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We must act now on significant savings

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We have an opportunity to save up to $26 million a year – up to $100 million over five years, adjusting for inflation – in our education system, without program cuts or asking teachers to pay more for benefits. But the legislature must act now. The federal Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama put…

The logger’s importance

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Whether you own a half-acre or a 100-acre woodlot, at some point you might start thinking about cutting some trees. Maybe you’d like to harvest timber for a building project or for firewood or to encourage the maples in your sugarbush. If you have a strong back and a chainsaw, you may be able to…

Messages from Montpelier: May 4

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With an expected adjournment on May 6, legislative activity has kicked up a notch. Last week the House passed 13 bills. For the week, there were 10 bills approved by the House and Senate (35 for the year). This coming week promises to be a provocative one. The House will be dealing with two marijuana…

Burial service for Robert G. Baker, Jr.

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July 10,1932 – Jan. 27, 2017 Bob’s funeral was held Feb. 1, 2017. Now that the snow has finally melted, his family invites his relatives and friends to join them at a short burial service to honor him one more time. It will be held Friday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mountain View…

Winniferd P. LeBlanc

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ESSEX JCT. – Winniferd P. LeBlanc (Winnie), 91, passed away peacefully Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Green Mountain Nursing Home with her children by her side. She was born Sept. 1,1925, in Isle LaMotte, the daughter of Joseph and Eleanor Patnode. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her brother, Winton; by sister Virginia Forgays…

Pearson cuts out niche business

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Craig Pearson stands behind the retail counter at 47 Park St., and, like magic and the pro he is, simultaneously serves the four people waiting in line. Considering Pearson’s contagious energy, it’s no wonder customers have been coming back to Hides Pride for years. Behind him stand vintage sewing machines, and custom tools hang on…