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Wells Fargo pays $300K in penalties
MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont will receive $300,000 from Wells Fargo Advisors as the result of a recent investigation conducted by the Department of Financial Regulation. Commissioner Susan L.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Paul Millman to get VBSR award
BURLINGTON — Paul Millman, co-founder of Chroma Technology, was recently named the 2016 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Union Bank hires Timothy Ross
MORRISVILLE — Union Bank recently hired Timothy R. Ross of Barre as vice president-commercial loan officer.

Ross has more than 24 years of banking and financial industry experience. For most of that time, he worked at Northfield Savings Bank as chief financial officer and senior commercial and administrative services manager.  Published on: June 30, 2016
‘The Foreigner’ promises laughs and a lesson or two
David Stern, artistic director of Main Street Arts, said he thinks the Saxtons River community is ready for a “rollicking good time.” That’s why he chose to direct the comedy, “The Foreigner.”

Written by Larry Shue, the show debuted Off Broadway in 1984. A second Off Broadway revival opened in 2004, starring Matthew Broderick.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Free concert series brings compelling performers to Burlington
The Battery Park Free Concert Series has been bringing compelling performers to the scenic Queen City park overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains for 35 years, and this year is no exception. Here’s a look at the four Thursday evening shows in this year’s series.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Really ‘Big Art’ at Berlin Mall
BERLIN — Beginning July 8 and running through fall, the “Big Art — Bold Vision” exhibit featuring the stunning works of 16 fine artists will adorn Berlin Mall’s sizeable windows, offering an arresting indoor/outdoor art gallery experience for shoppers and visitors of all ages.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Capital Sounds: Rockin’ for Independence Day
It’s the biggest weekend of the year here in the capital, with a plethora of events happening for our annual Independence Day celebration. There’s much more going on beyond music, and you can check out all of the scheduled events by visiting www.montpelieralive.org.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Arts Preview
John McCutcheon

STOWE — Seven-time Grammy nominee and beloved folk musician John McCutcheon will perform at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2.  Published on: June 30, 2016
‘Mr. President’ sings of a different world
The First Lady is exhausted by constant public scrutiny, the first daughter has no private life with constant Secret Service attention, and the President is in hot water with the Soviet Union.

“Mr. President,” Irving Berlin’s last musical, opens QuarryWorks’ summer theater season July 7 and continues through July 17.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Vermonters star in Middlesex series
Summer outdoor entertainment venues are geared up and ready to enthrall us with great talent. The Middlesex Summer Concert Series, now in its 11th year, is a highly regarded example of the excellent musical entertainment presented by our local communities for free.  Published on: June 30, 2016
LNT celebrates the wit and music of Tom Lehrer
Singer-songwriter Tom Lehrer once famously said, “I know there are people who don’t love their fellow man, and I hate people like that.” And one of his friends, explaining Lehrer’s success, said “Always predict the worst, and you’ll be hailed as a prophet.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Local visual arts
Editor’s note: Please send visual art listings to jim.lowe@timesargus.com.

Adamant

Adamant Music School: Frank Woods, July 1-Aug. 31, paintings, Waterside Hall; Local sculptors, Meditation Garden, Adamant, www.adamant.org.

Barre

Morse Bock Deli: Michael Smith, July 1-Nov.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Pickin’ up where they left off
The gates will open Sunday morning and the first of many RVs will roll into the Basin Farm in Brandon in preparation for the 22nd annual Basin Bluegrass Festival.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Talk of The Town
‘Bomb' sites are wanted

BARRE — The glue guns and crochet hooks were working overtime at Studio Place Arts (SPA) on Wednesday in preparation for the fast-approaching months-long fiber festival dubbed "Soft Bomb Barre!"

Starting next month and running into September, there will be bursts of...  Published on: June 30, 2016
Lawsuit appeal delays payments to Vt. farmers
Many Vermont dairy farms are experiencing a tough summer, receiving very low prices for their milk while they’re dealing with high production expenses. The situation has gotten worse, because a financial settlement of a key lawsuit against a national dairy cooperative has been appealed.  Published on: June 30, 2016
State raises GMP’s net metering cap
The state is allowing Vermont’s largest utility to continue accepting community-scale solar projects. Last fall Green Mountain Power hit the cap, maxing out how many of these types of solar projects can be hooked up to the grid.

