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Eminent domain hearing put on hold
MONTPELIER — A potential showdown using eminent domain to seize land needed for a Capital City project has been averted — for now.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Beautiful ‘Loser’: Fruit Bats is back in a big way on new album
One of the most celebrated under-the-radar folk-rock acts of the past 15 years, Fruit Bats — aka Chicago-born, Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Eric D. Johnson — makes its Vermont debut on Friday at Signal Kitchen, in advance of its first album in five years. The show is the band’s second date on a month-long tour of the country.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Celebrating American music
MONTPELIER — The Onion River Chorus spring concerts, “Solid Ground: American Composers Celebrate our Home on Earth,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 7 and 8, at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.

The program features contemporary American choral works whose texts address our relationship with the land we live on.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Molly Mason and Jay Ungar celebrate Mother’s Day.
There are few artists who can point to one song or melody as the lightning rod that brought them to worldwide attention. But for Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, a chance hearing of his evocative waltz, named for a reservoir and music camp in the Catskills, did the trick.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Photographer Kline at the Wood
MONTPELIER — The T. W. Wood Gallery opens a photography exhibit of the works of Andrew Kline from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6. Kline, of East Montpelier, will discuss his photography and have copies of his new book "Geometry of Light" for sale and available for signing. A reception with refreshments will follow.  Published on: May 5, 2016
SPA BASH on May 13!
Join friends at Studio Place Arts (SPA) for the annual BASH (Big Arty Spa Happening) 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 13. Enjoy great art, music and eats – and help raise funds for SPA’s art programs. Performances will be by the Mellow Yellow Band (‘60s and ‘70s tunes, downstairs) and Small Change (Appalachian music, upstairs).  Published on: May 5, 2016
The new reflects the past: Composer David Gunn
For veteran Barre composer David Gunn, the process hasn’t become easier with experience, his latest work taking five months to complete.

“It was difficult as most of my pieces are any more,” Gunn says. “I keep thinking that the process will get easier. It doesn’t.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Guiffre: Part-time lawmaking inadequate
After reading Pete Kelley’s commentary on Act 60 (“Vermont’s Titanic,” May 2) I felt compelled to try to redirect the frustration he raised. Act 60 was enacted almost 20 years ago now, and was in response the state Supreme court decision in the Brigham vs. State of Vermont case, where the existing funding system was deemed unconstitutional.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Toole: Honoring motherhood
This Mother’s Day, May 8, many of us will celebrate the powerful bond between mother and child. Tragically, the worldwide symbols of motherhood — dairy cows — never get to see or nurture their babies.

Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth, so we can seize and drink the milk that mother cows produce for them.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Jones: Off topic
In a recent opinion piece, Annette Smith, of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, criticized Green Mountain Power’s claim that it would be too costly for them to undertake sound monitoring on their industrial wind plants.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Equality at school
Teachers in Detroit reached the end of their rope this week, staging a sick-out to protest the curtailment of their earnings because the school district is running out of money.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Energy siting bill advances in Senate
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Senate on Wednesday approved another version of a bill that would give towns more say in renewable energy siting, but the measure might have hit a roadblock in the House.

The Senate’s voice vote was cheered by activists who have dogged lawmakers as they considered the bill this year.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Senate cuts down timber bill
MONTPELIER — Senate lawmakers gutted a bill intended to offer protections for landowners who want to harvest timber on their property.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Beldock: Bill needs improvements
I remember the discussions that made me proud to be a resident of Vermont — a state that leads all others to consider and embrace social responsibility, championing causes such as nuclear proliferation, equal rights, gay marriage and sustainability.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Coburn: Distracted driving
The news Wednesday evening included a report on the epidemic of deaths and injury caused by distracted driving. This is a national problem that is not going to solve itself. Most states, Vermont included, have laws prohibiting using hand-held devices while behind the wheel.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Brock for lt. governor
Every politician in every election cycle says Vermont needs jobs. A few candidates actually have created private sector jobs but once elected, they have difficulty repeating that success.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Fordham: Control has been lost
Every day, we hear of people doing stupid stuff, and wonder; why, how, really?

