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Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

I saw one in 2008 on Buck Hill Road in Shaftsbury Vt. 6:30 AM. It was crossways in the road for about 20 seconds.I was about 25 yards in front of me and stood there motionless so I was able to get a good look at the body and tail. Its tail was as long as its body and it sort of sloutched in the center.When it moved it slowly walked into the tall grass and was gone. I pulled over and went to the side of the road but never saw it again. An elderly lady that my wife knew and lived near the area told us that she had seen it many times over the years.Everyone I've told has looked at me with a raised eyebrow but I know without a doubt that the Catamount is indeed real and living in Vermont!!!

Posted by Keith Longtin on 04/17/2017 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Why Does Seven Days Allow Anonymous Commenting?

Very interesting reading . I understand that hiding behind an alias is not ideal but the alternative might be worse . Would it be better to have a stilted conversations where only the boldest would comment or those who have spent the time to construct a fake identity . I don't think so even with the risk of shielding extreme commentators.
BTW this is my real name and photo .

Posted by Rich ard on 04/07/2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Why Does Seven Days Allow Anonymous Commenting?

This is a great conversation to have; thanks for the article, Seven Days!

Maggie Standley, I am having this conversation with another user on a different article. Because the conversation began from a city council race, there is a good chance I am talking to my neighbor. Whoever this person is is remarkable polite but what they are doing is asking for "civil discourse" to not include my views or the views of others who agree with them. No one has been vulgar or resorted to name calling, etc. This is a great example of tine policing and how comments like: "can't we all just be civil," or "let's just discuss this calmly" are actually meant to silence those who are expressing oppression and do not have the energy to expel on tone.

That is not to say that online harassment and bully aren't incredibly important topics that need to be addressed. And I just want to thank the Moderators for reading all the nasty comments so that we don't have to. But there is a finer line between making sure that the message board doesn't contain harassing language and making sure that the victims of the harassment aren't being silenced because of tone policing. It's important to get this right, so thank you, Seven Days for thinking it through!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by AngryProg on 04/03/2017 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Why Does Seven Days Allow Anonymous Commenting?

hmmmm....interesting. I understand why anonymity is allowed, and I agree it's impt to protect one from discrimination and harassment. But, recently some of those using anonymous user names were doing the harassing, sometimes subtly and other times, not so much. 7 Days, do you feel the recent comments that raised this issue at all, met the below standards from your policy?

"Be respectful. We encourage debate, but it must be respectful, civil and calm. Address the argument, not the person. Dont resort to name-calling, bickering or personal attacks. Dont be mean-spirited."

What keeping a conversation "respectful" means is the question. Disagreement and dialog is healthy when it pertains to the issues. When it gets into the likes of "Us" magazine standards, not so much. Perhaps there is a middle ground. That if one chooses to remain anonymous, their comments must meet a greater level of civility. Some recently were so low it was disturbing, and unfortunately, revealing...

To each their own- anonymously or not! Thks for covering this. I would love to have some other stories covered, such as: Composition and process for selecting volunteer Board and Committee members in Burlington. Is an Ethics Committee needed for Burlington's local government when few checks and balances currently exist? Who makes up the DRB, Development Review Board, and what do they do?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Maggie Standley on 04/02/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “What's the Story With Vermont's Many Hill Roads?

The "occupation" derivations are also almost certainly really surname derivations marking the families who lived there.

Posted by 802SMH on 03/20/2017 at 8:27 AM

Re: “What's the Story With Vermont's Many Hill Roads?

Irish Hill Road in Shelburne is named after the surname Irish since my family has lived there for several generations. It is not named after the nationality.

Posted by Cece Irish on 03/19/2017 at 9:43 AM

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

What a pleasure salad bars have been since the sulfite spraying has stopped. Lettuce and potatoes were the ones that got me severely. At a doctors recommendation I began carrying Benadryl with me at all times while the preservative was still in use. I finally got where I could detect it on lettuce as a slight nutty flavor but I never could detect it on potatoes. Fortunately they banned the stuff and I have no more problems. The sulfites in beer, wine and flu shots have no effect on me, it was just the massive dose from the food.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rowlv on 03/11/2017 at 5:00 AM

Re: “WTF: What's With the File Cabinet Tower on Flynn Avenue?

The rust, graffiti, and neglect are appropriately symbolic given the status of the situation.

Posted by Mack Roark on 03/10/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Do Stores in Burlington Town Center Have to Recycle?

