Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bernie's 90 Green and Clean Editorials - South Burlington VT

             I publish images and commentary - stories and photos about caring, community, and contribution, inspiring people to maintain a litter free environment. Why? Because stories make us care.                   

Columns written by Bernie Paquette and originally published in "The Other Paper", local newspaper of South Burlington, VT.  Published since 2009; click on any of the titles below to read the particular column.
Published Date: Title                 

May        2016  Farewell Click then go to Page 8 of The Other Paper (my last column after 7.5 years.)
Mar         2016  Partnership for Green, Clean; Beautiful S.B.
Mar         2016 Part II: SB City Center. Will it be Green and Clean?
Feb         2016   None
Jan          2016  Clean City: Ours to Lose or Keep

Jan          2015 Submerged (not published)
Feb         2015  I Love Chocolate (not published)
Mar        2015  None
Apr 11,  2015 Beautiful Nature Litter Free (Birds). Originally published in Watching Backyard Birds magazine, April 2015
May 14, 2015 Green Up Day Highlights
June 11, 2015 Clean Branding Editorial (not published)
July 23, 2015 Growing Young Gardeners 
Aug 27, 2015 Machia Wilderness Camp 
Oct 22, 2015 Fall Community Harvests
Nov 2, 2015  Lens on Litter (Not published)
Nov 26, 2015 A November Blessing (Poem)
Dec 3,   2015 City Beauty Matters 
Dec 19, 2015 City Prepares for Santa (Not published)
Dec 23, 2015 Park Your Gift - Have Fun Outside

Jan   2014 January Pledge: Keep it Clean, Keep it Green (Not published)
Apr 10,  2014 Green Up Day Competition Let the Games beginpage3
May 22, 2014 Insulation: Are you Trading Health for Energy Savings?
June      2014   One Bag Challenge (Not published)
July       2014  None
Aug 7,  2014 Smallest Sounds 
Sept      2014 None
Oct 16, 2014 Foliage Season Train 
Dec 23, 2014 Sustainable Christmas (Short Story)  
Apr 11, 2013 Green Up Day: Tradition, Treasure Hunt, & Pink Bras. (Pending)
June       2013 None
July 18, 2013 Picking up the pieces 
Aug       2013 Odd Road Markings Sighted
Oct 31,  2013 Ghosts, Goblins and Green Goodies 
Nov 4,   2013 What's so Great about Litter Picking? (not published)
Dec 13, 2013 Christmas - I look for a Reason to Believe. (not published) 

Jan 5,    2012 Let's Celebrate 2012 with Actions
Feb 2,   2012  In Memoriam 
Feb 7,   2012   Green Economy - Does it include you? (not published)
Feb 16, 2012 Happy Valentine's Day (To Mother Earth)
Apr 12, 2012 Selling the Clean Brand
Apr 2,   2012   Solar Trash Receptacles -proposal to SB Council (not published)
May 17, 2012 What is Success?
June 14, 2012 Going for a walk with Dad (*Tribute to my dad)
Aug 9,   2012 "The best things in life aren't things."
Sept       2012 None
Dec 13, 2012 Letters From Home (Christmas Wishes)

Jan 13,   2011 Local man spots trash (Michelin and Stay puft marshmallow man)
Feb 10,   2011 Vermont man lost in Minnesota 
Mar 10,  2011 Vermont Files for Spring IPO
April      2011  Why are we tolerant of littered trash? (not published)
May 12,  2011 Carry It with You (If roads could talk)
July 14,  2011 Tell me Why
Sept 8,   2011 Sharing Summer Vacation (A play in one act)
Oct 27,  2011 Let's Not Disappoint Them
Nov       2011 None

Jan 14,  2010 Will we Throw it all Away 
Apr 8,   2010 Tradition
May 13, 2010 Terra Firma
June 10, 2010 Walking Home (*tribute to my dad)
June       2010 Beware the Litter Ides of March (not published)
July 15, 2010 Sleuthing
Aug 12, 2010 The Dog Days of Summer
Oct 21, 2010 The Power in Numbers
Nov 18, 2010 Intensive Care
Dec 9,   2010 Mark your territory

Feb __, 2009 Bait in Styrofoam Containers
Jan __, 2009 New Year's Resolutions
April _, 2009 Litter With a Story To Tell (Pink Bra)(PENDING)
May __, 2009 Litter Prevention
Aug__, 2009 Finding Hot Spots
Nov __, 2009 Giving Thanks
Dec__, 2009 Christmas Wishes

Bernie publishes commentary and photos reflecting Vermont values of Green and Clean and Community. View images of South Burlington beauty at and follow on Facebook @ South Burlington VT - Photos.

Don’t just change what people think, change what people feel, than change what they do.  ~Bernadette Jiwa

Author profile (2009)

 Hello, please find below a little insight to who I am and why I contribute my Green and Clean thoughts to The Other Paper. 

         My wife and I are proud parents of four children, an Army Sgt. Recruiter and recipient of the Army's recruiter ring, a daughter married and living in Sweden, a son managing a store in Kansas, and our youngest son graduating from UVM this spring.  I attended Champlain College 2001-2006, earning a Bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Some of my core values are personal expression through writing finding meanings and possibilities, harmonious relationships, and hard work. My temperament is towards a humanist culture. My motto is "Laugh, dream, try and do good".  I enjoy personalized writing, to quote Joan Didion “I write to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see, and what it means".  My hobbies include quiet water paddling in a kayak or canoe, reading, bird watching, and camping.
South Burlington's The Other Paper is exemplary of our shifting expectations from newspaper media providing focused, detailed, local investigative reporting, and S.B. community social interests, all with an optimistic and influential flair. The Other Paper, by publishing a growing number of local contributors is expanding a community town hall type of discourse and refreshing what might otherwise be stagnant waters by exposing us to diverse S.B. citizen's visions, and dreams.
Sharing stories and ideas while offering encouragement to individuals to influence and take action in our city government and in our city culture is personally rewarding. The opportunity I relish when writing green and clean articles is rallying fellow residents towards a year round litter free environment.

How would you like people to react after reading your essays? Be intolerant of litter every day, every place. Rally for clean up wherever and whenever you see litter.

Bernie urges us all to maintain a litter free environment through caring, contribution, and community in order to protect our water, wildlife, and human health.