Michael Veitch

Archeological study should document Native American past at paper mill site

It is undoubtedly sad to see the Robertson Paper Mill torn down for some future development, but all things must pass.

I have a long tie to the building going back to the 1960s, when my father was vice president of the company. I spent many Saturdays running through the factory on steel walkways while ancient presses were running full speed, wax and ink were in the air, and Dickens lurked just behind the corner. It was a very busy place in those days and kept many residents of Bellows Falls and Walpole employed. My father was very proud of that fact.

Those days cannot be brought back, clearly. But what must not be ignored in the rush to demolish what's left of that era is the era that came before: the Native American era.

Many Native graves were discovered when Robertson Paper was built. The buried were found sitting up and facing the east. Their skeletons were dug up and displayed in storefronts in town.

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Congrats, Obie

Congrats to Michael Obuchowski! I wish I could have been there at the Windham County Democrats' Obie Awards. Keep swinging!

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What about Vermont’s constitution?

Given Judge J. Garvan Murtha's recent rulings against efforts to close Vermont Yankee, perhaps Vermont should now consider invoking its own Constitution - in particular, Article 7. Here's what Article 7 says in layman's terms: “The government shall be instituted for the common benefit of the people and for...

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