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Superintendent search moves forward
BARRE — The mid-November deadline has passed and the resumes are all in, but the number of applicants interested in serving as Barre’s next superintendent of schools will remain a mystery a little longer.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Vermont school serves stone soup for Thanksgiving
BERLIN — The Montessori School of Central Vermont observed what’s become a Thanksgiving tradition of serving “stone soup.”  Published on: November 28, 2014
Paving plan eyes smooth roads, big dollars
BARRE TOWN — The Select Board this week got a peek at the proposed first year of a five-year plan to maintain and upgrade what it was told is the seventh largest paved road network in the state.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Lawyer: Deputy should be reinstated right away
HYDE PARK — A lawyer for a sheriff’s deputy who saw a domestic abuse investigation against him dropped this week says the man should be reinstated to his job immediately.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Vermont education board seeks input on 5-year plan
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Board of Education is seeking public comment as members draft a statewide strategic plan for the next five years.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Vermont man charged in stabbing
Police: Snowball  Published on: November 28, 2014
US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
NEW YORK — Millions of Americans across the country marked the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving with a traditional meal.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Pollution tax makes sense
Taxing polluters makes sense. Vermonters save if more of our energy dollars stay in Vermont. Right now, fossil fuel companies pollute our air for free. That’s wrong. We have to pay to clean up after major storms such as Tropical Storm Irene, and pay for illnesses from air pollution.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Eagles roll over Cowboys for East lead, 33-10
ARLINGTON, Texas — LeSean McCoy ran for 159 yards a touchdown, Mark Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 33-10 in a Thanksgiving battle of NFC East co-leaders Thursday.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Thanksgivingis a snapshotof NHL playoffs
DENVER — Carve an extra piece of turkey to celebrate, David Backes and T.J. Oshie, because St. Louis is well on its way to the postseason. Treat yourself to another slice of pumpkin pie, Max Pacioretty, since Montreal’s virtually in, too.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Johnson brings the Lions to life
DETROIT — Calvin Johnson’s big day was exactly what Detroit’s dormant offense needed.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Against odds, Phillips aims for championship
CHICAGO — Unlike some resource-rich powerhouses that typically vie for Illinois’ high school football championships, the Phillips Academy Wildcats must lug their helmets and pads nearly a mile to a South Side Chicago city park to practice. They have no field of their own.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Rookie quarterback Carr is Raiders’ silver lining
ALAMEDA, Calif. — There’s not much Derek Carr hasn’t seen in his first season with the Oakland Raiders, from Rex Ryan’s exotic blitz packages in New York to the dominant defensive fronts of Arizona and Kansas City.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Pele ‘fine’ after move to special-care unit
SAO PAULO — Brazilian great Pele, who is being treated for a urinary tract infection, is in good condition and is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days, his spokesman said Thursday.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Clowney could miss another game for Texans
HOUSTON — No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney had a setback with his surgically repaired right knee and said Thursday that his chances of playing for Houston at Tennessee on Sunday are slim.  Published on: November 28, 2014
EU piling pressure on Google to change ways
BRUSSELS — European Union institutions are piling pressure on Google to change the way it operates its business and applies EU rules.  Published on: November 28, 2014
ECB’s Draghi: Euro monetary union ‘incomplete’
HELSINKI, Finland — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the euro currency union remains “incomplete” and needs to be strengthened with better oversight of member countries’ economic policies to avoid future crises.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Novelist PD James dies aged 94
LONDON — Mystery writer P.D. James, who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, has died, her publisher said. She was 94.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Full holiday menu for Obamas, plus 6 pies
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday’s basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Sia lights up Australian music industry awards
