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Sen. Ruth Hardy: Time for Vermont to change vaccination plan
Posted on: 8:32 am Fri Apr 2nd, 2021
It's time for Gov. Scott to change his vaccination schedule plan. What started out as a smart, compassionate plan to vaccinate Vermonters based on age-bands, focusing first on the oldest Vermonters who were most likely to die or be hospitalized with Covid, has turned into a protocol that pits Vermonters against each other.
Op-Ed on Talking With Children About Racism
Posted on: 9:06 am Tue Mar 2nd, 2021
Young children are open to learning everything they can all of the time. That is why they pick up on parents' beliefs including prejudices. If parents make positive comments about people from other races, or from different parts of the country or the world, then children take on those positive attitudes as well.
 Thanks for support during time of loss
Stowe Reporter Posted on: 9:48 am Fri Aug 23rd, 2013
On behalf of the family of Galen Mudgett, we would like to thank the communities of Morrisville and Waterbury for their support of "Pop" and us over the past three months and especially since his death. Your cards and notes of condolence, meals, and flowers helped us through a very trying time.
Tom Stevens & John Killacky: After a respite from homelessness, now what?
Vt Digger - Posted on: 9:11 am Tue May 12th, 2020
On Friday, March 13, Vermont was faced with an unprecedented question: What do we do in the face of an emergency of the size of the one in front of us, particularly for those without resources who were either living in the street, couch surfing or in congregate settings (shelters), and were considered high-risk "vectors?
 Laurel Lane Bridge (3 comments)
Posted on: 9:35 am Mon Feb 18th, 2008
Laurel Lane bridge
Hot Tamale Has Closed
Posted on: 1:39 pm Thu Oct 12th, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the Hot Tamale Co. has closed and moved from its location at 74 Portland St. in Morrisville due to on going issues with the landlord that could not be resolved.
 Teacher's Resignation Has Stirred Up Students
Posted on: 12:38 pm Wed Nov 1st, 2017
Recent events at Stowe High School have created great concern for me on multiple levels. The recent resignation of Robert Dornfried has stirred the passions of our students, not only because of the unjust circumstances surrounding the event, but also because of their devotion and respect for a beloved and esteemed teacher.
Satire: Vermont bans environmentally devastating practice of recycling
Vt Digger - Posted on: 12:17 pm Mon Aug 5th, 2019
The Winooski - Vermont's premiere local satire site - is founded and edited by Adam Hall.
Bob Stannard: Get rid of Mitch
Vt Digger - Posted on: 12:00 pm Mon Aug 5th, 2019
By now it is eminently clear that not only did Russia interfere with our 2016 presidential elections to assist the campaign of Donald Trump, they are working hard right now to ensure Trump's re-election.

Editor's note: This commentary is by Bob Stannard, an author, musician and former lobbyist. This piece first appeared in the Bennington Banner.

Notice from Superintendent
Posted on: 11:13 am Thu Jun 13th, 2019
I am writing to inform our community that I have assigned a Vermont State Police detail to Crossett Brook Middle School for both today and tomorrow, the students' last day of school. At approximately 9:30 last evening, I was contacted by Vermont State Police.
Sophie Ehrhardt: Seizing opportunity in a changing market
Vt Digger - Posted on: 9:01 am Fri May 10th, 2019
As a student of environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School, I come from a background of running a small business with my husband's family.
 A Love Letter to Barre - Our Sister City - The Bridge
Posted on: 12:47 pm Mon Feb 9th, 2015
Dear Sister City Barre,
We love you. We thought we should tell you this just before Valentine's Day.
Our Trail Community
Posted on: 11:09 am Thu Sep 27th, 2018
You may have seen our post on social media about a recent theft of chainsaws and generators from our locked facilities at our headquarters in Waterbury Center.
 Blush Hill Bistro Closing Dinner Service Permanently
Posted on: 9:44 am Fri Oct 13th, 2017
Thank you to everyone who has been coming in to say goodbye. Just a reminder, we are closing for dinner permanently a week from this Saturday, Oct. 21st. We have nightly dinner and drink specials to assist in reducing inventories so stop in!
