WUHS Alpine skiiers soared last week at Bromley

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Public weighs in regarding on-farm restaurant amendment 

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Boys Hockey shakes off rust, beats Northfield 4-1

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Social media truth or consequences

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Mush! Meet the world’s greatest endurance athletes — sled dogs

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Virginia P Kurtz

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Warren “Bud” Jenne

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Joseph Charles Kennedy, Jr.

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James G. Kenyon

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EDC receives nearly 50 grant applications

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News

Girls Varsity Basketball Wins Against Randolph

WUHS girls varsity basketball wins 61-22 against Randolph Union on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Girls Varsity Basketball Loses Against Brattleboro

WUHS Girls basketball loses 29-35 to Brattleboro Union on Thursday, Jan. 13.

VINS Winter Wildlife Celebration is Postponed

Due to poor weather, the Saturday, Jan. 15 VINS Winter Wildlife Celebration has been postponed. The Celebration will take place on February, 19, weather permitting.

Public weighs in regarding on-farm restaurant amendment 

Woodstock

A proposed amendment to Woodstock zoning regulations that would allow for on-farm restaurants to operate in the town’s five-acre, rural residential (R-5) zones faces an arduous and uncertain path to approval.

That’s the one clear message that emerged from an inaugural public hearing on the measure held Tuesday evening before the Woodstock Planning Commission. As Woodstock Planning and Zoning Director Neal Leitner had previously cautioned, the inaugural hearing on the amendment, which was proposed via a petition signed by five percent of the legal voters of the town, was largely informational in nature. By state statute, the Planning Commission cannot change the wording of the amendment as proposed by the petitioners — it can only reference public comments at any hearing, pro and con, in a report with recommendations to the Woodstock Selectboard that the commission expects to file within the next six weeks. “This is a petition that has been presented by the citizens of Woodstock to make a zoning change. Very rarely in the entire state of Vermont does this type of petition happen,” Planning Commission Chair Sally Miller said at the outset of Tuesday evening’s hearing, which drew a handful of in-person attendees to the Town Hall Theater and 40 participants via Zoom.

Read more in the January 13 edition of the Vermont Standard.

EDC receives nearly 50 grant applications

Woodstock

The effort by the Woodstock Economic Development Commission (EDC) to revive and reinvent its annual community grants process has borne substantial fruit in its early stages thanks to a newly instituted, online, pre-application process,

EDC Chair Jon Spector reported at the commission’s regular monthly meeting last Thursday. The 2022 grantmaking process kicked off on Nov. 15 with the posting of a pre-application form to be used by local businesses, organizations, community groups, and individuals seeking grants aimed at fostering community and economic development in Woodstock. Spector reported that, as of the pre-application deadline of Jan. 3, 49 applicants had filed pre-application forms requesting more than $850,000 in grant support from the EDC this calendar year. “That’s 50 percent more grant applications than we received last year and three times more dollars than we are going to grant this year,” Spector said at the Jan. 6 EDC meeting, which was largely given over to an extended discussion of the grant-making process over the course of the next two months.

Read more in the January 13 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Features

Social media truth or consequences

Destructive misinformation, disinformation on the listserv is a challenge 

Social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook have played a consequential, and often unenviable role, within the arena of national politics. They’ve functioned as a mechanism for spreading real news, unintentional misinformation, and the more intentional and malicious disinformation. But according to one expert, and some local officials, social media — and forums like town listservs — can have an even bigger impact on our small-town local governance and the communities they serve.

“We’ve seen this at the federal level, with the elections. Misinformation can really have a critical, vote-suppressing effect. In small communities, where just a few votes actually matter quite a bit, you can really move the needle in ways that are harmful to the public interests,” says John Wihbey, an associate professor in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University. Wihbey is also the author of “The Social Fact: News and Knowledge in a Networked World” and has served as a research consultant for Twitter, Inc., and Facebook. His research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of news and social media.