People nowadays have no respect or regard for others. They feel, screw it. It is all about me.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Prindiville: More facts, please
Just a few comments on Tom Walsh’s article, “One step forward, two steps back,” in the editorial section of The Times Argus dated April 29:

Mr.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Capital Sounds: Cinco de Mayo and much more
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Despite the best efforts of beverage manufacturers and distributors, the fifth of May has not turned into a Mexican version of St. Patrick’s Day, especially in this part of the world.  Published on: May 5, 2016
The Front: Capital artists find their space
MONTPELIER — When Janet Van Fleet says that the process of making art is kind of funny, the way it moves from point A to Point B, the remark unintentionally ties into the transition that the gallery she co-founded has gone through.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Federal drug court sees first graduate
Last April, when Vermont’s first federal pre-trial drug court began in Rutland, Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford told participant Laura Bishop, “you are certainly worth saving.”

Wednesday, 56 weeks after her first time before Crawford in drug court, Bishop became Vermont’s first federal drug court graduate.  Published on: May 5, 2016
NRC: Entergy jumps the gun on Yankee fund withdrawal
VERNON — Entergy Nuclear violated federal regulations last year when it prematurely took money out of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund to cover planning expenses associated with the handling of spent nuclear fuel at the closed reactor.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Barre Town Longtime principal ready to retire
BARRE TOWN — Tim Crowley is calling it a day after 23 years as principal of the middle school in Barre Town — and those who worked with him say the next principal will have big shoes to fill.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Council delays ordinance change for bars
BARRE — The City Council is having second thoughts about an ordinance that would give it broader authority to regulate local drinking establishments.  Published on: May 5, 2016
VT approves birth control legislation
MONTPELIER — A bill that makes contraceptives and sterilization more accessible, while taking preventative measures against the uncertainty of the 2016 elections, passed on Wednesday. It also incorporates vasectomies into contraceptive health coverage.

Bill H.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Fernand A. Langlois
Fernand A. Langlois

BERLIN — The committal service with military honors for Fernand A. “Fred” Langlois, 94, who died March 15, 2016, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of arrangements.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Stanley W. Sabens
Stanley W. Sabens

BARRE — Stanley W. Sabens of Barre died May 3, 2016. He was born August 18, 1924.

A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Barre Times Argus.

The Kingston Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Laurette Brochu Davis
Laurette B. Davis

NORTHFIELD — The graveside service for Laurette Brochu Davis, who died Feb. 5, 2016, will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick followed by a reception at the American Legion Post 7 in Hardwick.  Published on: May 5, 2016
Homeless man held in truck rampage
BARRE — Police say a homeless man stole a truck, broke into a store and crashed the truck into some cars and a home in Barre Town.

Michael J.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Cruz drops out; Sanders leads in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS — Donald Trump virtually clinched the Republican nomination for president Tuesday night, a stunning victory for the brash billionaire who was considered more a celebrity curiosity than a serious candidate when he entered the race less than a year ago.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Governor OKs ‘ban the box’ bill
MONTPELIER — Vermont is now the seventh state to prohibit employers from asking a prospective employee about their criminal history on a job application.

On Tuesday, Gov.  Published on: May 4, 2016
House kills marijuana legalization
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Tuesday soundly rejected a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana and create a regulated retail market for the drug, and even fell short of decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of two marijuana plants.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Administration: Email release has hefty price
MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration has asked the Vermont Press Bureau to withdraw its standing public records request for tens of thousands of emails the administration sought to delete, citing the cost and time required to fulfill it.

Scott Coriell, spokesman for Gov.  Published on: May 4, 2016
IS fire kills SEAL in Iraq
BAGHDAD — A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed Tuesday by fire from the Islamic State group outside the IS-held city of Mosul.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged it as a “combat death” as the U.S. expands its role in the northern part of Iraq.

