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‘School of Rock,’ or school for theater
When the Northern Stage Summer Musical Theater Intensive Company presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's "School of Rock" this weekend, the ensemble of 19 kids will be playing 12 and 13 year olds — and they're 12 and 13.  Published on: July 28, 2016
VPR Poll: Half Of Sanders Supporters Say They’ll Vote For Clinton
A new VPR poll finds that Secretary Hillary Clinton may have a tough time winning the last 30 percent of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters to her camp.

Voters in Vermont overwhelmingly supported Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary. He garnered 86 percent of the Democratic vote, with Hillary Clinton winning just 13 percent.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Scientists survey destruction of sunflowers
MONKTON — Scientists said around 100 harsh sunflower stems were cut and trampled last week, as the state continues to investigate the incident.  Published on: July 28, 2016
A Danby man is sentenced in federal threats case
After pleading guilty in March to felony assault on a federal official, Robert Fitzgerald was sentenced in Rutland federal court to time already served and three years of supervised release.

“This offense was serious and put the doctor in fear for his life and his family’s life,” Judge Geoffrey W.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Man jailed for child's death

ST. JOHNSBURY — A Vermont man who admitted to killing his girlfriend's severely disabled child by putting vodka in the boy's feeding tube has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Walter Richters of Hardwick received the sentence Tuesday in St. Johnsbury under a plea deal with prosecutors.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Green thumbs
Story and photos by Stefan Hard



If you drive up tree-lined Elm Street in Montpelier, just before you get to the city pool and Montpelier Recreation Field, where the trees go away and the sky reappears, you may notice a white ranch house with a garden next to it that just seems to keep growing … and growing.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Global grooves in the Green Mountains: 13th Manifestivus July 29-30 in Cabot
Manifestivus, a beloved “local festival with a global vibe,” serves up its singular family-friendly soiree on a 93-acre farm in Cabot for the 13th time. Headlining this year’s festivities are hip-hop veteran Talib Kweli, pioneering Miami alt-Latin group Locos Por Juana, and Bermudian dancehall star Collie Buddz.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Coin drop controversy tops council meeting
BARRE — The Lions Club got what it wanted, but city councilors put licenses for 55 snakes on hold and left the fate of a committee created under the city’s new animal and fowl ordinance up in the air this week.

The Lions Club’s request to relocate a previously approved Aug.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Sanders renews call for unity with Clinton
PHILADELPHIA — With his presidential campaign officially over, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to his roots and addressed Vermont delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday morning after nominating his former rival, Hillary Clinton, as the party’s candidate the night before.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Welch’s campaign receives $8K from Comcast PAC
MONTPELIER — Millions of dollars are at stake as the Vermont Public Service Board considers a new license for cable giant Comcast to operate in the state for the next 11 years.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Chilling details of France church attack as hostage speaks
PARIS — More horrifying details emerged Wednesday about an attack on a French village church even as the country’s main religious leaders sent a message of unity and solidarity after meeting with President Francois Hollande in Paris.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Diverse Democrats struggle to connect with white men
ATLANTA — The Democratic National Convention speaker’s lineup has highlighted an increasingly diverse country that could soon elect the first female president to succeed its first black chief executive.

Yet the stream of women, African-Americans, Latinos, gay Americans — from U.S.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Trump asks Russians to expose Clinton’s emails
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump encouraged Russia to meddle in American politics Wednesday, with a stunning recommendation to uncover and make public hacked emails that might damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Shortly after Trump’s remarks, his running mate, Indiana Gov.  Published on: July 28, 2016
All charges dropped in Freddie Gray case
BALTIMORE — Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers who were still awaiting trial in Freddie Gray’s death, blaming police for a biased investigation that failed to produce a single conviction.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Bulldozer operator killed as California blaze spreads
BIG SUR, Calif. — The operator of a bulldozer was killed when it rolled over during the fight against a wildfire near Big Sur that has destroyed 20 homes and spread across more than 36 square miles, California fire officials said Wednesday.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Welch decides against accepting campaign funds
MONTPELIER — Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., announced Wednesday he would not accept campaign contributions from political action committees of companies that have cases before the state regulatory board of which his wife is a member.  Published on: July 28, 2016
New law on algae alerts

BURLINGTON — A new law that went into effect earlier this month requires state health officials in Vermont to notify the public of algae blooms within an hour of finding out about them.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Freedom and unity
Vermont’s role in the nation’s politics was on display in a variety of ways at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. Bernie Sanders was only part of it.