SYDNEY — Sia and her “Chandelier” lit up Australia’s Aria music awards, even without appearing on stage.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Talking songs with She & Him
NEW YORK — The musical duo She & Him — that’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward — convened a 20-piece orchestra to make “Classics,” a collection of songs written between 1930 and 1974.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Barre Town police log: Medicine, gun, jewelry stolen
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre Town police in recent days.  Published on: November 28, 2014
State AG settles with Texas firm
State AG settles  Published on: November 28, 2014
Government reviews Title IX complaint
Government reviews  Published on: November 28, 2014
Vermont clergy pushes for principled economy
MONTPELIER — The Rev. Debbie Ingram says the state’s progressive religious activists have been quiet for too long, focusing their energy on running soup kitchens and food pantries for those in need — a reaction to the conditions the poor see every day.  Published on: November 28, 2014
OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices
VIENNA — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Hong Kong student protest leader banned from site
HONG KONG — A Hong Kong court on Thursday banned a high-profile student leader from going near a recently cleared protest site, constraining the pro-democracy movement as it enters a third month.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night
FERGUSON, Mo. — Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Nation and World Briefs
SHANKSVILLE, Pa.  Published on: November 28, 2014
More ideas for easy holiday party snacks
Nobody is going to blame you if your holiday party spread includes a bowl of mixed nuts, some grapes and a wedge or two of cheese. After all, most people enjoy them. But it is easier than you think to elevate your feast by bolstering those tired party snack cliches with a few more creative offerings.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Stir It Up: Popcorn isn’t just for trimming the tree
Holiday entertaining can take many forms: the full-on sit-down dinner, the buffet, the cocktail party, the potluck supper or feeding drop-in guests. It’s smart to plan for the unplanned gathering, stock your pantry with the makings for last-minute dishes and keep a stash of beverages on hand. And don’t forget the appetizers.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Nourishing in many ways
MONTPELIER — What a perfect day for both giving and giving thanks.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Snowstorm proves bane and boon to Vt.
A “White Wednesday” storm that blanketed Vermont with up to 16.5 inches of snow proved a bane to Thanksgiving travelers and a boon to the $700 million Green Mountains ski industry.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Decline of Maine’s paper mills hurts middle class
BUCKSPORT, Maine — The road to the middle class in Maine might not be paved with paper any longer.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Brady vs. Rodgers: They have more in common than numbers
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers really do have a lot in common.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Poor Elijiah’s Almanack: Data, climate and Samson
Back in Samson’s day, great houses were supported by pillars. American public education is one of our great houses.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Behind the counter
As consumers flock to the malls in a rush for bargains on the day after Thanksgiving, they will disgorge a great flood of money into the retail outlets of Vermont and the rest of America.  Published on: November 28, 2014
Road projects $16 million over budget
MONTPELIER — The Agency of Transportation has experienced some mild sticker shock for road and bridge projects this year, and the high cost of materials has contributed to a $16 million overrun.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Montpelier alum hosting Alumni Game
MONTPELIER — Sam Brigham knows the power of community support, and he’s calling on former Montpelier High School basketball teammates and rivals from U-32 High School to come together to support a cause he’s passionate about this Saturday night.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Main St. land swap takes step forward
Two city boards are mulling a proposal to take down a building in Montpelier - the M & M Beverage - and allow the construction of a new building on city-owned land next door.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Barre man gets 3 to 10 in home burglaries
One of the three people police say were involved in a string of daytime burglaries at central Vermont homes has been sentenced to three to 10 years to serve.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Robbery suspect arrested in Virginia
WEST TOPSHAM — A Barre man believed to have robbed Gramps Country Store in West Topsham on Monday was picked up in Virginia, according to Vermont State Police.  Published on: November 27, 2014
More holiday concerts ...
