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Sayles joins national board
BARRE — Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles was recently appointed to a two-year term on the board of directors of Feeding America, a nationwide organization.

He currently serves on the Feeding America Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee, which develops national policy direction for the group’s nationwide network of food banks.  Published on: July 1, 2016
NFP announces Vermont HR team
NFP, a New York-based insurance firm, recently expanded its services in Vermont with a new team of experienced human resources professionals.

Susan Graham was hired as human resources advisor. She has over 30 years of human resources experience and has been operating her own consulting business in Vermont since 2009.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Sterling College hosts beer talk
CRAFTSBURY COMMONS — Three renowned craft beer experts will present “Comparative Craft Brewing: Vermont and Denmark” at 7 p.m. on July 19 in classroom 3 at Simpson Hall on the Sterling College campus.

This talk is free and open to the public, and there will be time for questions from the audience.  Published on: July 1, 2016
‘Future Shock’ author Alvin Toffler dies at 87
NEW YORK — Alvin Toffler, a guru of the post-industrial age whose million-selling “Future Shock” and other books anticipated the disruptions and transformations brought about by the rise of digital technology, has died. He was 87.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Top stories expose violence, peace
This week we consider two beginnings, one violent and one peaceful, which both changed the world. (All spelling and punctuation are original).

I’ve noted that great events frequently grow from small seeds.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Sanders returns to Capitol, campaign in tow
WASHINGTON — The lusty applause that greeted his return to the Capitol is behind him now, as are the pecks on the cheek he received as he sat at his desk on the Senate floor, looking vaguely glum, receiving good wishes like a warrior returned to civilization, injured but intact.

Sen.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Music review: Challenging program opens Green Mountain festival
BURLINGTON — The Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival opened its 2016 Artist Faculty Series Wednesday at the UVM Recital Hall with some particularly fine performances of some challenging and intriguing repertoire.

The festival is a four-week chamber music school for 184 high school to college-age pianists and string players.  Published on: July 1, 2016
DUI checkpoints thru Fourth
WILLISTON — Vermont State Police say they are ramping up enforcement efforts to nab drunken drivers during the Fourth of July holiday.

Police say starting today and continuing through Monday, police will conduct sobriety checkpoints.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Officials urge caution with fireworks
BERLIN — Vermont Fire Safety Director Michael Desrochers and other fire officials are encouraging Vermonters to leave fireworks to the experts this Independence Day. 

According to a statement released by Vermont State Police, most fireworks are illegal in Vermont without a permit and pose serious injury risk.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Emails detail City Hall strain
MONTPELIER — A review of emails pertaining City Manager William Fraser’s employment contract reveal strained relationships between Fraser and city officials over the Capital City’s direction and leadership.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Offender faces new theft charges
BARRE — A Wallingford man already accused of breaking into multiple places in central Vermont is now facing more charges for break-ins.

Olaf E. Hedding Sr., 49, pleaded not guilty in Washington County criminal court Thursday to a felony count of burglary, a felony count of attempted burglary and a misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Granite City Grocery members determined to keep moving
BARRE — Granite City Grocery doesn’t have a home, but it might have something just as important as its recently rekindled search for a site continues: momentum.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Capital city visions for the future
MONTPELIER — Around 30 people attended a community visioning workshop Wednesday night to give input about plans to consolidate some of its services.

The city is considering merging four agencies: parks, senior center, cemetery and recreation. Before making any decisions, officials sought input from the community.  Published on: July 1, 2016
No-contact order in murder case
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Greg Smith, accused of shooting a man to death in downtown Springfield in April 2015, was ordered this week not to contact his girlfriend after she starts her prison sentence today.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Dunne says he has health care ‘roadmap’
MONTPELIER — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne laid out a three-pronged approach to health care reform at a State House news conference Thursday, highlighted by a publicly financed universal primary care program.  Published on: July 1, 2016
UK in shock: Johnson drops bid
LONDON — In a real-life political drama mixing Shakespearean tragedy with “House of Cards,” Britain’s victorious anti-EU campaigner Boris Johnson saw his chances of leading his country evaporate Thursday after the defection of a key ally.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops
WASHINGTON — Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Trump ally mocks Warren, Native Americans at event
WASHINGTON — Conservative radio host and columnist Howie Carr, opening for Donald Trump at a presidential campaign rally in Maine, brought up Hillary Clinton and her potential running mate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“You know Elizabeth Warren, right?” Carr asked the crowd.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Obama admin changing coal royalty program to boost revenue
WASHINGTON — The Interior Department said Thursday it is changing the way it values coal mined from public lands in the West to make sure mining companies are not shortchanging taxpayers on sales to Asia and other markets.

