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Re: “Border Hassles Keep Would-Be Tourists — and Loonies — in Canada

Q: I'd like to know: why doesn't the Highgate entry port into America have a 24/7 dedicated NEXUS line like the Canadian side is it the same location? That would surely assist in expediting entry into America for those authorized to do so.

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Posted by Matthew Hall on 04/17/2017 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Remaking Milton: Rural Town Undergoes a Serious Transformation

"There are more eateries and there's more stuff to do?" I'm not sure what Milton they are in. The restaurants leave much to be desired. I'd rather eat at home anyday. Milton had a great Thai place for a while but unfortunately that didn't stick. There is absolutely no ethnic food and virtually nothing for a vegetarian. The first thing I'd like to see in Milton is a good place to grab a bite or even a sandwich. A few things I will say are great about Milton is the library has fantastic programs, there's some really good hiking trails around, and the Hannaford is the best, offers plenty of organic options, and has very friendly staff. But good eateries, no way, not sure where they got that from??

Posted by Angele on 04/13/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Remaking Milton: Rural Town Undergoes a Serious Transformation

Milton's proximity To Senator Sanders dacha will no doubt raise the towns profile.

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Posted by DonTreply on 08/18/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Remaking Milton: Rural Town Undergoes a Serious Transformation

Yay, Milton! Nay, gentrification! Hopefully housing costs here continue to remain more reasonable than the rest of Chittenden County.

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Posted by Allison Jeanne on 08/10/2016 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Waterbury Works: Completing a Town's Post-Irene Comeback

I got trained as an Environmentalist for Vermont clean Team in that buildingWe would clean that building from bottom to Top and it is Sad to think of what happened to it and the people and place that was damaged by that hurricane Irene...Sorry for families affected by it.
Sincerely
Maureen Y Smith

Posted by Maureen Smith on 07/31/2016 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Warm Winter Brings Economic Ups and Downs

In the past 15 years I always skied over 100 days ,not this year only 41. Maybe we could really find a way to get pay pal to move to Vermont.

Posted by downhillracer on 04/11/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Barring the Door

I am victim of I'd theft, verifiable at Windham's County States Attorney. The guy who took out fraudulent mortgage, not anyone but stateinveinvestigators

Posted by Em Stack on 11/22/2015 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Barring the Door

Why do you represent the lousiest mortgage company foreclosing then, like Nationstar?

Posted by Em Stack on 11/22/2015 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Barring the Door

Then how is it you represent Nationstar doing their foreclosures? Before I personally would keep trying to foreclose on myself, you need all the facts.

Posted by Em Stack on 11/22/2015 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Waterbury Works: Completing a Town's Post-Irene Comeback

• A tip of the hat to the original architect of the complex: Clinton Smith (1846-1905), prolific Victorian Era builder and architect. Born and buried on Foote Street, Middlebury, VT. The vast majority of his extant work has shaped the town of Middlebury, and centers in Addison County, Vermont.

Here is a photo gallery of much of his surviving work: https://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/sets/72157601244023957

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Posted by Don Shall on 09/05/2015 at 12:38 PM

Re: “"Independent Contractor" or Employee? The Difference Could Mean $2.6 Million for the State's Unemployment Fund

This is going to crush small business, not the unemployment tax but the workman comp that will follow.

Posted by Shane Patrick on 09/03/2015 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Why It's Hard to Find Firewood This Year

I don't use fire wood if possible, I recycle my news paper and use them as my alternative fire wood and it's enough to keep me warm!

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Posted by Neil.Corrigan12 on 08/28/2015 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Stenger's 'Renaissance' Raises Hope — and Skepticism — in Newport

"It wasn't always this way. Newport once thrived as a vital railroad crossroads into Québec" UMM NO ! Wrong ! Saint Johnsbury was the Crossroads for rail traffic between Canada and the US,northern NH, and NW Maine. I love how the only thing St J seems to be good for are do nothing development offices and a dumping ground for the rest of the states problems IF they remember that we are a part of VT at all.

Posted by Michael Olcott on 08/14/2015 at 4:31 AM

Re: “Stenger's 'Renaissance' Raises Hope — and Skepticism — in Newport

Best of luck to Newport, hope this gets done. The author is confused about the NEK. St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville are both larger than Newport.