“One of the significant trends for news reporters and editors and producers in the last 20 years is that things that begin outrageous — untrue things that begin in some dark corner of the universe, then begin trending, and then take on a life of their own with a kind of social fuel around them, forces us to, in some ways, legitimize them in public discourse,” says Wihbey. “We have to write about them or cover them because they’re actually influencing stuff… So there’s this unvirtuous kind of cycle that happens with misinformation online.”

Read more in the January 13 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Mush! Meet the world’s greatest endurance athletes — sled dogs

VINS hosts Winter Wildlife celebration this weekend

Snow or no snow, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) will present its Winter Wildlife Celebration, with myriad in-person activities including fairy hunts, guided forest canopy walks, encounters with raptors, winter games, and a presentation with live sled dogs on Saturday, Jan. 15 at VINS Nature Center in Quechee from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The celebration kicks off the night before with a virtual illustrated talk, open to the public, by a renowned expert on sled dogs, Dr. Charles Berger, DVM, on Friday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. Register for the talk at tinyurl.com/2p8h3k6t.

Berger calls his talk “World’s Greatest Endurance Athletes,” he says, “because no other creature on the planet can do what these sled dogs have been bred and trained to do. They can run the equivalent of five marathons a day for eight to ten days in sub-zero temperatures.”

Frequently referred to as “Alaskan Huskies,” Berger explains that “they are actually the result of selective breeding, blending Siberian hounds, pointers and wolves. They are bred for speed and endurance.”

Berger, a lifelong veterinarian who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., has always been fascinated by nature and the outdoors. Throughout his life, he has enjoyed river canoeing trips and other challenging outdoor adventures. About 30 years ago he volunteered to officiate at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, held annually in Nome, Alaska. The race is named after an extensive trail and historic town in the remote wilderness of the Alaskan tundra. 

Read more in the January 13 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Sports

WUHS Alpine skiiers soared last week at Bromley

The WUHS Alpine skiers took to the slopes last Thursday, Jan. 6 at Bromley Mountain. The men took first overall in the team division, with the women just behind at second in their team race.

Head Coach Cheyenne Wood had this to say: “I gotta tell you here — that’s a pretty amazing first race. The men’s team skied quite well, placing 5 athletes in the top 10 is unheard of! The women’s team was just off the 1st place mark, even with some of our top women skiers out. The kids all skied wonderfully. Lots of work to do. We’re on the right path. They are a focused group that trains hard every run. Not to mention, we’re having a blast doing it.

For individual results, please see the Jan. 13 edition of the Standard

Boys Hockey shakes off rust, beats Northfield 4-1

It was a game with five power plays and even one penalty shot. Neither team was able to take advantage of those scoring opportunities. Instead, it was a short-handed goal that turned the tide and helped propel the WUHS boys’ hockey team to a 4-1 triumph over Northfield at the Union Arena Saturday night.

“Our captain’s early goals really helped us out,” said goalie Keaton Piconi, referring to both Evan Kurash’s short-handed tally as well as an earlier score. “We were rusty to begin the game and we needed those to get us going.”

It’s not surprising that the team was a bit rusty as the game got underway. Given the fact that a game scheduled in Brattleboro earlier last week had to be canceled, that some team members had missed practices while dealing with injuries and COVID issues, that several regulars had been out of action, and that there were no games the previous weekend because of the New Years holiday — it had been far from a typical routine for the players heading into the contest.

“Any time you are off for a week, it is not good,” said Coach Jon Chamberlin. “I didn’t expect a normal game. It was sloppy at times and we had a short bench too. Considering that, I thought our work ethic was excellent and that we responded very well.”

For the full story, please see the Jan. 13 edition of the Standard

Hunting, fishing, trapping licenses now available online

Vermont hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses for 2022 and license gift certificates are available on the Fish and Wildlife Department’s website vtfishandwildlife.com.

