Whether you know them for their delicious berries or as a painful obstacle in the woods, everyone probably has some relationship to raspberries and blackberries. These incredible plants are often referred to by foresters and ecologists collectively as Rubus, which is the genus they belong to.

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The 2018 editorial by Mr. Lynn would be amusing if it were not so full of lies and sanctimonious righteousness. He is correct that a free and independent press in keeping an eye on government officials and informing the American people is critical, but there the truth ends.

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We stare at our children and envy their lightness of being, like snowflakes swept before the hard edge of winter’s breath. They are spared the cares that shadow their parents lives. Their Christmas orbits are drawn with the truest of lines; you are their center, and they yours.

As we crawl to the finish line of this year which has simultaneously been an 800-meter sprint, and a full-fledged marathon, we must remember the practice of gratitude, no matter how, where, or with whom we find ourselves this holiday season.

Our family has known Linda for many years. She is not only a friend but a representative that we always knew had the Village interests in mind with her commitment to our entire community. As a community volunteer I always knew I could reach out to her with ideas and concerns. When I moved in…

I often talk about encouraging “diversity” in our forests. The reaction of most people is that they want their forest to be diverse, but they might not know what that actually means or why it’s important.

Occasionally, a community is fortunate enough to have a member who will volunteer to serve others because it is the right thing to do. Such has been the case for the Essex community. Whether it was serving her church as a teacher, a school district as a coach of the cheerleaders' team, the l…

I first encountered the force that is Linda Myers when she was writing for the Essex Reporter and I was the Chair of the Essex Planning Commission.

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This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.

The end of an era in Essex is finally upon us. The legislature is adjourned, the election is over (I think!) and we now have a powerful group of five women representing us in Montpelier. But we are losing an iconic public servant with Linda Myer's retirement. Most readers know that Linda is …

Nearly 10 years ago Vermont was plunged into an experiment in health care that ended up failing. The Green Mountain Care Board was originally set up to be the bureaucratic decision makers about what kinds of health care Vermonters were allowed to get under Gov. Shumlin’s experimental Single …

Ambulances were first used by Catholic Monarchs during the Siege of Málaga in 1487. EMS progressed slowly during this time and it wasn’t until 300 years later that Baron Dominique Jean Larrey, a surgeon in Napoleon’s army, revolutionized battlefield medicine. He recognized the need for impro…

Vermonters pride themselves at embracing, some would say originating, the locavore movement. Locally grown meats, cheeses, vegetables, clothes etc. all take center stage. We support local enterprises and avoid, to the degree we can, out of state businesses. In the midst of the pandemic, many…

Thank you for electing me as one of your State Senators. If I did not earn your support in this election, I hope to do so in the years to come.

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The election race is over. I unsuccessfully ran in Essex House District 8-1 and now, rather than considering my campaign a loss, I am thankful for the adventure that this has been. It’s been exciting, breathless, frightening, and a very real learning experience.

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Deepest thanks to my Essex constituents for a definitive win and re-election to a second term in the Vermont House representing Chittenden 8-1. I greatly appreciate your faith in my work, and celebrate your coming out in force to vote and make your voices heard.

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As someone who loves forests, one of the hardest and strangest parts of my job is to figure out how to cut trees in a way that supports the healthy growth and development of these complex ecosystems.

A quote frequently used by my father is one that describes the culture of a place where he spent most of his 25 year military career. Serving as an F-16 pilot, and later as Adjutant General, he would often say, “The Vermont Guard is a family tradition.”

I’m voting for Tanya Vyhovsky because she cares about people. As the global pandemic bore down on Vermont, Tanya spent hours organizing to make sure that people in Essex who needed help got help. She found and organized volunteers. She spread the word about community resources. She picked up…

I believe, all that a Town Outside the Village resident has to do, is look at two different visions of what the Essex Plan is, depending on where you live. No one is going to change your allegiance to your cultural identity that you contribute to, in your part of town. Call it divisive, if y…

Few decisions we make have greater impact on both our short-term as well long-term well-being than those we elect to represent us in public office. I must point out a key word in this previous sentence…represent. For years now the average “tax paying” citizen is not represented in Montpelier…

