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46 and gone!

I am not a Vermont native. I moved to Vermont in 1966 after college. Nor was my mother a native. She was born in 1908, two miles from Bennington in Eagle Bridge, N.Y. But her father was a regional representative for H.P. Hood and Sons and moved with his family to Vermont in 1910, when she was 2. She was raised in St. Albans and Randolph. Her uncle ran the IGA store in Underhill for many years. I remember visiting him when I was about 8 years old and getting free ice cream from the store cooler – with...

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Open letter: Spraying of herbicides in utility ROW

Vermont Electric Cooperative has notified some Essex residents of its intent to spray several herbicides — including Krenite S, Patriot and Polaris — around power lines between the end of June and beginning of July (weather-depending). Spraying will occur on parts of Old Stage Road, Brigham Hill Road and Brigham Hill Lane. The purpose of spraying is to control large woody plants that could interfere with those power lines. The Essex Conservation Committee wants landowners to know that they have the right to opt out of spraying on land that they own. The safety of these herbicides for humans,...

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Support for Lisman mailer

I cannot disagree more with the letter to the editor by Nicole Citro concerning the health care campaign mailer from the Lisman for Vermont campaign.  This mailer raises important, under-discussed issues in a creative and provocative way and Vermonters should be paying attention to it.  For years, I have beat the drum that many Republicans have been extremely frustrated that Phil Scott has stood by silently as Gov. Peter Shumlin pushed for Vermont Health Connect and the radical, single-payer approach. Bruce Lisman has written in considerable detail about his health care proposals, which include moving to the federal exchange and...

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How about a fresh start for all Vermonters?

By DEBORAH BUCKNAM Last year, Gov. Peter Shumlin issued an executive order “banning the box” for applicants for state employment. Last month, he signed a bill ordering all private employers “ban the box.” Banning the box means no employer can ask on an employment application if an applicant has a criminal record. In signing the legislation, Gov. Shumlin said, “[Banning the Box] gives everyone an opportunity to make their case, regardless of whatever mistakes they’ve made, to get a job and make a brighter future.” Dan Barlow of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility added, “We believe strongly that if...

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James R. Long

James Robert Long, II, 69, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Winooski and Ligonier and Pitcairn, Penn, went to be with the Lord, in the early morning of Friday, May 13, 2016, in his home. Born Nov. 27, 1946, in Pitcairn, he was a past commander of VFW Post 6689 in Essex Jct. having served in the U.S. Army. He was also an active member of the American Legion, Loyal Order of the Moose and Elks Lodge. He enjoyed helping others, being outdoors in nature and working with his hands.  James was preceded in death by his father, J. Robert...

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