New England Reconsiders Town-Hall Tradition

New England towns have long relied on the annual gathering known as "town meeting" to vote on budgets, appoint town workers, and debate things such as which roads need paving.

But the annual gatherings are hard to manage in larger municipalities, and even small towns struggle to attract large numbers of residents to a meeting that can stretch on for hours.

Middlesex, Vt., residents used this week's annual gather to decide whether to abandon the time-honored institution of town meeting.

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