Howard Dean was there, too, and his presence drew an appreciative response from the crowd in Philadelphia.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Osman: Matt Dunn best choice
I believe that Matt Dunne has the energy, experience and creativity to lead Vermont, as our governor, toward a progressive agenda that will have a positive impact on our state and make us even more proud to be Vermonters.

Matt stands alone in the breadth of experience that he will bring to the job.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Burns: Vote for Sue Minter
I am writing in support of Sue Minter for governor. Sue is a smart, experienced leader who knows how to reach across divides and bring people together for common goals. That is what we need in a leader now, and Vermont can once again be a model for the country.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Dublois: Vote for Scott
I’m voting for Phil Scott for Governor on Aug. 9. You should too. Phil Scott listens to Vermonters. He learns about our problems and wants to make Vermont more affordable for us all. He leads by example.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Radner: Victory for democracy
Voters won big last week. And not once, but twice: On July 17, a federal judge ruled that voters in Wisconsin who do not meet the ID requirements imposed by a stringent new state law cannot be turned away from the polls.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Burr Morse: Fright night
One recent night I was awakened from a sound sleep by the security system down at our store. Although those are usually false alarms caused by some unknown movement in front of a motion sensor ... yes, we’ve also considered that my long-departed dad is playing tricks down there at night.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Bad bounce costs Boston
BOSTON — Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning that bounced off the top of the wall and into Boston’s bullpen, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday for a three-game series sweep.

Boston’s the last major league team to be swept in a series of any length this season.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Olympics present problem in US qualifying for Ryder Cup
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — The Olympics has thrown another wrinkle into the golf schedule, this one affecting the American team for the Ryder Cup.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Rachel Bombardier named NAC woman of the year
CASTLETON - The North Atlantic Conference announced Wednesday that Rachel Bombardier of Castleton University has been selected as the winner of its Woman of the Year award in a vote of the league’s athletics directors and senior woman administrators.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Dragon is no slouch
You know what’s crazy to have just realized? Scott Dragon’s win in the Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 last Thursday was only the third win of his career at Thunder Road.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Post 5 rallies for wild tourney title
CASTLETON — Babe Ruth once played at Bristol’s Muzzy Field but it is doubtful his road to the Connecticut park was filled with more twists, turns and bumps than the one Brattleboro Post 5 baseball team had to negotiate on Wednesday.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Welch decides against accepting campaign funds
MONTPELIER — Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., announced Wednesday he would not accept campaign contributions from political action committees of companies that have cases before the state regulatory board of which his wife is a member.  Published on: July 28, 2016
New law on algae alerts

BURLINGTON — A new law that went into effect earlier this month requires state health officials in Vermont to notify the public of algae blooms within an hour of finding out about them.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Man jailed for child's death

ST. JOHNSBURY — A Vermont man who admitted to killing his girlfriend's severely disabled child by putting vodka in the boy's feeding tube has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Walter Richters of Hardwick received the sentence Tuesday in St. Johnsbury under a plea deal with prosecutors.  Published on: July 28, 2016
A Danby man is sentenced in federal threats case
After pleading guilty in March to felony assault on a federal official, Robert Fitzgerald was sentenced in Rutland federal court to time already served and three years of supervised release.

“This offense was serious and put the doctor in fear for his life and his family’s life,” Judge Geoffrey W.  Published on: July 28, 2016
USDA deadline is Aug. 1
COLCHESTER — Farmers and ranchers have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2016 crop year, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Vermont Farm Service Agency.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Birth to Five has new exec
BURLINGTON — The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children recently hired Janet McLaughlin as the new executive director of its Vermont Birth to Five initiative.

McLaughlin will assume this role on Aug. 16.

She is currently special projects director and head of the Food and Farm Initiative at the Vermont Community Foundation.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Birth to Five has new exec
BURLINGTON — The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children recently hired Janet McLaughlin as the new executive director of its Vermont Birth to Five initiative.

