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To help draw business, a state looks back to its 1636 roots
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Tax credits. Lower cost of living. Restaurants and beaches. And don’t forget Roger Williams and his experiment in protecting everyone’s liberty of conscience.

One of Colonial America’s most important freethinkers has a new role as a marketing tool for the place he settled 380 years ago.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Soil needs some kind of protection for winter
Don’t leave your soil nude this winter. Or, at least don’t leave it nude and smooth. You don’t see Mother Nature cavorting around in this manner, and she’s always a good guide as to how to act in the garden.

In the months ahead, the ground will be pelted by rain, frozen by cold, and occasionally thawed as it’s blasted by sunlight.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Exhibit offers rare glimpse at Bunny Mellon’s botanical art
NEW YORK — She started gardening at age 5 and became a consummate horticulturalist and art collector, particularly of botanical art. But until now, Rachel “Bunny” Mellon’s vast collection could be seen by invitation only at her Oak Spring Garden estate and library, just outside Washington, D.C.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Right at home: Serving up style with new trays and platters
The holidays are the perfect chance to show off special serveware and update your kitchen with a cool new platter or tray.  Published on: December 3, 2016
A Fresh Take
Gingerbread, for me, is the quintessential treat for wintry months. I’ll eat it in the morning, not such a terrible stretch considering pastries and donuts and what muffins have become. I enjoy it still warm from the oven too, with or without anything more than a cup of coffee.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Get ready to build! Hands-on toys that teach are hot
NEW YORK — Toys that teach aren’t a new thing, but a growing number are calling for kids to build with blocks, circuits or everyday items before reaching for a tablet screen.

Play is how kids learn about the world around them, whether it’s a toddler throwing a ball or teens playing video games.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Cheese onion tart can ease holiday strain
We know that it isn’t always enough for a holiday recipe to be delicious. When you are knee-deep in holiday cooking and baking, it can feel like you never turn your oven off. So the most helpful recipes are the ones we can prepare ahead of time, and our cheese and onion tart recipe fits the bill.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Brody: What not to say to a cancer patient
What do you think is the most commonly asked question of a person who has, or has had, cancer? If you guessed, “How are you?” you got it right.

But as caring as those words may seem, they are often not helpful and may even be harmful.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Learn to love a long, slow braise to make tough meat awesome
How do you transform a tough, less expensive cut of meat into something tender and delicious? You braise it!

Braising is a wonderful and basic cooking technique that uses a slow, wet heat in a covered pot. It’s great for cuts such as chuck, flank, brisket, rump and round.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Tomatillo salsa offers fresh approach to poaching salmon
The French love to cook fish by poaching it in a flavored liquid, usually a combination of white wine and water, leeks or onions, and some herbs. It’s a notably lean way to roll because there’s no fat involved. And the finished product is reliably tender because it’s been cooked at a low temperature.

So, it’s lean, tender and ...  Published on: December 3, 2016
Shirley MacLaine is angelic in ‘Heavenly’ Hallmark TV movie
LOS ANGELES — Shirley MacLaine is direct, funny and down-to-earth no matter how high-flying the topic may be, including the guardian angels and aliens she accepts as givens.  Published on: December 3, 2016
First With Kids: A big night at the movies
Parents have been asking me about how to make the first trip to the movies with a child successful. Let me see if I can screen out parental concerns and shed some lights, camera and action on this topic.

First, you need to determine whether your toddler or preschooler is ready to sit for 90 to 120 minutes in a dark theater.  Published on: December 3, 2016
COOKING ON DEADLINE: Warm Brussels sprouts salad
I think this is (possibly) the best Brussels sprouts recipe I have ever made. They are roasted and then tossed while still warm with an assertive dressing that makes your mouth jump up and down with joy.

And for those who don’t like Brussels sprouts (and in fact my family is divided), well, more for the rest of us.  Published on: December 3, 2016
‘Black Mirror’ reflects high-tech world with wicked style
NEW YORK — William Shatner’s bumpy flight. Burgess Meredith’s smashed eyeglasses. The fateful misinterpretation of the phrase “to serve man.” Even after a half-century, these memes can still deliver a jolt of recognition.

But if you’re drawing a blank instead, that’s OK.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Museum as shoeseum: What our footwear says about our souls
SALEM, Mass. — Boots aren’t just made for walking. On the contrary, footwear has captivated hearts and minds worldwide for centuries.

