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BDCC to receive 2016 NEDA Awards
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., or BDCC, was recently selected to receive two awards from the Northeastern Economic Developers Association.

The Windham Region Workforce Center of Excellence was named program of the year, and the expansion of the company GS Precision was named project of the year.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Best Buy posts higher profit, better online and store sales
NEW YORK — Best Buy’s profit jumped 21 percent as the nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer increased sales online and tried to create a better shopping experience in the stores while it also cut costs.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Music review: Festival opener celebrates Mozart, Mendelssohn and more
COLCHESTER — Youthful masterpieces of Mozart and Mendelssohn, played brilliantly, opened the eighth Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival at the Elley-Long Music Center. And there was some truly delicious music in between.

LCCMF founder and Artistic Director Soovin Kim led the exciting closing Octet in E-flat, Op.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Music Review: ‘War horses’ open festival with substance
RANDOLPH — Any doubt as to why Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio and Brahms’ G Minor Piano Quartet are considered “war horses” were washed away with the substantial performances Saturday at the Chandler Music Hall, opening the 24th Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival. (The program was repeated Sunday in Woodstock.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Local visual arts
Editor’s note: Please send visual art listings to jim.lowe@timesargus.com.



Adamant

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

Barre

Studio Place Arts: “Visionary Conspiracy,” through Aug.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Home to art, artists and toads: Plainfield’s Blinking Light Gallery
Cozy little homes, some with window boxes, shutters and chimneys — these tiny houses are designed for wandering toads and frogs to take up residence.

Toad houses — delightful little ceramic abodes for amphibians — created by Alicia Cusimano of Marshfield, are showcased in the current exhibition at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Capital Sounds: Inner Fire District burns at three local venues
Our local live music hotspot and late-night food destination, Sweet Melissa’s, won some accolades this week from www.onlyinyourstate.com. The Langdon Street spot made a list of 12 “hole in the wall” restos where you can get great food in our fair state.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Arts Preview
Green Mountain Swing

BERLIN — Green Mountain Swing performs swing era and contemporary big band for a concert and dance 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Capital City Grange Hall, Route 12 in Berlin, just past the Interstate 89 underpass south of Montpelier.  Published on: August 25, 2016
‘All My Sons’: Arthur Miller on family and human frailty
Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” explores a son’s discovery that his father isn’t quite the man he had believed him to be.

“What’s so great about Arthur Miller in all his great plays, and this is certainly one, is he manages to explore those issues in a very human way, so that you can’t sit there and judge,” explained Mary B.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Xenia Rubinos brings singular sound to Burlington
One of the most distinctive new artists in pop, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Xenia Rubinos brings her singular sound and potent live show to ArtsRiot in Burlington on Sept. 1, the second date on a month-long tour of the country in support of one of this year’s hottest albums.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Celebrating Celtic and French traditions: The New World Festival
Twenty-four years ago, 1992 to be exact, a group of Randolph area music lovers decided to put northern New England musical strains together and create a one day festival. The result was the New World Festival which features music based in the Celtic and French-American traditions.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Capital City Concerts adds Middlebury performances
Capital City Concerts will present its 2016-2017 season of world-class chamber music, with concerts taking place September through May in venues in Montpelier and now Middlebury.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Farm safety top priority with tourism on the rise
HARTFORD, Conn. — With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors.

Connecticut’s latest push comes after dozens of young children and adults were infected with E.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Talk of the Town
Police upgrade radio technology

MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Police Department is now using Project 25 digital voice technology for its radio communications. Police said on Wednesday that they are experiencing some difficulties with it. They are working with the vendor to optimize the system's performance.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Deer ticks disappearing amid ongoing drought in Northeast
CONCORD, N.H. — The drought conditions that have gripped much of the Northeastern U.S. this summer appear to have a silver lining — fewer ticks.

From Maine to Rhode Island, researchers say they expect tick numbers to be down from previous years especially for the blacklegged ticks, known as deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Recount may lead to special election
MONTPELIER — And the winner is ...

...  Published on: August 25, 2016
Hope Cemetery repairs, monument policy set
BARRE — City councilors have endorsed a budget-friendly plan to incrementally upgrade the main entrance to Hope Cemetery, while approving a new rule that will guarantee future monuments be produced exclusively of the gray granite that put Barre on the map.  Published on: August 25, 2016
‘Holy God!’ moment for Mega Millions winner
BARRE — It’s official: Reg Abare is the $5 million man.

