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Re: “Vermont Restaurateurs Order Up Construction Manager Peter Smejkal

WOW! What an inspiring odyssey that Peter and Iva have been on to fulfill the American dream with the willingness to work hard and ethically. Congratulations!

Posted by Larry Bohen on 07/18/2014 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Vermont Restaurateurs Order Up Construction Manager Peter Smejkal

I have worked with Peter on many of his jobs mostly doors and hardware, but on some projects he has had me do metal work. Peter is a great man and glad to be part in his ventures.

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Posted by Joshua M Jones on 07/17/2014 at 5:45 AM

Re: “A Feline Toilet-Training Tutorial

While I agree that we are poisoning our lakes, cats using the toilet are not going to exacerbate the problem because there is so much worse in so much greater quantities that is being flushed. If I thought too much about what people are flushing, it would drive me bonkers. So Kai, in hoping to calm some of your concerns I will share the wisdom of a respected scientist/CEO during a similar conversation about the disgusting things people do to the planet. He said, 'the earth will be just fine". I looked at him and realization dawned...he was telling me the world will be fine because humans will be gone. Sooner than you think! Meanwhile, enjoy life and try not to worry because all the lakes will be pristine very soon in millennial terms. And cats can pee to their hearts' content.

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Posted by Penelope on 06/28/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “A Feline Toilet-Training Tutorial

Kai, loosen up, take a break and add some more "excreta" to the system.

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Posted by Jay Dillon on 06/26/2014 at 10:07 PM

Re: “A Feline Toilet-Training Tutorial

While this may appear a good idea, its actually the last thing that we should be advocating. WWTP's (Wastewater Treatment Plants) are ill equipped to handle the high levels of phosphorous and nitrogen already present in our wastewater without adding more in the form of cat excreta. A far better solution is to compost animal waste or abstain from pets altogether. So many of our streams, ponds and lakes are overwhelmed by excess nutrients - which leads to eutrophication and blue-green algae blooms...lets not make the problem even worse.

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Posted by Kai Mikkel Førlie on 06/26/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Will Billings Comes From Paralysis to Run the Marathon

Will, way to rock on, brother. We are all proud of you. Ken Crites

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Posted by Ken Crites on 05/23/2014 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Summer Preview 2014

Thanks for letting us know, Emma. It's fixed now.

Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 05/22/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Summer Preview 2014

Hey, your food truck link is prompting me to give an admin password. May want to check that!

Posted by Emma Moros on 05/22/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “For Biking Aficionados: New Tours, Trails and Two-Wheelers

Hello, I am interviewed in this article (the section on mountain biking) and want to make a clarification. VMBA's membership was 1,850 last year, and we are striving to reach 2,200 this year. At the time of my interview we were up to 450 members so far for this year, and now we're at nearly 650. If you ride a mountain bike in Vermont (resident or tourist), join the cause and help strengthen the riding scene in our state! to sign up.

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Posted by Sarah Galbraith on 05/21/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “In Defense of Six Beers We're Not Supposed to Drink

Even though this article is satirical in nature (I hope), well written, and cute, it is terribly dangerous to the future of our planet!

Let me explain. Promoting Bud, PBR, Miller, Gansett or any other chemically induced swill as beer is not only disgusting, it's unconscionable, immoral, outrageous, criminal, and detrimental to the well being of our beautiful planet. These liquids are not beer (and should never be called beer) ! They are chemically altered cesspool water mixed with rice and corn, and marketed as beer. Drinking any of them permanently destroys one's mind and body. It makes the individual who drinks one a corporate marketing slave who will do anything the United Corporations of America (UCA) tells them to.

To the few world inhabitants lucky enough to still possess some unaltered brain cells, it's clearly obvious the negative effects several billion gallons of this chemical swill has had on our planet. It has systematically removed from the human race the capacity to respect and protect our environment. We have become a planet of brain dead marketing sheep that will destroy everything in our path in order to satisfy our corporate gods.
We tend to focus on the million symptoms that ail our planet, yet are blind the the root cause. It's BUDWEISER folks! Open your f'n eyes for christ sake!

