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Squadron has new leadership

SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Green Mountain Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, recently held a change of command ceremony at their headquarters in South Burlington.

Major Barb Leary transferred command of the squadron, comprised of youth and adult members, to 1st Lt. Mike French.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Vt. firm gets national coverage

The publication Accounting Today recently gave national media coverage to Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs, an accounting firm with offices in Rutland and Williston.

Accounting Today featured the firm’s new corporate social responsibility policy.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Bank hires Kelly Kimball

BURLINGTON — People’s United Bank recently hired Kelly Kimball as a senior wealth management officer and senior vice president for the Burlington area.

Kimball has over 20 years of financial experience.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Vt. Tech sets enrollment targets

Vermont Technical College recently announced a new initiative to set new annual enrollment growth targets in civil and environmental engineering technology; computer information technology and computer software engineering; construction management; and mechanical engineering technology.  Published on: February 9, 2016

State grant helps ecosystem

ST. ALBANS — The University of Vermont Extension recently received a two-year state grant to help farmers improve manure management in Franklin County.

The grant, led by Dr.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Stun guns in demand in Germany amid security concerns

PRAGUE — After the attacks in Paris and New Year’s security scares, Germans have been snapping up self-defense equipment like stun guns — to the delight of a Czech manufacturer who corners the market.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Commission demands appeal of review board’s variance

BARRE — The Barre Planning Commission says if the Development Review Board had simply followed a well-established, state-mandated process, it wouldn’t be asking the City Council to appeal the variance that was recently granted for a convenience store on the fringe of the city’s historic central business district.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Bomb report leads to arrest warrant

BERLIN — Police say a man falsely reported that there was a bomb inside the Berlin Police Department.

Police say the man, identified as Adam Chartier, 29, called several government offices Saturday, including Vermont State Police dispatch, to report the bomb. Police say the threat was quickly determined to be false.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Man facing forgery, drug charges

BARRE — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Cabot man, alleging he altered a check that he was given.

Wade A. Whitehouse, 33, who is already facing drug charges, failed to show up to his arraignment Monday in Washington County criminal court on a felony forgery charge.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Barre police: Drug overdose, missing police badge reported

The following is a sampling of calls to Barre City police in recent days.

Feb. 1

Someone tried to steal gasoline out of a van on Scampini Square.

A duffle bag was found stuffed between the two book drops on Washington Street.

On Highgate Drive, a 29-year-old female was overdosing on heroin.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Montpelier police: Driver muscles in on Car Care parking spot

The following is a sampling of calls to Montpelier police in recent days.

Feb. 1

A traffic light at the Bailey Avenue and State Street intersection got stuck in “flash” mode.

There was a suspicious vehicle on Old Country Club Road.

A dead fox was found on Isabel Circle.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Empty bowls will be filled for Vt. Foodbank

MIDDLESEX — The Super Bowl may be over, but another bowl is impending: a warm and delicious one for a good cause at an event this Saturday at the Mud Studio in Middlesex.  Published on: February 9, 2016

AG closes activist probe

MONTPELIER — Attorney General William Sorrell said Monday his office did not find factual or legal support for the complaint against environmental advocate Annette Smith.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Poll: Sanders lead in NH by double digits

CONCORD, N.H. — Sen. Bernie Sanders spent his final day campaigning ahead of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary today with rallies aimed at bolstering his core message — and no mentions of rival Hillary Clinton.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Senator proposes income-based property tax

MONTPELIER — A Washington County senator has a plan to reform the state’s property tax system that he says would result in a tax break for low- and middle-income Vermonters.

Progressive Sen.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Vermont misses out on latest winter storm

BOSTON — The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast centered on southern and eastern New England on Monday, bringing howling winds and coastal flooding and threatening Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts with up to 18 inches of snow.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on this.”

The virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Attorney General to visit 6 cities to highlight police work

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch plans to visit six cities in the coming months to highlight police departments she sees as role models for law enforcement.  Published on: February 9, 2016

DOJ agreement could cost Ferguson $3.7 million in first year

FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson’s cost of implementing reforms spelled out in a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice could approach $4 million in the first year alone, according to new estimates that further raise questions about whether the community can afford it.