Now two years into retirement following a 45-year career that saw him climb to the top of Barre’s public works department and stay there for a good, long while, Abare was the mystery customer who recently purchased the winning lottery ticket at the Brookside Country Store.  Published on: August 25, 2016
E. Montpelier town clerk steps down
EAST MONTPELIER — Town Clerk Terri Conti has resigned after more than a decade of service, because of health issues.

She submitted her resignation at the Aug. 15 East Montpelier Select Board meeting.

“It is with deep regret that I submit my resignation as town clerk, effective as of Sept.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Evangelist urges Vt. religious to vote
MONTPELIER — American Christian evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham encouraged a crowd of hundreds that gathered on the State House lawn Wednesday afternoon to vote.

Graham is on a speaking tour, stopping in every U.S.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Montpelier: $8 million pricetag to end sewer overflows
MONTPELIER — The city has released a statement defending its response to recent overflow issues, in which an unknown amount of sewage and stormwater poured into local waterway systems.

Last Wednesday, Montpelier estimated 600 to 60,000 gallons of stormwater and sewage overflowed into different waterways, the result of a rainstorm.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Police seek clues to injured man
BARRE TOWN — Police are seeking information about a man who was found unconscious and badly injured at one of the Rock of Ages quarries in Barre Town.

Vermont State Police say they received a report Tuesday night of a man who exited the woods near the quarry and fell down unconscious in a parking lot with possible injuries.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Democrats, candidate agree to share election data
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Democratic Party and its nominee for lieutenant governor have reached an agreement on how they will campaign together and share data through the general election.

Chittenden County Sen.  Published on: August 25, 2016
DOC: Inmate died from illness
Renee Clark said the first she heard her husband was in the hospital was a call saying he was dying.

Scott Clark, 46, died Tuesday at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Scott Clark had been an inmate at Marble Valley Correctional Facility, and Department of Corrections officials said his death was due to illness.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Immigration stances: Trump’s, Clinton’s, Obama’s
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s new line on immigration — “fair, but firm” — is leaving both Republicans and Democrats with the same question: Is the famously hard-line GOP nominee softening his approach?

His campaign insists his position is “exactly the same” in principle.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Quake kills 159 in Italy; many missing
AMATRICE, Italy — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Leading figure in West German thaw with the east dies at 97
Walter Scheel, who as foreign minister and deputy chancellor of West Germany under Chancellor Willy Brandt from 1969 to 1974 helped foster détente with the Soviet bloc and rapprochement with communist East Germany, died Wednesday in Bad Krozingen, in southwest Germany. He was 97.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Farm safety top priority with tourism on the rise
HARTFORD, Conn. — With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors.

Connecticut’s latest push comes after dozens of young children and adults were infected with E.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Donald M. Rowell
BARRE — Donald M. Rowell, 66, of Spring Hollow Lane, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition of The Times Argus.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Tonya A. Pennell
BARRE — Tonya Anne (Derby) Pennell, 43, of Barre, died unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

She was born March 9, 1973, in Randolph, Vermont, the daughter of Gerald Derby and Ashley (Byam) Derby Young.  Published on: August 25, 2016
William H. McBroom
DALLAS, Texas — William (“Bill”) H. McBroom passed peacefully at his home in Dallas, Texas, on March 23, 2016. He was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in October 2015. Bill was born on Feb. 15, 1949, in Boise, Idaho, to James Thomas McBroom and Anne Marie Cullen McBroom.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Jake G. Matthew
MARSHFIELD — Jake Graves Matthew, 18 years old, took his own life on Monday, Aug. 15, in Marshfield.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Aldo M. Ciampi
MONTPELIER — Aldo M. Ciampi, 58, formerly of Moretown and many years of Montpelier, died Aug. 16, 2016, at his home on Elm Street, Montpelier.

He was born in Montpelier on Oct. 18, 1957, the son of Aldo and Dorothy (MacDonald) Ciampi. Aldo attended Montpelier schools before moving to Moretown in the early ’70s.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Michael J. Masi
EAST BARRE — Michael J. Masi, 61, of Washington Road, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at his home.

