed toy that she wears on her back. The bunny has little straps that buckle at Nahla’s front and a long one with a loop at the other end, that Papa, (that’s me) p…
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06/18/2019Birds, Bees, and Dandelions
Central Vermont Council on Aging

Central Vermont Council on Aging

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As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected. Older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community. Saturday, June 15, 2019 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Central Vermont Council on Aging is proud to join the many worldwide voices speaking up on behalf of our older neighbors who need our help. Some of our socia…
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06/18/2019Central Vermont Council on Aging
Cutler Memorial Library Thank You

Cutler Memorial Library Thank You

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To the Editor: Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield recently conducted an extremely successful Plant and Book Sale.  We want to thank the following area businesses, who generously contributed plants, shrubs, and/or horticultural supplies:  Amanda’s Greenhouse, Cate Farm, East Hill Tree Farm, Littlewood Farm, Peak Hydroponics, Plainfield Hardware, Bram Towbin, Vermont Rustic Moose, Hannaford’s, Agway, Shaw’s, Walmart, Guy’s Farm and Yard, Tractor Supply, and Friends and Neighbors Farm.  We hope you will support those businesses.  We are also grateful to the many local individuals who contributed books and/or plants, and to those who shopped at the sale.   Thanks to every…
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06/18/2019Cutler Memorial Library Thank You
Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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By John Gronemeyer Our oldest daughter Kelly will be at the American Cemetery in Normandy on D-Day for the celebration. She’s a high school teacher at a private school and is a chaperone for the group of students. She landed at Heathrow on 01 June. 02 June was the Imperial War Museum and dining. Yesterday, the Underground, the London Eye, and finished her day at the Churchill War Rooms. Hours a…
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06/11/2019Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
Rocketman

Rocketman

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**1/2 I am a connoisseur of 1970s British rock. If a British band was more popular in the UK than here, I was probably listening.  T.Rex, Mott the Hoople, Bowie, Brian Eno, Queen, Elvis Costello, Sex Pistols, Joy Division, The Clash, Wire, Gang of Four… This was not a normal record collection for a Vermont kid coming of age in the 90s. In fact, if you’ve heard of all the bands above, I’m…
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06/11/2019Rocketman
Unfunded Liabilities: Vermont’s Sleeping Giant

Unfunded Liabilities: Vermont’s Sleeping Giant

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By Don Turner Every year, when budget writers in Montpelier begin their work--and legislators begin to determine what to spend--the backdrop of these conversations is marked by a unavoidable reality: Vermont has a serious problem with its unfunded liabilities. All together, we have a total liability of just over $8 billion--that’s billion, with a “b.” For comparative purposes, that’s larger than our entire state budget. These liabilities are composed of our teachers’ pension ($3.4 billion), teachers other post-employment benefits, or OPEB ($0.9 billion), state employees’ pension ($2.7 billion), and state employees OPEB ($1.2 billion). We have a little over $3.5 billion of assets, leavi…
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06/11/2019Unfunded Liabilities: Vermont’s Sleeping Giant
Rest in Peace, Green Mountain College

Rest in Peace, Green Mountain College

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On Sunday, 5/19/19, I attended a tragic-happy event: the graduation of my grandson from Vermont’s Green Mountain College that, after 185 years, was closing its doors – his being the last graduating class. It seemed incomprehensible that an established institution in a generally progressive state lacked the funding to continue educating the young – especially a school dedicated to ecological sanity. Is not education among society’s top priorities? And if GMC, as a private college, was in financial straits, was it not the obligation of the state, in the name and interests of the people, to come to its rescue – and possibly absorb it into the public domain? This in turn raised the core issue…
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06/11/2019Rest in Peace, Green Mountain College
Time to Rethink the Montpelier Parking Garage

Time to Rethink the Montpelier Parking Garage

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Thinking about the Montpelier Parking Garage, I think this would be a good time to rethink the proposal and maybe divert the $10,000,000 to upgrade the failing infrastructure including streets, sidewalks, water and wastewater systems. Originally this project was promoted to abate a presumed parking Problem. I’ve lived in Montpelier for 56 years and never felt there was a parking problem. It’s all in the economies of scale. If a citizen can’t find a parking space outside their preferred store to shop, they feel there is a parking problem. Usually you can find an adequate space within a short 1/2 mile walk at another location. With this said, I’m sure if you are going to shop the local h…
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06/11/2019Time to Rethink the Montpelier Parking Garage
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Summer Street Mural Unveiled

Barre Rotary’s Summer Street Mural project was completed on a lovely summer Saturday on June 8th.  After more than two years of design, planning, fundraising and collaboration, the Mural Wall installation went off without a hitch before interested me...

Read More

WGDR Pledge Drive

Dear Editor, WGDR is the soundtrack of social justice, environmentalism, multiculturalism and responsible community action in Central Vermont. By being a listener, and contributing to this courageous broadcast, you become part of this transformative...

Read More

Birds, Bees, and Dandelions

By G. E. Shuman So, several days ago my nearly three-year-old granddaughter Nahla and I went on a great explore up the sidewalk of a nearby street. We do this often on sunny spring and summer days. Nahla dons her bunny, which is a stuffed toy that sh...

Read More

Central Vermont Council on Aging

As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected. Older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminish...

Read More

Cutler Memorial Library Thank You

To the Editor: Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield recently conducted an extremely successful Plant and Book Sale.  We want to thank the following area businesses, who generously contributed plants, shrubs, and/or horticultural suppl...

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