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Message from Montpelier: January 26

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The general assembly has entered the fourth week of the 2017 legislative session. A lot has transpired since the session was called to order on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Gov. Phil Scott was inaugurated, and new legislative leaders were elected to lead the House and Senate. The pace will quicken this week when the governor presents…

Letters to the editor: January 26

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Board should consider another charter change I write to comment on the issue of municipal charter change raised at the selectboard budget working session on Monday, Jan. 16. There is not one, but two charter changes which officials should be discussing. The prior charter change proposal already on the table would allow a merger of…

Ernest W. Drost Jr.

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ESSEX JCT. – Ernest W. Drost Jr. (Ernie), 79, passed on to his Lord and Savior on Jan. 2, 2017 after a short battle with cancer at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Ernie was a graduate of Ayer High School in Massachusetts, Class of 1955, after which he joined the Army in…

Road salt impacts our waterways, soils and infrastructure

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Living in Vermont, we depend on clear roads during winter to maintain our way of life. Organizations, agencies and municipalities throughout Vermont understand there is an impact to the environment from road salt application practices. We must find the balance that protects the environment and still allows for safe roads. Road salt (sodium chloride) was…