The City Council in the St.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Lead contamination of Flint water draws multiple lawsuits

DETROIT — One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires’ disease.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Feds find Fiat Chrysler gear shifters can confuse drivers

DETROIT — Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Judges face retention votes

MONTPELIER — A special legislative committee will take public testimony this week on whether four Vermont judges should be given new terms.

The judges up for consideration are Superior Court Judges David Howard, Robert Mellow and Helen Toor and Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Vermont Law School prof hits bid to break up appeals court

SOUTH ROYALTON — A Vermont Law School professor says a push by some western governors and members of Congress to break up the federal appeals court based in San Francisco amounts to judicial gerrymandering.

Professor Patrick Parenteau says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a favorite target of conservatives.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Power line gets big US boost

MONTPELIER — A proposal to lay a 1,000-megawatt power line from the Canadian border down Lake Champlain and then across Vermont to Ludlow is taking another big step forward.

Developer TDI New England said Monday it had received its permit from the U.S.  Published on: February 9, 2016

On I-91, car flips killing driver

COVENTRY — Vermont State Police say a driver has died after she lost control of her car on northbound Interstate 91 in Coventry and it flipped over.

Police said the car driven by 26-year-old Danielle Carpenter, of Derby, crossed the rumble strips in the passing lane and slid out of control at about 6:10 a.m. Monday.  Published on: February 9, 2016

M. Helen Wood rites

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mass of Christian burial and life’s honor for M. Helen Wood, of Ferno Road, was celebrated Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church in Williamstown. She died peacefully at her home on Jan. 28, 2016.

The Rev. Dwight Baker, pastor of the church, was the celebrant.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Sr. Elizabeth O’Neil

Sister Elizabeth O’Neil, RSM, (Sr. M. Cabrini) 87, of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, died at Mt. St. Mary’s Convent in Burlington on Feb. 6, 2016, in the 68th year of her religious life.

Sr. Elizabeth was born in Colchester, Vermont, April 14, 1928, the daughter of Laura (Bressor) and Thomas O’Neil.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Reginald C. McDowell

MONTPELIER — Reginald Clarence McDowell, 96, died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at his home in Sun City, Arizona, after a short illness. He was born the son of Clarence and Gertrude McDowell on May 23, 1919, in Evansville, Vermont.

His family moved to Montpelier when he was quite young. He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1937.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Dorothy M. Fletcher-Otis

Dorothy M. Fletcher-Otis

CHELSEA — Dorothy Mavis Fletcher-Otis, 75, of Chelsea, formerly of Copley Terrace in Morrisville and Hardwick, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

She was born Aug. 9, 1940, in New London, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Charles and Gertrude (Wescott) Evans.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Renfield T. Belanger

Renfield T. Belanger

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL. — Renfield T. Belanger, 77, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, died Feb. 4, 2016.

A complete obituary will be published at a later date.

 Published on: February 9, 2016
Stella H. Gomez

BARRE — Stella Hayes Gomez, 76, of Westwood Parkway, died Thursday night, Feb. 4, 2016, at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, where she had been admitted in August 2011.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Divest

State Treasurer Beth Pearce is taking a responsible position in opposing the call by Gov. Peter Shumlin for divestment of stocks in coal companies and in ExxonMobil. As treasurer, it is her job to protect the value of the state’s portfolio of pension funds and other invested assets.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Lots of squawk about nothing

By the time this letter comes to print, some dust may have settled following this past Thursday’s open meeting relevant to animal control issues. There’s a big squawk (pun intentional) lately over the keeping of chickens in Barre City.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Start preparing for lights out

Ted Koppell’s “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath” calls for local, state, regional and federal responses. For some time, he was the TV host of Nightline and is a well-recognized reporter/journalist. This powerful, thoroughly researched book makes the following general points:

1.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Campaign comments

Campaign comments

Donald Trump may be headed for a tar and feathering in New Hampshire and around the U.S.