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

Arrangements are in the care if the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre, Vermont.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Michael Levesque
SEATTLE, Wash. — Michael Levesque, age 23, passed away on Aug. 13, 2016, at his home in Seattle, Washington. Michael, known to his friends as “Mikey,” was born Jan. 20, 1993, in Berlin, Vermont, and was a 2011 graduate of U-32 High School in East Montpelier. Michael attended Vermont Technical College before moving to Seattle in 2013.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Not the 1990s
Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain, gave an interview recently in which he admitted that he was baffled and uncertain about the state of politics in the West.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Leotta: Welfare state
I attended Monday’s debate between Phil Scott and Sue Minter at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph with the hope and anticipation of hearing new ideas on how to infuse Vermont with fewer taxes and more job creations and maybe something new regarding renewable energy. But that wasn’t to be.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Bettis: Question suicide rate
I can’t believe how many suicides are happening and being covered up. How will we ever make it any better if we don’t even talk about it? Most have been by gun (a sure bet) — another thing that we don’t talk about and another reason for the pro-gun lobby to say we don’t have a gun problem in Vermont.

Sandra Bettis

Middlesex  Published on: August 25, 2016
Clark: Rose-colored glasses in Lowell
Justin Lindholm’s piece on the effects of wind power in Lowell was complete and accurate; he is a true wildlife biologist and did his own research with current photo documentation. He has spent countless hours on the Lowell Mountain both preconstruction and post construction.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Playoffs begin with eye toward PGA Tour player of the year
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — The Olympics are over. The Ryder Cup in on the horizon.

In between is a $10 million payoff for winning the FedEx Cup, a four-tournament series that starts today at The Barclays. Still up for grabs is who becomes the favorite for PGA Tour player of the year.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Without Bolt, track and field starts life after Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — As Usain Bolt parties in London, around 30 Olympic medalists including nine champions have headed to Switzerland for the first major track and field meeting since the Rio de Janeiro Games.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Top Sprint Cup teams face struggle to stay there
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Keeping a dynasty seems even more challenging than creating one. Just ask Hall of Fame car owner Rick Hendrick.

The NASCAR titan has fielded 11 Sprint Cup champions over the past 21 years, won 242 Sprint Cup races and just two seasons ago had all four of his star drivers— Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Brown steps down as manager
MONTPELIER — Nearly a month after being eliminated from playoff contention in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the Vermont Mountaineers have announced that head coach Joe Brown has stepped down.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Terriers ready to bite back in D-II
Two trips to the last two Division II playoffs. Two unhappy bus rides home.

In Bellows Falls they don’t forget stuff like that.

Add that to 14 returning seniors and a deep talent level, and the Purple Gang is looking like a legitimate threat to the crown.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Talking the 250, T-Road Title
The biggest short track stock car race in New England — and arguably one of the most important, most prestigious grassroots events in country — takes place in Maine on Sunday: The 43rd annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Montpelier: $8 million pricetag to end sewer overflows
MONTPELIER — The city has released a statement defending its response to recent overflow issues, in which an unknown amount of sewage and stormwater poured into local waterway systems.

Last Wednesday, Montpelier estimated 600 to 60,000 gallons of stormwater and sewage overflowed into different waterways, the result of a rainstorm.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Hope Cemetery repairs, monument policy set
BARRE — City councilors have endorsed a budget-friendly plan to incrementally upgrade the main entrance to Hope Cemetery, while approving a new rule that will guarantee future monuments be produced exclusively of the gray granite that put Barre on the map.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Evangelist urges Vt. religious to vote
MONTPELIER — American Christian evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham encouraged a crowd of hundreds that gathered on the State House lawn Wednesday afternoon to vote.

Graham is on a speaking tour, stopping in every U.S.  Published on: August 25, 2016
E. Montpelier town clerk steps down
EAST MONTPELIER — Town Clerk Terri Conti has resigned after more than a decade of service, because of health issues.

She submitted her resignation at the Aug. 15 East Montpelier Select Board meeting.

“It is with deep regret that I submit my resignation as town clerk, effective as of Sept.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Best Buy posts higher profit, better online and store sales
NEW YORK — Best Buy’s profit jumped 21 percent as the nation’s largest consumer electronics retailer increased sales online and tried to create a better shopping experience in the stores while it also cut costs.  Published on: August 25, 2016
BDCC to receive 2016 NEDA Awards
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Development Credit Corp., or BDCC, was recently selected to receive two awards from the Northeastern Economic Developers Association.

