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Group to name forest for Jeffords
Group to name  Published on: February 27, 2015
State to try license renewal program
MONTPELIER — Drivers in five Vermont counties who have lost their licenses because they couldn’t pay traffic fines are going to be given the opportunity to get their driving privileges back.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Cabot School’s lighting project makes contest finals
CABOT — Cabot School has been named one of three finalists in the Teach for the Planet Challenge.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Panel will address women’s history
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Commission on Women will host a Women’s History Month program next month featuring a panel of historians and scholars addressing questions about the study of women’s history in the 21st century.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Norwich University’s graduating seniors to hear Dole
NORTHFIELD — Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole will deliver Norwich University’s commencement address to graduating seniors May 9.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Porn charge sends teacher to prison
ST. JOHNSBURY — A former Vermont teacher has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after being convicted of possession of child pornography.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Lost puppy back with its owner
Lost puppy back  Published on: February 27, 2015
Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers
WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.  Published on: February 27, 2015
VA chief backs outside medical care as new program falters
WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday he was committed to a law making it easier for veterans to get private health care, but he offered few answers for lawmakers irritated at the slow effort to put it in place.  Published on: February 27, 2015
No word on MLB discipline for Angels star Hamilton
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Published on: February 27, 2015
Herman leads at Honda, Rory off to a rocky start
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy’s first shot was a 2-iron out of play.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Drivers take things into their own hands
HAMPTON, Ga. — After the glitz of Daytona, it’s time for the NASCAR grind.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Richford derails Devils express in semis, 78-50
BARRE — Another dream season by Williamstown girls basketball finished just shy of the prize.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Wildcats knock out Norwich
NORTHFIELD — Johnson and Wales brought a fine Norwich season to a crashing halt on Thursday night with a 74-65 decision in the Great Northern Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Norwich womens hockey dominates ECAC awards
DANBURY, Conn. – After winning its fifth straight Eastern College Athletic Conference East regular season title, the Norwich University women’s ice hockey team dominated the year-end awards announced on Thursday.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Anti-strike bill gets NEA support
MONTPELIER — Lawmakers are reviewing a bill that could make it more difficult for many public employees to go on strike.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Smartphone scan offered as GMO label law solution
WASHINGTON — In the complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Court mulls ‘mental anguish’ law inspired by Vt. speech
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Prosecutors urged a federal judge Thursday to dismiss two challenges to a Pennsylvania law that opponents including convicted killer Mumia Abu-Jamal say violates prisoners’ constitutional right to free speech.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Vt. tackles security, access at state buildings
MONTPELIER — Issues from same-sex marriage to gun rights to health care have brought hundreds of impassioned Vermont residents to public hearings at their State House, and lawmakers have long prided themselves on their deliberations being accessible to the citizenry.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Animals rescued from property
Animals rescued  Published on: February 27, 2015
Woman dies in house fire
Woman dies  Published on: February 27, 2015
What about nonvoters?
What about nonvoters?  Published on: February 27, 2015
Showed us great respect
Showed us great respect  Published on: February 27, 2015
Brooks deserves respect
Brooks deserves respect  Published on: February 27, 2015
Insulted  Published on: February 27, 2015
Re-elect Odum
Re-elect Odum  Published on: February 27, 2015
Education first
Education first  Published on: February 27, 2015
One eliminated
One eliminated  Published on: February 27, 2015
Asay and Hingtgen
Asay and Hingtgen  Published on: February 27, 2015
Write-in candidate
Write-in candidate  Published on: February 27, 2015
Support center
Support center  Published on: February 27, 2015
Amses: Alternate realities
The snow is so deep and powdery that it has a flow, like wading through three feet of water without resistance as my snowshoes seem to glide — like walking on a cloud. By any measure, it’s bitterly cold but it doesn’t seem to matter this day. Abundant sunshine and no wind coupled with the sound-absorbing snow provide a dreamlike quality.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Cariati: Who is listening to the children?