“Our licenses for the New Year will be popular based on the increased interest we are seeing from people who want to enjoy more outside activities like hunting and fishing,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Christopher Herrick. “Ice fishing is a lot of fun, and it will soon be possible with colder weather.”

“A license gift certificate is a perfect gift for a friend or family member who hunts or fishes,” he added. “You can go to our website, fill out the certificate and pay for it online, and then you can print it to present to your recipient.”

A gift certificate link is on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website home page and in the license section. The person who receives the certificate must go to the website to redeem it and purchase their licenses.

Herrick noted that proceeds from license sales have helped pay for some of Vermont’s greatest wildlife conservation success stories, including restoring game species as well as helping nongame species such as peregrine falcons, bald eagles, loons, and ospreys. These funds also are used to manage Wildlife Management Areas that provide critical habitat for many species as well as recreational opportunities for Vermonters.

Printed copies of the “2022 Hunting & Trapping Guide and 2022 Fishing Guide” are available from license agents. The department’s website has links to online versions as well.

Existing permanent, lifetime or five-year licenses can be updated online on Jan. 1.

Obituaries

Virginia P Kurtz

Virginia P Kurtz, age 97, formerly of Woodstock Vt., died Sunday, January 9 in Barrington, Rhode Island

Warren “Bud” Jenne

Woodstock

Warren “Bud” Jenne, 92, died on January 4, 2022 at the Jack Byrne Center in Lebanon, NH

A full obituary will be published in a future paper

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vermont

Joseph Charles Kennedy, Jr.

Joseph Charles Kennedy, Jr. Major (ret.), US Air Force March 20, 1940 – January 5, 2022

Of  Charlestown, MA and Quechee, VT, Joe, the son of the late Joseph Sr. and Helen Reed Kennedy, was born and raised in Springfield, MA. He graduated from St. Michael’s College in 1961 and served his country as a Navigator in the 56th Weather Reconnaissance Sq. in the US Air Force. Stationed at Yokota (Japan) Air Base, he flew 53 Tropical Storm Penetrations.

Joe earned his JD and LLM (Taxation) at Georgetown University Law School and worked at the IRS in Washington, DC. He then entered private practice in Boston and California, taught at several law schools, and was an arbitrator with FINRA.

Active as a St. Michael’s College alumnus, Joe served as President of the Alumni Board of Directors, Trustee, and member of The 30 x 15 Project and Heritage Circle.

Joe loved flying and was known to stick his nose into any cockpit. He enjoyed sharing his home in Hawaii and his “homeland” Ireland with friends and family. Joe loved golfing, horse racing, Boston sports, and, most of all, watching his children and grandchildren compete in athletics.

Joe adored his dog Lily, and he relished his life in Vermont at “Red Barn.” We will always remember his harmonizing with hymns at Mass and will think of him when we hear Willie Nelson croon.

Joe leaves his wife, Linda Dalby (Sato) and children Maureen (Philippe, Toronto, Canada), Patrick (Diane, Cohasset, MA), Sharon Murphy (Jim, Easton, MA), Daniel (Winchester, MA) and Matthew (Tami, San Diego, CA). He was cherished “Bubba” to Erin, Devin, Caroline, Ella, Xavier, Piper, Evan, and Chase.  He will also be missed by first wife Donna Kennedy, niece Melissa Deyette, nephew Mark Taylor, several cousins, and many friends.

We will hold a celebration of Joe’s life later this year. In the meantime, raise a glass of Jameson to his memory.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joe’s name to St. Michael’s College (www.smcvt.edu/giveback).

Arrangements by Cabot Funeral Home, Woodstock, VT. Online condolences can be made at www.cabotfh.com.

James G. Kenyon

BROWNSVILLE

James G. Kenyon died peacefully Sunday morning, Jan. 9, 2022, in the home that he built from the foundation up for his family more than 50 years ago.

He was 84.

Jim was born Feb. 12, 1937, the oldest of Gerald and Orytha (Dunn) Kenyon’s four children.

