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Jim Condon, state rep and radio personality, dies at 60

BY MARK JOHNSON Rep. Jim Condon, who served seven terms in the House following a long career in radio broadcasting, has died after battling esophageal cancer. He was 60. Condon, a “Blue Dog” Democrat, represented Colchester since winning election in 2004. He decided against running for re-election this year after receiving an “unwelcome medical diagnosis” of cancer this spring. He also served as executive director of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters. He is survived by his wife, Ginny McGehee, a radio personality on WJOY in Burlington, and their son, Thomas, who attends Syracuse University. “I have been humbled...

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Vermonters must address racism; it’s alive, and here

By SEN. CAROLYN BRANAGAN, FRANKLIN DISTRICT Earlier this past week a young woman who represents a House district in Bennington county announced she was withdrawing from the November election contest. Just last week she won the Democratic nomination for a third term. Her skin is dark and a while back she spoke with me about having received a number racial comments and threats online. Apparently now she has decided to pull out of the race entirely because of continuing concerns regarding the impact of these threats on her family, and especially on the safety of her bi-racial young son....

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Burnham Memorial Library book reviews: August 30, 2018

Smile by Roddy Doyle Adult Fiction, 2017 Ann Doubleday, Adult Services Smile is far more than it at first seems to be. It seems to be about a middle-aged Irish man trying to establish a new life for himself after a divorce. At one time, Victor, the narrator, appeared to be on the cusp of success in every way. Now he spends most evenings at the local pub trying to cheer himself up and stave off loneliness. One night at the pub a crude man, Fitzpatrick, intrudes upon Victor insisting they were friends in high school. Victor has no...

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Weekly Town News: August 30, 2018

Aaron Frank, Town Manager Please be especially aware of pedestrians and bicyclists as our young people return to school. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping youth safe: Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic Vehicles are always required to stop for pedestrians at all crosswalks. Special care should be shown in the school zone. Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in...

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Crop tree release

My woodlot in Bolton was logged in the 1980s. Through a practice known as “diameter-limit cutting,” all trees above a certain diameter (probably 11 or 14 inches) were cut. My land is a good site for growing red and white oak, white and red pine, red spruce and hemlock, but this harvest removed most trees of these species, creating a forest of mostly unhealthy beech and red maple. Using silviculture – the strategic harvesting of trees – I hope to restore my forest’s health by regenerating unhealthy areas and encouraging healthy trees of all species, all while maintaining a...

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