On Friday, the Public Service Board granted Green Mountain Power’s request to allow an additional 7.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Gun fired in domestic dispute
CHELSEA — Vermont State Police said a Northfield man fired a gun during a domestic dispute.

Donald Earl Ainsworth, 55, pleaded not guilty in Orange County criminal court Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Man charged in choking assault
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vermont State Police say a Chelsea man choked a woman holding an infant, causing her to almost drop the child.

Alberto R. Martinez, 24, pleaded not guilty in Windsor County criminal court Monday to a felony count of first-degree aggravated domestic assault.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Barre Town police: Defective equipment traffic stops made
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre Town police in recent days.



June 22

Property was found on Church Hill Road.

Drug activity was reported on Buick Street.

There was a citizen dispute on Wilmuth Street.

June 23

On Quarry Hill Road, there was a citizen dispute.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Douglass speech gives meaning to Fourth
BARRE — Excerpts of Frederick Douglass’ speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” are being read across the state this week.

Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. He was also an escaped slave.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Councilors consider bus stop shift
BARRE — Plans to transform a portion of Pearl Street into a generous pedestrian way sparked a bus stop conversation this week.

It might not work, and it’s not solely the city’s call, but Mayor Thomas Lauzon said Tuesday night he would like to see the Green Mountain Transit Agency bus stop moved up North Main Street to Pearl Street.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Fed funds AmeriCorps in Vermont
MONTPELIER — The state’s congressional delegation announced $2.1 million in funding for the AmeriCorps program in Vermont that will bring nearly 90 new people into the volunteer service organization.

The $2.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Turkey blasts: Toll rises to 42
ISTANBUL — Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 42 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey’s crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Train presumed dead after head-on crash in Texas
DALLAS — Three missing crew members from the two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.

Emergency personnel at the scene of Tuesday’s collision about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo have moved to a recovery operation, DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing said.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Brutal beating on nanny cam: Man gets life
NEWARK, N.J. — A judge sentenced a career criminal to life in prison Wednesday for a brutal home invasion beating caught on a nanny cam after listening to the victim describe how the attack left her with physical and psychological scars.  Published on: June 30, 2016
After 150 years, KKK dreams of rising again
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s. Membership dwindled, a unified group fractured, and one-time members went to prison for a string of murderous attacks against blacks.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore dies at 84
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.

Moore died at his home in Nashville, said biographer and friend James L.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Biden threatens funding cut over secret cancer trials
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden threatened Wednesday to pull federal funding for cancer studies that fail to publicly disclose their results, putting pressure on researchers, clinicians and drug companies to speed up progress toward cancer cures.  Published on: June 30, 2016
US consumer spending posts healthy gain in May
WASHINGTON — Americans went shopping this spring, increasing their spending in May for the second straight month and delivering good news for economic growth.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in May on top of a 1.1 percent surge in April.  Published on: June 30, 2016
FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer
WASHINGTON — Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Robert L. Barberi
BARRE — Robert L. Barberi, 86, of John Street, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin with his family at his bedside.

A complete obituary will be published in future edition of The Times Argus.

Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Frederick N. Martell
RANDOLPH CENTER — The military committal service for Frederick N. Martell, who passed away May 23, 2016, will be held Monday, July 11, at 11 a.m. in Section E, Vermont Veterans Cemetery, in Randolph Center.  Published on: June 30, 2016
John F. Stone Jr.
BARRE — John Frederick “Fred” Stone Jr., 81, of Barre, Vermont, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 27, 2016, with longtime partner Nancy Andreoletti by his side.

Fred was born in Montpelier, Vermont, on Nov. 30, 1934, to John Frederick Stone Sr. and Ann (Murray) Stone.  Published on: June 30, 2016
George J. Paquette
BARTON — George J. Paquette Jr., 82, of Barton, Vermont, passed away on June 25, 2016, surrounded by his loving family and care givers at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born on May 21, 1934, in Barton. He was the son of George Sr., and Mildred (Hoyt) Paquette.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Clouds over Rio
When the Rio Olympic games begin in August, the event will start with unprecedented controversy swirling around the competitors. The controversies in this Olympiad have mostly to do with the systemic use of banned substances by athletes from multiple countries, and the lack of action by authorities against the drug use.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Grearson: As a patriot
I live in a time when words matter depending position, status and audience.