Whether these voters decide to plaster him with snowballs or just run him out of town on a rail is the question. He’s worn out his welcome and needs to bag it now.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Flipping off the snow Nazi

Hillary Clinton woke up on Groundhog Day, the morning after Iowa, and rather than an omniscient woodchuck, saw Bernie Sanders’ shadow, ensuring that there more than likely will be six more months of rough and tumble campaigning.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Villanova latest No. 1 in AP poll

Villanova joined an exclusive club Monday. The Wildcats are now among the 57 schools to have been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Wildcats had been ranked No. 2 seven times — last time the final poll of last season — but had never made that one step up.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Peyton Manning spoils his fans once again

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Everyone got spoiled.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Knicks fire coach Fisher; Rambis interim head coach

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Derek Fisher was fired as New York Knicks coach Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was promoted to interim head coach at least through the rest of the season.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Slalom champion Shiffrin returns to racing next week

Olympic and world slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin said she will return to World Cup skiing next week in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, after a knee injury sidelined her for two months.

Shiffrin moved up her comeback when a slalom was organized for next Monday at Crans-Montana.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Aqib Talib calls Levi’s Stadium turf “terrible”

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — T.J. Ward slipped twice on the same play.

Blame that turf.

The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers to win the Super Bowl, and some players weren’t happy with the field at Levi’s Stadium.

“The footing on the field was terrible,” Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib said.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Newton, Panthers vow to get back to Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Carolina quarterback Cam Newton didn’t say much after the Panthers lost Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, but the league’s MVP did promise this: “We’ll be back.”

But will they?

Only time will tell.  Published on: February 9, 2016

It’s now or never for Leicester in this odds-defying season

LONDON — The wealth of elite clubs and financial restrictions on upstarts were thought to be locking in the established order in English soccer and suppressing ambition.

Just gatecrashing the Premier League’s top-four to gain access to Champions League riches seemed an impossible feat for aspirational sides.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Hornets top Tide

ESSEX – The Crimson Tide found their shooting range when it was too late during Monday’s loss to the high-powered Hornets.

Essex held a 10-3 lead after the first quarter before entering the break with a 24-12 advantage. It was 44-23 at the end of three before Spaulding got back on track in the fourth.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Wildcats on a tear

HARDWICK – The Wildcats shot ahead by 19 points in the opening quarter and coasted to their sixth straight victory Monday.

The Wildcats led 27-8 after one quarter and built a 50-20 halftime lead.

“The starters played a couple minutes after the first half, but that was about it,” Hazen coach Aaron Hill said.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Norwich women reel in honors

MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Cadets forward Bryn Labbe o earned her third New England Hockey Conference Rookie of the Week award in the last five weeks on Monday afternoon.

Labbe scored two goals and added an assist for a three-point week in victories over No. 6 Middlebury and Franklin Pierce.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Cadets on top of their game

MARSHFIELD, Mass. – After coming off its best weekend of the season, the Norwich University men’s ice hockey team captured two of the three New England Hockey Conference weekly honors on Monday afternoon.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Exploring the concept of ‘winninglessness’

No one had any “skin in the game” at the Super Bowl party I attended.

To my left at the party were folks who couldn’t care less about who won. To my right were folks who cared even less about who won. Basically, there was zero emotional connection to the Broncos or Panthers.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Raiders tame Panthers

EAST MONTPELIER - What the top-ranked Raiders failed to accomplish in Monday’s opening half, they more than made up for the rest of the game.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Man facing forgery, drug charges

BARRE — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Cabot man, alleging he altered a check that he was given.

Wade A. Whitehouse, 33, who is already facing drug charges, failed to show up to his arraignment Monday in Washington County criminal court on a felony forgery charge.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Vt. Tech sets enrollment targets

Vermont Technical College recently announced a new initiative to set new annual enrollment growth targets in civil and environmental engineering technology; computer information technology and computer software engineering; construction management; and mechanical engineering technology.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Vt. firm gets national coverage

The publication Accounting Today recently gave national media coverage to Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs, an accounting firm with offices in Rutland and Williston.

