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10 years ago:
The Tri-town Economic Development Committee was planning to hire an economic development specialist.  Wilmington voters approved $50,000 for the position at Town Meeting, and the Dover Selectboard planned to contribute their share from their 1% local option...

Sen. Jeanette White
As we are all aware we are in very uncertain times today - things are changing at a very fast pace. Two weeks ago we went back to the Statehouse, worked on finishing up our work before crossover (when Senate bills have to be out of committee to go to the House and vice versa). We worked even as...
10 years ago:
A church in Washington, DC, found 34 rock maple chairs manufactured at the Readsboro Chair Factory.  According to an inventory card in church records, the chairs were part of a special order of 150 chairs commissioned in 1942.  At the time, each chair cost $5...

Sadie Wheeler, age 7, completes her school work at home. Photo courtesy Shannon Wheeler
DOVER – Seven-year-old Sadie Wheeler says that these days her mother, Shannon Wheeler, is acting like a “teacher-mom.” That is, a teacher-mom hybrid. Which is an apt description. Since school was dismissed last week, Shannon Wheeler has been juggling multiple roles — professional, mom, and, yes,...
SOUTHERN VERMONT- School nutrition programs in Windham and Windsor counties responded quickly to the state-mandated closure of all schools. Districts in both counties have created an alternate delivery model for school meals, utilizing a combination of school- and community-based distribution...

Rep. Laura Sibilia
Vermont’s  education funding formula, Act 60, also known as the Equal Educational Opportunity Act, was signed into law in June 1997. The Legislature drafted the law in response to a Vermont Supreme Court decision that said Vermont’s existing educational funding system was unconstitutional. The...
“China in Another Time: A Personal Story” by Claire Malcolm Lintilhac
Rootstock Press, 2019

This is the memoir of Claire Lintilhac (1899-1985), who was born in China, grew up there, and served as a nurse in northern China for 17 years before marrying “Lin” Lintilhac...
10 years ago:
Dover School Board members demanded answers after the state released a plan that would have meant the transfer of $7 million from the state’s education fund to the general fund.  The board referenced a Rutland Herald article in which the state said there...
10 years ago:
More than 200 people packed a legislative hearing on school consolidation at the Statehouse.  Vermonters, including Dover School Board member Laura Sibilia, gave testimony on two consolidation bills, one that would merge supervisory unions into 14 county-...
“Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2020
The book’s prologue describes the evening Antonia Vega and her husband, Dr. Sam Sawyer, are about to celebrate her retirement from the Vermont college where she has taught literature for 30 years. They...

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