I live in a culture that claims to be civil, just and charitable. Are we?

I exist in a world of plenty squandered by the few, given to the chosen by the chosen.

These are my words, my thoughts and my opinions.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Snell: Step aside
In his June 26 opinion piece about Donald Trump, “Step up — or step out,” Mike Smith says: “The truth is no one really knows who Donald Trump is; what he believes in; or his positions on the issues of the day.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Finner: Clear views
Thank you, Emily Cutts, for your well-researched and well-written article Sunday, “Roots for radicalism, extremism vary.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Schneider: Campaign fallout
I was so pleased to read in Sunday’s paper that the Vermont Democratic Party has such high standards. “Referring to another human being as a piece of meat, regardless of whether or not you agree with someone, is pretty damning and really shows what kind of person you are.” That describes the actions that got the Democratic Party to return H.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Amses: Fond memories of paper papers
Although dismayed by the recent announcement that The Times Argus and Rutland Herald would cut back production of their paper editions to four a week, (publishing online seven days a week), I realized that I’m a component of this vicious cycle, preferring my information instantaneously like most everyone else.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Sanders: Democrats need to wake up
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, wrote this opinion piece for The New York Times:



Surprise, surprise.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Clashes rage as Rio police try to capture drug trafficker
RIO DE JANEIRO — Police attempts to recapture a drug trafficker who escaped from a Brazilian hospital have led to more than a week of deadly gunbattles in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, which is hosting the Olympics in August.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Predators, Habs swap all-star defensemen
The Nashville Predators pulled off a blockbuster before the start of free agency Wednesday by acquiring P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber, a swap of All-Star defensemen.

Subban won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2013 and had six goals and 45 assists last season before suffering an injury.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Spieth set bar he won’t reach this year
AKRON, Ohio — Any other year, Jordan Spieth would feel this has been a very good season.

Just not this year.

At the halfway point of 2016, he already has two victories. One of them was an eight-shot runaway against a winners-only field at Kapalua.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Price, Red Sox blanked in finale
the Red Sox hitless until Christian Vazquez singled leading off the sixth. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts followed with hits to load the bases with one out, but David Ortiz popped up and Hanley Ramirez hit a routine fly that ended the threat.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Federer has no mercy for qualifier
LONDON — Roger Federer was not about to let this feel-good story spoil his own Wimbledon.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Mountaineers bury Swamp Bats, 12-3
MONTPELIER — Culver Lamb threw five shutout innings and a pair of four-run innings were the recipe for victory Wednesday night, as the Mountaineers routed the Keene Swamp Bats, 12-3, at Recreation Field to secure their third win in their last four games.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Cubbies back on track with Reds sweep
CINCINNATI — Anthony Rizzo legged out his first inside-the-park homer on Wednesday — another unusual moment in a series full of oddities — and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 for a three-game sweep that got them back on solid footing after a rough week.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Preds, Habs swap defenders
The Nashville Predators pulled off a blockbuster before the start of free agency Wednesday by acquiring P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber, a swap of All-Star defensemen.

Subban won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2013 and had six goals and 45 assists last season before suffering an injury.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Ghelfi charges to N.E. golf lead
WATERBURY CENTER — Hannah Ghelfi charged to the top of the leaderboard on Wednesday in the second round of the women’s New England Golf Championship at the Country Club of Vermont.

Making birdie on three of her final five holes, Ghelfi posted 2-under par 70 for a one-shot lead entering today’s final round.  Published on: June 30, 2016
White, Lussier making it fun
This column a few weeks ago raved about big upset winners in recent racing history, sparked by Tyler Cahoon’s unexpected Memorial Day Classic score at Thunder Road.

Perhaps a couple of the moments that Vermont race fans witnessed last week weren’t quite as shocking, but they were certainly no less enjoyable.  Published on: June 30, 2016
N-S boasting strong arms
CASTLETON - With arms like Essex’s Allison Rutz on the roster North softball coach Seth McQuade likes his team’s chances in the annual North-South All-Star softball games at Castleton University this weekend.

