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Burlingtonfreepress.com, Old maps hold value in real estate

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS
According to the Burlington Free Press, the state of Vermont has started making official maps and plotting plans available on digital files. In fact, much of the Vermont State Archives is being converted to modern digital use. This will have a positive impact on the real estate industry, which relies on accurate boundary lines to properly transfer homesteads and land parcels. No longer will the Joneses and the Smiths need comb through dusty old land records to find out whose side of the boundary line their favorite apple tree is on. It will soon be on digital records, easily available to the public.
 
-Nancy

Old maps hold value in real estate

Published: Monday, November 26, 2007
By Wilson Ring
The Associated Press

MONTPELIER -- It the mid-18th century, teams of men spread out across Vermont to map the tractless wilderness.

Measuring with long chains and other primitive equipment, they climbed mountains, forded rivers and slogged through swamps, dividing Vermont into 251 towns and then dividing the towns into lots.

Two and a half centuries later, those maps and their lotting plans remain valuable frames of reference for 21st century real estate deals. Many have disappeared or been hidden away in dusty vaults in town clerks' offices from Massachusetts to Quebec. (more)

BurlingtonFreePress.com, Vermont ranked #1 in health

by Nancy Jenkins, CRB, CRS

Vermonters rank as the nation’s healthiest, according to an article in today’s Burlington Free Press. Vermonters have long prided themselves as an active, outdoorsy bunch, who might be as easily found scaling a 1,800 ft cliff-side as sipping free coffee in a local rest stop. This new distinction of ‘Healthiest Americans,’ which adds much to the treasured Vermont mystique, comes as the result of the state's long-term, coordinated efforts in the areas of prenatal care, pediatric care, treatment of chronic diseases, cigarette smoking, and teen pregnancy.  

-Nancy

Vermont ranked #1 in health

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2007
By Terri Hallenbeck
Free Press Staff Writer

Vermonters have a healthier way about them than anybody else in the country, a national health group declared Monday in boosting the state's health ranking from second last year to first in the nation.

Some 20 factors added up to Vermont's place on the top of the heap for the first time, including a relatively low percentage of people who smoke, are obese and live in poverty. Couple that with the state's high percentage of people who graduate from high school, have access to health insurance and obtain prenatal care, and Vermont topped the list.  (read more)

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