spotlight watchdog

It’s outrageous that attorney general T.J. Donovan — the state government’s top lawyer — is refusing to accept a ruling by the Vermont Supreme Court.

Legislative Update

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VSARA is the acronym for the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration. It is “located” within the Office of the Secretary of State. Physically, it is located in a very large structure in Middlesex. It is sandwiched on property shared…

Wellness Works

Happy New Year. I hope the year is off to a great start, and that you are feeling a boost of mental energy that comes with 365 fresh calendar pages not yet marred by appointments inked, then crossed out and rescheduled, coffee stains and the …

The Forest and the Trees

Let’s face it, winter is hard. It can freeze the water in your cells, killing them. It can freeze your home, if you live in the soil or in freshwater, frozen solid. It can slow the enzymes in your body that you need to keep all your life-givi…

Vermont Bird Scene

Many of us have found a bird lying on the ground, or on a sidewalk, or in a parking lot and we always want to help. The first thing is to decide if it’s a new fledgling. If it is a baby bird, it’s almost always best to leave it alone. Many bi…

Councilor Corner

It’s that time in our city for reappraisal. Most towns and cities around the country use the assessed value of your property (both commercial and residential) to calculate your fair share of the community’s tax burden. In Vermont, we are lega…


On nearly every piece of literature produced by Howard Center to raise awareness of its many programs you will find, often printed in a prominent spot, the number 16,000. That is the number of people Howard Center helps every year.

In Musing

It’s January. A new year is upon us and I am melancholy. You see, I quite liked 2019; wasn’t ready to say goodbye. In fact, I’m pretty sure last year had more to give. Like a once-used dryer sheet, it could have gone a few more rounds.

Positive Parenting

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January rolls around and I always find it necessary to write a column that encourages and inspires families to get outside and embrace the cold and the snow including getting the winter gear on infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Message from the School Board

Last Town Meeting Day, Vince Bolduc, along with volunteers, conducted an exit poll collecting data on the demographics of voters surveyed, and their opinions on different topics. Bolduc then shared his findings with the board, and one bit of …

View from the Bench

If you go to the Chittenden Family Court on Thursday mornings, you will see that the docket is busy with relief from abuse cases.

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