Accounting Today featured the firm’s new corporate social responsibility policy.  Published on: February 9, 2016

State grant helps ecosystem

ST. ALBANS — The University of Vermont Extension recently received a two-year state grant to help farmers improve manure management in Franklin County.

The grant, led by Dr.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Squadron has new leadership

SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Green Mountain Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, recently held a change of command ceremony at their headquarters in South Burlington.

Major Barb Leary transferred command of the squadron, comprised of youth and adult members, to 1st Lt. Mike French.  Published on: February 9, 2016

Bank hires Kelly Kimball

BURLINGTON — People’s United Bank recently hired Kelly Kimball as a senior wealth management officer and senior vice president for the Burlington area.

Kimball has over 20 years of financial experience.  Published on: February 9, 2016

State’s attorney Williams had eventful first year

BARRE — Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams has had an eventful first year to say the least. He has dealt with a large backlog of cases, communication issues with defense attorneys, and a trust issue with police that he inherited.  Published on: February 8, 2016

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Broncos D dominates Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A reborn Orange Crush might have sent Peyton Manning into retirement with a Super ending to his career.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Chamber Notes: How did the chamber get started?

It occurred to me after writing about the Central Vermont Chamber’s strong opposition to local option taxes last week that many may have a question about just what a chamber of commerce is and the role that it plays in a community. A brief explanation is in order.

The roots of chambers of commerce are found in Marseilles, France.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Montpelier flood risk eases; MSAC numbers strong

MONTPELIER — In his weekly report, City Manager William Fraser wrote that the city will continue to move forward with the right of way process for the bike path extension.

Waiver valuations are under final review by VTrans.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Haybarn revival Photos and Text by Stefan Hard

 Published on: February 8, 2016
Weeklong course in meat-cutting trade set at VTC

You could say Cole Ward is something of a surgeon in his own field.

With more than 50 years experience as a butcher, Ward knows just how to cut a slice of meat or chicken to get the most bang and taste for the buck.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Solar developer sues Green Mountain Power

A solar developer is suing Green Mountain Power because the utility refuses to purchase power from it.

Thomas Melone, attorney for Otter Creek Solar, said the company wants to build five sites in Rutland and Bennington, ranging in size from 1 megawatt to 5 megawatts, and sell the power to GMP.

“We have some ...  Published on: February 8, 2016

Ben & Jerry’s now offers four flavors without dairy products

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry’s now has nondairy ice cream.

The Vermont ice cream maker has created four flavors using a certified vegan almond milk base. Available are the classic Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavors, plus a couple of new ones: Coffee Caramel Fudge and P.B. and Cookies.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Chamber Notes: How did the chamber get started?

It occurred to me after writing about the Central Vermont Chamber’s strong opposition to local option taxes last week that many may have a question about just what a chamber of commerce is and the role that it plays in a community. A brief explanation is in order.

The roots of chambers of commerce are found in Marseilles, France.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Haybarn revival Photos and Text by Stefan Hard

 Published on: February 8, 2016
Montpelier flood risk eases; MSAC numbers strong

MONTPELIER — In his weekly report, City Manager William Fraser wrote that the city will continue to move forward with the right of way process for the bike path extension.

Waiver valuations are under final review by VTrans.  Published on: February 8, 2016

USS Montpelier returns to states

NORFOLK, Va. — The USS Montpelier has returned home to the United States following a six-month deployment.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Three dead after police chase in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Three people died in a fiery crash after a car fleeing authorities crashed into a taxi in San Francisco streets, officials said Sunday.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Three still missing following plane collision

LOS ANGELES — With bright sunshine, warm temperatures and a deep blue sky, Friday was the kind of Southern California day made for just about anything. For Mary Falstrom, a longtime pilot, that meant flying.

She told her husband where she was headed, and that was the last he saw of her.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Rescuers seek survivors of Taiwan quake

TAINAN, Taiwan — As anxious families waited nearby, rescuers on Sunday painstakingly pulled more survivors from the remains of a high-rise apartment building that collapsed a day earlier in a powerful earthquake that shook southern Taiwan and killed at least 32 people.