From Wells River to Waterbury, Rutland to Burlington, Middlebury to St. Albans, December offers up a marvelous array of choral concerts by youth and adult ensembles throughout the region.  Published on: November 27, 2014
White House veto threat shelves possible tax plan
WASHINGTON — A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000
WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Sign-up period for farmers
In modern agriculture, there is much we can control, but two dynamics remain beyond our reach: weather and markets. The unpredictability of both, and sudden changes in either, can disrupt any family farming operation.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Yes to carbon tax
Yes to carbon tax  Published on: November 27, 2014
A changing view of hunting
It was an unusually cold and windy day for November, but I bundled up with gloves and a scarf and a brown woolen baseball cap, my red hair in a ponytail hanging out the hole in the back. I had completed half my walk on our country dirt road, with forest on one side, when I heard a shot ring out.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Light on stuffing, heavy on implications
Rivalries are like a big Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings — oh so appetizing but with the potential to leave you feeling sick and sleepy.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Improving Packers D gets test with Gronkowski
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Micah Hyde has seen the film of New England’s Rob Gronkowski, and he is understandably impressed.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Juicy Thanksgiving fare for NFL fans
Here’s how critical Philadelphia’s game at Dallas will be on Thanksgiving Day: The winner can start thinking about a home postseason game, maybe even a bye for the wild-card round. The loser winds up needing to win the rematch in 17 days to be viable in the NFC East.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Panda heads put away with Sandoval’s departure
SAN FRANCISCO — Those oversized panda heads are being put away — at least the ones seen in the first row at AT&T Park. Pablo Sandoval’s bamboo-eating buddies aren’t following him to Beantown.  Published on: November 27, 2014
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
MONTPELIER — Lost Nation Theater will present “It’s a Wonderful Life,” live radio play by Joe Landry, at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3 and 4, at City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St. in Montpelier. City Hall Arts Center is transformed into a 1940s broadcast studio, as five versatile actors and one busy sound effects wizard bring  Published on: November 27, 2014
Local visual arts
Barre  Published on: November 27, 2014
CD Review: Duane Carleton returns to the girls
Fans of Rutland-based rock guitarist-singer-songwriter Duane Carleton, get ready for Dec. 18. That’s the day that Carleton and his band The Backwoods Messiahs take the stage at the Pickle Barrel in Killington for a CD release party for his latest album.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Barre police log: Gun, batteries stolen
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre City police in recent days.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Montpelier police log: Cellphone, crosswalk violations are noted
The following is a sampling of calls to Montpelier police in recent days.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Talk of the Town
Stowaway?  Published on: November 27, 2014
New state budget cuts to total $17 million
MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration said Wednesday it is seeking $17 million more in midyear budget cuts to account for poor revenue.  Published on: November 27, 2014
HP earnings show continued struggle
SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard Co.’s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Arts Preview
First ‘Nutcracker’  Published on: November 27, 2014
Gruber contract cut to $280,000
MONTPELIER — State officials released an amended contract Tuesday with MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, lowering the maximum he can be paid to $280,000.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Sharpton gathers families of men killed by police
NEW YORK — The families of three unarmed black men who recently died at the hands of police officers linked arms with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday and prayed for justice amid days of protests over a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict one of the officers.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Obama administration sets stricter smog standard
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama’s original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Heart stent for Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 81
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Some immigrants get benefits under Obama’s actions
Associated Press  Published on: November 27, 2014
Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87
BEIRUT — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Weak consumer, business demand may slow US growth
WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers and businesses spent cautiously last month, a sign that strong growth during the spring and summer may decelerate in the final three months of the year.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Marleen H. Roy
BARRE — The angels came for our beloved Marleen Hatch Roy, 78, of Barre, on Nov. 24, 2014.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Dana O. Goodnow
TUNBRIDGE — Dana Otis Goodnow, 80, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Tunbridge on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Laurette L. Perry
SOUTH BARRE — Laurette L. Perry, 77, of the Middle Road, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 26, 2014, at her home with her family at her bedside.  Published on: November 27, 2014
George T. Matkowski
MONTPELIER — George T. Matkowski, 85, of Montpelier, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Another thanks
Today we give thanks. The annual inventory of people and services that support and guide each of us is a worthy exercise in reflection and offering up appreciation.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Nation and World Briefs
MINEOLA, N.Y.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Handel’s ‘Messiah
The Vermont Philharmonic and Chorus, conducted by Lisa Jablow, will perform Handel’s “Messiah” (highlights) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 16 Barre St. in Montpelier, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Barre Opera House.  Published on: November 27, 2014
For ski areas, ‘a dream come true’
Ski area operators in Vermont and across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the season.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Capital Sounds: Holiday yields some slim pickings
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Pickings are slim in the live music department this weekend, mostly due to the holiday and the fact that folks generally come out in droves after the their family obligations anyhow, so there is no need for added value for folks when they are mostly catching up with old friends.  Published on: November 27, 2014
What makes Montpelier unique?