After graduating from Windsor High School, Jim started out as a carpenter for Red Eastman, a West Windsor builder. With a natural eye for detail and years of hard work, he became a much sought-after cabinetmaker.

On Oct. 24, 1958, Jim married Patricia Lockwood, and they found an apartment in Claremont. Proud of his Vermont roots and not thrilled with having to buy a nonresident hunting and fishing license, Jim didn’t let it be widely known that he’d moved across the border. It wasn’t long before Jim and Pat were building their first of two homes in Brownsville.

Early on in his working days, Jim was hired by Trumbull-Nelson Construction to run the company’s carpentry shop when it was in downtown Hanover. Later, another general contractor, E.R. Wiggins in Springfield, Vt., persuaded Jim to oversee its carpentry shop and job estimating business.

For many years, Jim worked 6 1/2 days a week. After finishing his full-time job on Fridays, he put on his carpenter’s apron on Saturdays and Sunday mornings, building houses and doing remodeling work with a small crew of friends. It was this kind of work ethic that allowed Jim and Pat to put their two children, James Scott and Lori Ann, through college.

Jim, who was most at home when he had sawdust on his work clothes, eventually left Wiggins to strike out on his own. In 1978, he took on a partner to form Kenyon & Kelley Cabinetmakers. It wasn’t long before they outgrew their small workshop in Reading, Vt., and purchased Brownsville’s former schoolhouse. His wife joined the company, which at its peak employed a half dozen woodworkers, as its bookkeeper and office manager.

For Jim, the business couldn’t have been more ideally located. It was next door to the West Windsor fire station, where he was a fixture for decades. He served as the volunteer fire department’s chief for nine years and assistant chief for more than 25 years.

He helped out his hometown in many other ways as well. He served as West Windsor’s emergency management coordinator, deputy fire warden and was a member of the town’s zoning board. He was a trustee of the Brownsville Cemetery Association and the Campbell Fund, which allocates food, clothing and other essentials to needy residents.

In 2018, West Windsor officials honored Jim by dedicating the annual Town Report to him.

After building up a business that saw Kenyon & Kelley crafting kitchens and other custom-made woodwork throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, he retired in 2003. That left more time to spend at the camp on Bear Notch Road in West Fairlee that he bought with his brother Tom in the late 1990s.

Jim and Pat, who were married for more than 63 years, spent a good part of their summers at the camp, sometimes with their grandchildren, Nicholas and Madison, in tow. But come the second Saturday of each November, Jim and his longtime hunting buddies, including Frank Houghton, Ralph Johnson, Bob Thomas, Bill Young and his younger brother Tom, took up residence. Not many deer were shot (only one big buck by Tom, to be precise), but many meals and stories were shared. Jim’s recliner was positioned so he could gaze at the photograph of an eight-point, 220-pound buck he shot in 1989 in the Northeast Kingdom. Jim liked to remind his friends that was one that didn’t get away.

Jim’s last couple years weren’t easy. He battled Parkinson’s disease and in December 2019, he suffered a minor stroke – if there is such a thing.

He fought until the end. In the final few weeks, he managed to rally whenever his family was around to assure them he still had his wits and sense of humor.

One day when his daughter, Lori, wasn’t looking, he tossed a tennis ball at her just to show that Parkinson’s hadn’t robbed all of his strength. With the first winter storm approaching, he reminded his son, Jim, that it might be a good idea to start up the snow blower and “check the oil while you’re at it.” On Christmas morning, he thanked Pat for bringing him a cup of coffee but remarked it was a bit on the cool side.

Jim was predeceased by his brother Roger in 2020. Jim is survived by his wife, Pat; brother, Tom, and sister, Eleanor; his son, Jim, and his wife, Wendy, of Norwich; his daughter, Lori, of Port Ludlow, Wash.; two grandchildren, Nick and Madison, both of Boston, and their spouses, Michelle and Luke. He also made sure to not miss out on meeting his great-grandson, Andrew James, born in October, to Madison and Luke.