The Windham Region Workforce Center of Excellence was named program of the year, and the expansion of the company GS Precision was named project of the year.  Published on: August 25, 2016
Worker admits to sex with DOC resident
BARRE — A former employee of the Phoenix House recovery program has admitted to having sex with a resident who was in Department of Corrections' custody.

Kendra Lewis, 37, of Websterville, pleaded no contest in Washington County criminal court Monday to a felony count of sexual exploitation of an inmate.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Berlin elementary needs $3 million fix
BERLIN — Following a summer-long assessment of the physical shortcomings of Berlin’s aging elementary school, a committee is poised to recommend the School Board add a proposed $3 million fix to the ballot in November.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Sewage overflow effects, debate widen
MONTPELIER — A nonprofit organization is claiming Montpelier has been dumping sewage into the Winooski river and other water sources for years without adequately reporting all incidents.  Published on: August 24, 2016
New Bennington Walmart opens today
BENNINGTON — Ten years after the project was granted its local permits, the new Wal-Mart Supercenter, a 112,000-square-foot retail store more than twice the size of the previous Wal-Mart on Northside Drive, will open today with a brief ceremony and more grand opening events for the weekend.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Traffic fatalities surge in first half of 2016
WASHINGTON — Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Obama vows support for La. after the ‘cameras leave’
ZACHARY, La. — Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana “even after the TV cameras leave” on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season criticism that he’s been slow to respond to the disaster.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Trump’s attack on Clinton stirs talk of gender bias
NEW YORK — Donald Trump and his Republican allies say Hillary Clinton is weak, lacks stamina and doesn’t look presidential.

Intent on undermining his Democratic rival, Trump and GOP backers are increasingly relying on rhetoric that academics and even some Republican strategists say has an undeniable edge focused on gender.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Ex-host sues Fox claiming sex harassment, retaliation
NEW YORK — A former Fox News host has sued the network, its ousted chairman and other top executives, claiming they retaliated after she detailed unwanted sexual advances made by her onetime boss, Roger Ailes.

Andrea Tantaros described Fox in the lawsuit, filed Monday in New York, as a “sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Private lives are exposed by WikiLeaks
Its scoops have rattled the Saudi foreign ministry, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Democratic Party.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Stephen Hill, DA on television’s ‘Law & Order,’ dies at 94
LOS ANGELES — Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV’s long-running “Law & Order,” died Tuesday. He was 94.

He died Tuesday morning at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, his wife, Rachel, said.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Murder, hate crime charged in death of Lebanese man
TULSA, Okla. — Prosecutors charged a Tulsa man Tuesday with first-degree murder and committing a hate crime in the killing of his Lebanese neighbor.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Teen survives rare amoeba infection that kills most
ORLANDO, Fla. — A South Florida boy has survived a rare brain-eating amoeba that kills most people, aided in part because a hard-to-get drug to fight the infection is made by a company in Orlando where he was hospitalized, doctors said Tuesday.  Published on: August 24, 2016
States file new lawsuit fighting transgender rules
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration’s efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Beatrice C. Rochon
BARRE — Beatrice C. Rochon passed away Aug. 20, 2016. She was born May 31, 1931, in Rockland, Maine, to Asahe and Noel (Wentworth) Hupper. She was raised by her grandparents, Charles and Emma Hupper.

Beatrice graduated from St. George High School in 1949.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Sanford C. Harrington
NORTH DANVILLE — Sanford C. “Chubby” Harrington, most recently of North Danville, passed away at the age of 77 at UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, on Aug. 5, 2016, with his daughters and two grandsons at his bedside.

He was born to Sanford F. Harrington and Marion (Lull) Harrington at Barre City Hospital on March 16, 1939.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Creating enemies
It has become ever clearer that Donald Trump is trying to harness racism to delegitimize American democracy. To the extent that he succeeds, he will have created a class of enemies whom it is permissible for his followers to hate.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Welsh: Message of hope
The advertisements say: “Decision America Tour 2016 with Franklin Graham. Please join us for a prayer rally with Franklin Graham. Montpelier, Vermont, at the Capitol State House Front Steps. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. 12-1 p.m.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Fielder: Stellar response to overflow
The city of Montpelier (and other) wastewater treatment facilities do and will continue to protect the environment.