Do the world a favor Dan Bolles. Please refrain from aiding in the destruction of our planet by promoting corporate poison!

Thank you,
C. Anonymous. A proud but sad earthling

P.S. Budweiser is NOT American!
It is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑnɦɔjzər ˈbuʃ ˈɪmbɛf], abbreviated as AB InBev) is a Belgian-Brazilian multinational beverage and brewing company headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. It is the world's largest brewer and had a 25 percent global market share.
AB InBev has 17 brands that individually generate over 1 billion USD per year in revenue out of a portfolio of more than 200 brands (2013).[3] This portfolio includes global brands Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, international brands Beck's, Hoegaarden and Leffe and local champions such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Antarctica, Quilmes, Victoria, Modelo Especial, Michelob Ultra, Harbin, Sedrin, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske and Jupiler. Total revenue for all 200 AB InBev brands in 2013 was over 43 billion USD.[3]

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Posted by homewatts on 05/13/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “In Defense of Six Beers We're Not Supposed to Drink

Bud is not an American beer, it's a foreign-owned, Czech named product made with rice and corn, not true beer ingredients.
Last I checked, PBR is swill. Any Lite is an abomination.
Narraganset Porter used to be one of my favorites in the olden days, when you could buy a 6-pack of pint bar bottles for about $1.50.
Carling Black Label wasn't too bad for a cheap beer back in those days.

If you want some real, all-American beers, including ale, porter, and black & tan, look for Yuengling's. It's America's Oldest Brewery. Nothing fancy, but they don't have a poisonous aftertaste like the swill this article promotes, and you won't get a hangover from drinking just one (like a Michelob does for me).
Long ago my dad shared this piece of wisdom with me: De gustibus non est disputandum.
Everybody's tastes are different, there's no arguing over them.
However Bud and the like are not beer or ale by definition. Marketing is what sells them, not taste.

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Posted by Binky's Beam on 04/29/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Winner Takes All: Should Vermont's Family Courts Be Allowed to Order Shared Custody of Kids?

Shared custody should be a given! In cases of verifiable alcohol abuse, drug abuse, sexual abuse and obvious "deal breakers", the absence of shared custody should be just as much of a given. A child needs both parents in their lives on a REGULAR basis. A mother naturally brings certain idiosyncratic necessities to child's life and a father naturally brings certain idiosyncratic necessities to a child's life. Together, they generate differences, yet balance. Each parent, as well as having equal rights to participate equally in their child's life also has equal responsibility to be there for their child for equal time. If each parent wants half of the 50/50 custody arrangement, they had better be committed to the necessity of being there physically, emotionally and completely unfettered from a stream of other adult distractions during their 50% of time. Raising a kid requires this more than clothes, Iphones and summer camps. A new baseball glove's worth nothing if Dad's not in the bleachers. New nail polish is worth nothing without Mom's hand holding her toes while her daughter tenuously applies it. Automatic shared custody removes the trump cards of money or gender and puts both parents in the often humbling position of being two equal parents. It takes two to make 'em and it takes two to raise 'em.

Posted by Robbie on 04/28/2014 at 11:06 PM

Re: “In Defense of Six Beers We're Not Supposed to Drink

I grew up when these were the real thing. But the nostalgia angle doesn't work for me on these now. Unfortunately most of these are now owned by conglomerates and some of the original breweries have been closed for years. The original Pabst brewery in Milwaukee had an awesome tour which I took in the early eighties. Pabst was bought out in a hostile takeover in 1985. Miller was bought by the cigarette kings, Phillip Morris, in 1969. Miller High-Life was ruined soon after with a new process called "lightning aging", i.e. chemicals - which made more money for the corporation. Budweiser was taken over by the worlds largest brewing co., InBev, in 2008. You'll notice that "Lager Beer" no longer appears on Budweiser labels because it's more efficient (costs less) to make the beer in a shorter period of time. Lagering legally requires a minimum of 28 days. Good old Bud is no longer Good old Bud, it's only vaguely familiar to the original. The Narragansett brewery in Cranston, RI was closed in 1981 and has never reopened. Now, you're just buying an old familiar label and somebodies marketing campaign. BTW 'Gansett was sold by being the lowest price and a cute add campaign. Just really cheap beer and lousy quality. I went to school in Providence back in the day of the 18 yr old legal drinking age and Gansett was 15 cents a draft at my neighborhood bar and yet we all pretty much stayed away from it. It was so awful (Nastygansett) that if you had more than a few it would induce sever flu like symptoms (you had it coming coming out of both ends of your body). The best of the above were good light colored lager beers in their day. But most are not good honest beers any longer. For a nice lighter styled beer I like Trapps, an authentic Austrian style Lager. With their new brewery opening this year we'll be able to buy 6 packs at local stores. I think more local breweries will be offering more lighter styles of beer in addition to the robust and hoppy styles that dominate today.