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Posted by Scott 1 on 08/11/2015 at 4:32 PM

Re: “'Sunshine Stenger' Stays Optimistic Despite Mounting Troubles

Clearly there is a lot of smoke surrounding the EB-5 program here in Vermont. While smoke doesn't necessarily mean fire, it is always a good idea to check. Questions remain regarding specific projects, state oversight, and alleged financial misrepresentation. It would be entirely appropriate for the state to make public a comprehensive analysis of the state run EB-5 regional office and the programs the office has overseen since the inception of the program in 1997.

- How much money has the state spent running the EB-5 office? (Salaries, travel to Asia, etc..)
- How many projects and dollars have been authorized and funded since the inception of the office?
- What developers have led these projects and benefited from the investments?

If the state has spent millions to ensure the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars to one or two developers, we should reconsider the appropriateness of this program. If state oversight has resulted in many developers sharing the benefits of this program and launching a wide array of successful projects, we should keep this program in tact.

The state has the answers to these questions, and has a responsibility to share this information. Let's stop focusing in Mr. Stenger (and Mr. Quiros), and dig into the real issue. Is the state run EB-5 office serving the best interests of all Vermonters, or two Vermonters in particular?

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Posted by tploucks on 08/08/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “'Sunshine Stenger' Stays Optimistic Despite Mounting Troubles

One thing Stenger never says is Good paying jobs! And although he has created jobs those that have them at JayPeak at least, work like dogs for minimum wage or just a little above.. I don't see how keeping the masses at crap wages is going to make the economy better! Great he is a NEK lover no doubt about that! Maybe its time to share more of the wealth with those that work the hardest!

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Posted by Jeanne Provencher Norris on 08/06/2015 at 11:49 AM

Re: “'Sunshine Stenger' Stays Optimistic Despite Mounting Troubles

Bill is a fine guy with a tremendous vision. He's done more for that area than anyone.

There is no questioning his integrity, or his love for the area, for Vermont... and for his fellow Vermonters.
The only thing he could ever be "guilty" of, is being way ahead of his time....

this story seems unfair to me too. scott erlandson, VermontAmerica.Com

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Posted by scott e. on 08/05/2015 at 6:58 PM

Re: “'Sunshine Stenger' Stays Optimistic Despite Mounting Troubles

This is objective journalism? You question a man's integrity in a large callout ["Personally I think he's a crook" - Print Edition] and use pejorative descriptions of Mr. Stenger. Can't begin to tell you how much I do not feel sorry for a British Car Salesman who bought a U.S. Citizenship, still has his investment, and wants to wreck the country he fled to. It was real classy and more great journalism to cite 2 guys in a bar for their negative opinions on Bill Stenger's work and contributions. Congratulations to Seven Days and VTDigger for all that you have done to trash and ruin a man of Bill Stenger's integrity and generousity. Nevermind the carnage caused in your wake, I'm sure your companies will pick up the slack for jobs, economic benefits, etc. Right?

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Posted by Jack Turner on 08/05/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “As Canadian Dollar Sinks, Border Communities Tread Water

By contrast, the time is ripe for VT tourists to travel to Canada. My family has done two overnights in Montreal since the middle of January. Yes, perhaps some VT businesses will suffer from fewer Canadian tourists, but if you're a savvy American, you can enjoy yourself for far less in Canada these days.

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Posted by Lee Stirling on 04/10/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “As Canadian Dollar Sinks, Border Communities Tread Water

You can expect the Canadian Dollar to stay low, at 80 cents or even lower, while their economy restructures around lower global oil prices. Although that will help Canadian exports, it will continue to suppress cross-border tourism (and Canadian manufacturers sourcing parts in the US). This is not the time to think in terms of a "carbon tax;" that will drive up the price of gasoline and those Quebeckers that would drive over to fill up and then buy US cheese and milk will not be doing that.

The article also points to a weakness in Vermont salesmanship; no easy currency exchange. If the State of Vermont were to set up a State Bank and install exchange kiosks at the Border and also provide an exchange market without margin mark-ups, to free up the easy exchange of currency, then I suspect many more Canadians would be shopping here. Any merchant could accept the Loonie at a posted discount, then know that he had a market for that coin at the State Bank. In that way, you get a fluid currency, and market liquidity.

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Posted by wolfganger on 04/09/2015 at 2:35 PM

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