Commentary: Taking a Knee
Vt Digger - Posted on: 10:44 am Mon Oct 9th, 2017
When, in 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black player in baseball's major leagues, he took a vicious verbal and emotional beating from the throng of white racists playing the game - some of them on his own Brooklyn Dodgers team. He, through remarkable restraint, survived it and played consistently at his Hall of Fame level.
 OpEd - Opening the Doors of Government: Vermont Needs an Ombudsman
Posted on: 12:09 pm Mon Jun 26th, 2017
I take my role in state government seriously. I am honored to have been elected by Vermonters to serve as Secretary of State. Since taking office in 2011, I have worked hard to improve how our government serves the public by increasing transparency, efficiency and productivity.
A Community in Tragedy
Posted on: 5:23 pm Sun Oct 9th, 2016
Last night, a tragic car accident on route 89 between Williston and Richmond, resulted in the loss of life of 4 of our Harwood students and 1 other Harwood community member who attends another school. All students were juniors.
 How much more can businesses take?
Waterbury Record Posted on: 3:32 pm Mon Dec 28th, 2015
When I read the newspapers and think about the upcoming legislative session, I'm worried. And I'm sure I'm not alone. I bet my fellow small business owners feel the same way.

 Church appreciates help with flooding
Waterbury Record Posted on: 9:05 am Mon Jul 27th, 2015
Thank you to the members of the Waterbury Fire Department, Waterbury True Value and friends of Wesley United Methodist Church who came to our assistance this past Sunday evening, when flooding on Foundry Street caused storm water to enter the church dining room.
 Waterbury Farmers Market
Posted on: 2:29 pm Thu Jul 2nd, 2015
Come to the market and and get local goods for your Independence Day barbecue!
 Library thanks the community
Waterbury Record Posted on: 1:55 pm Thu Mar 19th, 2015
The Waterbury Public Library is up and functioning at 30 Foundry St., although still not completely set up yet - please excuse the mess in some of the areas. We appreciate your patience as we get acclimated to our new surroundings and figure out where everything should go.
 Catherine Catchapaw thanks community
Waterbury Record Posted on: 11:07 am Mon Mar 16th, 2015
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who came out to my 80th surprise birthday party.
 Vaccination is our duty - The Stowe Reporter
Posted on: 4:16 pm Fri Feb 20th, 2015
It is the 100-year anniversary of the death of a forgotten woman: My great-grandmother Blanche Merrill Bricket died in 1915, when her only child was 3 years old.
 Thanks from Legion, and an invitation
Waterbury Record Posted on: 10:44 am Tue Feb 17th, 2015
I'd like to thank the American Legion family, the Waterbury Rotary and the USO cast for another excellent production of the annual USO show held this past week. Even with the weather, folks came out to see the show both Friday and Saturday evening. "Sweet Sixteen" was the theme this year.
 Vermont Food and Farm Education: Real People. Real Food. Real Change
Posted on: 3:12 pm Fri Jan 30th, 2015
Higher education in Vermont is working together to make the state the best place for farm and food education in the country.
 Because of kindness, I am recovering
Waterbury Record Posted on: 10:27 am Wed Nov 26th, 2014
To the editor:
In this time of reflection and giving thanks, I want to acknowledge and thank all those who, in one way or another, participated in my journey after the ATV accident on Aug. 10.
 Scheuermann: Give consumers a break - Stowe Reporter
Posted on: 10:42 am Thu Nov 13th, 2014
With open enrollment for Vermont Health Connect just a few days away, state Reps. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, and Patti Komline, R-Dorset, are renewing their call for Gov. Peter Shumlin to allow Vermonters to work directly with their insurance carriers if they so choose to renew their coverage, to enroll in coverage, or to inquire about coverage.