What makes Montpelier a unique hometown? What are the sounds, rhythms, sights and qualities that define it and resonate with us? This March, an energetic creative project is going to consider those questions — and its organizers are providing abundant opportunities to join in.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Afie Jurvanen paints his masterpiece on ‘Bahamas is Afie’
Highly regarded for years as a stellar guitarist for the likes of Feist and other artists, Afie Jurvanen — who performs as Bahamas — has become an intriguing singer-songwriter in his own right.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Jesmonth earns top distinction in girls soccer
WILLIAMSTOWN — Diminutive senior All-State center midfielder Dani Jesmonth was the leading scorer for the Williamstown girls soccer team, which put together the best season in school history and came within a goal (1-0 against Peoples Academy) of winning its first state title.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Changing view of hunting
Editor’s note: When this essay appeared in the Herald last week, the last part was mistakenly left off, altering its meaning. Here it is reprinted in full.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Ethics panel again defers to Justice on Rep. Grimm
WASHINGTON - Rep. Michael Grimm of New York won re-election this month, but he still faces a criminal investigation into possible campaign finance violations, as well as a 20-count indictment on tax fraud and other charges.  Published on: November 27, 2014
US agency threatens to act against air bag maker
DETROIT — A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday when the government threatened fines and legal action if the company fails to admit that driver’s air bag inflators are defective and to agree to a nationwide recall.  Published on: November 27, 2014
Charge dropped in assault case
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Prosecutors have dropped an assault charge against a Vermont man who was shot by a Windsor police officer after he allegedly drove his vehicle toward the officer during a drug stakeout.  Published on: November 26, 2014
Warning issued on holiday travel
MONTPELIER — Public Safety officials are warning the public that traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday could be treacherous.  Published on: November 26, 2014
Raffle to aid local services
PLAINFIELD — The Plainfield Area Business Alliance is selling tickets for its 50/50 Holiday Benefit Raffle.  Published on: November 26, 2014
Vt. Fairpoint strikers fare better than Maine, NH counterparts
AUGUSTA, Maine — FairPoint worker Jeff Dorn has already told his children that Christmas is going to be more about family than presents this year.  Published on: November 26, 2014
Shuchuk tabbed ECAC East Rookie of the Week
DANBURY, Conn. — Freshman forward Maki Shuchuk of the Norwich University women’s ice hockey team has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Rookie of the Week.  Published on: November 26, 2014
Salvucci named ECAC East Rookie of the Week
MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY  Published on: November 26, 2014
Kentucky cruises to 92-44 victory over Texas-Arlington
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Devin Booker scored 19 points for his second career best in as many games, Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 with 11 rebounds, and No. 1 Kentucky had no trouble with Texas-Arlington in Tuesday night’s 92-44 blowout.  Published on: November 26, 2014
Curry, Warriors take down Heat
MIAMI — Stephen Curry scored 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.  Published on: November 26, 2014
No. 6 TCU takes same approach visit to Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU coach Gary Patterson has the same approach to another Thanksgiving night game at Texas, no matter how different the circumstances.  Published on: November 26, 2014
Freshmen filling vital roles for No. 3 Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has some sage advice for the Ducks’ up-and-coming freshmen.  Published on: November 26, 2014
Iron Bowl QBs can run and pass — or vice versa
AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama’s Blake Sims is a passer who can run and Auburn’s Nick Marshall is a runner who can pass.  Published on: November 26, 2014
Messi gains Champions League record with hat trick
Lionel Messi added the Champions League career scoring record to the La Liga mark he set last weekend, getting his 28th Barcelona hat trick in a 4-0 win Tuesday night at APOEL Nicosia.  Published on: November 26, 2014
State plan could boost Barre Technical Center preschool
Tech Center pre-school to target subisdized students  Published on: November 26, 2014
The art of public relations
Art of public relations  Published on: November 26, 2014
Slow down, save the planet
Slow down, save the planet  Published on: November 26, 2014
Hunger math
Hunger math  Published on: November 26, 2014
Broncos waive McManus, sign Barth
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have switched kickers again, waiving first-year pro Brandon McManus and signing Connor Barth, who hasn’t kicked in an NFL game since 2012.  Published on: November 26, 2014

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