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Posted by David Palumbo on 04/26/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “In Defense of Six Beers We're Not Supposed to Drink

Dan, totally get where you are going with this. I worked for a brewery. I also worked for a beer distributor and have been in the craft beer world for the better part of 12 years, since Stone Arrogant Bastard popped my craft beer cherry. But Bud? PBR? Coors Light? NO no my friend. No. Coors Banquet. The Banquet beer. Promoted by Mr. Sam Elliot himself. High country 3 row barley. No adjuncts. The Banquet beer. You can find my fridge stocked with Dog Fish Head, Victory, Stone, The Alchemist, Sierra Nevada, Founders and I wish, oh, I wish I still had access to Bells, Sun King, Three Floyds, Dark Horse, and a host of others, but, but, 2 12 pack cans of the high country banquet also have their rightful place.

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Posted by Kenny Willetts on 04/25/2014 at 7:31 PM

Re: “In Defense of Six Beers We're Not Supposed to Drink

The best reason to "hate" all the beers you mention is when you find out exactly what they use to make them. Bud (and PBR and I believe Coors and Miller) all use GMO corn. Don't know about you, but I choose NOT to have that crap in my food. (Thank God my state, VERMONT, just passed a law making labeling of food containing GMO maditory.)

Sure, they may taste great. But so do a number of things that are bad for you. Sorry, give me a Heady Topper any day. At least I KNOW what they put inside.

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Posted by John M. Crossett III on 04/25/2014 at 5:54 PM

Re: “In Defense of Six Beers We're Not Supposed to Drink

What, no malt liquors? Pfffttttt.....

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Posted by New North Ender on 04/25/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “In Defense of Six Beers We're Not Supposed to Drink

A more compelling reason not to drink some of these beers is because you'd be putting money into the coffers of companies who actively try to push craft beer off shelves, not because of how they taste. In Florida: the Anheuser-Busch distributors' association made donations to politicians who in turn have introduced a bill that would quash the craft beer industry by putting unruly restrictions on small brewers' distribution and retail sales.

As for Gansett and PBR... they're very good representations of the style without that baggage!

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Posted by Chris O'Leary on 04/25/2014 at 3:56 PM

Re: “In Defense of Six Beers We're Not Supposed to Drink

Yay another article about beer.

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Posted by Shaun Boyce on 04/25/2014 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Why a State Obsessed With 'Local' Doesn't Eat Vermont Fish

Looks like coal-fired plant is mostly responsible for environmental mercury contamination. But most of all I think people are concerned about local dairy farm run-off. The article mentions about how certain areas of lake are now dead zones due to algae bloom. We see algae problem off and on at the lake. Should we not concerned about consuming local fish? People are not stupid. I love fishing, but all my fishes are going right back in the water.

Here's a map of mercury contamination in the U.S.

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Posted by Steve Kim on 04/25/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Why a State Obsessed With 'Local' Doesn't Eat Vermont Fish

But, but, but...? A few years ago pregnant women were admonished to not eat fish from Lake Champlain. I would totally eat perch -- I grew up on a steady diet of crappy (perch sounds better!) caught by my grandparents in Tennessee. I agree with Chip, do a write up on "How Dirty is Lake Champlain, Really?"

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Posted by Karen Peterson Maxon on 04/25/2014 at 11:29 AM

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