“Pitching is our strength,” he said this week.

The South ain’t too bad, either.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Fed funds AmeriCorps in Vermont
MONTPELIER — The state’s congressional delegation announced $2.1 million in funding for the AmeriCorps program in Vermont that will bring nearly 90 new people into the volunteer service organization.

The $2.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Lawsuit appeal delays payments to Vt. farmers
Many Vermont dairy farms are experiencing a tough summer, receiving very low prices for their milk while they’re dealing with high production expenses. The situation has gotten worse, because a financial settlement of a key lawsuit against a national dairy cooperative has been appealed.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Wells Fargo pays $300K in penalties
MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont will receive $300,000 from Wells Fargo Advisors as the result of a recent investigation conducted by the Department of Financial Regulation. Commissioner Susan L.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Union Bank hires Timothy Ross
MORRISVILLE — Union Bank recently hired Timothy R. Ross of Barre as vice president-commercial loan officer.

Ross has more than 24 years of banking and financial industry experience. For most of that time, he worked at Northfield Savings Bank as chief financial officer and senior commercial and administrative services manager.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Paul Millman to get VBSR award
BURLINGTON — Paul Millman, co-founder of Chroma Technology, was recently named the 2016 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Councilors consider bus stop shift
BARRE — Plans to transform a portion of Pearl Street into a generous pedestrian way sparked a bus stop conversation this week.

It might not work, and it’s not solely the city’s call, but Mayor Thomas Lauzon said Tuesday night he would like to see the Green Mountain Transit Agency bus stop moved up North Main Street to Pearl Street.  Published on: June 30, 2016
TV stations have new president
BURLINGTON — Justin Antoniotti was recently named president and general manager of WPTZ-TV and WNNE-TV, the Hearst Television NBC affiliates serving the regions of Plattsburgh, New York, and Burlington.

Antoniotti had served as news director at Hearst Television’s WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, since 2012.  Published on: June 29, 2016
BCBSVT gives nearly $200K
BERLIN — In the past year, employees of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont worked more than 2,000 hours at community events and BCBSVT devoted nearly $200,000 to community health and wellness initiatives.  Published on: June 29, 2016
AAUP honors Stephen Finner
BARRE — Stephen L. Finner of Barre City was honored this month at the annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors in Washington D.C.

Finner was cited for his 50 years of “meritorious support of the AAUP’s standards and principles,” according to a statement.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Candidates talk mentors, minimum wage, and “magic” money
BRATTLEBORO — Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour created what little daylight there might be between the three Democrats running for governor during a morning forum Tuesday featuring Republican and Democratic candidates.

Only former state Sen.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Plainfield closer to buying endangered home
PLAINFIELD — Local officials took their next step for a plan to buy a house that they say is precariously close to falling into the Great Brook, with the goal of demolishing the home before the end of the year.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Conference on soil, climate set
Conference on soil, climate set

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Sterling College will host a presentation titled “Soil, Carbon, and Climate: The Solution Below our Feet” on July 9.

The event is free, starts at 4:30 p.m. and will take place in the Common House. It features Darren Doherty, director of Australia-based Regrarians Ltd.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Barre Polic Log: Driver with a gun, gunshots reported
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre City police in recent days.

June 20

Cash was stolen from a vehicle on Ayers Street.

A vehicle broke down on North Main Street.

Chicken abuse was reported on Newton Street.

A bicycle was stolen on North Main Street.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Montpelier police: Multiple calls concern pets left in vehicles
The following is a sampling of calls to Montpelier police in recent days.

June 20

A noise complaint on Cliff Street was made involving two males and one female singing and playing musical instruments early in the morning.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Small crowd raps Berlin sales tax pitch
BERLIN — When it comes to the 1 percent local sales tax proposed for Berlin, it is now officially all over but the voting.

The Select Board this week held the second and final required public hearing on the controversial tax question that it plans to present to voters during the Aug. 9 primary elections.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Prosecutor tells of accuser’s admitted lie, remorse
MONTPELIER — The prosecutor in Vermont state Sen. Norman McAllister’s trial on sex charges said Tuesday his accuser lied once in her testimony when asked about her relationship to another man, and expressed remorse immediately afterward.  Published on: June 29, 2016
New offerings at Capital Independence celebration
MONTPELIER — This year’s July 3 Independence Day Celebration promises new forms of entertainment and fun for the entire family.