As a former teacher of special needs students, I ask this question to begin a conversation with our schools and the Vermont Legislature. The Legislature is involved in complex issues regarding educational funding for which solutions are imminent.  Published on: February 27, 2015
VLS excels in competition
VLS excels  Published on: February 27, 2015
Airport meeting on March 18
Airport meeting  Published on: February 27, 2015
VTC students recognized
VTC students  Published on: February 27, 2015
School district voting previews
Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the respective school districts.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Town meeting previews
Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the respective towns.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Cheesemaker featured at agricultural speaker series
CABOT — Mateo Kehler will be featured March 7 in “Conversations From the Working Landscape,” the Saturday morning speakers series organized by the Cabot Agricultural Network.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Defending tradition: Authors update town meeting book
BARRE — Frank Bryan has sat through scores of town meetings. He’s done so in the name of science.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Local shelter helping with flood of neglected animals
Over 60 animals that had been living in ¿appalling conditions¿ have been rescued from a home in Eden and are now in the care of several of the state's human societies.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Nine charged in governor’s inauguration protest
Nine people have been charged with resisting arrest for their roles in the protest staged inside the State House last month during Gov. Peter Shumlin inaugural ceremony.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Lauzon: A budget that reflects listening
Admittedly, there are times when I don’t listen well. I think I’ve gotten better during my tenure as mayor, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. It’s not that I don’t care to listen. It isn’t that I don’t care what people have to say.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Nation and World Briefs
WASHINGTON  Published on: February 27, 2015
Prosecutor: No immediate charges in California train crash
OXNARD, Calif. — A decision on whether charges should be brought against a truck driver involved in a crash that derailed a California commuter train will not be made until the investigation is complete, Ventura County’s top prosecutor said Thursday.  Published on: February 27, 2015
$29 million in potential state cuts unveiled
MONTPELIER — A list of potential budget cuts totaling about $29 million, revealed jointly Thursday by the Shumlin administration and key lawmakers, could be used to help close a budget gap in the 2016 fiscal year that has grown larger during this legislative session.  Published on: February 27, 2015
Wasps out infront at Nordicchampionships
CRAFTSBURY — Woodstock’s grasp over D-II nordic skiing continued, as both the boys and girls teams built leads on the first day of the Vermont state championships in Craftsbury.  Published on: February 27, 2015
FCC’s bold step
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and other vocal advocates for net neutrality rightly celebrated Thursday at the news that the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.  Published on: February 27, 2015
US stock indexes drift mostly lower as oil prices sink
U.S. stocks drifted to a slightly lower finish on Thursday, weighed down by falling energy stocks as the slump in oil prices deepened.  Published on: February 27, 2015
List of $29 million in potential budget cuts revealed
 Published on: February 26, 2015
City Room with Steven Pappas
 Published on: February 26, 2015
T-BIrds eliminate U-32
GIRLS HOCKEY  Published on: February 26, 2015
Police: Waitsfield man assaulted mental health worker
Vermont State Police say a Waitsfield man with a lengthy criminal history attacked another man with a knife during a mental episode.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Sex offenders must report sooner under new law
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law on Wednesday legislation that enhances reporting requirements for sex offenders when they are released from prison.  Published on: February 26, 2015
King Arthur debuts magazine
King Arthur Flour  Published on: February 26, 2015
MCTV annual meeting scheduled
MCTV’s annual  Published on: February 26, 2015
REDC hosts business workshop
REDC will host  Published on: February 26, 2015
Greece bailout is extended for 4 months
ROME — For the past month, as Greece once again emerged as a threat to the global economy, a new generation of populist Greek leaders vowed to shatter Europe’s austerity politics in what threatened to become an unbridgeable divide with the European establishment, especially Germany.  Published on: February 26, 2015
CD Review: The parts of its sum
Recently we previewed a concert in Stowe by Woods Tea Co. Many were surprised to hear that this long- running Vermont folk band that had seemingly closed up shop was happily still performing. We learned from trio member Patti Casey of East Montpelier that the band plays a handful of gigs annually.  Published on: February 26, 2015
The Montpelier Project
Tuesday through April 4  Published on: February 26, 2015
Arts Preview
‘Beauty and the Beast’  Published on: February 26, 2015
Local visual arts
Barre  Published on: February 26, 2015
Vermont choreographers at FlynnSpace
BURLINGTON — Two former Vermont Artists’ Space Grant recipients, Bryce Dance Company and Toby MacNutt, will present two performances of original dance works in FlynnSpace, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Folk favorites join to benefit school program
