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August 20th, 2019

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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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World Record Attempt for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Donations Will Go to Josh Pallotta Fund Friday, March 22 at 6 am – Saturday, March 23 at 6 am Sgt. Jason Mozel is a Marine veteran who is attempting a Guiness Book World Record. He will be attempting 5000 burpees in a 12 hour period at Snap Fitness in Berlin, VT. The current record is 4,556. Mozel’s personal record is 3000! He would like to s...

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The Barre Scouting Monument Moves Forward Toward Completion

After 77 years on the drawing board, a granite memorial commemorating the establishment in Barre as having the first boy scout troop in America will become a reality. The concept for this monument was first proposed in 1940, when Carlo Abate, one of Barre’s most famous sculptors, created a plaster model, using local boy scouts. The model shows two...

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Governor Scott Wins on Premium Mortgage Night at Thunder Road

  Governor Phil Scott became the first sitting governor to triumph in a Vermont stock car race on Thursday, July 6, capturing the Late Model win at Barre’s Thunder Road on Premium Mortgage Night. It was the 30th career win for the Berlin resident and first since being elected governor of the Green Mountain State.   Scott started on the pole of the...

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Passion for Parks: National Park Week is Perfect Excuse to Reconnect with Nature

By Helen Hossley Most park rangers I’ve met love what they do. They demonstrate a gentler way of living; an intrinsic value of imparting a little bit of wisdom, demonstrating a gentler way of living so others can be inspired to do the same and, hopefully leave the world in better place. I recently read an article highlighting that travel isn’t acce...

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Out & About: Vermont Moose Numbers Not So Simple

By Darren Marcy The Vermont moose herd has fallen on some hard times in recent years. A herd that was once pushing 5,000 animals is now estimated to have fallen to about 1,750. Based on what has been written and what people are saying about the current state of Vermont’s moose herd, it’s clear there are some misconceptions about how bad the situati...

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Passion for Parks: Springtime in the Parks

By Helen Hossley For many of us this time of year, we get a little impatient waiting for spring to arrive. The March snowstorms dampen our spirits a bit and we are tired of shoveling and driving in snowy conditions. As the sun follows the moon, springtime will happen in the Northeast. I was fortunate to have a wonderful reminder of springtime on my...

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Passion for Parks

By Helen Hossley Our national parks have been in the news a lot lately. I’d like to think it’s for all the right reasons. By training, Interpretive Park Rangers disseminate facts and information. They spend hours, days and sometimes, years researching and cross-referencing books, articles, interview transcripts, and other data to gain knowledge of...

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Local Youngster Places 2nd at State Hoop Shoot Competition

Carlo Concessi of Orange, Vermont took second place in the Vermont Elks Hoop Shoot for 8- and 9-year-old boys. Carlo represented Barre Lodge 1535 in the competition. Carlo first won the local (Barre Lodge) Hoop Shoot to advance to the Central Hoop Shoot in Windsor on January 7, where he competed against the local winners from Elks Lodges in the Nor...

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Passion for Parks

By Helen Hossley Looking through the lens of history of our parks seems glamorous; conjuring up nostalgia for the way they were in their heyday. We yearn to experience our parks as the pioneers of nature conservancy did; to be on the cutting edge of saving special places for future generations. How fabulous it would have been to be part of the conv...

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