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Over the past 10 weeks, churches like mine all over the country have scrambled to use technology to connect with their people. Terms like “livestreaming,” “Zoom,” and “upload speed” have caused more than a few pastors to lose sleep.

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I call it engineered chaos with an essential outcome and a timeline that had to be completed before it begins. The outcome is to “flatten the curve” and provide a space for healing and recovery for the homeless, those who have no home to go to safely and are covid positive. They do not need …

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This piece was written in response to the prompt: COVID-19—the coronavirus has seized the world, attacking our health, our economies, our everyday life. Write about this new invader and how it's changing our lives.

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I enjoy the old books that have advice, recipes, old hacks on how to do just about everything you might

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This month has proven itself a challenging and unprecedented one. With the spread of COVID-19 through our world, nation, state and community, we’ve had to rethink our lives as we know them. For those who have adhered to social distancing guidelines we applaud your efforts and thank you for d…

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When I was a kid I didn't quite get the term “rock bottom.” Pretty much everything I knew had rock bottoms – cellars, foundations, sills were all stone in my experience. The fields also must have been rock bottomed, for every single year the frost brought new ones up from below and they had …

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Friday, March 13th was our last day physically working within the Statehouse due to the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Representatives have been working from home. Legislative committees have been meeting via conference calls to take up COVID-19 related measures, such as changes to our…

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Lots and lots of activity at the State House last week. As you probably have heard by now, the State House is closed until March 24th. There will be a deep clean of the whole building. The building is a petri dish to potentially spread any sort of virus back to each of the 180 members distri…

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Here we are, trying to get our bearings while we turn our clocks to try to get the most out of their days. The date has changed all my life, except for once in the 70s when we had it all year around to save energy. I hated getting up with hours of darkness to follow; I went around turning on…

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As I write this month’s Manager’s Message, Town Meeting 2020 is a recent memory. We are pleased that our FY21 budget proposal passed by a large margin. I want to welcome returning Selectboard (SLB) member Brenda Steady and newcomer John FitzGerald. I also want to thank longtime SLB Member Da…

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While I was writing this piece last week, my younger daughter was busy having my second grandchild! I got this sent off, and then went to check my messages and the little guy was already born, so it was quick work. He’s adorable, but of course you’d expect me to say that. My older daughter w…

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In light of the continued worldwide spread of a novel coronavirus called COVID-19, the state of Vermont has moved to form an interagency task force to develop a public response, health officials announced Friday.

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Food for Thought Lorinda A. Henry 02/2020There is an old, old saying that

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Happy 2020! Looking back on the first month of the New Year, our team has accomplished a fair amount of work. And we’re looking forward to more projects and programs to come.

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We have now completed the sixth week of this year’s session. The biggest thing this past week was the Governor’s veto on the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill that would have added a 29-million-dollar payroll tax to be paid by all workers, even those who could not receive these benefits. As…

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I kind of hate to admit how long I have been a member of the Milton Historical Society. I started out as one of the youngest of charter members, so you can look it up if you want. But it would be a mistake to assume that I, or anyone else, except maybe Jim, really knows the answers to all yo…

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I put my toast on a little plate – a saucer, actually – and a memory showed up. It is a sturdy immigrant from England, a flowery Victorian pattern of brown leaves and flowers. The memory is of a sunny day in a field with my grandmother. It was mid to late summer, the hay was mown short. Some…

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We have come to the end of the third week in the 2020 Legislative Session. The end of this past week was quite busy on the floor. The House passed two impactful bills.

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This legislative session began on January 7th, and got off to fast start. Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife (my assigned committee) picked up right up where we left off. The major focus is still on the rewrite and update of Act 250, with hopes of having it leave our committee this session…

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When I was a kid we were told that the windows were painted in winter by Jack Frost. You’d get up in the morning and marvel at the lace and forests that covered the windows before the house warmed up. On really cold days that could be all day, although there might be periods when the wood st…

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On Thursday morning, hours before senators were sworn in to serve on President Trump’s impeachment trial, an independent, nonpartisan government watchdog confirmed what I have long suspected: When Trump froze congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to compel…