The SEAL, who has not been further identified, is the third U.S.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Ex-NY speaker gets 12-year prison term
NEW YORK — Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a backroom master whose name was synonymous with political power in New York for a generation, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, destined to take his place atop the state’s crowded lineup of crooked politicians behind bars.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Wilmore says his ‘tone didn’t fit room’ in DC performance
NEW YORK — Comic Larry Wilmore says his “tone didn’t fit the room” at his much talked-about White House Correspondents Association speech, but believes his use of a provocative term to address President Barack Obama may open an important dialogue for the country.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Dear Mama: Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, dies
SAN FRANCISCO — Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died of an apparent heart attack, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Rejeanne M. Parker
BARRE TOWN — A funeral service and celebration of life for Rejeanne M. Parker, 81, of Farwell Street, was held on Monday, May 2, 2016, at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre. She passed away on April 26, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

The Rev. Angelino Vale, parochial vicar of St.  Published on: May 4, 2016
David Elwin Murphy
GRANITEVILLE — The Mass of Christian burial to honor the life of David Elwin Murphy, of Baptist Street, who died Jan. 6, 2016, will be celebrated Monday, May 9, 2016, at 10 a.m. in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville.

Interment will follow in the Wilson Cemetery in Barre Town.

There are no calling hours.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Carlo “Butch” Lamberti
BARRE TOWN — Carlo “Butch” Lamberti, 74, passed away suddenly on April 30, 2016, doing what he loved doing most, carpentry work.

He was born in Barre City on March 30, 1942, to Rizieri “Jack” and Corinne (Cole) Lamberti.

In 1964, he was honorably discharged from the Vermont Army National Guard. On Sept.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Blow: Facts on library request
Residents of Barre Town are seeing the appearance of lawn signs advocating a “yes” vote on Article 5 for the Aldrich Library. In light of some disinformation I’ve become aware of, I’d like to share a bit of history and some facts about the funding for the library.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Why we back saliva testing
More and more fatal driving crashes are involving drugs other than alcohol, or drugs in combination with alcohol. Last year, there were 50 Vermont fatal driving crashes, killing 57 people. Twenty-four of them involved impaired drivers, 19 of which had some form of drugged driving involvement other than alcohol alone.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Bernie Sanders’ gift
Though some opinion polls on Tuesday’s primary in Indiana show Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in a tight race, the plunge in Sanders’ latest fundraising numbers makes clear what he doesn’t yet want to say. His campaign — for the presidency, anyway — is most likely nearing its end.  Published on: May 4, 2016
‘Gray Gang’ graces Kentucky Derby
The 142nd Kentucky Derby is showing its age, in a gray kind of way.

Four of the expected 20 horses in the field Saturday are subtly different shades of gray, from the lightest in Japan-based Lani, to the more steely grays Mohaymen and Destin to the most dappled of all in Creator.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Colorful, self-destructive, honest: Daly brings act to Seniors Tour
The celebration for John Daly began the day he became eligible for the PGA Tour Champions.

Not just because he turned 50, rather the fact he made it to 50.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Busy summer of golf on TV
The summer schedule for NBC and Golf Channel is not finalized, though this much is clear: There won’t be another summer like this one from the number of big events to two premier tournaments that the networks have never broadcast.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Tigers outlast Raiders on tennis courts
MIDDLEBURY – The Tigers dominated the doubles action Tuesday and captured the majority of singles points to defeat the Raiders.

At No. 1 singles, Middlebury’s Bree Catroneo had to tap into her energy reserves to register a 5-7, 7-5, 10-5 victory over Signe Goddard.  Published on: May 4, 2016
BOYS TENNIS BFA-St. Albans 5, Harwood 2
BOYS TENNIS  BFA-St. Albans 5, Harwood 2

DUXBURY – The Bobwhites captured the match of the day at No. 2 doubles and capitalized on four singles victories Tuesday.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Solons win despite lack of players
NEWPORT – The Solons swept the singles action to triumph in Tuesday’s battle between short-handed teams.

Lyvia Bashara, Emily Bashara and Caitlin Acosta gave MHS the edge it needed with straight-set victories in singles.

SINGLES

Lyvia Bashara (M) def. Libbey Chitanmber 6-1, 6-2

Emily Bashara (M) def.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Barker, Highlanders top Comets
ST. ALBANS – Singles victories from Abbie Barker, Sarah Brodeur, Mallory Wright and Anna Fortier on Tuesday helped the Highlanders take control against the Comets.

Eve Golden and Emma McGeorge also earned a point for Harwood with a straight-set victory at No. 1 doubles.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Bobwhites hold off Highlanders
DUXBURY – The Bobwhites captured the match of the day at No. 2 doubles and capitalized on four singles victories Tuesday.