More than 100 remained buried in the building’s rubble.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Papal visit to celebrate Mexico’s ‘Indian church’

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Pope Francis’ visit to the heavily indigenous Mexican state of Chiapas appears aimed at celebrating the region’s “Indian church,” a mix of Catholicism and indigenous culture once considered a thorn in the side of standard liturgy by the Vatican.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Candidates are wrapping up in New Hampshire

HAMPTON, N.H. — It’s less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls, but Hillary Clinton is in Michigan.

Other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn’t need to win New Hampshire, anyway.  Published on: February 8, 2016

North Korea launches rocket

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For North Korea’s propaganda machine, the long-range rocket launch Sunday carved a glorious trail of “fascinating vapor” through the clear blue sky.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Movie explosion sparks concerns

London, England

Movie explosion sparks concerns

A bus has exploded in central London — but this time it's only for a movie.

City officials Sunday reassured the public that the explosion was a movie stunt for "The Foreigner" starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Blind spots

We all have blind spots. They often arise when we are completely committed to one course of action or one ideology. They cause problems when they lead us to erroneous conclusions and mistaken faith in our own judgment.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Pollina: Calling for a tax cut

I am pushing a property tax reform plan that includes an $82 million tax cut for middle class and lower income Vermonters.

The plan also moves toward a school funding system based more on income than property, making the system more fair and simple.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Albury: Getting out for a spin

I’m on a campus in South Carolina taking a work-related course. Classes keep me busy during the day; but in the evening, sitting around in a dorm room with cable TV gets boring.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Bradley’s 25 points helps Celtics beat Kings

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics enjoyed a season-high scoring day to keep their current winning stretch rolling along.

Avery Bradley scored 25 points, Isiah Thomas had 22 and the Celtics held off the Kings 128-119 on Sunday for their ninth win in 10 games.  Published on: February 8, 2016

MVP Newton, Watt, Rivera, Berry big winners of NFL awards

SAN FRANCISCO — Cam Newton is now a Super Bowl quarterback with an MVP award.

Offensive Player of the Year, too.

And his coach, Ron Rivera, owns a second NFL honor as well.

Newton, the Carolina Panthers star, won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards Saturday night.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Andrighetto’s shootout goal lifts Habs over Hurricanes

MONTREAL — Ben Scrivens made big saves all weekend, helping the Montreal Canadiens to a weekend sweep.

Scrivens finished with 34 saves and stopped all five Carolina players in the shootout, lifting the Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday.

“It’s nice to get two wins,” Scrivens said.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Jok, Iowa defeat Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Peter Jok scored 23 points and Jarrod Uthoff added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 5 Iowa past Illinois 77-65 on Sunday.

Jok took over early in the second half, scoring seven of the first 10 points for Hawkeyes (19-4, 10-1 Big Ten) and led them to a 48-36 lead with 16:48 to play.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Lara Gut wins Super-G World Cup race, Vonn comes in 3rd

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — Lindsey Vonn is getting some competition for the overall World Cup title although she is still comfortably ahead.

Lara Gut of Switzerland won her first Super-G race of the season on Sunday to cut into Vonn’s overall World Cup lead.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Venus Williams advances US team in Fed Cup

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Venus Williams clinched victory for the U.S. Fed Cup team against Poland on Sunday in the Group II first round, advancing her team to the World Group Playoff in April.

A win in April would put the U.S. in contention for the Fed Cup title next year. The draw for the playoffs is Tuesday.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Hideki Matsuyama beats Rickie Fowler in Phoenix Open playoff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole to give Hideki Matsuyama an unexpected victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Thompson wins race as U-32 places second

JAY — U-32 Nordic skiing standout Rebecca Thompson won Saturday’s girls race in 28 minutes, 9 seconds, helping the Raiders edge CVU by two points for runner-up honors behind first-place Mount Mansfield.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Weeklong course in meat-cutting trade set at VTC

You could say Cole Ward is something of a surgeon in his own field.

