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“Fourteen Shelburne police and dispatch employees have left the department, eight in the last six months and the remainder mainly within the past year,” Riell noted. “Collectively over a century of experience, skill, knowledge, information and training has been lost.

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At least one town official and a state legislator are discussing whether Shelburne should reinstitute a mask mandate.

Not only does Shelburne potentially have openings in town governance, it has openings in town employment — and not just the police department.

Hayley Shover, a 17-year-old equestrian from Shelburne, won the championship title at one of the biggest shows in the U.S. at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C.

This year, we have much to be thankful for, though we know at least 406 families did not have a loved one at the Thanksgiving table due to a pandemic-related death.

Sen. Patrick Leahy’s retirement from the U.S. Senate in 2022 and Congressman Welch’s decision to run for his seat bring the opportunity for Vermonters to elect a woman to represent us in Congress for the first time.

I was thinking that if the guest perspective by Walt Amses was written in 2018 it could easily have been the reverse: “Republicans try to govern while Democrats wage culture war.”

The last edition of our newspapers did not make it to newsstands or mailboxes last week on time due to a series of failures at our printer, with whom we contract to print all five weekly newspapers under the ownership of the Vermont Community Newspaper Group.

With the passage last week of the infrastructure phase of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, Democrats arguably did more to benefit Americans in a single massive investment than the GOP has done in the last 30 years.

Congress has now passed the infrastructure bill and set a course to advance the Build Back Better agenda this coming week.