Danny Bouwens and Logan Bigolle gave BFA a much-needed point by netting a 6-7(3), 6-1, 10-3 victory over Harrison Davis and Asher Martley in doubles action.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Tigers edge Raiders in tennis
EAST MONTPELIER – The Monster Meet track and field meet made a lot of noise a few hundred yards away but Jesse Rubin stole the show on the tennis courts Tuesday with a nerve-racking tiebreak victory.

The Raiders and Tigers were deadlocked at 3 with only the No.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Solons win a pair against Falcons
MONTPELIER – Tyler Cain set the tone with a hard-fought victory at No. 1 singles during a shutout and then the Solons mixed up their order and recorded a one-point victory over the Falcons on Tuesday.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Commodores top Tide in 8 innings
BARRE – The Commodores tied the game with one run in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday and scratched across three more to prevail in the eighth.

“We had two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and we and left them hanging,” Spaulding coach Kody Lyon said.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Gagnon leads Galloping Ghosts
BASEBALL

Randolph 10, Thetford 3

THETFORD – Pitcher Garrett Gagnon was strong for five innings, allowing three hits while striking out five as Randolph downed Thetford.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Colby, Devils shut out Trojans
CHELSEA - Winning pitcher Jake Colby was also a standout at the plate for the Red Devils on Tuesday.

Colby racked up 11 strikeouts, allowed two hits and issued one walk in the complete-game victory. Twinfield’s Matt Codling took the loss othe mound in another complete-game effort.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Austin, Sutton carry Tide
BARRE – Winning pitcher Bobby Austin gave the Commodores fits at the plate as the Crimson Tide picked up their second victory of the season Tuesday.

Austin recorded six strikeouts, issued two walks and allowed one run over four innings.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Dudley, Tide top Rangers
BARRE – Randi Dudley held her ground at No. 3 singles and the Spaulding girls tennis team extended its winning streak to three straight matches Tuesday with a 6-1 victory over Lake Region.

Randi Dudley faced a tricky opponent but avoided a tiebreaker by defeating Alora Rowell, 6-3, 7-5.  Published on: May 4, 2016
McGinty, Harwood top Oxbow
DUXBURY – Solid pitching from Sam McGinty and a three-RBI performance from first baseman Matt Greene gave Harwood an early lead, and the Highlanders held on to defeat Oxbow 6-5 Tuesday afternoon.

McGinty struck out 12 Olympians, surrendering two walks for the complete-game victory.  Published on: May 4, 2016
City Council in special session
MONTPELIER — A new eminent domain hearing will be held at a special City Council meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.

The meeting concerns the acquisition of a small piece of property on State Street owned by Overlake Park, LLC, to complete the One Taylor Street redevelopment project.  Published on: May 4, 2016
August vote seen on Berlin charter changes
BERLIN — It won’t expedite anything, but the committee considering a package of charter changes — including one that involves a controversial new tax — is angling for an August vote.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Wilson passes license exam
NORWICH — Sperry Wilson of The Richards Group recently passed the Vermont property and casualty license exam.

She is now licensed to sell employee benefits and commercial/personal insurance in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Wilson joined The Richards Group in September 2008 and works out of the firm’s Norwich office.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Norwich board has new chairman
NORTHFIELD — Alan DeForest was recently named chairman of the board of trustees at Norwich University.

DeForest has served on the board since 2000. He was chairman of the Alumni and Volunteer Affairs Committee and has served on several other committees.

He replaces former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gordon R.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Komen awards $170K in Vt., NH
The Komen Vermont-New Hampshire Grants Committee this week awarded $170,000 to nine community-based breast health programs, supporting vital breast health services for medically underserved and uninsured patients in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Wilson passes license exam
NORWICH — Sperry Wilson of The Richards Group recently passed the Vermont property and casualty license exam.

She is now licensed to sell employee benefits and commercial/personal insurance in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Wilson joined The Richards Group in September 2008 and works out of the firm’s Norwich office.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Komen awards $170K in Vt., NH
The Komen Vermont-New Hampshire Grants Committee this week awarded $170,000 to nine community-based breast health programs, supporting vital breast health services for medically underserved and uninsured patients in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Norwich board has new chairman
NORTHFIELD — Alan DeForest was recently named chairman of the board of trustees at Norwich University.

