OPINION

Vt. food systems succeed in local, regional, national marketplace

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By Jake Claro Farm to Plate director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund When you ask people their definition of the Vermont food economy, they’ll often talk about farms, farmers’ markets or CSAs. What’s often missing from the conversation are the supply chain of local businesses such as distributors, food processors and manufacturers and seed, feed and…

Letter to the editor: October 19, 2017

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Clean-up day a success The Essex Town Conservation and Trails Committee wishes to thank all of those who participated in the 4th Annual Indian Brook Park Clean-Up Day on Saturday, Sept. 30. Approximately 50 enthusiastic volunteers of all ages showed up to work on what turned out to be a sunny and pleasantly beautiful day.…

First Congregational Church | Stirred hearts

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By the Rev. Mark Mendes We limit not the truth of God to our poor reach of mind To notions of our day and sect, crude partial and confined. Not, let a new and better hope within our hearts be stirred: Our God has yet more light and truth to break forth from the word. These…

Let’s talk about schools now, not in January

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By EMERSON LYNN One of the complaints from the last legislative session was that legislators were not properly notified as to the challenges facing our school system and what the Phil Scott administration intended to do. The governor and legislative leaders should make it a goal not to have the same thing said of them…

Letters to the editor: October 12, 2017

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Commuters helped Puerto Rico Thank you, Five Corners commuters! I am writing to share an update from the Essex Resists honk and wave fundraiser for Puerto Rico hurricane relief on September 28 in Five Corners. We committed $500 as a group to the Hispanic Federation after getting 482 honks and waves from passersby in Five…

Merino mania helped form Vt. forests

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If you spend time in the woods, chances are you’ll stumble upon an old cellar hole, stone wall or agricultural implement rusting among the trees. These cultural artifacts are striking and speak to the strange and fascinating history of European settlement in Vermont, which is intertwined with the history of our forests. The history of…