McLaughlin will assume this role on Aug. 16.

She is currently special projects director and head of the Food and Farm Initiative at the Vermont Community Foundation.  Published on: July 28, 2016
USDA deadline is Aug. 1
COLCHESTER — Farmers and ranchers have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2016 crop year, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Vermont Farm Service Agency.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Boeing posts rare quarterly loss, mulls phasing out 747
NEW YORK — Boeing, absorbing billions in write-downs related to two of its newest commercial jets and a military fuel tanker, reported its first quarterly loss in nearly seven years.

Yet revenue for the Chicago aerospace giant rose 1 percent to $24.8 billion, and company shares rose steadily before the opening bell Wednesday.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Coca-Cola cuts sales outlook amid weak international demand
ATLANTA — Coca-Cola cut its sales forecast for the year on Wednesday, but says it’s making changes to address declining soda demand in the U.S. and key international markets.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Arts Preview
Tom Murphy comedy

STOWE — Enjoy a night of ridiculous theater at its best with Tom Murphy in “MetaMURPHosis” at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug 4.

“MetaMURPHosis” is fun for all ages.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Capital Sounds: Outdoors or in, it’s happening
Central Vermont’s premier camping music festival takes place this weekend when the annual Manifestivus happens in Cabot. Highlights include hip-hop icon Talib Kweli, reggae trendsetter Collie Buddz, Pete Bernhard of The Devil Makes Three and locals Electrolads, amongst others.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Visual Art Review: Fiber art and soft bombs
Constellations of neckties flutter from lamp posts; garlands and stems of knitted and crocheted flowers weave through fences; Giuliano Ceccinelli II’s granite armchair in front of Studio Place Arts is upholstered in brilliant patterns — color and comfort burst forth in the installations of “Soft Bomb Barre,” radiating out from SPA.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Adam and Eve: Mark Twain and Evan Premo retell the tale
When Marshfield composer Evan Premo decided he wanted to write an opera about Adam and Eve, the lyricist he wanted wasn’t available.

“Then I discovered this Mark Twain — which is just an unbelievable piece,” Premo says.

Scrag Mountain Music will present “The Diaries of Adam and Eve,” a chamber opera as told by Twain, at 7:30 p.m.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Bill Brauer retrospective: Women, sensual and mysterious
In “Night Dance,” by Warren artist Bill Brauer, a man’s outstretched hand clutches the bare back of a woman in a low cut green dress. The viewer cannot see their faces, but the energy between them is palpable.

Brauer painted “Night Dance” in 1988.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Pinegrove brings lauded sound to Burlington
Riding high on acclaim for its latest album, “Cardinal,” New Jersey indie-rock band Pinegrove returns to Vermont on Wednesday for a headline show at Signal Kitchen in Burlington.  Published on: July 28, 2016
‘Sinners’ challenges women’s place
HARDWICK — The Greensboro Arts Alliance Residency presents the Mirror Repertory Company in the American premiere of Joshua Sobol’s “Sinners (The English Teacher)” at 7 p.m. July 30, and Aug. 7 and 14 at the Hardwick Town House.

Emmy Award-winner Brian Cox is staging its English language premiere here.  Published on: July 28, 2016
Speakers sought for Ignite event
COLCHESTER — Hergenrother Foundation is seeking speakers for the fifth annual Ignite Burlington, which it will host Oct. 20 at The Film House at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

Ignite events are held in over 100 cities worldwide and are similar to TED’s “Ideas Worth Spreading.  Published on: July 27, 2016
CVMC receives Energy Star honor
BERLIN — University of Vermont Health Network — Central Vermont Medical Center plans to announce its new Energy Star Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today at 10:15 a.m.

The announcement will take place at the south entrance of hospital, located at 130 Fisher Road in Berlin.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Town Hall closer to more parking
PLAINFIELD — Residents have formed a nonprofit organization to manage the historic Town Hall while local officials inch closer to buying adjacent property in an effort to increase parking for the hall.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Panel hears that child care needs are great
BARRE — Cost, capacity and communication are the three “C’s” that a blue-ribbon commission evaluating ways to finance high quality, affordable child care in Vermont should focus on in coming months.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Vermont man gets prison for trying to lure girls
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Chester man caught mailing lingerie to a 14-year-old girl, one of 50 underage girls he allegedly chatted with on the internet in 2014, will spend the next two years behind bars.

