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A Community Said Good-bye
By Cookie Steponaitis
Communities are defined by geography, professions, religions and even volunteerism. On January 5th, the communities of three states and fifteen fire and rescue departments came together to say farewell to one of their own. Chief Ralph Jackman was laid to rest amongst four generations of firefighters and symbolism that was not lost on the crowd of hundreds that watched in awe, reverence and remembrance. The Chief’s body was carried aboard one of VFD’s newest trucks on a journey from the Fire House to the church and finally the cemetery in Bristol.   [ more ]

Forecast for Zodiac signs in 2010
By Lydia Solini (
    Aries: ruled by Mars, begins the New Year feeling Saturn’s thoughtful energy as it opposes your Sun making it challenging to create momentum in your life; (the key to future success is to have a well thought out plan for the future) this continues until the beginning of April and starts being felt again in September through the end of December.  You will have great power to make changes or experience unexpected events or opportunities from June to end of August when unpredictable Uranus and expansive Jupiter in Aries, teams up with action oriented Mars in Libra; be flexible, have a broad view of the situation; make sure goals are in place and take action!  Business/career takes center stage in December; make decisions based on your needs.
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Local Business Supports Boys & Girls Club

In this season of giving, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes has benefited from the generosity of a local business above and beyond what would be generally expected.  Steve Miller, owner of Auto Creek / A.C. Sports in Ferrisburgh and Vergennes, stopped by the Club one day in November to make a unique and generous offer.  His donation of a new Yamaha Wolverine ATV to be raffled off to benefit the Club came as a great surprise to the staff and board and was very much appreciated.
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11th Annual “Face Off Against Breast Cancer” Tournament to Be Held in Middlebury January 23rd and 24th

The Middlebury Otters and the Middlebury Mystix, two women’s community ice hockey teams, proudly host the 11th annual “Face Off Against Breast Cancer” hockey tournament on Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24, 2010, at the Howard Brush Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury.
   Bigger and better than ever, the tournament has expanded to a two-day format with three women’s divisions (competitive, recreational, and novice) and well as a “Friends and Family” division. Overall, the event includes twelve women’s hockey teams from all over Vermont, competing in games throughout both days, with ongoing hospitality and refreshments in the Warming Hut. Visiting teams include: Burlington Ice Breakers, Green Mountain Thunder, Vixen, Tsunamis, Waterbury Wicked, Manchester Rusty Blades, Rutland Cutting Edge, and Barre 32 Degrees.
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