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Re: “What's With the Giant Table and Chairs in Tinmouth?

I appreciate the nicely written article. We have seen the table and chairs for years it is very interesting, we never knew the story behind it. It is very cool that the Carabeau family has made this possible.We have bought corn from them on the picnic table in front of the farm. I am going to look for the frog the next time I am in town. I have been coming to Tinmouth every summer since 1970.

Posted by Chesapeake on 12/13/2018 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Do the Signs Around CityPlace Construction Site Violate Billboard Law?

Bemoaning the political lawn signs is a classic case of the whataboutery that you often use against posters. To be fair, I agree the political signs need to be taken down after elections. The individual politician should be responsible and charged for clean up accordingly.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 11/13/2018 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Do the Signs Around CityPlace Construction Site Violate Billboard Law?

Gezillions of political lawn signs planted every fall are way more unsightly and offensive to me than a few temporary posters on a construction wall. And when those political lawn signs are planted on public rights of way (i.e., roadsides, medians, etc.) they are illegal. They befoul the environment, aesthetically and physically. But that doesnt stop the zombie armies from planting their leaders signs on public roadsides and in medians, whereever and whenever they want to. They break the law at will and nobody says boo. And then the signs get blown around and languish in ditches until theyre my and the whole communitys problem on Green Up Day. I dont see a single bleeding heart anti-Weinberger, anti-Sinex commenter on this thread condemning their beloved political heroes for despoiling our environment with their disgusting election sign pollution.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 11/09/2018 at 8:43 PM
Posted by The Oracle on 11/08/2018 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Do the Signs Around CityPlace Construction Site Violate Billboard Law?

The unraveling of community standards.

14 story towers in a downtown with a 10 story height limit, expensive offices for our non-profit hospital, developer stiffing local contractors, larger than life self-promotion of developer and project in violation of both local signage regulations and state billboard law, racist mural on the marketplace, trees in historic city hall park to be cleared to make way for concrete performance venue, kiosk, and squirty fountain.

Where was City Council* when all this was going down the slippery slope? Why, nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

"So enticing was the idea of a sugarplum that the term gradually came to describe a great many other enjoyable things outside the confectionery realm. By 1608, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, a sugarplum was something very pleasing or agreeable, esp. when given as a sop or bribe. A similar definition pops up again in 1788, this time as a verb meaning to reward or pacify with sweetmeats; hence, to pet, cosset. A rich person in 18th century England was sometimes referred to as a plum while someone else receiving a particularly coveted appointment was considered to have a plum job.…

Wake up everybody.

* A few City Councilors resisted the sugarplums. They know who they are.

31 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by leaterhune on 11/07/2018 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Do the Signs Around CityPlace Construction Site Violate Billboard Law?

This approach on the city's part is consistent. When the zoning laws didn't work for Don Sinex, the city said, no problem, and changed them. When the billboard law quite obviously did not allow all those billboards on the perimeter of the demolition, since the city couldn't change that law, they ignored it. And now that the violation has been noted, they will drag their feet and do nothing. The laws only apply to some people and in some circumstances, according to city hall.

37 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Michael Long on 11/07/2018 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Do the Signs Around CityPlace Construction Site Violate Billboard Law?

Yeah, Im sure your commitment to Burlington is all flowers and ponies. Hahaha!!!

22 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Ellen Powell on 11/07/2018 at 3:21 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Do Cemeteries Require Urn Vaults for Burying Cremains?

Very interesting story, which cemeteries don't require a vault?

Posted by Gi Grape on 10/25/2018 at 2:18 PM

Re: “What's With the Giant Table and Chairs in Tinmouth?

It's time for neighbors to sit down at the table together--and work toward peaceful solutions to local, national, international problems. Bravo to Marshall...his presence at any gathering is always a reminder to make peace, not war!! Linda

Posted by Linda Peavy on 10/23/2018 at 11:25 AM

Re: “What's With the Giant Table and Chairs in Tinmouth?

After seeing the pictures of Table Rock I'm so glad to learn the story about it. Thank you WTF.

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Posted by Robert Andresen on 10/17/2018 at 1:14 PM

Re: “WTF: How Can Private Parking Lots Issue Tickets?

So, came to visit Burlington for the night...parked in the Lawson Lot....paid for "2+ hours"
Returned to a $30 parking ticket after 2hrs and 28 minutes...

As an out of towner, can someone please shed some light on this issue as the above post are over a year old.
OBTW the ticket was stuck down into the hood of the was 2 days later it was seen by my son when he was cleaning the windshield while fueling the car.

...If anyone is willing to post a picture of the machine showing "2+ hours" I sure would appreciate it.

Posted by Out of Towner on 07/13/2018 at 2:29 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Do You Sometimes Have to Dial 802 in Vermont?

Also, the area code used by a specific cell-phones is not necessarily "local".

For example, I live in Vermont and my carrier is Verizon. My (and my wife's) cell-phones have 802 area codes. However my account also includes a phone used by my (disabled) sister, who lives in the midwest and has the area code 317.

(Verizon --and I assume most carriers-- allow quite a bit of flexibility in obtaining new phone numbers, at least as far as regards area-codes and exchanges. I could, in principle, easily get a phone-number using just about every area-code in the U.S.)

Posted by Nichael Cramer on 06/13/2018 at 9:29 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Do You Sometimes Have to Dial 802 in Vermont?

It doesn't seem that long ago that you could dial anyone in Stowe using just 4 digits as everyone shared 253 as the first 3 numbers . I wonder if 4 digit dialing remains anywhere in Vermont today .

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Posted by Rich ard on 06/06/2018 at 10:37 PM

Re: “A Vet Recalls His Cold War Service in St. Albans

Actually, St. Albans AFS did have five (5) radar towers, with two of them housing radars that were replaced by newer models. There was operational overlap with the newer radars coming online before the older ones were retired. The tower there today was one of the 'newer' ones. For more information, refer to .

Posted by Tom Page on 05/27/2018 at 1:17 PM

Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

You'd have to be nearly blind to confuse a bobcat or a lynx with a cougar. It's absurd to suggest that most of these sightings are really sightings of another animal. The tail of a cougar, for one thing, is an identifying characteristic. No other animal in this area has a tail like that. They are here in Vermont. People I know who have seen them are very knowledgeable and reliable folks.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Pequod42 on 05/26/2018 at 2:56 PM

Re: “WTF: Is "Salad-Bar Syndrome" a Real Thing?

Raw foods are the best for us. Veggies anyway...

Posted by i can't eat that on 05/01/2018 at 12:37 PM

Re: “WTF: Why Are Barns Allowed to Fall Into Disrepair Yet Are Rarely Torn Down?

Lol!! This guy Joe is definitely doing some illegal shit in his barn!

Posted by Laura S on 04/26/2018 at 4:25 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Are Barns Allowed to Fall Into Disrepair Yet Are Rarely Torn Down?

^lol! This guy is definitely doing illegal shit. Haha.

Posted by Laura S on 04/26/2018 at 4:24 AM

Re: “WTF: Why Is the Town of Westford Suing Its Own Residents?

Them verbal agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mick on 04/12/2018 at 8:37 AM

Re: “WTF: What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?

Little known fact: Drones are allergic to lead.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Paul Jones on 03/17/2018 at 8:05 AM

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