Shawn Ellison, 22, was given an overall sentence of seven to 12 years, with all but two years suspended.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Mayor plans ‘Resettlement Cabinet’
RUTLAND — Mayor Christopher Louras said he wants to enlist skeptics of refugee resettlement to help make sure it works.

Louras announced Tuesday he intended to form a “Resettlement Cabinet” to advise his office on the “challenges and considerations we could encounter during the resettlement process.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Bartonsville mourns burial of covered bridge remains
BARTONSVILLE — The remains of the iconic 1871 Bartonsville Covered Bridge, which was swept to destruction during Tropical Storm Irene five years ago, have been given what some Rockingham Select Board members past and present feel was an ignominious burial.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Killington Resort Former ski ambassador takes workers’ comp claim to court
KILLINGTON — A dispute over who should pay a former Killington Resort ski ambassador’s medical bills following a 2008 tumble on the slopes could finally be settled in court.  Published on: July 27, 2016
New police dispatch center set to go live

WESTMINSTER — A new Vermont State Police dispatch center in Westminster is set to begin operations.

The new $6.8 million barracks opened last week and on Tuesday officials are scheduled to switch over to the new dispatch center that's located there.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Man denies stabbings
MIDDLEBURY — A Vermont man accused of stabbing and beating two mental-health workers at a treatment group home has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder.

Ronald Bean entered the plea Monday in Middlebury. He was ordered to undergo evaluations for mental competency and sanity. He is being held without bail.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Man dies at rafting event
COLCHESTER — Police in Vermont have identified a Milton man who died after suffering an apparent heart attack during a thunderstorm at a rafting event on Lake Champlain.

Authorities say Thomas Leggett, 56, died in Colchester on Saturday.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Barre man faces more burglary charges
BARRE — A Granite City man already facing multiple burglary charges is now facing more charges for break-ins.

Olaf E. Hedding Sr., 49, pleaded not guilty in Chittenden County criminal court Tuesday to three felony counts of burglary and three misdemeanor counts of violating his conditions of release.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Montpelier Police: Sidewalk fire, bunk-bed beef reported
The following is a sampling of calls to Montpelier police in recent days.

July 18

A gunshot was reported on Robinhood Circle.

Someone was trespassing on North College Street.

Telephone lines were down on College Street.

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the Jacobs parking lot.  Published on: July 27, 2016
State: Elevated PFOA found in blood tests
BENNINGTON — The nearly 500 adults and children tested for blood PFOA levels by the Vermont Health Department do have higher than average amounts of the chemical in their bodies compared to the national population, blood clinic results released by the state agency show.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Clinton nod gets boost from Sanders
PHILADELPHIA — Vermont’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention took center stage Tuesday evening, casting its votes last before Sen. Bernie Sanders helped Hillary Clinton cement her place in history as the first woman nominated for president by a major political party.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Wildfire shuts down Calif. parks
BIG SUR, Calif. — California’s signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the state’s two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season.  Published on: July 27, 2016
A historic political moment
PHILADELPHIA — Breaking a historic barrier, Democrats triumphantly chose Hillary Clinton as their White House nominee Tuesday night, the first woman ever to lead a major political party into the general election.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Watch for behavior changes for clues of dementia onset
WASHINGTON — Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing — changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.  Published on: July 27, 2016
IS kills French priest, 85
SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Broadway giant James Nederlander dies at 94
NEW YORK — James M. Nederlander, who took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadway houses, has died. He was 94.

“The world has lost one of its great impresarios,” said his son, James L.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Bee squad ready for sting operations on urban swarms
NEW YORK — Daniel Higgins is one cop who knows a thing or two about sting operations.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Obama expanding refugee program for Central Americans
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will soon expand efforts to help Central American families and children legally immigrate to the United States amid another surge of migrants caught crossing the border illegally.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Indictment: Felon unlawfully had gun
BURLINGTON — A man who police say rode his bicycle around Burlington with a rifle slung over his shoulder has been indicted on a gun possession charge.

