Legislative Update

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Vermont maintains and operates 55 state parks. Last year, these parks saw 1,009,675 visitors. The overall economic contribution attributable to these visits was assessed at $92 million. How much did the state invest in these parks? A mere $62…

Wellness Works

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I read a flat-out lousy book this spring called “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a (Bleep).” The last word is unprintable; you get the drift. Don’t read it.

The Forest and the Trees

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If you travel around Vermont and much of northern New England and spend time in the woods, you’ll notice a similarity in the tree species you encounter. The forest canopy is dominated by sugar maples, American beeches, yellow birches and East…

Vermont Bird Scene

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Most birds can make noise. They whistle, chip, cheep, chirp or trill. They buzz or squeak or honk. One, the American Bittern, even burps! But some birds make noises that we humans hear as song, and May and June are the very best times of the …

Councilor Corner

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…


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On Aug. 5, I attended the city council meeting and shared my concerns regarding the council’s July 1 action approving the award of a $175,000 contract for design and related work for a recreation facility in Veterans Memorial Park. Based on t…

In Musing

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We recently were part of a neighborhood yard sale organized by our friend Jenn, who lives across the cul-de-sac. 

Positive Parenting

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It’s that time of year, and I don’t mean blueberry picking. Rather, it’s the time of year when every family is starting to have an equal mix of joy and dread about the upcoming school year. For some, it comes with the excitement of Christmas;…

Help is Here

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The practice of mindfulness has become popular in the last several years, yet there is still much confusion around what it actually means. I was first introduced to mindfulness through my education and training. I wanted to use mindfulness, s…

Message from the School Board

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The school board voted unanimously on June 6 to move forward with plans to build a new, connected middle and high school at the existing 500 Dorset Street campus. 

Guest Perspectives

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Dog bites post a serious health risk to people, communities, and society as a whole. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 800,000 people receive medical care for dog bites and over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each …

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