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On March 5, voters will be asked to approve an overall school budget of approximately $51 million with net spending per equalized pupil of $15,944. By any measure, this is a significant investment of taxpayers’ monies. The obvious question sh…

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Town Meeting Day falls on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and two positions on South Burlington’s five-member school board will be on the ballot: one for a term of two years through March 2021, and one for three years through March 2022. 

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What happens when you are one percent over the eligibility limit? You need help and help is so close, but the edge of the cliff is crumbling underneath you.

In Musing

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A dream named our dog. A suitable messenger considering what preceded was a nightmare, an ordeal that almost sunk my marriage. It began when just the thought of having a dog was akin to owning a home. An “I’m all grown up” kind of feeling tha…

Legislative Update

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In early January, I was reappointed to the Judiciary Committee, where I spent my first two terms in the legislature. The committee has five new members, including four representatives in their first term. To orient these new members, the comm…

A Space in Time

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This year we got a real jump start on the holidays. Within two days of licking our Thanksgiving plates, we had cut down a tree, put it in its stand, decorated it, and adorned the house in full holiday regalia. This was motivated by joyous ant…

Councilor Corner

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First, the proposed city budget. The proposed increase in the city tax rate is 2.84 percent, or 1.46 cents, to be put before the voters on Tuesday, Mar. 5. Voters passed a separate item last August to add an additional cent to the tax rate, t…

Realistic Optimist

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As the old saying goes, there is a season for everything, a time to begin and a time to end. Ten years ago, in 2009, I was invited by the editor to develop a monthly column for The Other Paper. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to choose t…

Help is Here

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We often hear from individuals that they don’t know who to call for help or that they are uncertain if what they are experiencing is enough to reach out for additional support. If a situation is causing you or someone you are in contact with …

Positive Parenting

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John Steinbeck once said, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?”

Wellness Works

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Do you drink enough water? How do you know? Guidelines for fluid intake are not especially well researched and therefore less well known, so it’s understandable that this is a bit of guess work. Fortunately, our culture obviously embraces hyd…

Vermont Bird Scene

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Well, a few Snowy Owls, that is. So far, this winter hasn’t seen a flood of the big white beauties into our area, but some are visiting Vermont and they’re kindly hanging out where lots of people might see them.

Viewpoint

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Just as young parents rightly prioritize the health and well-being of our children, at mid life we also begin thinking more about the health and well-being of our own parents. By 2030, Vermont will be one of the oldest states – if not the old…

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