 Vermont's Lessons from Irene Are Influencing National Conversation on Resilience
Posted on: 3:28 pm Thu May 15th, 2014
National Climate Assessment Underscores Need to Prevent and Prepare for Climate Change
The National Climate Assessment, issued last week by the White House, provides scientific information about how climate change is impacting different regions of the country and different sectors of the economy.
 Opinion: Vermont's attempt to force the labeling of GMO foods: It's got 'issues' - Vermont Business Magazine
Posted on: 1:59 pm Fri May 9th, 2014
The Vermont legislature has passed a bill that mandates, effective July 1, 2016, the labeling of food that contains - or might contain - genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
 Green Mountain Coffee Rackets
Green Mountain Daily - Posted on: 9:03 am Fri Mar 14th, 2014
I've held a small bit of Green Mt Coffee Roasters stock for about 10 years, purchased because it was a local startup that bubbled up and because it had socially conscious policies for employees and coffee growers.
 Opinion: Vermont Agency of Human Resources, we can and must do better - Vermont Business Magazine
Posted on: 4:46 pm Fri Nov 29th, 2013
Human Services Secretary Doug Racine recently acknowledged his own agency's defeat in reducing childhood poverty in Vermont - a concession that frankly astonishes me.
 A better way - Times Argus
Posted on: 10:05 am Wed Nov 20th, 2013
n some ways the state of Vermont has become a victim of its good intentions. State officials are trying to devise methods for dealing with inmates whose mental problems are so severe they are likely to hurt themselves or others upon release and most certainly will end up back in prison.
 Family of late man thanks supporters
Stowe Reporter Posted on: 10:08 am Fri Nov 15th, 2013
To everyone who has supported us following the death of our beloved father, Nason H. Adams, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation. Your many acts of kindness, sympathy and generosity continue to be a great comfort to us in our time of sorrow.
 Wrong direction for Waterbury - Times Argus
Posted on: 10:10 am Tue Aug 13th, 2013
Is Waterbury moving in the right direction? I pose this question because, before I moved to Waterbury nine years ago, I did years of research on where to live in Vermont.
 Keep the Montpelier Farmers' Market Downtown - The Bridge
Posted on: 11:46 am Mon Aug 5th, 2013
The Capital City Farmers Market in Montpelier has been considering a move to the Vermont College green for a couple years
 In This State: Community-supported store in Barnard at center of life in small town
Vt Digger - Posted on: 10:47 am Mon Aug 5th, 2013
This isn't your grandmother's general store. The first clue is the ATM machine parked inside the front door.
 Couple issues thanks to Stowe Rescue crew
Stowe Reporter Posted on: 9:28 am Fri Aug 2nd, 2013
A Stowe couple expressed their "heartfelt thanks" to Stowe Rescue's team of Scott Brinkman and associates Duke and Stu for their work during a recent rescue effort. "Their competence and compassion were most essential in our time of need," said the couple, who wished to remain anonymous.
 Bruce Lisman's Shiny Happy People
Green Mountain Daily - Posted on: 9:19 am Wed Jul 3rd, 2013
Vermont's homegrown Wall Street grillionaire, Bruce Lisman, continues to spend a modest portion of his wealth on his vanity proj-- er, public advocacy group, Campaign for Vermont. Last week, he held three more of his Famous Forums.
 The Candy Man strikes again
Green Mountain Daily - Posted on: 10:23 am Thu May 23rd, 2013
Well, well. Just a few days after publishing an anecdote about Peter Shumlin's money-grubbing youth (paywalled), here comes Peter "Scoop" Hirschfeld with a story of Our Governor's modern-day devotion to unvarnished capitalism. (Partial version free here; full story paywalled here.)
 Myth-Busting Vermont's Assisted Suicide Bill: How It Really Went Down
The Crocker Post - Vermont Conservative Transitioning Toward Pal Posted on: 9:00 am Mon May 20th, 2013
"The final week of the political path to death with dignity in Vermont was a reminder of how a cadre of politicians can want something so desperately that they push it through even if abandoning key promises."