His family thanks his primary care physician, Dr. Laura Duncan, of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Medical Center, and neurologist, Dr. Nathaniel Robbins, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, for the excellent care and compassion they provided. A special thanks to his dentist, Dr. Robert Maxfield, of Claremont, who always found time to chat after an appointment and once commented that Jim was one of the few patients who declined Novocaine for any procedure.

Jim’s family is also grateful for the care that Bitsy Harley provided in the last few months. He looked forward to Bitsy reading the newspaper paper to him in the morning.

The West Windsor Volunteer Fast Squad also went beyond the call of duty to help out Jim and Pat when needed. The nurses, Julie, in particular, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire at Hospice were appreciated for making sure Jim was well-cared for at the end. The staff at Knight Funeral Home was a big help in making arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice (www.vnhcare.org) or the West Windsor Volunteer Fire Department’s equipment fund at P.O. Box 85, Brownsville, Vt. 05037.

The family is planning a graveside service at the Brownsville Cemetery in the spring.

Ruth (Ruthie) Schamback

Ruth (Ruthie) Schamback passed away on December 27, 2021. Cancer took her from us too early. Ruthie was born in Windsor, Vermont December 5, 1949, the daughter of George Merton and Emma Robinson. She graduated from Windsor High School in 1967 and continued her education at Southern Connecticut State University, earning a BA in Education in 1971. After a brief career as a school teacher (one year in the school system she grew up in ) she married her husband Douglas Schamback in 1972 and joined him, working together in the golf business at several golf clubs; Woodstock Country Club in Vermont, Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Florida and The Bedens Brook Club in Princeton, New Jersey. They retired to Vero Beach, Florida in 2008 and became members of the Grand Harbor Club. Ruthie became an accomplished golfer winning multiple club championships at Grand Harbor and her summer club, Okemo Valley, in Vermont. She also was an avid Mahjong player, enjoyed reading, and volunteered at The Friends of The Library Book Depot in Vero Beach, She had a large network of friends. Her infectious smile, grace, and happy disposition touched everyone she met. She loved, believed, and had a never-ending faith in the goodness of people.

She is survived by her sisters Rita (David Boynton), Jean Robinson, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Leslie Robinson, David Joseph Scafani, and a sister Elizabeth Marshall.

At Ruthie’s request, there will be no services in Florida. She asks that everyone recalls a happy memory. There will be a graveside service at a later date in Brownsville, Vermont.

Donations may be made to the Indian River VNA Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane Vero Beach FL 32960

Online condolences may be shared at www.coxgiffordseaweinds.com

Meredith R. Tracy

Meredith R. Tracy, 44 of Bradford, Vermont passed away at home, with her parents and life partner holding her to the end, early in the morning on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, after a long struggle with neurodegenerative brain disease (the aftereffects of surviving brain cancer and treatment).

Meredith was born September 20, 1977, in Minot, North Dakota while her dad was in the Air Force. By the time she was school age, her family was back in Vermont, and she was in one of the last groups of kids that had elementary school (K-5) in four different one-room schoolhouses in Pomfret. Then she was off to middle and high school in Woodstock, graduating in the top ten in 1995. Meredith was always a good student and worked hard for her excellent grades. Although she was not gifted athletically, she did participate in sports by being the manager for the boy’s lacrosse and soccer teams. Meredith’s main interests from a young age were writing and art. She had a special love of poetry and over the years became an exceptional poet.

Meredith decided on Wheaton college in Massachusetts to pursue her interests in the arts and creative writing.  In July of her sophomore to junior year (1997) life changed quickly as she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and had surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy treatment. After a very difficult year at home, she returned to Wheaton for her senior year and graduated magna cum laude in 1999.