If you are a lover of Celtic and Scottish music or old time fiddling and folk music, the concert in Cabot at 7:30 p.m. Saturday is a must go to. Three fine musicians, Abby and Rosie Newton and Lyn Hardy, are performing in a benefit concert for Cabot Connects Mentoring Program and this event is well worth the drive for its entertainment value.  Published on: February 26, 2015
CD Review: Romantic and personal piano
Paul Orgel’s new CD, “Music of Josef Suk, Ernest Chausson and Max Reger,” on the MSR label, is perhaps best described in his own program notes: “Suk’s reminiscences of his cherished wife, Chausson’s contemplative musings disguised as dances, (and) Reger’s moody musical diary entries.”  Published on: February 26, 2015
Barre Town Police: ID thefts, multiple assaults reported
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre Town police in recent days.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Council makes final budget pitch
City hoping to snap string of budget defeats  Published on: February 26, 2015
Teachers defend small Vt. schools
MONTPELIER — Teachers are urging lawmakers to carefully consider any legislation that could result in the closure of small schools.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Senate gives first OK to child safety bill
MONTPELIER — A year after the first of two toddlers died in what prosecutors say were parental abuse cases, the Vermont Senate on Wednesday endorsed a wide-ranging bill to enhance child protections.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Transportation fund faces $6.6 million shortfall
Panel facing  Published on: February 26, 2015
GOP lawmakers accuse Yellen of playing politics
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen came under fire Wednesday from House Republicans, who challenged the central bank’s lack of accountability during her second day of testimony to Congress.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Roman Polanski appears in court in extradition hearing
KRAKOW, Poland — Filmmaker Roman Polanski appeared in a court in Poland on Wednesday for a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition concerning charges of sex with a minor, a case that has haunted him since 1977.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people
PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan — Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Alaska quietly becomes 3rd state to legalize marijuana
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults, but it was a subdued milestone.  Published on: February 26, 2015
US mulling lethal aid to Ukraine; Russian response a concern
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is still struggling with whether to provide lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine amid concerns that such a move might only escalate Russia’s military campaign there, U.S. defense leaders told Congress Wednesday.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Arthur G. Perreault
EAST BARRE — Arthur G. Perreault, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at his home.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Antonio Houle
BARRE — A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at 11 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre for Antonio “Tony” Houle, of Barre, who passed away on Feb. 13, 2015, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Fighting back
Fighting back  Published on: February 26, 2015
Two fine candidates
Two fine candidates  Published on: February 26, 2015
Nice try
Nice try  Published on: February 26, 2015
Putting students first
Putting students first  Published on: February 26, 2015
Depth of experience
Depth of experience  Published on: February 26, 2015
Passing the torch
Passing the torch  Published on: February 26, 2015
Wastewater math
Wastewater math  Published on: February 26, 2015
Giving power back to us
Giving power back to us  Published on: February 26, 2015
Dismayed by comments
Dismayed by comments  Published on: February 26, 2015
Maybe the state is at fault
The state’s fault?  Published on: February 26, 2015
Why tempt fate?
Why tempt fate?  Published on: February 26, 2015
A new voice
A new voice  Published on: February 26, 2015
For the record
For the record  Published on: February 26, 2015
No worry
No worry  Published on: February 26, 2015
Furthering excellence
Furthering excellence  Published on: February 26, 2015
A budget genius
A budget genius  Published on: February 26, 2015
An open mind
An open mind  Published on: February 26, 2015
Taking those first steps
Taking those first steps  Published on: February 26, 2015
Do the right thing on guns
Do the right thing on guns  Published on: February 26, 2015
Towbin: Rural towns call for help
In Vermont who pays the cost for handling, or dispatching, a 911 call? Answer: That depends on your location. Each town is responsible for its own emergency response contract. In most cases taxes for this service are assessed from local property taxes. In some rare instances, due to archaic agreements, the state taxpayer absorbs the full bill.  Published on: February 26, 2015
Reider: Leave well enough alone
While vaccination rates have never been higher, Vermont physicians and politicians are claiming that Vermont has a “disturbing low childhood vaccination rate,” stirring fear over measles, painting a perfect picture of vaccines always working and never causing harm, and finally concluding: “The time is now to mandate vaccination.”  Published on: February 26, 2015
Paige: Brooks was wronged
Sadly, Gov. Shumlin’s ineptitude has claimed yet another victim. This time it was Sergeant-at-Arms Francis Brooks.  Published on: February 26, 2015
McIlroy looking to keep momentum to Masters
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Fans stood three-deep and formed a corridor from the 18th green at PGA National as they tried to get an autograph, a picture or even a close look at Rory McIlroy. Moments later, another group of fans pressed against him with souvenir flags to sign as McIlroy left a conference room.  Published on: February 26, 2015

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