DeForest has served on the board since 2000. He was chairman of the Alumni and Volunteer Affairs Committee and has served on several other committees.

He replaces former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gordon R.  Published on: May 4, 2016
James Bond meets Samuel Colt: Seeking to build a safer gun
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jonathan Mossberg is among a small number of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he was in the gun business when he started down that path.

His family is renowned for its premier line of shotguns treasured by law enforcement, hunters and the military.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Tiny Nebraska town says no to 1,100 jobs, citing way of life
NICKERSON, Neb. — Half-ton pickup trucks crowd the curb outside the One Horse Saloon, there’s a neon Coors Light sign in the window and rib-eye steaks on the menu, but otherwise Nickerson, Nebraska, is nearly silent on a spring evening, with only rumbling freight trains interrupting bird songs.  Published on: May 4, 2016
August vote seen on Berlin charter changes
BERLIN — It won’t expedite anything, but the committee considering a package of charter changes — including one that involves a controversial new tax — is angling for an August vote.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Local teacher is honored at the White House
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s Teacher of the Year, a Capital City teacher, was honored by the president at the White House on Tuesday after days spent in Washington D.C. learning at the Smithsonian and meeting the vice president.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Hydroplaning led to accident
MIDDLESEX — Vermont State Police say a Montpelier woman suffered minor injuries when her car crashed and caught fire after it hydroplaned on Interstate 89 in Middlesex on Monday.

Police say Amber Gumbrell, 25, was driving southbound when she hydroplaned and left the western travel portion of the interstate, hitting a ledge head-on.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Barre Police Log: Rowdy youths and thieves raise alarm
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre City police in recent days.

April 25

A female was trespassing at an apartment on Maple Grove Street.

There was a suspicious event on South Main Street. No further information was provided.

On Blackwell Street, there was an animal problem.  Published on: May 4, 2016
State rep’s DUI charge is reduced
BARRE — A state representative has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of negligent operation after police said he was driving drunk in Berlin in January.

Rep. Stephen A. Carr, D-Brandon, entered his plea to the charge last week in Barre criminal court and was fined $300.  Published on: May 4, 2016
City Council in special session
MONTPELIER — A new eminent domain hearing will be held at a special City Council meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.

The meeting concerns the acquisition of a small piece of property on State Street owned by Overlake Park, LLC, to complete the One Taylor Street redevelopment project.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Montpelier police: Dog bite, improper drone use reported
The following is a sampling of calls to Montpelier police in recent days.



April 25

On Barre Street, a female was sent to detoxification due to her impairment level.

Bank fraud was reported on State Street.  Published on: May 4, 2016
Festival seeks woodworkers
WOODSTOCK — The 13th annual Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival is seeking vendors and demonstrators for this year’s event.

The festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25 at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Bank hires Karen Lemnah
BENNINGTON — The Bank of Bennington has hired Karen Lemnah as vice president of residential loan operations.

Lemnah joins The Bank of Bennington after five years with Heritage Family Federal Credit Union.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Norwich holds ROTC symposium
NORTHFIELD — Norwich University commemorated 100 years of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at its recent “ROTC Centennial Symposium: Preparing the Next Generation Leaders in a Complex World,” held April 21-23.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Credit union elects Padgett
One Credit Union recently elected Ricky Padgett to its board of directors.

Padgett is the director of corporate accounting and controller at the University of Vermont Medical Center, formerly called Fletcher Allen Health Care. He joined the UVM Medical Center in 2011.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Music review: Philharmonic goes for adventure
BARRE — The Vermont Philharmonic, at its final concert of the 2015-16 season, proved most adventuresome, programming an Ives symphony. And the only recognizable piece on Sunday’s program at the Barre Opera House was performed by an 11-year- old. (The program was also performed Saturday in Randolph at Chandler Music Hall.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Library screens food waste film
MONTPELIER — A documentary film that tackles the national food waste issue, “Just Eat It,” will be screened tonight.

The film will play from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hayes Room of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Justice program has officials at odds
MONTPELIER — Law enforcement officials and Capital City leaders are at odds over a program designed to rehabilitate low-level offenders and keep them out of the criminal justice system.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Barre teenager charged with DUI
EAST MONTPELIER — A Barre teen is accused of drunkenly crashing a vehicle in East Montpelier.

