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To the Editor: When you think of Vermont, nothing is more quintessential than the iconic dairy farmer. In many ways, the backbone of the local community and economy.

The hardworking, civic-minded neighbor who is never too busy to help out his fellow citizens. The small-business owner who contributes to the tax base and provides local jobs. Generational farming families with deep roots in the town and the state are keeping it green and maintaining the best aspects of Vermont, the reason people continue to want to live and visit here.

Farming is a very difficult and extremely dangerous occupation and we owe these hearty souls a debt of gratitude.

So a shout out to local farmer Rich Hulett as he recovers from his terrible accident. An enterprising business owner, civic leader, dedicated husband and father and a pillar of the community, you are a credit to your town and the state, Rich. You are much-loved and well-respected by the good people of Pawlet and we wish you a full and speedy recovery.

Just as you and your family have always been there for all of us, we are here for you, my friend.

Kathi Barese,



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