A final rule issued Thursday comes after coal exports surged in recent years amid a weak U.S. market.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Settlement in ski resort probe
MONTPELIER — Vermont financial regulators said Thursday they have reached a $5.95 million settlement with a financial firm related to the fraud investigation of real estate developments at two northern Vermont ski resorts.  Published on: July 1, 2016
George LeRoy
FALMOUTH, Mass. — George LeRoy died in Falmouth on June 8, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. George was born on March 5, 1928, in Barre, Vermont. George was the sixth of seven children born to the late Elizabeth (MacDonald) LeRoy and Glendon LeRoy.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Max G. Greene
NORTHFIELD — Max George Greene, 77, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. He was born in Montpelier on Dec. 22, 1938, the son of Max Charles and Isabelle Gertrude (Miller) Greene. He is a graduate of Northfield High School, class of 1958, although he was fondly adopted by the class of 1957.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Roger P. Davis
NORTHFIELD — Roger P. Davis, 75, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at his home in Northfield. He was born in Northfield on Feb. 20, 1941, the son of George and Nora (Pratt) Davis. He graduated from Northfield High School in 1959.

Roger served in the United States Navy for three years during the Vietnam War on the U.S.S. Haverfield.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Robert L. Barberi
BARRE CITY — Robert L. Barberi, 86, of John Street, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin with his family at his bedside.

Born in Barre on March 14, 1930, he was the son of the late Mario Barberi Sr. and Aurelia (Tomasini) Barberi.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Anthony T. Austin
FRANKLIN, Tenn., and WATERBURY — Anthony Tony Austin passed away peacefully at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 22, 2016. Tony was born on Feb. 5, 1956, the son of the late Paul and Bernice (Houston) Austin.

Tony grew up in Waterbury and attended Harwood Union High School.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Sanders: Democrats need to wake up
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, wrote this opinion piece for The New York Times:



Surprise, surprise.  Published on: July 1, 2016
British politics, post-Brexit
Predicting the future political leadership of the United Kingdom — and how the new leadership will manage Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union — became suddenly more difficult on Friday.  Published on: July 1, 2016
McClaughry: No new thinking
Your campaign roundup story of June 26 featured Lt. Gov. Phil Scott pointing out that Bruce Lisman’s opposition to Act 46 and his call to switch Vermont to the federal health care exchange were certainly not “original” with Bruce. Of course they weren’t. Large Republican majorities favor those two steps.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Yankees, Headley topple Rangers
NEW YORK — Chase Headley scored on a passed ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees won in their final at-bat for the second straight game to beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Thursday afternoon.

Four New York pitchers combined to strike out 16 Rangers as the teams split the four-game series.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Coastal Carolina defeats Arizona in CWS
OMAHA, Neb. — Coastal Carolina capitalized on two errors on the same play for four unearned runs in the sixth inning, and the Chanticleers won their first national championship in any sport with a 4-3 victory over Arizona in Game 3 of the College World Series finals on Thursday.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Free agent pool deep without Stamkos
The big fish is gone, so teams will circle around other targets when NHL free agency opens today.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Golf prodigy makes pro debut
PORTLAND, Ore. — Recently Mariah Stackhouse was flipping through some old photos, and she came across a few of herself playing golf when she was just a little kid.

And it dawned on her that even though she’s making her debut as a professional in the Portland Classic, she’d been working toward this goal for a long time.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Lakers selling their future, not history, to free agents
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers spent the last few summers attempting to sell the NBA’s top free agents on the franchise’s glamorous combination of history and Hollywood.

