A Few Things Became Clear

To the editor: I recently attended the community forum about the upcoming vote to close Lakeview Elementary and, over the course of the two hour meeting, a few things became clear to me about this important vote. Teachers at Hardwick Elementary spoke passionately on Monday night about their long struggles[Read More…]

Volunteering Just Might Be Good For You

With Town Meetings almost upon us, lots of folks across Vermont are thinking about volunteers. Towns need volunteers, lots of them. The list of where towns need volunteers seems almost endless: library trustees, electric department commissioners, planning commissions and development review boards, town energy committees, and quite recently, equity committees[Read More…]

Life Was a Splendid Torch

To the editor In Lorraine Hussey’s obituary, her son mentioned her commitment to the Hardwick Historical Society (HHS). I’d like to describe that commitment. In 2004, she joined the team of volunteers organizing the collection that the town moved from the Memorial Building to the Depot. Neither she nor the[Read More…]

Lucky Us!

To the editor: Our names, friends from birth until graduates of Hardwick Academy, Clare Mary Robb and Joyce Ann Slayton were printed in the  newborns section of the Hardwick Gazette in August of 1933,  as were all the students of Hardwick Academy at their birth. And once again, I remember being cited[Read More…]

Count Me Out

To the editor: It was very disappointing to read the article by John Walters in last weeks Gazette. The so-called opinion piece was less arguing a point of view, and more snark, sarcasm, and personal insults. Among other things, referring to VT Senator Starr as “Roguish bumpkin”, “hateful bigot”, “the MAGA uncle[Read More…]

A Stain On the Senate

EAST MONTPELIER – The Senate Appropriations Committee is a distillation of everything I don’t like about the Senate as a whole. It’s heavily weighted toward seniority. The senior solons get near-total deference from any junior colleague who manages to wedge their way onto the committee. Those veteran members are a[Read More…]

Making Connections

I’ve been thinking a lot about making connections lately. The Gazette’s transition to a nonprofit from a for-profit enterprise has meant making a lot of connections between technical things that are needed to produce a digital newspaper. From the beginning, both ends of the process of making a newspaper required[Read More…]

Quo Vadis America

GREENSBORO – Years ago, before the collapse of the Soviet Union, two friends and I began organizing high school exchanges between the United States and the Soviet Republics in hopes of reducing some of the tensions between our countries. At one point we had a group of students here from[Read More…]

What makes you a Wildcat?

by Jennifer Thompson GREENSBORO BEND – Are you born into it? Do you sign up for it in kindergarten? Do you have to attend school in the Hardwick district? Is it an oath? Often this wanders through my mind while attending Hazen Union basketball games. I am a Kansas girl:[Read More…]

Schools are the Heart of Vermont Small Towns

To the editor: Hardwick voters have an opportunity this coming town meeting to support the Lakeview Elementary School. Schools are the heart of Vermont’s small towns. Their disappearance for punative financial reasons is a travesty and leads to the collapse of small towns. Who wants to buy a house in[Read More…]

The Value of District Schools

To the editor: As the father of a student at Woodbury Elementary School, I want to advocate for Lakeview to remain open. Why do I care about Lakeview since my daughter attends a different OSSU school? I care because I see the value of our varied schools in our district.[Read More…]