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Storm drains spruce up

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The next time you go to Five Corners, look down. Three local artists, chosen by the Rethink Runoff Stream Team, worked tirelessly to bring storm drains to life by adorning them with murals. Each contains an inspiring and catchy phrase to remind people these drains convey untreated stormwater directly to local streams. Catch basins along Countryside…

Loretta Trepanier

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ESSEX JCT. – Loretta Mary Trepanier, 70 of Foster Road died on July 25, 2017 at her home with her loving family and nurse Nancy by her side following a long battle with COPD. She was born Oct. 19, 1946 in Cambridge, the daughter of Armand & Julia (Oliver) Baillargeon. She was a graduate of…

Beatrice Neill

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ESSEX JCT. – Beatrice (Bea) Loretta Neill (Bennett), 72, went home to the Lord on July 26, 2017 from breast cancer. She passed at home in Essex Jct., surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Southampton (New York) Hospital on July 29, 1944. Bea was the daughter of the late Margaret and Tunis…

Return taxpayers’ money

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I fully support selectman Andy Watts’ vote against the town tax rate at the recent selectboard meeting and his insistence that property taxes be reduced by the excess amounts in the town unassigned fund balance. As Mr. Watts noted, town policy says that money over 15 percent of the town’s operating budget must be used…

We must embrace renewables

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The economy and our landscape in Vermont are intertwined. Recreation, tourism, agriculture and forestry, all key economic drivers, depend on the natural resources from our landscape. Indeed, the Vermont brand itself is inseparable from our land ethic – a thoughtful way of living, the quality of our products and services and our environmental and social…

Into the Woods: Messy is good

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We humans have a very strange idea of what a well-tended woodlot should look like. To many people the epitome of good forest management is the image of towering overstory trees over a bare forest floor, their sightline is dotted with massive, evenly-spaced identical trunks. Landowners show me the portions of their woodlots that look…