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Re: “Looking for a Hero: A Champlain Islands Institution Is for Sale

Nice, well-written story....worth a visit....

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bill Keogh on 06/28/2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Rocket Erotic Offers Positive Sex Ed With Its Toys

In an age when you can buy anything you want on the Internet, it's good to see a good old-fashioned "brick-and-mortar" sex store, even of the "pop-up" variety. We need more places in Vermont where people can buy sex toys. More sex toys and more people buying them in real stores!

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Leonard Bast on 06/28/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Update: Finally Christine

I am so ABSOLUTELY happy for Christine and I wish her the best. She is an inspiration to many. She is courageous and very strong to be able to do what she did. I am so incredibly happy that she is able to live out the rest of her life just the way she wants to and to be the person she has always known she was. My heart goes out to her

Posted by Nicole Hayes on 06/18/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “At Butterworks Farm, a Family Faces Succession

Terrific account on how back to landers from the 60's and 70's have followed the transitional history of Vemont's rural based economy that is now being passed on to the next generation. Bothfeld, whose family farm in Cabot overlooks central Vermont's working landscape, captures this historical context, "...coupled with the baby boomers' march into retirement, could represent a sea change in Vermont agriculture. She likened it to the "last big one" from merino sheep to dairy in the mid-19th century.Is it a crisis? Bothfeld doesn't think so. She seemed confident that Vermont will remain an agricultural place, and dairy will continue to be a big part of it."
Vermont continues to inspire and support the pioneering, can do, hard work is good ethos of a land based economy that we should all cherish and support.
Peter Peltz

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Peter Peltz on 06/14/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Bridal Brawls: The Old Lantern Fights Its Neighbors Over Noise

I owned property next door to a residence owned by Wygmans in downtown Burlington, for years. His place was an eyesore. At one point, a dilapidated garage in his back yard fell down and while the bulk of the structure was removed, it wasnt excavated in its entirety. It was an unsightly heap of rotten wood, broken glass, rusty nails and metal, with weeds and seedlings growing around it. I sent several emails asking him to clean it up. Wygmans wasnt a reasonable neighbor and had no concern for how his property affected us. Out of curiosity, I drove by his Burlington property this morning; there isnt a working screen or window on the front porch and the front lawn hasnt seen a mower this year. I guess because the property isnt located in Charlotte Wygmans feels that he doesnt have to be respectful to the neighbors.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by mmchenry on 05/23/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Bridal Brawls: The Old Lantern Fights Its Neighbors Over Noise

There is fault here on both sides, but the real guilty party is the Town. Whenever you have a large commercial venture in a residential area...especially a quiet rural need to have proper regulations in place.

The Old Lantern operated in a "neighborly" manner for many years, and the existing residents nearby tolerated occasional issues. Then new owners expanded the business, took advantage of the lack of regulation, and also the new homeowners who bought the residences nearby had no relationship with the new operator. Their quality-of-life went down as business grew. This led to conflict.

Sadly, this is not an uncommon scenario. And it is the prime reason why zoning exists in the first place. Let's hope the Town can adopt regulations that reasonably satisfy both parties.

15 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 05/17/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Bridal Brawls: The Old Lantern Fights Its Neighbors Over Noise

I would never buy property near a wedding venue because every weekend is going to be noisy. That these people bought a house next door to the Old Lantern, and have been throwing fits over wedding noise, is completely stupid.

These neighbors are not only stupid, they are entitled douches and I hope a judge forces them to pay the Old Lantern's legal fees and forces them to take classes in how not to be stupid and volunteer at the country club to learn how annoying entitled people are.

Pro tip: Don't buy a house near a railroad crossing then complain about the train.

19 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 05/17/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Milk Money Matches Local Investors and Vermont Businesses

The whole point of investing for retirement is that you invest, and then at some later point in time, you hopefully get back more than what you paid in. This whole article, and the website from what I can see, talks about the first part - giving money. But I see nothing about how you get your investment back. Maybe you have to register on the site to get this info, but I even looked at several business' info pages and they only talked about how they were going to use your money - not how you might ever get any of it back.