Whether a pair of crystalline embellished slippers, or thigh-high boots with platform heels, shoes show our personalities, moods and social status.  Published on: December 3, 2016
NYC exhibit brings focus on temporary housing and dignity
NEW YORK — When it comes to the design of homes and interiors, ideas can have surprising origins.

The origins of Modernism’s spare functionalism can be traced to housing solutions created to solve Europe’s severe housing crisis in the aftermath of World War I.  Published on: December 3, 2016
After a heavy meal, snickerdoodles are the perfect bite
The holiday season is such a beloved time of year. The weather turns cool and the snow begins to fall; we spend dedicated time with our family and friends; and children experience old family traditions for the first time.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Health Talk: Appreciate good health on holidays
It’s that time of year again — the holiday season. Time to enjoy family and friends, celebrate, be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. Celebration doesn’t have to mean overeating or missing out, gaining weight and stressing out.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Jensen Afield: Big antlers can mean a big payday
The antlers of a whitetail deer can evoke a range of emotions. The most obvious, and we wrote about this a few weeks back, is the sudden appearance of a nice buck on a cold November morning.

But there is another side to really big antlers, to those at or approaching record levels, that is actually a business in itself.  Published on: December 3, 2016
New one coming from ‘Girl on the Train’ author
NEW YORK — The British author of “The Girl on the Train” will next tell a tale of murder in a riverside town.

Riverhead Books told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Paula Hawkins’ “Into the Water” is a suspense novel about family secrets and “the slipperiness of truth” that will be published May 2.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Book review: ‘Moonglow’ floats through time and space
“Moonglow: a Novel” (Harper), by Michael Chabon


The Associated Press

In his latest novel, “Moonglow,” author and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon aims for the moon and successfully touches down on the lunar surface after a journey that leaps across the decades, the story spanning...  Published on: December 3, 2016
Beyond the Dog: A weekend worth remembering
The glow of dim lights dotting windows of dark homes; the waft of Thanksgiving turkey pot pie finding it’s way upstairs; the crackle and pop of a warm fire. These are some of what makes this time of year stick to my soul. For several years now, the weekend after Thanksgiving has added to it. It’s our tradition of tagging our Christmas tree.  Published on: December 3, 2016
‘Ruler of the Night’ transports readers to Victorian London
“Ruler of the Night” (Mulholland Books), by David Morrell

The Associated Press

David Morrell’s conclusion to the trilogy featuring Thomas De Quincey is another example of stellar writing and storytelling.  Published on: December 3, 2016
HG Wells’ ghost story published for first time
NEW YORK — Here’s an odd story, from long ago: A man by the name of Meredith has converted a room in his house to a cluttered, dirty study. Meredith has a taste for Scotch whisky and one day asks a visiting friend, the story’s narrator, if he doesn’t notice something odd about the ceiling.

“Don’t you see it?” he said.  Published on: December 3, 2016
James Hetfield says Metallica makes music they want to hear
NEW YORK — Inside a Brooklyn soundstage, Metallica has a relaxed vibe. The bandmates are making a music video for the single “Now That We’re Dead” from their new album, “Hardwired. To Self-Destruct.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Music review: 44 years late, a posthumous debut for Dolan
Terry Dolan, “Terry Dolan” (High Moon)

The Associated Press

This Age of Aquarius artifact sounded old in 1972, when it was recorded, because the vibe is more ’60s than ’70s. On the other hand, Terry Dolan serves up a soundtrack for 2016 when he sings “Rainbow, rainbow, God knows we need a rainbow.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Singer dumps LA for Iowa farm to do it her way
Lissie Maurus — Lissie, as she is known to her fans — was well on her way to making it a decade ago, when she was in her early 20s. She had a record deal with Columbia Records UK and a first album that went gold in the United Kingdom and Norway. Tens of thousands of people bought that album. Critics raved.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Dictionary.com’s word of the year is ‘xenophobia’
NEW YORK — You might have thought about it, heard it. A lot. You might have even felt it: Dictionary.com’s word of the year is “xenophobia.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Hans Zimmer channels his inner rock star for upcoming tour
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Celebrated composer Hans Zimmer is hitting the road again with his career-spanning concert tour, which he describes as a little bit cinematic and a little bit rock ’n’ roll.

“People came thinking it’s going to be sort of a bit stodgy.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Poetry and the children of Aleppo
Over the course of the last few months I have been deeply troubled and saddened by the news coming out of Syria, specifically Aleppo where hundreds of children have been killed recently in targeted attacks by the Assad regime and its allies on their schools and homes.  Published on: December 3, 2016
The Outside Story: The color of cranberries
As a kid fidgeting at my grandmother’s Thanksgiving table, I often wondered, what’s the point of cranberries? She had a live-in Irish cook who insisted on serving whole cranberries suspended in a kind of gelatinous inverted bog. If I ventured to eat a berry, I experienced the power of my gag reflex.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Hardcover fiction

1. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $26.95.

2. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99.

3. The Whistler, by John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95.

4. Swing Time, by Zadie Smith, Penguin Press, $27.

5. Night School, by Lee Child, Delacorte, $28.99.

6.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Swiss lawyers threaten environmentalists
A Swiss law firm claims Vermonters for a Clean Environment violated the rights of the owners of Omya by identifying them.

The organization received an email, dated Nov. 25, threatening legal action if two links regarding Omya were not removed from the VCE website.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Dartmouth study debunks election fraud
Hanover — After studying the 2016 presidential election results, researchers at Dartmouth College say that Donald Trump’s claims of widespread electoral fraud are not supported by voting data.  Published on: December 3, 2016
2 women charged with heroin trafficking


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Two Hartford women, one of whom had her 3-year-old son living with her, are facing felony heroin trafficking charges after police executed a search warrant Wednesday at their shared residence and reported seizing amounts of heroin, crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Giving with true meaning
Salvation Army of Barre Co-Pastor Lt. Deanna Street looked over her chapel filled with a blizzard of toys Friday at the Army’s 25 Keith Ave. location. Organized by age and gender, the toys filled all the chapel’s pews to overflowing.  Published on: December 3, 2016
The Lowe Down: Why the same holiday shows year after year?
Recently, a colleague asked me why we have to put up with the same holiday shows season after holiday season — “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker,” “Messiah,” and even “It’s a Wonderful Life?”

Good question.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Herring declared competent to stand trial
BARRE — The attorney general’s office says its expert has found Jody Herring competent to stand trial which is counter to what Herring’s attorney claims for her murder trial.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Activists demand hourly wage hike to $15
BARRE — A handful of residents gathered at the Hedding United Methodist Church Friday to demand a $15 per hour minimum wage and an end to the wage gap between men and women.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Capital Beat: Québec insignia awarded to Shumlin
Outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin has been awarded the insignia of Officer of the Ordre national du Québec by Québec Premier Philippe Couillard.

Shumlin, who did not seek re-election, traveled to Québec Wednesday to receive the honor.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Scott builds his team — with a little help
MONTPELIER — As Gov.-elect Phil Scott works to fill the dozens of appointments needed to run state government, he is leaning on a committee of 17 people from around the state to help him identify qualified candidates.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Facebook adds free games like ‘Pac-Man’ to Messenger app
NEW YORK — You can now play “Pac-Man” with your Facebook Messenger buddies.

Facebook is adding the option to play games with your contacts on the messaging app beginning Tuesday. You can access the feature in the latest version of the app by tapping a game controller icon.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Man pleads not guilty to charges stemming from standoff
Man denies

armed standoff

NEWPORT — A Vermont man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a daylong standoff with police at a Newport motel and a judge has ordered a competency hearing for him.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Norwich University gets $715k to train cyber warriors
$715K to train

cyber warriors

NORTHFIELD — Norwich University is getting almost $715,000 from the National Security Agency to help train cyber warriors.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Fire department says some ‘double-dipping’ into Santa Fund
Checking their

Santa list twice

ST. JOHNSBURY — The fire department in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, says some families are “double-dipping” into a Santa Fund it runs, asking for toy donations more than once for the same child.

As a result, the fire chief says they have to check their list twice.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Man sentenced to 6 years in prison in drug conspiracy
Bath salts

prison term

BURLINGTON — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced in Vermont to six years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute a synthetic drug known as bath salts.

Michael DePalma, of Plainfield, was convicted of conspiring to distribute the drug from March 2014 to June 2015.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Linda S. Phillips
Linda S. Phillips

EAST MONTPELIER — Linda Smith Phillips, 69, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Her loving family was at her bedside.

Born on June 17, 1947, in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Erma (Smith) Washburn.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Richard J. Gidney
Richard J. Gidney

NEWPORT — Mr. Richard Jason Gidney, age 76, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 29, 2016, at the Bel Aire Nursing Facility in Newport.

He was born in Montpelier March 16, 1940, son of the late Robert John and Europa L. (Herring) Gidney. Richard served in the U.S.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Freida F. Locke
Frieda F. Locke

RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Frieda F. Locke, 93, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at the Thompson House, Rhinebeck.

