Jeff Potter

Credit unions look toward fall merger

Credit unions look toward fall merger

Members must approve plan for merger of River Valley into Members Advantage

River Valley Credit Union has come a long way from the financial institution that was formed at a kitchen table in Putney in 1946 and for a time run from a folding table and cigar box at the Putney General Store.

RVCU - in its current form, a result of a marriage almost 25 years ago between two smaller credit unions - now has 61 employees, five branches, 18,540 member/owners, and an estimated $148 million in assets.

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We must remove adversarial police culture

Looking at past policing through a critical eye and with an eye to a better, more responsible, future is not hatred. Change in policing culture comes squarely from within.

A number of years ago, I worked in a village whose police chief was a man of few words whose body language conveyed an air of dominance and intimidation. My first direct encounter was shortly after I set up my office as a publishing freelancer. My car needed to...

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Say their names

In a peaceful but powerful gathering, thousands fill Brattleboro’s streets to protest the death of people of color at the hands of law enforcement

As the morning of Sunday, May 31 was making way for afternoon, the street was quiet. People, young and old, almost entirely in masks, almost every single person carrying a handmade sign, assembled, clustering tentatively along a sidewalk that few have graced in the time of COVID-19. The gathering...

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For one state representative, a ‘sad decision’ not to run

In what he called “in a way, not a difficult decision but a sad one,” State Rep. Nader Hashim, citing economic pressures, has announced that he will not seek reelection as one of the two lawmakers representing the Windham-4 district in Montpelier. In an announcement released on Facebook on Monday, the first-term Democrat said that he and family members have experienced the abrupt and unanticipated economic crunch that has accompanied the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. As a response, political newcomer Michelle...

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Marlboro residents seethe, ponder future of campus

Townspeople gathered to give voice to an abundance of varied and deep concerns about the future plans of their town's college. On the morning of Nov. 23, a standing-room-only crowd packed the Community Center - a group comprised mostly of town residents, but also a handful of people from the college community - who wondered what will become of the Marlboro College campus on South Road. Earlier in the month, Marlboro College and Emerson College, based in Boston, announced the...

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Joining forces

Beginning with this week's paper, Commons readers will see some new bylines in stories about Marlboro College's affiliation with - and proposed assimilation into - Emerson College in Boston. Our newspaper will bring you work from the young journalists at Emerson's student newspaper, The Berkeley Beacon (berkeleybeacon.com), who are covering this story with clarity, resolve, thoughtfulness, and compassion. “Immediately, we knew as a paper that we needed to hear from the students and faculty of Marlboro, and that a phone...

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Pear game

If I've come to understand anything about our home over the two decades we've lived here, it's that there is no predicting from year to year the bounty that we might expect from our various fruit trees in the backyard. Several weeks after my wife Susi and I moved in, we were buried in an avalanche of beautiful, sweet, white-fleshed peaches. A few years later - 2003, if I recall correctly - we ceremoniously harvested the apple. This fall, we...

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Holding tight to fall

Forget the official solstices and equinoxes and other astronomic definitions of our world and its position relative to the sun: we know in our gut and in our heart of hearts whether a new season has arrived in a meaningful manner. For me, that watershed moment between summer and fall comes with the subtle appearance of the first yellow, orange, or red leaf on the car windshield in the morning. That one leaf, to me, says that summer is over.

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