Heavy rain events from earlier this week impacted many portions of Vermont.  Published on: August 24, 2016
My Turn: Biblical values?
Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, brings his “Decision America” tour to Montpelier on Wednesday. Taking a page from Jerry Falwell’s playbook, the younger Graham is in the midst of a tour of all 50 state capitals in an effort to encourage evangelicals to be politically active.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Soccer player charged over Twitter posts
A Premier League player is set to be punished by English football authorities for discriminatory comments he made on social media more than four years ago.

The comments made by Burnley striker Andre Gray between Jan. 9 and March 11, 2012 appeared anti-gay.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Injuries forcing Patriots to adjust at running back, O-line
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For months the biggest question facing the Patriots was whether Tom Brady would be on the field for the start of the 2016 regular season.

While that question has been answered, it’s not the only issue to resolve for New England’s offense as it prepares for its third preseason game.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Inexperienced WRs trying to make an impact with Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio State receivers Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall and Braxton Miller departed for the NFL, they took with them 80 percent of the team’s passing-game production from last season.

That’s a bunch of pressure for the receivers vying for playing time this season.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Titans rookie linebacker Dodd eager to make preseason debut
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans will finally get to see rookie outside linebacker Kevin Dodd on Saturday night when the second-round pick from Clemson is scheduled to make his preseason debut.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Wiser, more mature Jets’ Richardson: ‘I got my head right’
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sheldon Richardson is a different guy from the one the New York Jets had in camp last summer.

Wiser. Smarter. Happier. More mature.

The defensive lineman had a rough year off the field and he knew things needed to change.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Jets rookie Jenkins leaves practice with calf injury
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets rookie linebacker Jordan Jenkins left practice with a calf injury, the severity of which was not immediately known.

Jenkins, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia, is considered a front-runner to open the season as a starter at outside linebacker.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Norwich receives A-grade rating
NORTHFIELD — Forbes Magazine has given Norwich University a grade of ‘A' for financial well-being.

According to a news release, the magazine found the school to be in the top 20 percent of approximately 900 private colleges and universities ranked according to their financial strength.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Medicaid fraud claim targets Vermont lab
MONTPELIER — A Burlington-based chain of drug-testing labs that has been a key player in Vermont’s battle against opiate addiction is being investigated for alleged Medicaid fraud, a state official said Tuesday, but Burlington Labs denied any wrongdoing and blamed coding errors for any overbilling.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Employee charged with sex with DOC patient
BARRE — A former employee of the Phoenix House recovery program has admitted to having sex with a resident who was in Department of Corrections’ custody.

Kendra Lewis, 37, of Websterville, pleaded no contest in Washington County criminal court Monday to a felony count of sexual exploitation of an inmate.  Published on: August 24, 2016
DPS suggests rate decrease
The Department of Public Service is recommending a rate decrease for the Vermont Gas Systems users, and highlights shortfalls in the so-called Addison County Pipeline project.

The department filed testimony Monday that said the company’s rate should drop 5.68-percent based on multiple factors, and that no more than $112.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Big drop in share of speeding stop fines
PLAINFIELD — The Select Board wanted to know why revenues from speeding tickets have dropped off recently and the answer from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department was that it’s likely due to the state’s amnesty program.

At its regular meeting Monday night, the board heard from Lt.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Stormwater plan for Martin’s Brook
Stormwater plan

for Martin’s Brook

MIDDLESEX — The transformation of a “weedy ditch” — which has efficiently funneled stormwater laced with sediment and phosphorous away from Rumney Memorial School and into nearby Martin’s Brook — into an environmentally friendly outdoor laboratory for students at the pre-K-6 school is underway.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Norwich receives A-grade rating
NORTHFIELD — Forbes Magazine has given Norwich University a grade of ‘A' for financial well-being.