I was walking by the Bank St. loading dock area to the mall a few weeks ago and came upon a huge dumpster full of perfectly good display items from Hollister. We pulled out dozens of wooden hangers, metal pipes and fittings, cool dressmaker forms, and funky signage. There were at least 4 perfectly good plush chairs that had been intentionally cut so they couldn't be taken and enjoyed. It was disappointing, to say the least, that this business didn't make the effort to pass these items on to the many organizations in town who help people in need.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by PandJ on 03/01/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Who's That Roadside Elvis in Addison County?

He lives in Bristol his birth name is Danny galvan my grandmother used to have sex with him back in the 80s lol go to the liquor store in Bristol vt they can point you to his place he lives just up the street not far from there .....he's not hard to find! Everyone knows him!

Posted by Brian Lafountain on 02/24/2017 at 12:41 AM

Re: “What's With the Long-Empty Building at Rt. 7 and Ferry Road?

The property has been for sale over four years. Haven't you seen the unsightly wooden board? With the name Gary? He is the son in law who for many years wanted that property. In a few years he will retire and most likely will try to get the corner for a steal. At one time the property valued over a million. The Charlotte town also has used the property many years for their sand pits, with the Spears permission. Years ago a letter from the state wouldn't allow them to park near rt 7 in front of the garage. Somehow the state ended up using it for themselves (free) as a park and ride. When the whole town voted if the corner should be sold, many residents responded "we want our creemees." This property has been commercial for over 70 years. Carrie Spear objected years ago to a store as she owns one just a few miles in east Charlotte. Since then she has joined the Charlotte town board. After working at Uncle Sams for 32 years, Gary came in one day, and we closed our doors, I lost my job with no retirement and my family lost the love of the community and many friends. It seems to me their are a lot of people taking advantage of an elderly couple who both grew up in Charlotte. The corner represents Charlotte and it's a unsightly disgrace.

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Posted by kjspear on 01/26/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “What's With the Long-Empty Building at Rt. 7 and Ferry Road?

If this were any other town in Chittenden County, that would be an unsightly and unneeded Dollar General store already. Kudos to Charlotte for careful planning.

Matt, Lane, Fritz, et. al., please keep up the good work, and stick to your guns. Charlotte has a giant bulls-eye on it. All the other towns nearby have given way to special interests, and now they are paying the price.

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 01/23/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “What's With the Long-Empty Building at Rt. 7 and Ferry Road?

Charlotte has tried for decades to avoid the bad zoning examples that surround it that promote strip development and traffic congestion. That doesn't mean the town has found the answer and that there aren't improvements that can be made to the zoning. But give the town a little credit for promoting the concentration of commercial into its two village centers and a small industrial/commercial area avoiding the costly and unsightly results elsewhere on Route 7.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Beth Humstone on 01/23/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “What's With the Long-Empty Building at Rt. 7 and Ferry Road?

"One likely hindrance is the site's zoning"....seriously- HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED A BOARD MEETING FROM CHARLOTTE????? It's like watching a three stooges film- without the laughs. lets propose a hooters there and watch the fun.

17 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 01/20/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “WTF: Are There Catamounts in Vermont?

I saw one on Saturday morning, around 7:30 am (still darkish), December 10, 2016. It crossed the road in front of my car in a wooded area as I was nearing Fort Ann. The size and shape and color were unmistakable.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Nelda Holder on 12/15/2016 at 5:43 AM

Re: “WTF Is Richford's 'Mystery Spot'?

You want mystery spots? Has wikipedia got the article for you:…

(Nothing from Vermont there, however.)

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by DW Brooks on 11/28/2016 at 1:53 PM

Re: “WTF Is Richford's 'Mystery Spot'?

If you ride up the Cog Railway at Mt Washington you can experience a similar optical illusion. As you sit in your seat your brain tells you that "up" is along your spine, through you head, and then toward the ceiling. However if your conductor walks down the aisle between the seats you can see him/her tilted about 30-45dg away from you, even though they are obviously straight-up vertical.

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Posted by Nichael Cramer on 11/27/2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “WTF Is Richford's 'Mystery Spot'?

The Canadians make money on their weird spot--it is called Magnetic Hill and is a tourist attraction --with plenty of tourists--around the Bay of Fundy

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Katherine Brown Pond on 11/27/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “WTF Is Richford's 'Mystery Spot'?

I live on this road. My neighbors has been here for about 50 years or so. He mentioned it is close to the E. Richford Slide Rd..

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bobbi Jo Davis on 11/27/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Who's That Roadside Elvis in Addison County?

If he were really legit his middle name would be Aron.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by stellaquarta on 11/14/2016 at 11:06 AM

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