For starters, there will be a 2-foot climbing wall and SunCommon will bring a solar-powered bouncy house.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Health data deal struck
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s largest Accountable Care Organization, OneCare Vermont, has struck a deal with Vermont Information Technology Leaders to capture health data from its patients that will help provide better preventive care.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Golf back at Olympics
AKRON, Ohio — For the longest time, golf’s biggest headache in preparing for a return to the Olympics was getting a new course built in Rio de Janeiro.

That seems like a nuisance compared with its next major hurdle.  Published on: June 29, 2016
3 missing in head-on train collision in Texas
DALLAS — Three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area.  Published on: June 29, 2016
‘Mustang Sally’ writer Mack Rice dies at 82
DETROIT — Mack Rice, the composer of the 1960s hit “Mustang Sally” and co-writer of the Staple Singers’ landmark “Respect Yourself,” has died in Detroit. He was 82.

Laura Rice told The Associated Press that her husband died at their home Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Dozens killed in Istanbul blasts
ISTANBUL — Suspected Islamic State group extremists have hit the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing dozens of people and wounding many others, Turkish officials said Tuesday.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Trump blasts US trade deals with other nations
MONESSEN, Pa. — Donald Trump called for a new era of economic “Americanism” Tuesday, promising to restore millions of lost factory jobs by backing away from decades of U.S. policy that encouraged trade with other nations — a move that could undermine the country’s place as the dominant player in the global economy.  Published on: June 29, 2016
EU leaders plot a future without Britain
BRUSSELS — British Prime Minister David Cameron fended off anger Tuesday from other European Union leaders at an unprecedented summit charged with uncertainty about the bloc’s future without Britain.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Senate Democrats block Republicans’ Zika funding bill
WASHINGTON — A dysfunctional Senate split along party lines on Tuesday and left a $1.1 billion proposal to fight the Zika virus in limbo, despite growing fears and a more than 800 cases of Zika infection in the continental U.S.

Democrats blocked the GOP-drafted measure by a 52-48 vote Tuesday — short of the 60 votes required to advance it.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Benghazi report faults security; no Clinton charges
WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee harshly faulted the Obama administration Tuesday for lax security and a slow response to the deadly 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya.

But they produced no new allegations about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Feds urge consumers to act quickly on Ikea dresser recall
WASHINGTON — IKEA is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured in the past 27 years, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Volkswagen settles emissions-cheating cases for up to $15.3B
WASHINGTON — Volkswagen will spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests in what lawyers are calling the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Rainbow Gathering attendees charged

MOUNT TABOR — Authorities say approximately 43 attendees of the Rainbow Family Gathering in Mount Tabor were arrested and charged with "petty" federal offenses during the event.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Jay Peak opens aerial tram

JAY — A Vermont ski resort's iconic aerial tram has reopened for the summer.

Jay Peak's aerial tram started operating Saturday after passing a recent multi-day safety inspection and evacuation drill. It will run seven days a week.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Vermont sets up special loan program for unpaid contractors
MONTPELIER — Vermont has set up a special loan program for businesses short on cash because they haven’t been fully paid for work done on a hotel and conference center and other northern Vermont construction projects that are at the center of a fraud investigation.  Published on: June 29, 2016
John R. Collier
BERLIN — John R. Collier, of Berlin, Vermont, passed away on June 26, 2016.

John was born in Greensboro and worked 50 years as a telephone man. His survivors include his wife, Eleanor, and his three sons, Bret, Todd and Ben.

There will be no services or requests for donations.

To view his entire obituary please go to www.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Richard A. Lafreniere
BARRE TOWN — Richard A. Lafreniere, 82, died June 26, 2016. Born in Barre Town May 22, 1934, son of Henry and Eva (Mason) Lafreniere. Graduated Spaulding High School, 1953, UVM 1957. He taught social studies or was guidance counselor at several Vermont high schools. Upon retirement from CVU, in 1990 he moved to Seminole, Florida.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Flora M. Riddell
WILLIAMSTOWN — Flora Mary Riddell’s life was honored and remembered on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Williamstown United Federated Church where she was a longtime member. She died at her home on South Hill on February 8, 2016.