In 2004, while pursuing her art interests she met a fellow creative artist, Jay Trefethen, who became the love of her life. Each year in May they celebrated the anniversary of their first date and before long they were living together. They bought a house in Bradford and filled it with love and all manner of things displaying their wide interests in arts, crafts, and literature along with their cats, currently Mookie and Hobbes.

The continuing damage from her treatments gradually impacted her ability to do so many things but never her positive outlook. Her wit, gentle personality, empathy, and kindness to others never left her. She never complained about her diminished abilities and accepted with grace all the indignities of personal care as her needs became greater. Meredith loved the saying, “Live well, laugh often, love much,” and she did!

Meredith loved all of her friends and family deeply, and especially loved holidays, and apple pie (with her Mom’s crust) instead of cake for her birthday. When she could no longer work Meredith participated in a day center, OSIP, enjoying her wonderful friends there, always with a smile and helping in any way she was still able. Meredith continued sharing her poetry with others including “Roots,” a collection of poems about her cancer journey, hoping it would help others through theirs. Just recently she had a poem included in the latest anthology published by the DHMC Writing Circle. Meredith is remembered by all for her SMILE!

Meredith is survived by her parents, Carl and Kathy Tracy of White River Junction; her loving and devoted life partner Jay Trefethen of Bradford; Jay’s mother, Margaret Johnson of Lincoln, Massachusetts; a special soulmate in being a survivor, Nichole Johnson of Peterborough, New Hampshire; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and countless friends and acquaintances.

She was preceded in death by a brother in infancy, Joshua Tracy and her grandparents, Richard and Elaine Tracy and Robert and Lee Mordhorst.

We thank her amazing and wonderful caregivers and special friends Chris and Cindy Welsh and Emily Sanqueros for their deep caring and love for Meredith. Many thanks to Meredith’s Hospice team from VNH including her special Katie.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction and will be live-streamed, link available at www.knightfuneralhomes.com, and an informal gathering will follow until 4 pm. Please wear a mask and join us for a time of sharing and love.

Memorial donations in Meredith’s memory are appreciated to Norris Cotton Cancer Center in thanks to the many providers who cared for her, particularly Dr. Camilo Fadul, MD, Louis P. Meyer, MS, APRN, and Dr. Vijay Thadani, MD, PhD.

Annual Appeal

In the final week of our Annual Appeal, we’re grateful and hopeful

By Dan Cotter, Vermont Standard publisher  

Like at most newspapers, times have been tough at the Standard.

­­­But unlike most newspapers, our situation doesn’t appear to be hopeless. In fact, it’s quite hopeful.

As I’ve chronicled in these pages in the past, the Standard now only generates about half as much revenue from the sale of advertising as it used to. In large part, that’s due to changes in the way people buy and sell things. Big box retailers and chain stores that don’t advertise in community newspapers attract most of the customers, which comes at the expense of smaller independent stores that tend to be the most loyal newspaper advertisers. And the rapid consumer shift today towards purchasing from Amazon and other online retailers has negatively impacted many local stores, and therefore local newspapers. When businesses struggle or cease to exist, they no longer advertise in the paper.

In addition, much of the classified advertising that used to be found in newspapers has now moved instead to online help-wanted, real estate and auto sales platforms. Plus, many local businesses now spend more of their marketing budgets on digital ads with giants like Google, Facebook and others.

The bottom line is that the math no longer adds up for the Standard to count on local advertising dollars alone to fund a quality news operation.

The hopeful part is that the Standard still has a very loyal, highly engaged audience that truly values the journalism we provide for the communities we serve. The Standard has not experienced the dramatic circulation decline that so many other newspapers around the country have endured, and our complementary audience on our news update website is substantial.

It’s gratifying, and no surprise then, that in the past few weeks so many of our readers have stepped up to offer well wishes and make a contribution to our 2021 Annual Appeal. Please accept our heartfelt thanks and our pledge to use your gifts wisely to fund the local journalism you deserve!

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Your Annual Appeal gift supports not only our paper, but also our people

By Dan Cotter, publisher  

If ever there was an industry in which people are the product, it’s got to be newspapers.

Think about it. Each edition of a newspaper is essentially a compilation of the best efforts of a bunch of different people, all with complementary roles and responsibilities, who invested their time, talent, and creativity to produce their piece of a report that briefs you on the latest news in the community. Especially at a small paper like the Standard, there’s very little redundancy – everyone has a distinct job to do and they are counted upon to perform it to the best of their ability, under the pressure of deadlines, for a quality finished product to come together.

A community newspaper is sometimes referred to as “the weekly miracle,” because each week papers like the Standard start out with a blank page, and by deadline there’s a completely hand-crafted, finished local news report in your hands or available on your screen. It’s unique each week; full of content that is fresh and different from any of the earlier editions of the paper in its 168-year history.

Nearly all of the content in the Standard is reported, written and photographed from scratch by our own journalists and contributors.

Unlike most other media, we don’t simply pass along AP news stories or syndicated articles. We are the only news organization that is dedicated to serving our communities with original reporting about news that either happens here or directly affects the people who live here.

So, when you make a contribution to our 2021 Annual Appeal, you’re actually supporting the day-to-day efforts of a sizeable group of deeply committed individuals who collaborate every week to produce the Standard. Nearly 40 people, both paid and volunteers, play a role in keeping you informed about the news that affects you most – local news.

The people who produce the Standard are your neighbors. When you support the paper, you’re supporting them.

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Today we’re asking all our friends to support local journalism

To Our Readers,

They say that old friends are the best friends.

Old friends have your back when the going gets tough. They help you carry on when you’re not strong.

After serving Woodstock and its surrounding towns for 168 years, you could say that the Standard and this community go way back. We hope we’ve made some friends along the way, and this month we’re leaning on our friends, both old and new, as we launch our first Annual Appeal fundraising effort.

We sincerely thank you for reading the Vermont Standard. Striving to produce a quality local news report that keeps you informed and engaged in our community is a critically important mission, and we’re quite honored to be entrusted with that assignment.

As we explained in the article that appeared in this space last week, we urgently need your support to help us bridge the gap between our declining advertising revenue and the expenses required to produce the local journalism that you need, want and deserve.

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Standard launches its first Annual Appeal

For 168 years, the town of Woodstock and its surrounding communities have relied upon the Vermont Standard to report the local news.

The paper’s mission each week has been to keep residents abreast of the latest happenings; let readers know what’s going on; give them something to talk about; tell them when someone is born or when someone dies, and everything in-between. We tell you who won, who lost; whether there’s reason to celebrate or to mourn; whether there is cause to be skeptical or reason to go all in; whether to be optimistic or cautious. Good news or bad, the Standard’s audience simply wants to know, “What’s new around here, what’s the latest?”

No other news media covers this particular slice of Vermont. Sure, regional news providers, such as TV stations, online sites, or daily papers from other towns, touch on our area and report some of the bigger stories that occur, but our communities aren’t their main focus or primary concern. At the Standard, though, our own communities are our only concern.

And the “little” stories are often just as important as the “big” ones to those who call this place home. Like we do.

We think ours is a noble mission. We’re proud to be entrusted to keep our communities informed and connected. We tell residents about local subjects that may interest them, affect them, entertain or inspire them. Independently owned, we work on behalf of the people, businesses and organizations of this area.

And readers look forward to the paper each week. Whether in print or digital, they read it, they trust it, and they have conversations with family and friends about the information they find in it.

That’s the way it was so many years ago when the Standard began and throughout all those decades since. That’s the way it remains to this very day.

Since 1853, the communities we serve have needed us. Right now, we need them.

Today the Standard is launching its first Annual Appeal.

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Newspapers Are In a Race Against the Clock

Woodstock

Throughout the country newspapers are in a fight for their lives.          Here too.

Race Against The Clock VT Standard Front Page

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