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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Opponents of Burlington City Hall Park Redesign Speak for the Trees

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 8:32 PM

CIty Hall Park design - SUISMAN URBAN DESIGN
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Burlingtonians opposed to the redesign of City Hall Park spoke out Wednesday night in defense of the trees.

About 50 members of the Keep the Park Green group turned out to a Development Review Board hearing at Burlington City Hall to argue in favor of keeping trees slated for removal as part of renovation plans for the park.

"The trees are the vibrancy of the park as we, the people, are the vibrancy of the city," said Charlie Messing, a member of the group.

The city is slated to install a new fountain and walkways as part of the redesign. Under the current plans, the city would remove 34 of the park's 56 trees. Sixteen new trees would be planted for a net total of 38 trees.

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Colston's Write-in Bid Wins Him a Winooski City Council Seat

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 6:03 PM

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It's rare for a write-in candidate to win a seat on the Winooski City Council. But Hal Colston did just that on Tuesday.

"It was just kind of, wow," Colston said Wednesday. "It just ... reinforced for me that this is my time to step in and serve.”

The nonprofit exec got into the campaign in early February, after the deadline to get on the ballot had passed. He distributed stickers, posters and postcards to help people vote for him. When 537 people did, Colston claimed one of two council seats that were up for grabs.

Kristine Lott, who was listed on the ballot, won the other seat. She was the top vote-getter, with 607 ballots.

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'Shame On You': In Milton, Pro-Gun Crowd Slams Vermont Politicians

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 10:48 AM

From left: Rep. Ben Joseph (D-North Hero), House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) and House Minority Leader Don Turner (R-Milton) - TAYLOR DOBBS
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  • From left: Rep. Ben Joseph (D-North Hero), House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) and House Minority Leader Don Turner (R-Milton)
At a town hall meeting in Milton Tuesday evening, Vermont House leaders got plenty of feedback about their efforts to prevent gun violence. Most of those in attendance said they don’t like the political shift in Montpelier that led both the House and Senate to pass gun-control legislation last week.

“It’s a done deal, as far as I can see,” said Lee Morgan, who said the legislature plans to force such measures through without listening to citizen feedback.

Morgan said the bills would get approval from Gov. Phil Scott, who he called “Governor Benedict Arnold” in a reference to the infamous Revolutionary War traitor. Many pro-gun speakers went out of their way to slam Scott for his recent reversal on guns, which the governor has said came about as he read an affidavit related to a recently foiled school shooting plot in Fair Haven.

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