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Disturbing treatment of animals

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I walk my Brittany spaniel on the trails near the Colchester High School each morning. Last week my dog came upon five half-grown squirrels about 15 feet from the parking lot. The squirrels had their tails weaved together and were in a satanic circle. They had tried to bite their tails free from the bloody…

Into the woods: Merino mania

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If you spend time in the woods, chances are you’ll stumble upon an old cellar hole, stone wall or agricultural implement rusting among the trees. These cultural artifacts are striking and speak to the strange and fascinating history of European settlement in Vermont, which is intertwined with the history of our forests. The history of…

Vermont not wavering on clean water

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Despite the Scott Administration’s commitment to restoring Vermont’s waterways and funding clean water initiatives, recent news stories have contained inaccurate information and given the false impression that we’re decelerating our efforts. This is simply not the case. The Vt. Agency of Natural Resources, and all the partners engaged in this work – including sister state agencies,…

Snowplowing policy considerations

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The policy of plowing a specific list of private roads in Colchester dates back at least 45 years. With the exception of six-and-a-half weeks in the spring of 1990, this has always been the case. Termination of this policy would effectively transfer the cost of plowing from the town to the residents for these roads.…