According to a news release, the magazine found the school to be in the top 20 percent of approximately 900 private colleges and universities ranked according to their financial strength.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Wal-Mart Foundation gives $50K to Barre homeless shelter
BARRE — Central Vermont’s only homeless shelter will receive a helping hand from the philanthropic arm of the world’s largest retailer.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Stormwater plan for Martin’s Brook
Stormwater plan

for Martin’s Brook

MIDDLESEX — The transformation of a “weedy ditch” — which has efficiently funneled stormwater laced with sediment and phosphorous away from Rumney Memorial School and into nearby Martin’s Brook — into an environmentally friendly outdoor laboratory for students at the pre-K-6 school is underway.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Suspect trapped in minivan crash
MONTPELIER — This weekend, a high-speed crash involving a stolen vehicle occurred in a residential area of Montpelier. According to a statement issued by the Montpelier Police Department, a minivan crashed into a tree on College Street at 5:34 a.m. Saturday.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Traffic fatalities surge in first half of 2016
WASHINGTON — Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Medicaid fraud claim targets Vermont lab
MONTPELIER — A Burlington-based chain of drug-testing labs that has been a key player in Vermont’s battle against opiate addiction is being investigated for alleged Medicaid fraud, a state official said Tuesday, but Burlington Labs denied any wrongdoing and blamed coding errors for any overbilling.  Published on: August 24, 2016
DPS suggests rate decrease
The Department of Public Service is recommending a rate decrease for the Vermont Gas Systems users, and highlights shortfalls in the so-called Addison County Pipeline project.

The department filed testimony Monday that said the company’s rate should drop 5.68-percent based on multiple factors, and that no more than $112.  Published on: August 24, 2016
State to pay for Burlington College records
BARRE — The state will pick up the bill for the recovery and temporary storage of the now defunct Burlington College’s student records.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Big drop in share of speeding stop fines
PLAINFIELD — The Select Board wanted to know why revenues from speeding tickets have dropped off recently and the answer from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department was that it’s likely due to the state’s amnesty program.

At its regular meeting Monday night, the board heard from Lt.  Published on: August 24, 2016
Vt. flags to be lowered to honor fallen firefighter
Fallen firefighter to be honored

MONTPELIER — Vermont flags will be lowered at state facilities across the state to honor a Vermonter who died while fighting a wildfire in Nevada.

The body of Justin Beebe is due to be returned to Vermont today.

State flags will be lowered to half staff from today until Friday.  Published on: August 23, 2016
Fingerprint evidence argued in Fell case
In a hearing to determine the evidence jurors will hear in Donald Fell’s federal death penalty trial early next year, the first government witness testified Monday about the science of latent fingerprint analysis.  Published on: August 23, 2016
Senate race recount to resume
MONTPELIER — A requested recount of ballots cast in this month’s Democratic primary for one of Washington County’s three Senate seats is scheduled to resume, and likely conclude, today, though County Clerk Elizabeth Battey warned the results wouldn’t be immediately available.  Published on: August 23, 2016
Muckross, home of Edgar May, becomes state park
SPRINGFIELD — Muckross State Park is finally a reality.

The home of the late Edgar May, a well-remembered Springfield community leader and legislator, has been given to the state of Vermont, creating the state’s 54th state park, said Craig Whipple, director of state parks.  Published on: August 23, 2016
Vt. State Fair planners see a rebound
Organizers say they took a gamble when they planned this year’s Vermont State Fair and it paid off.

“It’s a risky thing to change the dates,” Luey Clough, president of the Rutland County Agricultural Society, said Monday. “We could have failed miserably and I don’t think we did that.  Published on: August 23, 2016
Report: Vt. Health Connect back on track
The next governor of Vermont will face a critical decision very early on in his or her administration: continue on with Vermont Health Connect — or abandon the state-based insurance marketplace in favor of something else.

The Shumlin administration says recent improvements to the system will make it an easy call.  Published on: August 23, 2016
Correction
A story in Friday’s paper incorrectly identified the maker of a granite monument in Hope Cemetery. It was Northeast Granite Co. of Montpelier.  Published on: August 23, 2016
Music review: Festival opener celebrates Mozart, Mendelssohn and more
COLCHESTER — Youthful masterpieces of Mozart and Mendelssohn, played brilliantly, opened the eighth Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival at the Elley-Long Music Center. And there was some truly delicious music in between.

LCCMF founder and Artistic Director Soovin Kim led the exciting closing Octet in E-flat, Op.  Published on: August 23, 2016
Teen breaks leg in car crash
WATERBURY — A St. Albans teen broke his leg after Vermont State Police say he crashed his vehicle on Interstate 89 Sunday night.

Police say Dakota Hotchkiss, 18, was driving southbound in Waterbury when his Pontiac G6 veered off the road and hit a tree and a rock. Police say it was raining and Hotchkiss was driving over the speed limit.  Published on: August 23, 2016


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