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Burnham Memorial Library book reviews: September 13, 2018

Norwich One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence By Karen Crouse Adult Non-Fiction, 2018 Reviewed by Kelly McCagg, Library Director Norwich, located on the western bank of the Connecticut River, boasts beautiful farms and a bucolic downtown—pretty much what you would expect from a small New England town. However, Karen Crouse, sportswriter for The New York Times, discovered something quite remarkable about this community of 3,400 residents. Over the past 30 years, 11 Olympians have originated from Norwich. Come along as she uncovers the unique approach this town employs with athletics and life in general. Learn how...

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Declare victory in school merger wars and go home

By Allen Gilbert I’ve been reading about the “Vicious Act” of 1892. That’s the law Vermont legislators passed a century ago mandating consolidation of all school districts within a town to a single district. The law was not popular. Vermont is now dealing with a similar law that some feel is the Vicious Act of 2015 – Act 46, the school governance law that mandates further consolidation of town school districts. The legislature may have felt that consolidation makes sense. And the impact for some towns may very well be benign. But for others, it is not. The way...

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September 13, 2018

Vermont can do better on childcare I constantly hear that Vermont is aging quickly and struggling to attract young families. While we love living here, when friends ask me if they should move to Vermont, I have to first ask them if they have young children. If they say yes, I unfortunately tell them to be prepared to spend hours and hours on the phone and online trying to find an available spot. Recently a former co-worker of mine found out she was pregnant. Her initial excitement turned to fear and angst as she spent all of her free...

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Colchester Police Reports: September 4 – 11, 2018

Warnings: 24 Tickets: 5 Using portable electronic device (first violation) 2 Operating after suspension/revocation/refusal (first offense) 1 Operating after suspension/revocation/refusal (second offense) 1 Person required to register 1 Traffic control signals 1 Speeding Arrests: 1 Domestic assault 1 Driving with a criminally suspended license 1 Drugs, cocaine possession misdemeanor Tuesday, September 4 2:48 a.m., Reckless endangerment on East Rd. 7:08 a.m., Juvenile problem; location withheld 7:37 a.m., Larceny from building on Whitcomb St. 9:27 a.m., Found/lost property on Blakely Rd./Roosevelt Hwy. 10:53 a.m., Threats/harassment on Camp Kiniya Rd. 11:10 a.m., Vandalism on Troy Ave. 12:58 p.m., Animal problem on...

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Colchester Town News: September 13, 2108

Manager’s Message of the Week Town manager Aaron Frank Town Receives Permits for Cost Cutting Solar Power: The Town of Colchester received permits from state and federal agencies to install a solar array on town land located near Shipman’s Lane (off Malletts Bay Avenue). This project will reduce energy costs paid by the town over the next 25 years by 40 percent. The solar array will produce the energy equivalent of 29 percent of the town’s annual electricity needs. The project will yield a net positive cash flow of $455,784 over the 25-year project life, after capital payback, extended...

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