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You can be a big tree champ

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When I was growing up down in Windham County, the Windham County Forester, Bill Guenther, used to lead a Big Tree Tour every year. As I kid I hadn’t yet fallen into my current tree-crazy state, and I never attended one of Bill’s tours.  One year, when I was a forestry student at the University…

Details still uncertain, dispatch plan advances

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A multi-town committee studying the implications of consolidating emergency dispatch operations in Chittenden County has debuted a draft charter, paving the way for the creation of a separate municipal entity. Residents in eight interested communities, including Colchester, Burlington, Essex, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston and Winooski, will likely see the measure appear on their Town…

Joy C. Pratt

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Joy Pratt of Colchester passed away peacefully on July 18, 2017, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in Greenfield, Mass., the eldest daughter of Leonard and Florence Pratt. Joy graduated from Greenfield High School and the University of Massachusetts. Joy is survived by her loving daughter, Heather Blanton Kelley; by her…

Letter to the editor: September 7

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BIA governance needs to be addressed Ongoing conflict has marred the relationship between the Burlington International Airport and its municipal neighbors for years evidenced by expensive lawsuits over property taxes, military operations, home demolitions and more. This municipal conflict is putting Vermont at a disadvantage on the regional landscape making neighboring cities like Plattsburgh  more…

We can grow clean water

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I have been thinking about the power of nature with fall hurricane season almost upon us. We are all too familiar with the frightening power of nature in the form of rushing waters, hurricane winds and tornadoes that can rip through our familiar landscape in moments. What does not hit home for most of us…

Sewing support after surgery

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Medical center crowdsources drain bag project Sewing enthusiasts and craftspeople across Chittenden County volunteered their talents this week in a spontaneous show of support for breast cancer patients. The countywide effort came in response to a solitary Facebook post by Anna Raymond, an employee at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic…