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PUBLIC NOTICE BULLETIN BOARD TOWN OF BERLIN, VERMONT WARNING AND NOTICE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Tuesday, March 6, 2018 The legal voters of the Town of Berlin are hereby warned and notifi ed to meet at 10:00 AM at the Berlin Elementary School on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 to vote on the following articles. Articles 1 through 23 shall be voted by Australian ballot. The polls will open at 10:00 AM and close at 7:00 PM. A pre-town meeting to discuss all articles to be voted by Australian ballot is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Berlin Elementary School. Residents may register to vote prior to the election at the Town Clerk’s Offi ce or on-line at the Secretary of State’s website. Residents may also register to vote at the election site on Town Meeting Day. A voter may obtain an Absentee Ballot by contacting the Town Clerk (229-9298) or coming into the offi ce by 3:30 PM on Monday, March 5, 2018. Absentee Ballots must be received by the Town Clerk no later than the close of the polls at 7 PM on March 6, 2018. Voters wishing to vote absentee should request ballots early. The articles to be voted by Australian ballot are as follows: ARTICLE 1: To elect the following Town Offi cers, for the terms specifi ed: One (1) Selectboard member for a three (3) year term; Two (2) Selectboard members for a one (1) year term each; ARTICLE 2: Shall the Town appropriate $2,931,870 for necessary Town expenses for the period July1, 2018 through June 30, 2019? ARTICLE 3: Shall the Town appropriate $254,818 to the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department for payment of necessary expenses from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019? ARTICLE 4: Shall the Town appropriate $30,402 to the Kellogg Hubbard Library? ARTICLE 5: Shall the Town appropriate $10,920 to the Green Mountain Transit? ARTICLE 6: Shall the Town appropriate $8,000 to the Montpelier Senior Activities Center? ARTICLE 7: Shall the Town appropriate $5,700 to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice? ARTICLE 8: Shall the Town appropriate $3,000 to the Central Vermont Council on Aging? ARTICLE 9: Shall the Town appropriate $1,200 to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education? ARTICLE 10: Shall the Town appropriate $1,000 to the Barre Area Senior Center? ARTICLE 11: Shall the Town appropriate $1,000 to the Vermont Center for Independent Living? ARTICLE 12: Shall the Town appropriate $975 to CIRCLE?(formerly Battered Women’s Services) ARTICLE 13: Shall the Town appropriate $800 to the Family Center of Washington County? ARTICLE 14: Shall the Town appropriate $800 to the Good Samaritan Haven homeless shelter? ARTICLE 15: Shall the Town appropriate $700 to Capstone Community Action? (formerly Central Vermont Community Action) ARTICLE 16: Shall the Town appropriate $500 to the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic? ARTICLE 17: Shall the Town appropriate $500 to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired? ARTICLE 18: Shall the Town appropriate $500 to Washington County Youth Services Bureau? ARTICLE 19: Shall the Town appropriate $400 to Community Harvest of Central Vermont? ARTICLE 20: Shall the Town appropriate $300 to the Good Beginnings of Central Vermont? ARTICLE 21: Shall the Town appropriate $300 to the Sexual Assault Crisis Team of Washington County? ARTICLE 22: Shall the Town appropriate $300 to Home Share Now, Inc.? ARTICLE 23: Shall the Town appropriate $150 to Green-Up Vermont? _____________________________________________ The following articles will be voted at the traditional Town Meeting, beginning at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 6, 2018: ARTICLE 24: To elect a Town Moderator for the year ensuing. ARTICLE 25: To hear the reports of the Town Offi cers for 2017. ARTICLE 26: Shall the Town collect its real and personal property taxes, to defray the expenses of the Town for the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 in installments? One-fourth of the taxes to be due, by delivery or by U.S. Postal Service postmark(no private postal meter postmarks), on or before August 15, 2018, one-fourth of the taxes due on or before November 15, 2018, one-fourth of the taxes due on or before February 15, 2019 and one-fourth due on or before May 15, 2019, with an eight percent (8%) penalty and one percent (1%) interest per month (or portion thereof) to be charged for late payment of any installment? ARTICLE 27: Shall the Town of Berlin enter into a communications union district to be known as Central Vermont Internet, under provisions of 30VSA, Chapter 82? ARTICLE 28: To discuss any other business that may legally come before the meeting. Dated at Berlin, Vermont, this 22nd. day of January, 2018. Entrepreneurship Is Alive and Well In Central Vermont By William D. Moore, President & CEO Every day, we hear of a new small business start-up, whether it is a restaurant, a business or personal service provider, a new technology firm, a micro-brewery, or a bricks and mortar retailer. Each of these have several things in common: they are all eager to succeed; they all have a web presence; and they are innovative and creative. The list goes on. Importantly, carving out a niche is another similarity and an important key to entrepreneurial survival. One of the most essential elements of entrepreneurism is being able to put a vision on paper. In other words, before anything else, successful entrepreneurs create a business plan. A sound business plan is vital. It answers the questions that entrepreneurs ask themselves as they consider starting their business. Whether the entrepreneur is creating a new business or buying an existing business or franchise, having a sound business plan is the most important first step. The business plan must be able to address basic questions. What is the product? Why is it unique? Is there a market for the product or service? What is the market? How many competitors will I be facing? Who are they? Where are they? Does the product require manufacturing? If it is a service Doing unto Others By G. E. Shuman There is a small favor, sort of, that I like to do for some of my neighbors this time of year. I’m not going to mention what it is specifically, as that thing that I do is not the real point here. The point is, as I mentioned, that I ‘like’ to do this particular thing. It gives me pleasure to help them out in this way. I can’t say that this pleasure is more than if someone gave me a lot of money or did something else ‘big’ in my life, but it is pleasure worth mentioning. It’s sort of a pleasure somewhere between that of receiving a coffee shop gift card from someone, and of finding a one-hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. And it’s actually a different thing than what those pleasures would be; it’s better, somehow. Yes, it’s even better than the hundred-dollar bill. Helping someone, even if only a little, gives you more of a ‘warm’ feeling than one of being more or less happy to be on the receiving end of a gift. That’s the idea of the old saying, “It’s better to give than to receive.” The admonition to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is not just some command to help other people out. To me, it’s an actual secret to happiness. It adds a lot to a person’s, to the giver’s internal contentment. At least, it’s been proven to be that for me. My memory of things that happened to me as a child seems much better than of things that happened yesterday, somehow. • • • being created, what are the individual elements of the service? How long will it take until the product or service will be ready to take to market? How will the business be financed? The business plan should clearly spell out who the players involved with the enterprise are and what their individual responsibilities will be. It is at this point that reality may begin to set in. It is likely that the venture will initially be a one-person operation. Creating structure and operating steps will help keep the entrepreneur focused on what must be done to succeed. If there is more than one individual involved, it is vital that each of the players’ roles be defined. While you are at it, consider how final decisions will be made. Who makes them? Included in the business plan is a detailed marketing strategy. How will the goods or services be sold? Who is the market segment that you are aiming to reach? What steps will be used for market optimization? Having a web presence and using social media is important. Simply posting something to the various platforms, however, may not necessarily bring customers to your doorstep, whether it is a physical or virtual doorstep. Not to be forgotten in the business plan is the calculation of your start-up costs. Starting, owning and operating a business costs money. Bootstrapping – self-funding is one means of financing the business. One of those old memories is of a short conversation I once had with my dad. Dad was always doing things for other people, it seemed. My parents had six children, and all of us were a challenge in one way or another. Then, when the older kids became young adults and started getting married, the challenges for my mom and dad only increased, I’m sure. Grandkids started coming along and it seemed that both of my parents were busy all the time, helping someone. My Mom still is about that task. She will be 94 in a few days and still visits the nursing home to help “the old people” (her words). As I remember it, the conversation with Dad took place one summer day, as he and I were walking up the hill of our old homestead’s back lawn, toward the garden. I was asking Dad some question that I don’t remember now at all, regarding whether I should do something that someone else had asked me to do. His nearly immediate reply was simply this: “If you can do something for someone… do it.” There was no hesitation or explanation in his immensely wise remark, and it was one that I think I will always remember. People who receive a small favor, a small gift, or an immense fortune from someone else are blessed by the thing that they receive. People who are on the giving end, the ‘doing unto others’ side of the deal, are blessed even more, and in a much more profound way. Thanks for cluing me in on this Mom and Dad. • • • Getting others to invest in your continued on next page TOWN OF BERLIN SELECTBOARD s/Ture Nelson, Chair s/Bradley Towne s/Pete Kelley s/Jeremy Hansen Received for posting and recording this 23rd day of January, 2018. Attest: s/Rosemary Morse, Berlin Town Clerk page 10 The WORLD February 14, 2018

By Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley, co-hosts of “Vote for Vermont,” were joined by Dean George, Chair of the Vermont Parole Board on a recent show. If you are like Ben and Pat, you know very little about the Vt. Parole Board. First its Chair, Dean George, is a retired Captain from the Vermont State Police, former State Representative from Middlebury, and former member of the Middlebury Select board. Dean was appointed by Governor Jim Douglas as a member of the Board and named chair the following year. The Parole Board is an independent entity that considers eligible offenders for parole. It renders just decisions by balancing victim needs and the risk to the public safety while promoting offender accountability and success. While independent, the Parole Board is located within the Agency of Human Services for funding and administrative purposes. When Dean joined the Board, there were issues surrounding training and qualifications and the Board was lacking a detailed policies and procedures manual. Dean set about correcting these deficiencies. New members are sent to training compliments of the Federal Government and Dean worked with a group to write a very comprehensive Manual which has been finalized and made available on line. The Board handles 1,000 to 1,200 hearings a year held at 16 sites throughout Vermont. When an inmate is provided a minimum and maximum sentence, everyone is eligible for parole once they have reached their minimum date. The Board encourages all inmates to meet with them even if they are not ready for parole just to know what they should be doing to prepare for parole. As members of the Board prepare for their parole hearings, they read the inmates file and prepare and use a risk evaluation tool to assess high/low/medium risk. This, and the interview process helps them to establish any individual restrictions which are put in place to ensure a successful integration into the community for the parolee. They take into consideration such factors as age, whether they have a job, history, and family support. Dean said that the Board encourages victims to participate in the parole hearing process. Hearings are open to the public. They go into a closed session when they are ready to deliberate on whether to grant a parole or not. Once the decision is made they announce and explain the decision in public. If parole is denied, the inmate through his/her case worker may apply to appear before the Board again. There is no time limit. When a parolee has violated the terms of his/her parole, he/she has to appear before the parole BERLIN TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT WARNING The legal voters of the Berlin Town School District are hereby noticed and warned to meet at the Berlin Elementary School at 372 Paine Turnpike North on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10 A.M. to act on the following business not involving Australian ballot: ARTICLE 1. To elect a Moderator for the year ensuing. ARTICLE 2. To hear and act upon the report of the Town School Directors. ARTICLE 3. Shall the School District authorize the Board of School Directors to hold any audited fund balance as of June 30, 2018 in a reserve fund to be expended under the control and direction of the Board of School Directors for the purpose of operating the school? ARTICLE 4. Shall the School District authorize the Board of School Directors to borrow money in anticipation of the receipt of revenues for the 2018-2019 school year? ARTICLE 5. To transact any other business that may legally come before the meeting. Articles to be voted by Australian Ballot Polling Times – 10:00 A.M. Through 7:00 P.M. ARTICLE 6. To elect the following School Directors: One (1) School Director One (1) School Director One (1) U-32 Director Two (2) Year Term Three (3) Year Term Three (3) Year Term ARTICLE 7. Shall the voters of the school district approve the school board to expend $3,520,918 which is the amount the school board has determined to be necessary for the ensuing fi scal year? It is estimated that this proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of $16,892 per equalized pupil. This projected spending per equalized pupil is

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