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Guest editorial: A daunting task requires action equal to the challenge

Posted on September 22, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



There are countless benefits being conducted in Vermont on behalf of those affected by Tropical Storm Irene, and they are raising significant amounts of money. Last weekend’s Phish concert in Essex Junction raised $1.2 million on behalf of the state’s disaster relief fund. In Waitsfield, a solo concert by Grace Potter being hosted by Sugarbush Resort is expected to raise $350,000 for a local relief effort in the Mad River Valley. Similar events are happening in central and southern Vermont with each passing week.

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Editorial: Give to have a 'perfect' day

Posted on September 19, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



This Thursday and Saturday, about 600 volunteers will fan out across the county in the annual Days of Caring event that launches the fund-raising campaign for the United Way of Addison County. The goal remains the same, $775,000, as it has been over the past couple of years, but the challenges are bigger than ever: on top of a lackluster economy that has yet to recover from the Great Recession of 2007-08, are disaster relief efforts to help those individuals and communities devastated by the flooding of Tropical Storm Irene.

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Clippings: College books lead to Chapter 11

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Believe it or not, we reporters are asked from time to time if we are ever going to write a book. I personally take such inquiries as compliments — unless of course they come from a friend or wisecracking family member who adds, “You might as well write a book, you’re already doing a great job with fiction right now.”

But if I were going to write a book with the prospect of making a buck or two, I’m not sure I would delve into the fiction genre.

The real money seems to be in college textbooks.

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Around the Bend: Too busy to worry about boredom

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



"I’m bored.”

So goes the refrain of schoolchildren everywhere as summer vacation drags on. Hearing it from my 12-year-old in recent weeks, I realized I hadn’t said those words in years. When did I stop being bored?

When I grew up, I guess.

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Editorial: Vermonters have risen to Irene's challenge

Posted on September 3, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, the silver lining can be found in the hundreds of stories of neighbors helping neighbors, communities pulling together and finding new strength in those connections, and of the generous offers of help from all corners of the state and region.

Check the disaster aid hotlines and you’ll find some amazing accounts. Here’s one set of exchanges found on Vtresponse.com concerning a Aug. 30 plea for medical aid, baby formula and other supplies:

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