 Advocates for child-care, deputy state's attorneys unions vow to return next session
Vt Digger - Posted on: 9:06 am Tue May 14th, 2013
Two seemingly unrelated union drives - for deputy state's attorneys and child-care workers - have been finally laid to rest for another year, to the frustration of some senators and advocates.
 States Like Vermont Have a Right to Protect Citizens From Illegal Immigration
The Crocker Post - Vermont Conservative Transitioning Toward Pal Posted on: 1:09 pm Wed May 1st, 2013
Instead of encouraging illegal immigration, Vermont needs to do more to protect its citizens from it. Ideally, immigration enforcement should be handled solely by the federal government.
 Mark Levin: There Is No Scenario Under Which Al Gore Would Have Won 2000 Election
The Crocker Post - Vermont Conservative Transitioning Toward Pal Posted on: 1:03 pm Wed May 1st, 2013
Maybe Al Gore can sleep better now. In light of recent comments made by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Mark Levin explains why there is no scenario under which Gore would have become president.
 GM Foods Aren't Dangerous and Help to Feed the World
The Crocker Post - Vermont Conservative Transitioning Toward Pal Posted on: 8:58 am Tue Apr 30th, 2013
Recently, I commented on Monsanto attacking democracy in Vermont. My comment was "GMOs are not dangerous and they help to feed the world." Some of the replies to my comment are pretty far out there ranging from ad hominem attacks to outright lies about Monsanto and GM foods.
 Governor Shumlin to proclaim April as Donate Life Month in Vermont
Vt Digger - Posted on: 8:54 am Tue Apr 30th, 2013
On Tuesday April 30th at 12:30 p.m., Governor Peter Shumlin will join individuals personally touched by organ donation, Department of Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Robert Ide, physicians from Fletcher Allan Hospital, New England Organ Bank, and Center for Donation and Transplant to proclaim April as Vermont Donate Life.
 Vermont Gov. Shumlin Favors National Gun Control
The Crocker Post - Vermont Conservative Transitioning Toward Pal Posted on: 8:47 am Tue Apr 30th, 2013
Peter Shumlin says there is no role for Vermont in gun control. What he wants is gun control for all fifty states on the federal level which would include Vermont.

 Most Liberal State Vermont Leads the Nation in Illicit Drug Use
The Crocker Post - Vermont Conservative Transitioning Toward Pal Posted on: 9:14 am Mon Apr 29th, 2013
VTDIGGER has a great article outlining the dangers of the marijuana decriminalization effort currently underway in Vermont and it turns out the state has the highest per capita rate of illicit drug use in the nation.
 Thanks for the help with activity program
Stowe Reporter Posted on: 9:46 am Fri Apr 26th, 2013
On behalf of the students of the Stowe School District, we would like to thank all the sites and volunteers who helped make the 2013 Friday Activity Program so successful. The generosity in providing time, resources, and guidance to the students is greatly appreciated.
 One false note
Green Mountain Daily - Posted on: 8:42 am Fri Apr 26th, 2013
Governor Shumlin had a news conference today; his first in two weeks. It came at a time when the Legislature is in high gear, trying to plow through its most contentious issues before adjournment.
 The moratorium's last stand
Green Mountain Daily - Posted on: 9:17 am Wed Apr 17th, 2013
Last week, the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy held several hearings on wind energy. Two bills were the primary subjects: S.30, the former "wind moratorium bill" that was virtually defanged before final passage in the Senate; and H.245, a moratorium bill essentially similar to the original S.30.
 Mark Levin Threatened by a Republican Congressman
The Crocker Post - Vermont Conservative Transitioning Toward Pal Posted on: 9:11 am Wed Apr 17th, 2013
Mark Levin opened his show Friday, 4.12.13, reporting that a "fairly powerful" Republican Congressman has approached a major affiliate in his (the congressman's) district to remove the Mark Levin Show because he doesn't like what Levin has been saying about him.
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