Lay minister and daughter Carolyn A.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Alan W. Frost
BARRE — Alan Wayne Frost, 61, of Skyline Drive, died Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. His family had been at his bedside.

Born October 31, 1954, in Barre City, he was the son of Eurbin and Theresa (Gilbert) Frost Sr.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Elizabeth A. Blair
EAST BARRE — Elizabeth A. (Wilder) Blair, of East Barre, passed away after a long illness on June 17, 2016, at her home with family by her side.

Elizabeth was born August 8, 1941, in Northfield, Vermont, daughter of Allen M. Wilder and Eleanor A. (Fogg) Wilder.

She attended Montpelier High School and later obtained her GED.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Gray: Icelanders thrill to team’s success
Dispatch from Reykjavik: 

Reykjavik, the city on the “smoky” bay, is the epicenter of European football this week. In fact, like their rumbling volcanoes and 30-per-day earthquakes, this athletic tremblement de terre extends far beyond the capital city to the most remote television screens in the island nation’s distant fjords.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Victory for right to choose
The U.S. Supreme Court sent a clear message to state legislatures this week: Do not enact laws that are based on lies, and although its message applied specifically to a Texas law about abortion, it should apply to all measures enacted at the state level.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Shouldice: Lisman wants debates
Sunday’s Capitol Beat column, “Campaign strategies taking shape,” misses the mark on the basics.

You may be the first Vermont media outlet ever to criticize a candidate for wanting more debates.  Published on: June 29, 2016
King: Flashback
“The Hippy Dippy Weatherman” by George Carlin was the last we all heard of the hippy movement. It’s now in Vermont at the Rainbow Gathering at Mount Tabor. I visited the scene, which was called an “event” by the National Forest Service on a sign with an arrow pointing in the direction of the so-called gathering.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Franklin, Lochte struggle against rising stars
OMAHA, Neb. — One by one, some of America’s biggest swimming stars are going down at the Olympic trials.

First, Ryan Lochte. Then, Missy Franklin.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Dodgers sending ace Kershaw home for tests on sore back
MILWAUKEE — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is returning to Los Angeles for tests on a sore back that’s been bothering him for a few weeks. Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that he was still hopeful Kershaw could make his next scheduled start Friday night at Dodger Stadium against Colorado.

The three-time NL Cy Young winner is 11-2 with a 1.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Chamique Holdsclaw: Summitt will ‘always be my superhero’
I remember the first time I met coach Summitt. My grandmother and I were in awe of how powerful and sharp she was in person when she came to my projects in Astoria, New York, to recruit me to UT.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pat Summitt put women’s basketball on her back, breaking down barriers with her indomitable spirit and demanding respect for female athletes on her way to becoming the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Phelps, Ledecky cruise into semis at US Olympic swim trials
OMAHA, Neb. — After being on the sideline for two days, Michael Phelps was ready to go and it showed.

The 18-time Olympic champion advanced to the semifinals of the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Tuesday with the fastest time in the preliminaries. Phelps led all way and touched in 1 minute, 56.68 seconds.  Published on: June 29, 2016
From president to social media, Argentina wants Messi back
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The president of Argentina said Tuesday he hopes to meet Lionel Messi next week and convince him to return to the national team.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Shhh: Serena Williams, coach don’t discuss ‘22’ at Wimbledon
LONDON — Leave all the chatter about Serena Williams’ pursuit of her 22nd major singles trophy to others.

Williams and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, do not discuss that number.

“We don’t talk about it all. Zero,” Mouratoglou said Tuesday at Wimbledon after watching Williams win her first-round match.  Published on: June 29, 2016
Buddy Ryan, NFL coach and defensive mastermind, dies at 82
Buddy Ryan, the pugnacious coach who masterminded two fierce defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons have been successful NFL coaches, died Tuesday. He was 82.

His death was confirmed by the Buffalo Bills, who are coached by Rex Ryan. James Solano, Buddy Ryan’s agent, said he died in Kentucky but did not give a cause.  Published on: June 29, 2016


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