With more than 50 years experience as a butcher, Ward knows just how to cut a slice of meat or chicken to get the most bang and taste for the buck.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Solar developer sues Green Mountain Power

A solar developer is suing Green Mountain Power because the utility refuses to purchase power from it.

Thomas Melone, attorney for Otter Creek Solar, said the company wants to build five sites in Rutland and Bennington, ranging in size from 1 megawatt to 5 megawatts, and sell the power to GMP.

“We have some ...  Published on: February 8, 2016

Ben & Jerry’s now offers four flavors without dairy products

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry’s now has nondairy ice cream.

The Vermont ice cream maker has created four flavors using a certified vegan almond milk base. Available are the classic Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavors, plus a couple of new ones: Coffee Caramel Fudge and P.B. and Cookies.  Published on: February 8, 2016

Music Review: New music unsettling but satisfying

The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble presented two unusual, challenging and compelling works, a premiere and a second performance, Friday at Montpelier's Unitarian Church.  Published on: February 7, 2016

Clinton’s New Hampshire challenge: Winning trust

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The private email server. The Wall Street ties. The evolving policy positions. The speaking fees.

The concerns vary, but Hillary Clinton seems to be having trouble earning the public’s trust.  Published on: February 7, 2016

McAllister trial pushed to May, likely after session ends

MONTPELIER — The trial on sex charges of suspended state Sen. Norman McAllister has been moved from this month to May, lawyers said Friday, lessening the likelihood that lawmakers would be called away from their duties to testify as witnesses.  Published on: February 7, 2016

Hearing planned on lengthening hours of youth turkey hunt

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board will take public testimony on a proposal to extend the shooting hours for turkey hunting during the spring youth turkey hunt.

The current shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to noon. The proposal, presented by a citizen, calls for extending the hours to 5 p.m.  Published on: February 7, 2016

Vermont restricting domestic abusers’ access to guns

MONTPELIER — The need to protect potential victims in domestic violence cases helped lead the Vermont Legislature, which traditionally has been reluctant to restrict gun ownership, to take first steps toward making it harder for people with violent histories to get firearms.  Published on: February 7, 2016

Awkward debate for Republicans in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, first-term senators on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night’s Republican debate, with rivals challenging Cruz’s controversial campaign tactics and Rubio’s readiness to be president.  Published on: February 7, 2016

Woman reports broken windshield

SUDBURY — A Huff Pond Road woman told police that someone vandalized her car on Thursday, sometime between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

In a news release, Trooper Kaitlyn Armstrong, of the Vermont State Police’s Rutland barracks, said Elizabeth Bishop, 54, of Sudbury, told police she came home on Thursday around 7:30 p.m.  Published on: February 7, 2016

Three survive after car plunges off bridge

GRAFTON – A local fire chief said Saturday that three minors were lucky to be alive after a crash that sent a Hummer into Saxtons River Friday.  Published on: February 7, 2016

Warm winter, technology get sugaring season off to an early start

This unusual winter has produced another surprise — fresh Vermont maple syrup before Groundhog Day.

Sugarmakers from different corners of the state were boiling and making their first maple syrup early last week, a bonus generated by this year’s weird winter and the advantages of new sugaring technology.  Published on: February 7, 2016

Dozens shoot at targets for weekend fun

MANCHESTER — Even with no snow in the fields, dozens of people showed up at Skinner Hollow Farm on Saturday for the first day of the 13th Southern Vermont Primitive Biathlon hosted by the Manchester Rod and Gun Club.

The club uses the proceeds to fund scholarships for the Green Mountain Conservation Camps.  Published on: February 7, 2016

Neighborly ties bind some New Hampshire voters to Sanders

HAVERHILL, N.H. — In a kitchen where tin pails and rustic kitchen tools hung from the ceiling beams, Glen Putnam pointed to the old box television atop a refrigerator that throughout his life has brought him the latest about Bernie Sanders.  Published on: February 7, 2016



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