Frieda had resided in Rhinebeck for one year and had previously lived in Barre, Vermont, for more than 50 years, as well as Del Ray Beach and Hillsboro Beach, Florida.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Wilma P. Keller
Wilma P. Keller

WILLIAMSTOWN — Wilma P. Keller, 90, of The Gardens passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at her home with her family at her bedside.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, on Dec. 4, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Roy Hugh and Elsie (Barrows) Potter.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Laurette R. Chouinard
Laurette R. Chouinard

BARRE TOWN — Laurette R. Chouinard, 84, of Silver Circle passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, with her family at her bedside.

Born in Ontario, Canada, on Aug. 25, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Edmond and Geraldine (Huard) Groleau.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Yankee Notebook: Opportunity in disarray
MONTPELIER — You can’t live for 80 years without hearing a lot of comments, sermons, advice, quotations, songs, jokes and stories. They all pile up in your head, carelessly arranged but accessible, and ready for application or recitation.  Published on: December 3, 2016
A civil rights moment at Standing Rock
When John Doar died in 2014, Barack Obama, who’d already awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, called him “one of America’s bravest lawyers.” Without his courage and perseverance, the president said, “Michelle and I might not be where we are today.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Douthat: Dems need to consider rightward shift
Since Election Day the great intra-Democratic debate over What Went Wrong has been dominated by two visions of how liberalism should be organized — identity politics versus economic solidarity — with writers variously critiquing or defending each tendency, or arguing that they are complements and that any tension can and ought to be resolved.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Levine: Climate action now
Taking action to tackle global warming is more important than ever. Flooding coastal areas, melting ice sheets and bigger storm surges leave far more people across the globe at risk. This global problem requires all of us to pitch in.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Smith: Bernie’s new assignment
Recently, Democrats announced their new leadership team in the U.S. Senate. This new team included Sen. Bernie Sanders. His new assignment is to try and convince those working-class Americans who abandoned Democrats in the recent election to support Democratic candidates in the future.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Torpy: When facts don’t matter
ATLANTA — My three sons have been high school debaters with four state titles between them. They’ve been trained to marshal facts and respond to countervailing opinion with clear-eyed, irrefutable truth.

It has often won the day, although I wonder whether it’s a skill no longer needed.

I’ve spent my career chasing facts.  Published on: December 3, 2016
New media, new politics, new civics
If the 2016 presidential election-in-process has taught us anything, it ought to have taught us that we need to pay more attention to new media and its impact on our society.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Shumlin: A record of fiscal responsibility
One of the key responsibilities of governing is crafting a budget that reflects Vermonters’ priorities and lives within our means as a state. As we transition this important responsibility to the incoming administration, it’s worth reviewing the last six years of financial management.

Let’s remember where we started.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Ziedins lifts Harwood; Robert guides U-32
MONTPELIER — There were no hints of rust for Lilianna Ziedins during Friday’s girls hockey season-opener.

The defensive specialist scored four goals as the Highlanders started the winter with a 7-0 victory against North Country/Lyndon at U-32’s Dr. Butsch Tournament.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Salvucci, Cadets skate to victory
NORTHFIELD – A flurry of second-period goals helped the Cadets roll to their fourth consecutive victory during Friday’s opening-day action of Whiteout Weekend.

Norwich pulled ahead 13 seconds into the second period when Kevin Salvucci scored a power-play goal on an Ian Williams assist.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Thomas fends off Green Mountain women
WATERVILLE, Maine — Green Mountain hanged in following a 32-19 halftime deficit but Thomas widened the gap a bit and posted a 60-42 victory in women’s North Atlantic Conference basketball action on Friday night.

The Terriers evened their NAC mark at 1-1 while dropping the Eagles to 0-2, and 0-3 overall. Thomas stands at 4-2.  Published on: December 3, 2016
TA lists boys stars in soccer

Jeremy Maxfield

Cabot Senior

The all-around athlete was one of his team’s last great sibling connections, standing on the shoulders of those who came before him and simultaneously carrying the Huskies on his back.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Castleton KO’s Maine-Farmington: now 2-0 in NAC
FARMINGTON, Maine — Castleton University continued its strong start to the basketball season with an 83-66 North Atlantic Conference victory over Maine-Farmington on Friday. It was the fifth straight win for the Spartans after an opening-night loss as they improved to 2-0 in the NAC.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Elmore named premier player
EAST MONTPELIER — As a team with a short bench, the U-32 Raiders boys soccer squad needed just about everyone to step up this year.

