We would to like take this time to thank each and every one of you for the outpouring of continued support and care while recovering from my hunting accident this Fall. An amazing spaghetti dinner & numerous raffles were held in my honor to help fund my long road to recovery and support my family.

I understand being a small business owner none of these huge events take place without a lot of donations from businesses, and a huge amount of coordinating & volunteering of time. Those events along with numerous cards, phone calls, visitors, prepared meals for my family, gift cards, prayers and the all the very generous offers from so many people to help keep our business stay up and running has been truly a humbling experience. We all know that paying it forward is what our community does for those in need, but to be on the receiving end is a different experience.

We are entirely grateful to have amazing, caring people right by our side throughout this life changing event for our family and we also realize how lucky we are to work and live in a community of people with such big hearts.

Thank you again to everyone and may your 2014 be healthy and prosperous.


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KEVIN, SARAH, EMILY and BRAD HOLLISTER

Bennington

Thanks from Manchester Special Olympics

To those who joined us at practices, cheered from the sidelines, decorated buses with signs, held creative fundraisers with friends, gave our athletes the experience of a world-renowned golf course, baked and baked some more for our pie sales, loaned a space for our pie tent, printed our banners, donated to help purchase new equipment, jumped into frigid waters, graciously loaned a school van, applauded our accomplishments, voted for our participation in community events, skated to support our athletes, waved to our lighted tractor, afforded our athletes and coaches the ride of a lifetime on the Elf Express or simply shared a smile and a high-five, Manchester Special Olympics thanks a wonderfully supportive community, and wishes all a happy 2014!

MAEGEN BENASICH

Job Placement Coordinator, The ACCESS program, Burr and Burton Academy Manchester


On Vermont Yankee closing

To all Democrats, more good news. Vermont Yankee is closing. As experts dispute if this is good or bad, I will not say one way or the other. But it is taking 630 good, paying jobs out of the economy. Second good news is the estimates from the 2013 census show very little growth in Vermont. The state from 2010 to 2013 is in the bottom five. It also has the second oldest average age. Vermonters keep electing Democrats and these are the results. Let's hope for fewer jobs and reaching the bottom growth rate, and becoming number one as the oldest.

JW McSHERRY

Bennington