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A Quiet Strength with a Profound Impact

Very much a behind-the-scenes organization, the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation works quietly and unobtrusively around the state, but that doesn’t mean the work they do goes unnoticed. To countless Vermont military families, both in the reserves and in active duty, the impact the foundation has…


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Public Servants of the Past

Being an election season and all, I thought it would be interesting to highlight a few post–American Revolution civic-minded and legislative leaders who have called Manchester home.

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Food is Love

For a few hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week, over in a jam-packed 800-square-foot corner at the Manchester Center Town Office, volunteers for the Community Food Cupboard greet their patrons one by one with big smiles and an even bigger gift of love for everyone—bagfuls of nutritious food…

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Nailed It!

Right up front, we’re going to say it: Home Sweet Home. And there are no homes sweeter than those built right in Manchester Center by volunteers and the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate to meet the region’s need for affordable housing.

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Second Act for Second Chance

Saturday morning and the parking lot at Second Chance Animal Center in Shaftsbury is full and visitors are crowding into the tiny reception area. A cheerful couple is here with their long time pet beagle to pick up an adoptee, also a beagle. The two dogs have already met several times and are clearly happy to see each other. Tails are wagging.