The Burlington Free Press reported that a federal grand jury indicted 52-year-old Malcolm Tanner on Monday on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Florian Wawrzyniak
Florian Wawrzyniak

NORTHFIELD — Florian Wawrzyniak, 76, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 24, 2016, at his camp in Isle LaMotte. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on January 6, 1940, the son of Lawrence & Anna (Dombrowska) Wawrzyniak. He attended Most Holy Rosary Elementary School and graduated from Mount St.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Good soldier
Bernie Sanders is performing his most heroic role at the Democratic National Convention this week. He is the good soldier who is rallying his troops in defeat to carry the battle forward to another day.  Published on: July 27, 2016
DePino: Guns and domestic violence
In an editorial in The Times Argus, Peter Galbraith is “aiming to quash special interests.” It is almost humorous to hear that, since Peter has accepted 82 percent of his campaign funds from outside Vermont.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Democratic Watergate
There was never any real doubt about the fact that the DNC stacked the deck against Senator Bernie Sanders during the primary election season. This was obvious to Bernie and his supporters here in Vermont and elsewhere.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Potential Tax Increases Coming After the Election
Before Peter Shumlin became governor, he famously said that there was no more tax capacity left in Vermont. We were “tapped out.” Since then, Shumlin and majorities in the Legislature have passed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new taxes and fees.  Published on: July 27, 2016
New Cubs closer arrives to a mixed reaction
CHICAGO — Star closer Aroldis Chapman joined the Cubs on Tuesday, arriving to a mixed reaction in Chicago and saying he couldn’t remember what management told him about off-field expectations and behavior.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Bad day for Mountaineers at Rec. Field
Staff Report

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Mountaineers suffered two tough losses Tuesday, marking a major setback in their quest to snare the fourth-and-final playoff berth in the upcoming NECBL playoffs.  Published on: July 27, 2016
White River edges Brattleboro
CASTLETON — Baseball is a funny game. Not funny in the ha-ha sense but curious for sure.

White River Junction Post 84 won in the 11th inning Tuesday after a batter was intentionally walked with two outs to load the bases.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Dramatic win earns Rutland spot in title game
CASTLETON — Rutland Post 31’s Tommy Kenosh was sprawled in the dirt near home plate in the bottom of the 10th inning but still no call from umpire Marvin Pritchard. He had ruled that Kenosh had missed the plate but Essex Post 91 catcher Jake Gaboriault had also missed the tag. There was no call that could be made yet; the play was still live.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Mastroianni a master of travel for past decade
The journeyman is a perpetual fixture of Major League Baseball, and no player proves this better than Twins right fielder Darin Mastroianni.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Grueling schedule for boys of summer
MONTPELIER — If you look at the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s transaction logs, they’re crowded with releases and acquisitions as teams across the league are scrambling to fill rosters to make postseason runs. Top pitchers are shut down, and teams are left struggling to look for any talent they can.  Published on: July 27, 2016
New police dispatch center set to go live

WESTMINSTER — A new Vermont State Police dispatch center in Westminster is set to begin operations.

The new $6.8 million barracks opened last week and on Tuesday officials are scheduled to switch over to the new dispatch center that's located there.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Barre man faces more burglary charges
BARRE — A Granite City man already facing multiple burglary charges is now facing more charges for break-ins.

Olaf E. Hedding Sr., 49, pleaded not guilty in Chittenden County criminal court Tuesday to three felony counts of burglary and three misdemeanor counts of violating his conditions of release.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Man dies at rafting event
COLCHESTER — Police in Vermont have identified a Milton man who died after suffering an apparent heart attack during a thunderstorm at a rafting event on Lake Champlain.

Authorities say Thomas Leggett, 56, died in Colchester on Saturday.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Man denies stabbings
MIDDLEBURY — A Vermont man accused of stabbing and beating two mental-health workers at a treatment group home has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder.

Ronald Bean entered the plea Monday in Middlebury. He was ordered to undergo evaluations for mental competency and sanity. He is being held without bail.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Speakers sought for Ignite event
COLCHESTER — Hergenrother Foundation is seeking speakers for the fifth annual Ignite Burlington, which it will host Oct. 20 at The Film House at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

Ignite events are held in over 100 cities worldwide and are similar to TED’s “Ideas Worth Spreading.  Published on: July 27, 2016
CVMC receives Energy Star honor
BERLIN — University of Vermont Health Network — Central Vermont Medical Center plans to announce its new Energy Star Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today at 10:15 a.m.