Because of their lack of a bench, the Raiders found a few unlikely standouts on their roster. But nobody on U-32, or any other team in D-II, could match the performance of Noah Elmore this past fall.  Published on: December 3, 2016
O’Brien to lead academy
WINDSOR — Sean O’Brien, a member of the medical staff at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, was recently elected president of the Physician Assistant Academy of Vermont.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Silowash takes security post
NORTHFIELD — Norwich University recently named George J. Silowash as its new chief information security officer, a critical position in the university’s overall cybersecurity structure.

Silowash will start in this new role Dec. 5.

He is a published security professional who has been in the cybersecurity business since 2002.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Pelletier joins Gifford
RANDOLPH — Jennifer Pelletier, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, recently joined Gifford Medical Center’s Behavioral Health team.

This newly created position is supported by federal funding received last spring to expand addiction medicine and substance use disorder treatment services in Vermont.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Alliance presented four workshops
BARNARD — As part of their Solid Waste Implementation Plan, White River Solid Waste Alliance funded four Northeast Resource Recovery Association workshops and two technical assistance trainings for Barnard Academy.

The alliance’s goal is to assist schools in the region to become compliant with Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, Act 148.  Published on: December 3, 2016
New owners to take reins at Rutland fitness club
When Dan Doenges graduated from Assumption College with a degree in marketing, his first job was at a bank.

But it didn’t take him long to figure out a career as a banker wasn’t for him. So he returned to Rutland with his wife, Leslie, and found a job that matched his passion for athletics and physical fitness.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Energy Solutions: Vermont dairy processing facilities share to save, learn and grow
When you picture Vermont, one of the images that comes to mind might be a green rolling meadow full of grazing Holsteins. Indeed, the Green Mountain State has a long and rich agricultural history. Dairy farming has been driving our economy for hundreds of years. Today, dairy represents 70 percent of all agricultural sales in Vermont.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Cider company’s expansion is underway
VERGENNES — A new and expanded space is taking shape for Shacksbury Cider in the Kennedy Brothers facility in downtown Vergennes.

The $300,000 project to create the new Shacksbury space started in August, according to Colin Davis, co-owner of Shacksbury Cider.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Green State Gardner offers DIY store in Burlington
BURLINGTON — Green State Gardener, launched as a Web-based business more than a year ago, added a retail store in Burlington’s South End this summer. Business partners Christopher Walsh and Dylan Raap opened the store on Pine Street, in a portion of the space previously occupied by Burlington Furniture.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Networking reception is appetizer for Chamber’s Annual Dinner
BURLINGTON — The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC) held its 106th Annual Dinner on Nov. 10 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington. The dinner was preceded by a Networking After Hours cocktail reception.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Financial Focus When you retire, where can you find investment income?
As an investor, your main goals will change at different times in your life. During your working years, you need to grow as many resources as possible for retirement. Once you retire, however, you will likely need to focus more on getting income from your investments.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Click’d: How should we respond to Donald Trump’s tweets?
President-elect Donald Trump’s frequent Twitter tantrums are a curious thing. They are both signal and noise in equal measure — diversions from what he doesn’t want us to notice as well as telling glimpses of how he sees the world.  Published on: December 3, 2016
Casella is named keynote speaker
John W. Casella, chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Management, will be the keynote speaker at the Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s 36th annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Expo, to be held on May 22 and 23 at the Manchester Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Heartworks open house is Saturday
MONTPELIER — The Heartworks Preschools will host an open house called Experience Heartworks Day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at its location at 618 South Main Street in Stowe.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Norwich, Marion Cross face union contract hurdles
Norwich — Members of the Norwich School Board and teachers at the Marion Cross School are working to bring together disparate visions of salary and benefits in negotiations for the educators’ next contract with the district.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Online streaming replaces Vermont Interactive Television for statewide meetings
The Vermont Agency of Transportation is starting its second phase of On-Road Bicycle Planning. During the first phase VTrans held statewide public meetings using the Vermont Interactive Television Network. But that technology is now a thing of the past.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Recount leads to crticism of tabulation process
Chelsea — With the outcome of at least one Vermont House race still unclear, and another recount having taken longer than expected, officials from both parties have questioned a 2014 law that requires machines to be used in the process.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Vermont capital designated a sanctuary city
MONTPELIER — The Capital City took the symbolic step of naming itself a sanctuary city, which makes the city a safe place for illegal immigrants.

