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Obituary: Barbara Conrad

ESSEX – ​Barbara Conrad, 91,passed away on Nov. 3, 2017. ​She is survived by her husband, Donald Conrad, former principal ​of Jericho High School from 1960-1963; her daughter, Carole, ​and son, Donald...

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Obituary: Kate Dietsch

ESSEX – Katharina “Kate” Dietsch, 88, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Mansfield Place in Essex. She was born on Dec. 12, 1928 in Mönchengladbach, Germany daughter to the late Joseph and Eva (Jansen) Walbeck. Poverty, losing her father at an early age and WWII were the major forces that shaped Kate’s childhood. Always the stern-faced child in pictures, she was ever-vigilant over her beloved younger sister, Marlene. After surviving the war, the young adults tried to make a life for themselves in Germany where housing and work were hard to find. Kate was introduced to Hans...

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Sharon Prescott Barrett

Georges Mills, N.H. – Sharon J. (Prescott) Barrett, 75, formerly of Prospect Hill Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at Park Avenue Health Center in Arlington, Mass. with her family surrounding her. She was born in New London, N.H. on Aug. 13, 1942 the daughter of Gerald C. and Hattie I. (Lull) Prescott. Sharon attended the one-room schoolhouse in Elkins for the first three years and then came to New London, graduating from New London High School in 1960. She went to Burdett College in Boston for a year and then earned her associate’s degree from Colby J. College...

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A history lesson on tax cuts

By Ralph Martire To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations. His proposal is so skewed to the wealthy that over the next 10 years, more than half of his multi-trillion dollar tax cut will go to the wealthiest 1 percent. Big business does well, too, gaining an estimated $4.1 trillion tax cut during the next decade. And that’s not the only justification offered for the president’s full-on, supply-side, tax cut. According...

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Proficiency-based learning is beneficial

By Rebecca Holcombe A recent opinion piece from a Fair Haven Union High School teacher argued we should rid the state of proficiency-based learning and grading systems to “let teachers teach.” I can’t comment on how individual teachers, schools or districts chose to interpret or implement the State Board of Education’s requirement that our schools move to “proficiency-based learning.” However, the piece seems to misunderstand the logic and research related to proficiency approaches to instruction, as well as the responsibility of districts with respect to standards. In Vermont, by statute, curriculum and instruction are local responsibilities, and success depends...

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