The announcement will take place at the south entrance of hospital, located at 130 Fisher Road in Berlin.  Published on: July 27, 2016
Sanders backers remain skeptical of Clinton
 Published on: July 26, 2016
Brattleboro topples Rutland
CASTLETON — It was all about efficiency and pushing the right buttons for Brattleboro Post 5 in their 9-6 victory over Rutland Post 31 on Monday in the Vermont American Legion Baseball Tournament at the Spartan Athletic Complex.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Post 84 cruises in knocking Cannons out
CASTLETON — It has been a firecracker of a baseball summer in the Upper Valley. The area has gained a New England Collegiate Baseball League team and an American Legion baseball team making its debut as Post 84 has been on a tear.

Move over, Upper Valley Nighthawks of the NECBL. This week let the spotlight shine of Post 84.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Essex ousts BF, 15-9
CASTLETON — Riding the momentum gained in Sunday’s walk-off victory over SD Ireland, Essex Post 91 had two strong arms fortified by a big-time offensive output and breezed to a 15-9 victory over Bellows Falls Post 37 on Monday in the 2016 Vermont American Legion Baseball Championship at the Spartan Athletic Complex.  Published on: July 26, 2016
SBA disaster loan deadline is Aug. 23
Aug. 23 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which are available in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties in Vermont as a result of the drought that began on Feb. 1, 2015.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Lanphear farm wins Vt. award
HYDE PARK — The Lanphear Family Farm, a 530-cow Holstein dairy in Hyde Park, was recently named the 2016 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.

This farm, owned by Kirk and Katrina Lanphear, was recognized for its well-managed herd, high quality milk production, sound management practices and strong work ethics.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Sanders delegates boo Clinton
PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed hundreds of delegates at the Democratic National Convention on Monday afternoon but seemed unable to convince some of his most passionate backers they should work to elect Hillary Clinton.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Heritage festival countdown begins
BARRE — The stages aren’t yet set, the tables are still in storage, the big tent won’t be pitched on the lawn of the Aldrich Public Library until Friday morning, and the first of the vendors won’t arrive until later that day.  Published on: July 26, 2016
After turmoil, Sanders, Mrs Obama, Warren thrill convention
PHILADELPHIA — First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the presidential election Monday with a forceful, impassioned defense of Hillary Clinton, casting her as the only candidate who can be trusted as a role model for the nation’s children. She took numerous swipes at Republican Donald Trump, all without mentioning his name.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Vt. to review budget changes

MONTPELIER — Aides to Gov. Peter Shumlin plan to brief lawmakers on their proposal for adjusting the current fiscal year state budget to respond to a new downgrade in the state's revenue forecast, with a public hearing to follow.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Vermont primary registration deadline

MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos is reminding Vermonters that the deadline to register for next month's primary election is Aug. 3.

The primary takes place on Aug. 9.

Vermonters may register at the town clerk's office or by mail by completing an application.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Fire injures elderly woman

BENNINGTON — Authorities say a house fire in Bennington has left an elderly woman seriously injured.

Firefighters responded to a call for a fire just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Investigators believe the blaze was electrical in nature and is not suspicious.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Falling tree kills man in storm

HUBBARDTON — Vermont State Police say a 66-year-old Rutland man is dead after he was hit by a falling tree at the edge of Lake Bomoseen in Hubbardton during a severe wind storm.

Police say Clifford R. Jones had retrieved two fishing poles from a lake-side dock at about 4:45 p.m.  Published on: July 26, 2016
‘Pokemon Go' causes crash

RUTLAND TOWN — Vermont State Police say a Rutland man was driving drunk and playing the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game when he crashed his car over the weekend.

Officers responded to a report of an accident in Rutland Town around 8:15 a.m. Sunday.  Published on: July 26, 2016
SBA disaster loan deadline is Aug. 23
Aug. 23 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which are available in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties in Vermont as a result of the drought that began on Feb. 1, 2015.  Published on: July 26, 2016