Posted by Cathy on 04/13/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Milk Money Matches Local Investors and Vermont Businesses

Here's the website if you're still looking:

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael-7D on 04/11/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Milk Money Matches Local Investors and Vermont Businesses

Went to Milk Money website. Found some nonsense about billboards in NY. Nothing about VT investment.

Posted by Walter Moses on 04/10/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Cash or Trade Reimagines the Secondary Ticket Market

It strikes me as unfortunate that the acronym for Cash or Trade (CoT) is so similar to the acronym for Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). If you are going to use an acronym, I think some consideration should be given to not trespassing on existing organizations' brands.

0 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Jay Sprout on 04/06/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Cash or Trade Reimagines the Secondary Ticket Market

Thank you! Growing this global face value movement & keeping face value tickets in the hands of the fans has been an absolute honor & privilege.

The community of over a quarter million fans within our social networks spanning 25 countries is gaining momentum as we discuss partnerships with performers and venues across the nation.

We just welcomed two new members to the experienced development team, and recently upgraded the office on church street. Stay tuned as we launch our new site and many iOS any android app updates packed with secure trading features.

We are currently in discussion with investors and artists who share our values toward building this fair-trade marketplace & turning it into a 7 figure company by 2019. Creating jobs in Vermont and expanding CoTs reach will result in more fans seeing the music and sport they love without being exploited by this broken industry.

Brando and I could not be more grateful for this opportunity, and we will be relentless in our quest to create a solid technology helps unite fans across all genres. At the end of the dayit is our eternal love for the music, sport, and for one another that drives us forward. See you on summer tour.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by CoT on 04/05/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Meet the Brit Who Turned Around Burlington Telecom

Great story!

Posted by Alex Carter on 03/24/2017 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Williston Funeral Home Offers Services for Pets

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Posted by danialsmith on 03/22/2017 at 3:24 AM

Re: “Y Close Winooski? Gym Was a Drag on YMCA's $22 Million Fundraising Goal

The Winooski Y could stay open if the admin heavy staff of over half a million a year were cut. But they are he ones making the no surprise.

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Steph Holdridge on 03/07/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Y Close Winooski? Gym Was a Drag on YMCA's $22 Million Fundraising Goal

12-Step programs have a daily reading inspirational card and one reads - do three good deeds today without being found out, if any one of them is - it doesn't count.

I agree with Mark Lade, does every philanthropist have to boast about their giving by having their name on a building, an article in the press or on the news?

Why isn't making someone else's life a little better enough, why do they always have to boast about it and make it public. Egotistical. It turns me off.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by marianne1 on 03/07/2017 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Y Close Winooski? Gym Was a Drag on YMCA's $22 Million Fundraising Goal

It is the center for many educational programs, exercise, nutrition, fellowship and located in a melting pot neighborhood, it helps to keep the kids off the streets, while providing a good "walk to" gym AND instills the importance of moving your body at any age. It is sad that the closing of this worthwhile facility is paying the cost for a bigger and better Y situated in Burlington. Can't the city of Winooski step in and run it as the Winooski Rec Center and give residents something healthy and FOR THE PEOPLE that live and pay taxes in Winooski instead of only the F-16's and the F-35's?

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by GeishaGirl on 03/06/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Y Close Winooski? Gym Was a Drag on YMCA's $22 Million Fundraising Goal

The cost of running the Winooski Y seems to be about the same as two highly paid execs that don't do much anyway.

P.S. Do you really have to call it the Pomerleau Family Y?

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 03/06/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Fixer-Upper

This is such a great piece Paula, glad I found this gem on Facebook. I've always wanted to hear more about Stu's colorful real estate empire, it's an inspiration. Thanks!

Posted by Eva Sollberger on 03/03/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “A Backyard Evaporator for DIY Maple Sugaring

This type of barrel evaporator (pans cut into the top of a horizontal drum) has been around for years (just look you YouTube). I love the entrepreneurial aspect, but am slightly concerned that someone can find an open source project like this, take the idea, and throw a patent on the "way it looks".

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by RT on 03/02/2017 at 12:24 PM

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