January is a time when many of us think about making changes in our lives. Enrollments at gyms and in diet programs increase as we try to our implement our New Year’s resolutions. For many of us, by February or March we have slipped back into our old patterns and our resolve for change has d…

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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 o…

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.

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 c…

Memories. They not only light the corners of my mind, they’re stacked so high back there, it’s like an episode of “Hoarders.”

I recently heard about the couple and their puppy who were attacked by bear “hound” hunting dogs this past October on public land. I hope that the Legislature will take up the hounding issue t…

I want to clarify my vote on the Official Map as it was described in the December 12 issue of The Citizen, “Packed House at Lot 15 Discussion”, by Scooter MacMillan. Although most of the artic…

Your recent story (The Citizen, Nov. 27, 2019, “A Hinesburg Horror story”) about Eurasian Watermilfoil in Lake Iroquois stands out as a perfect example of inflammatory, polarizing and irrespon…

The weekly reporting of local news by The Citizen is a valuable resource to the community. It is good to see reporters taking the time to get background information and to cover the complexity…

I was very disappointed to see the highly dramatized article about the “Hinesburg Horror story” (The Citizen, Nov. 27, 2019) related to the problem with milfoil in Lake Iroquois. The story by …

I read Mike Donoghue’s article “Shelburne felon wants off early from federal supervision,” (The Citizen, Dec. 5, 2019). He writes that Mr. Melvin has applied for shorter federal supervision: 2…

Magic and kindness during the holiday season are extra special. Learning to be kind is a trait we carry throughout our lives. Finding ways to instill goodness in our young children to make the…

The call came into our Crisis Fuel Office after hours. We could tell it was an elderly gentleman. He stated he “really needed help with emergency fuel.” He left his name and phone number. This…

For years, I blamed the wise men. I thought they were the ones responsible for this holiday gift-giving racket where shopping becomes the reason for the season. I scoffed at the precedent the …

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