Vermont State Police say they responded to a one-car crash on Howes Road Sunday at about 10 a.m. Police say after an investigation the driver Jordan Stark, 18, was found to be driving under the influence.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Teenage girl shot during turkey hunt
MORETOWN — Vermont State Police say a Montpelier teenager suffered minor injuries when she was shot by a shotgun while turkey hunting.

Police say Cheyanne Green, 16, was hunting in a ground blind at the edge of a cut corn field on River Road in Moretown Sunday morning.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Barre appeals ‘flawed’ Jiffy Mart permit
BARRE — The city has finally fired back, urging an environmental law judge not to dismiss its recently filed appeal of a local permit that Champlain Oil Co. received to build a bigger, better Jiffy Mart on the fringe of Barre’s historic central business district.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Independent contractor bill dead for the session
MONTPELIER — A bill dealing with independent contractors was resurrected from a quiet death only to be killed publicly on the House floor.  Published on: May 3, 2016
House members hold back vote on marijuana
MONTPELIER — The House Democratic leadership backed away from a vote on legalizing marijuana Monday night as a more modest compromise plan was being drafted for consideration.

House Speaker Shap Smith and other leaders worked over the weekend and throughout Monday to craft a proposal that could get through the House.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Unidentified homicide victim may have ties to Vermont
New forensic evidence tied to a 35-year-old case of an unidentified female homicide victim found in a ditch in Ohio was released on Friday and linked the woman to several states surrounding Vermont.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Q&A: Sanders’ long-shot bid to clinch Democratic nomination
WASHINGTON — Trailing significantly in the Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders wants superdelegates to flip his way and is aiming for a contested national convention in July against front-runner Hillary Clinton. For his plan to work, he’ll need plenty of big-time breaks.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Cubans cheer US cruise ship
HAVANA — Greeted with rum drinks and salsa dancers, the first passengers to cruise from the U.S. to Cuba in nearly 40 years streamed Monday into a crowd cheering the rebirth of commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Gender politics plays a big role in campaign
WASHINGTON — She has no stamina. She shouts. She’s got nothing going for her but being a woman.

Donald Trump, after toying with gender politics off and on during the campaign, is all in on a mission to undercut Hillary Clinton’s credentials by syncing up his say-anything campaign strategy with his alpha-male persona.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Marines probe claim about men in Iwo Jima photo
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in one of the iconic images of World War II after two amateur history buffs began raising questions about the picture.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Sick-out by teachers shuts nearly all Detroit public schools
DETROIT — Nearly all of Detroit’s public schools were closed Monday and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district’s teachers called out sick to protest the possibility that some of them won’t get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Study: 7 of 10 most profitable US hospitals are nonprofits
CHICAGO — Seven of the 10 most profitable U.S. hospitals are nonprofits, according to new research, including one in Urbana, Illinois, where hospital tax exemptions are headed for a contentious court battle that soon could determine whether medical facilities are paying their fair share of taxes.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Activist, Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan dies at 94
NEW YORK — His defiant protests helped shape Americans’ opposition to the Vietnam War. And they landed the Rev. Daniel Berrigan behind bars.

The Roman Catholic priest, writer and poet, who became a household name in the U.S. in the 1960s after being imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the war, died Saturday. He was 94.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Planets orbiting dwarf star prime spots to search for life
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronomers searching for life beyond our solar system may need to look no farther than a little, feeble nearby star.

A Belgian-led team reported Monday that it has discovered three Earth-sized planets orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star less than 40 light-years away.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Library grants deadline near
WATERBURY CENTER — The deadline is fast approaching for rural libraries in Vermont and New Hampshire to apply for grants to increase their children’s book collections and summer programming.

Wednesday is the deadline for applying to the Children’s Literacy Foundation for grants to help boost summer reading and related programs.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Beware bears
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging residents to avoid attracting hungry bears this spring by removing or securing potential food sources.

The department has been getting reports of bears getting into trash containers, bird feeders, bee hives and chicken houses.  Published on: May 3, 2016
Vivian Perkins
EAST BROOKFIELD — Vivian Perkins, an East Brookfield native, passed peacefully at Branford Hills Health Care in Connecticut on Dec. 21, 2015, after a brief illness.

Born Jan.  Published on: May 3, 2016


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