While there is no legal definition of what a sanctuary city is, it’s referred to generally as a municipality that doesn’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Man denies sex offense on drunk woman
BARRE — A Berlin man is accused of groping and photographing a drunk woman.

Andrew T. Toro, 21, pleaded not guilty in Washington County criminal court in Barre on Thursday to a felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct and a misdemeanor count of voyeurism, first offense.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Haste not part of traditional violin creation
For a video of Marc Gregoire’s violin making, see http://bit.ly/violinCraft.

By David W. Smith

Staff writer

People ask luthier Marc Gregoire why he doesn’t make more violins.

It’s true, he doesn’t make a lot of them.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Heller: Local camp nurtured young progressives
WILMINGTON — “The 4-H Lassies met Saturday afternoon with Miss Caroline White at the home of Mrs. Max Granich. Miss Shirley Cole demonstrated sewing on bias binding. Miss Marie Moore gave a demonstration of buffet decoration. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Granich.”

The above item from the North Adams Transcript of Feb.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Vt. court staff reach new contract deal
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Judiciary and the Vermont State Employees Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract after nearly a year of tense negotiations.

On Wednesday, the two sides announced the deal, which still requires ratification by VSEA’s judiciary bargaining unit.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Doyle ends near half-century in office
MONTPELIER — Longtime Washington County Sen. Bill Doyle withdrew his request for a recount Wednesday, effectively ending his 48-year tenure in the Vermont State House.

Doyle, a Republican who sought re-election earlier this month, finished behind Democrat Francis Brooks and the two other incumbent senators from Washington County.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Creator of McDonald’s flagship sandwich, the Big Mac, dies
PITTSBURGH — You probably don’t know his name, but you’ve almost certainly devoured his creation: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.  Published on: December 2, 2016
US overhauls public land use planning; senator vows reversal
BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. government officials on Thursday finalized an overhaul of how they plan for oil and gas drilling, mining, grazing and other activities across public lands in the West.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Wisconsin election recount begins; Michigan’s is challenged
MADISON, Wis. — The tedious task of recounting Wisconsin’s nearly 3 million votes for president began Thursday with scores of hastily hired temporary workers flipping through stacks of ballots as observers watched their every move.  Published on: December 2, 2016
US factories expanded for third straight month in November
WASHINGTON — American factories expanded for the third straight month in November, another good sign for the American economy.

The Institute for Supply Management says its manufacturing index came in at 53.2 last month, up from 51.9 in October and highest since June. Anything over 50 signals growth.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Oil and banks take Dow to new highs, but tech companies dive
NEW YORK — Technology companies plunged Thursday, and high-dividend stocks also took hefty losses as bond yields rose to their highest level in more than a year. But more big gains for blue-chip banking and oil stocks pulled the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Starbucks: Schultz to step down as CEO, focus on innovation
NEW YORK — Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz, who transformed the chain into a global coffee brand, is stepping down from that role at the chain that he joined more than 30 years ago.  Published on: December 2, 2016
‘La La Land’ named best film by New York film critics
NEW YORK — Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles musical “La La Land” was named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle.

The group announced their picks Thursday on Twitter, spreading around their awards to a variety of Oscar contenders.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Review: ‘Man Down’ waits too long to deliver worthy message
“Man Down” carries a poignant message about American veterans’ mental health needs, but you may give up on the movie before it gets there. Nothing is clear until the film’s final moments, which hit with a gut punch just before the credits roll.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Study: Biggest tornado outbreaks are spawning more twisters
WASHINGTON — The most extreme tornado outbreaks are mysteriously spawning many more twisters than they did decades ago, a new study claimed.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Key House chairman: GOP will change Medicare, to ‘save’ it
WASHINGTON — The chairman of a key House committee pledged Thursday that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it.

GOP Rep.  Published on: December 2, 2016
‘A clear shot’ - police kill suspect, rescue children
SEATTLE — A Washington state police officer responding to a domestic violence call was fatally shot and his fellow officers were still “taking fire” as they removed him from a home, beginning an 11-hour standoff during which authorities say the gunman used two young children as human shields.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Town seeks help from landlords in curbing drug use
Town seeks to

curb drug use

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont and the Springfield Police Department are seeking to involve landlords in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

The department and the U.  Published on: December 2, 2016
Vermont finalizes rules limiting opiate prescriptions
Opiate script

limits are set

MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont has finalized rules governing how many opioid painkillers medical professionals can prescribe.

The rules are designed to reduce the number of people who become addicted to powerful painkillers.  Published on: December 2, 2016

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