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We didn’t grow up thinking of ourselves as poor, although I expect we were. I don’t remember wanting for anything, although if I had paid attention perhaps the kids in my neighborhood wore their school clothes longer than some. But our mothers passed things back in forth in those days before…

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Dad says, “The good old days were mostly just old.” He has gotten a couple of magazines about the old days over time, and they seem to be quite popular, but I am beginning to notice that most of the pieces are written, like mine, from the point of view of the kids! Seldom have I seen one by …

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1. Reporting Hazardous Road Conditions. During normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., hazardous road conditions can be reported to the DPW Office or Town Manager’s Office by calling 893-6655. Outside of normal working hours, please call Police Dispatch at 893-2424.

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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 was the first time he had called. What he didn’t realize is that he didn’t hang the phone up after …

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Dad was 95 yesterday. We gathered in the afternoon, bearing pizza, lasagna, chocolate cake and a great-granddaughter. Everybody talked at once, which is usual. Mike provided candles in the shapes of numbers 9 and 5 – we talked about changing them around to read 56, but didn’t. So there were …

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Funding from OneCare Vermont – the organization leading the state’s “all payer” experiment in health-care reform — is keeping an innovative and proven system of support for vulnerable Vermonters called SASH (Support and Services at Home) operating in all corners of Vermont.

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You may have heard that timing is everything. And in many walks of life, that may be true – but not necessarily when it comes to investing.

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When I was little my grandmother gave me a tiny green book from her childhood. It was a Christmas gift of the size that would fit in a stocking and it contained several stories of the Victorian sort set in tiny type. We are often amazed at how small the type was, and that it was read by cand…

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So we had a baby shower for my younger daughter yesterday. I was all prepared with a booklet on Infant Care I thought I’d share since it was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (I don’t think they intended any pun here) in 1914. I guess that was about in time for my grandmother to have be…

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In this last month of the year (and the last year of the decade!), it’s time for our annual favorites list. Milton Public Library staff chose these as their favorite books read in 2019.

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My mother used to say that anyone who liked to read couldn’t clear out an attic. That says more about the things people stored in their attics than about the actual cleaning of them, I think. I have found some good books stuck away in attics and storerooms, some of which I put there. This we…

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It’s that time of year again. Beyond the turkey and fixings, it’s time to take stock of what we’re thankful for. I couldn’t be more thankful for our beautiful town and the wonderful people in it. Here at the Town Offices I’m very grateful for our hard working staff and all of the things we a…

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In the early 1800s, British poet and humorist Thomas Hood wrote, at the end of a wry piece called “No!”, “No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, / No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!” It is all kind of true around here, too. It is definitely a season of fading color, …

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Recently, there have been conversations at library conferences about the recognition of heritage and history months, including African American History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May, and Native American Heritage Month in November. Some…

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Well, it rained. Then it rained. After that it rained. My son-in-law was dispatched to buy umbrellas before trick-or-treat time. He returned with three of them (and pizza) in time to watch the three-year-old get gussied up as a baby tiger. Then they were off, juggling everything they had bef…

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My apologies for my absence last week – I was having computer issues and have become dependent on the darn thing! Hope your Hallowe’en was a good one.

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It’s that time of year when there are various effigies all over the place to scare, to celebrate, to let the adult kid out to play. I remember when a pumpkin face was as far as we’d go, an evening set aside with Dad for opening, scooping, discussing various faces. Dad did all the cutting, th…

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Detective series have become popular in adult fiction literature. Characters like Joe Gunther, Armand Gamache, and Eve Dallas seem to take on real-life personas to their fans. Milton library patrons who’ve completed one series often ask for recommendations of another. So, this month’s Book B…

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One autumn afternoon when I returned from college classes to the farm, Gram greeted me in her oldest clothes and asked me go put on some old clothes myself. I donned old jeans, which were my studio clothes and no doubt paint-spattered. She said we were going to clean the chimney and that was…

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There has probably never been a time when most schools had enough cash to do everything that was needed or wanted. I imagine that traditional apple for the teacher was often a welcome addition to her or his diet when they didn’t earn much. Or perhaps they were boarding around and one househo…