When I ran for the State Senate in 2018, I learned a great deal about the unique challenges posed by the Chittenden District. Essex - large enough in population to merit a senator on its own - has gone decades without a current resident representing us in the State Senate. This means that it…

In an unprecedented year, perhaps it’s only natural that we have an unprecedented election—the first in our lifetimes to occur during a global pandemic, and one in which an astounding number of votes will be cast after being mailed to voters. While many of us are used to staying up late to l…

As an elected official I would love to have access to all 10 neighborhoods in my district ( EWSD) on Front Porch Forum. But FPF in their wisdom allows me to access my neighborhood only. Sad, I think. But they won't budge unless I pay thousands to access.

There are many reasons for running for public office. Public service requires trust, competency, and self-sacrifice. Maryse Dunbar and Thomas Nelson are accomplished in their chosen fields. Mr. Nelson is a career public safety professional and Maryse Dunbar a career health care professional.…

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I’d like to respond to Lori Houghton’s letter. She is right: “Unfortunately, Vermont is not immune to the tactics that are often employed at the national level -- lies and omissions.”

Flyers regarding the merger vote are being placed on doorknobs throughout the Village. We know the flyer is supported by the Village resident whose address is on the flyer and a woman from the Town outside the Village who is placing these flyers around the Village. Unfortunately, Vermont is …

I urge voters in the Village of Essex Junction to write in Darrell Langworthy for Vermont House District 8-2. Mr. Langworthy is a hard working business owner with 2 restaurants, Mark BBQ and Heart n Soul. He is also a generous community member, providing free weekly meals to those experienci…

Marybeth is a first-term State Representative from Essex District 8-1. During that time, I have gotten to know her fairly well. I supported her in 2018 and have never regretted it. As an example, Marybeth is a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the legislature. I’m involved in two cli…

Commentary by Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Jen Kimmich (co-founder and CEO of the Alchemist Brewery), Deborah Markowitz (former Vermont Secretary of State and Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources), Melinda Moulton (CEO, Main Street Landing), Mary Powell (former CEO, Green Mountain Power), a…

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It is said that behavior speaks directly to our intentions. We are what we do more than what we say. Considering this it appears that the National Republican party is at war with itself and grossly out of step with core foundational American values. Consider the following:

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The Essex Republicans want to express our doubts about Rep. Redmond's assertions of support. Her late objections to this claim seem like too-little-too-late. For one thing, a VERY LONG Legislative session has just ended without any serious action on this charter change.

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Many of us have had the experience of walking through the woods, when suddenly the raucous sounds and green-tinted light of a deciduous forest becomes dark and quiet. If this has happened to you, you have already had the unique experience of entering a hemlock forest.

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This commentary is by Don Turner, a former Republican state representative from Milton, former House minority leader, current Milton town manager and longtime member of the Milton Fire and Rescue departments. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018.

Ask any first responder why they do this type of work and it’s likely you’ll get an answer that involves “serving the community.” Essex Rescue, with a mix of dedicated volunteers and full-time employees, was founded on that sense of service.

Whether you realize it or not, the lives of Vermonters are massively enriched by forests, both aesthetically (we are the Green Mountain State, after all, and the “green” on the mountains are forests), economically and culturally (through our working landscape and our forest-based recreation …

Vermont provided affordable housing for the returning GI's after WW2. Indian Acres and Hiawatha area in Essex Jct. were small inexpensive homes, 3 bedroom ranches, expansion attics, on small lots. Then north Burlington, much the same. Milton has hundreds of small affordable homes. Then the e…

The recent incidents of police brutality inflicted upon American citizens, and documented with alarming regularity in the media, are of such an appalling nature that simple logic and human decency demands our moral outrage.

Recently I've been hearing our state legislators in a quandary over lost revenue due to the coronavirus. My guess is they'll coerce you into thinking that all the social programs and education needs will be drastically slashed if we don't pass marijuana and prostitution legalization in bills…

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University of Vermont students on Tuesday began their measured return to campus with more on their shoulders than the rigors of the classroom. They are being asked to do the right thing, to be responsible, to be safe so that their in-class learning can proceed and the university can resume a…