Maggie Brown Cassidy

Hoping we can welcome new families and new workers — new neighbors — to Putney

I was delighted to see that Putney's Development Review Board approved the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust's project for 25 apartments on Alice Holway Drive in the village.

I was very disappointed to learn that opponents of the project are planning to appeal the DRB's decision, and I sincerely hope they will withdraw their appeal. We Putney taxpayers will have to pay a lawyer to defend the board's approval, which was unanimous with one abstention.

After reviewing the application for the project, which ran to 50 pages and covered everything from parking to lighting to landscaping to where dumpsters will be placed, the DRB decided that the plan met all the town's requirements for a Planned Unit Development within a designated Neighborhood Development Area in the Village District.

The new construction preserves some green space in the lot opposite the Putney Food Co-op. The application mentions the applicant's intention to sell about an acre of the parcel to Green Commons of Vermont, an organization associated with developing the community gardens and farmers' market.

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For the newest Vermonters, a message of welcome

Afghan arrivals create signs for local businesses as a gesture of support to a new clientele

Last week, a group of Afghan refugee women, accompanied by local artist and teacher Terry Sylvester, made signs that say “Welcome” in English as well as Dari and Pashto - the two official languages of Afghanistan - and distributed them to downtown businesses. “[Store owners] were very happy, and...

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Death With Dignity bill changes would save precious time for patients

If all goes well, soon the full Vermont House will consider S.74, a Senate bill making important changes in Act 39, the so-called “Death With Dignity” bill. Act 39, which went into effect in 2013, outlines a process to allow patients with terminal conditions to receive a prescription for...

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The summer of 1969 was more than just ‘Woodstock’

In the summer of 1969, 300,000 people gathered to hear the country's most iconic stars at a free music festival. And I don't mean Woodstock, in a field in upstate New York. I'm talking about the Harlem Cultural Festival, which organized six concerts in Mount Morris Park in Harlem. The lineup ran from legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to a young Stevie Wonder, and it included the 5th Dimension, Sly and the Family Stone, the Staples Singers, and so many...

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Putney Community Cares needs drivers, donors

We at Putney Community Cares are enormously moved by contributions to our annual appeal, to the RoundUp fund at the Putney Food Co-op, and to our Facebook page. While all these critical donations help us fulfill our mission, this year is different. We find that we're addressing new and increasing needs in our community, and these needs are likely to continue to grow in the coming months. Because our mission is to meet the needs of Putney residents of all...

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An unreasonable, but terribly powerful, fear

I am so grateful for this commentary, which names the unreasonable, but terribly powerful, fear - of a tyrannical government actually disarming citizens - behind so many opponents of gun-safety laws.

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Thanks for welcoming our Swiss guests

Recently, 18 students from the Collège Madame de Staël, in Geneva, Switzerland, arrived for the U.S. portion of the Brattleboro Union High School Swiss Exchange. The Swiss Exchange started in 1979, and since then several hundred BUHS and Swiss students have shared life in their respective communities, schools, and families. Home stays offer a unique opportunity to gain new perspective, both on the wider world and on one's own community and county. Just as importantly, many of those students who...

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