From Dwight Howard to LaMarcus Aldridge, that pitch went terribly — even more terribly than the Lakers’ last few seasons.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Donahue wins a thriller at Thunder Road
BARRE — Thunder Road’s nickname has long been the “nation’s site of excitement” and it surely fit the bill on Thursday night. The finish to the 50-lap Late Model feature was so close, in fact, that the outcome was decided by a computer.

John Donahue thought he had the win in the bag, and he was right. Barely.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Muguruza, 17 other seeds fall at Wimbledon
LONDON — After two days filled with rain, the sun actually made an appearance at Wimbledon on Thursday, allowing for plenty of play all around the grounds, a chance to finally conclude the first round — and several surprises, the biggest of which was French Open champion Garbine Muguruza’s exit.

No.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Fast finish gives Barrand title
WATERBURY CENTER — First-round leader Katie Barrand found her way back to the top of the leaderboard when it counted, posting par 72 to win the Women’s New England Amateur Championship by a shot at the Country Club of Vermont on Thursday.

And it was in dramatic fashion.  Published on: July 1, 2016
No-contact order in murder case
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Greg Smith, accused of shooting a man to death in downtown Springfield in April 2015, was ordered this week not to contact his girlfriend after she starts her prison sentence today.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Officials urge caution with fireworks
BERLIN — Vermont Fire Safety Director Michael Desrochers and other fire officials are encouraging Vermonters to leave fireworks to the experts this Independence Day. 

According to a statement released by Vermont State Police, most fireworks are illegal in Vermont without a permit and pose serious injury risk.  Published on: July 1, 2016
DUI checkpoints thru Fourth
WILLISTON — Vermont State Police say they are ramping up enforcement efforts to nab drunken drivers during the Fourth of July holiday.

Police say starting today and continuing through Monday, police will conduct sobriety checkpoints.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Sterling College hosts beer talk
CRAFTSBURY COMMONS — Three renowned craft beer experts will present “Comparative Craft Brewing: Vermont and Denmark” at 7 p.m. on July 19 in classroom 3 at Simpson Hall on the Sterling College campus.

This talk is free and open to the public, and there will be time for questions from the audience.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Sayles joins national board
BARRE — Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles was recently appointed to a two-year term on the board of directors of Feeding America, a nationwide organization.

He currently serves on the Feeding America Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee, which develops national policy direction for the group’s nationwide network of food banks.  Published on: July 1, 2016
NFP announces Vermont HR team
NFP, a New York-based insurance firm, recently expanded its services in Vermont with a new team of experienced human resources professionals.

Susan Graham was hired as human resources advisor. She has over 30 years of human resources experience and has been operating her own consulting business in Vermont since 2009.  Published on: July 1, 2016
Train workers presumed dead after head-on crash in Texas
DALLAS — Three missing crew members from the two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle are presumed dead, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.

Emergency personnel at the scene of Tuesday's collision about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo have moved to a recovery operation, DPS Sgt.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Brutal beating on nanny cam: Man gets life
NEWARK, N.J. — A judge sentenced a career criminal to life in prison Wednesday for a brutal home invasion beating caught on a nanny cam after listening to the victim describe how the attack left her with physical and psychological scars.  Published on: June 30, 2016
After 150 years, KKK dreams of rising again
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s. Membership dwindled, a unified group fractured, and one-time members went to prison for a string of murderous attacks against blacks.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore dies at 84
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.

Moore died at his home in Nashville, said biographer and friend James L.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Biden threatens funding cut over secret cancer trials
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden threatened Wednesday to pull federal funding for cancer studies that fail to publicly disclose their results, putting pressure on researchers, clinicians and drug companies to speed up progress toward cancer cures.  Published on: June 30, 2016
US consumer spending posts healthy gain in May
WASHINGTON — Americans went shopping this spring, increasing their spending in May for the second straight month and delivering good news for economic growth.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in May on top of a 1.1 percent surge in April.  Published on: June 30, 2016
FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer
WASHINGTON — Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Robert L. Barberi
BARRE — Robert L. Barberi, 86, of John Street, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin with his family at his bedside.

A complete obituary will be published in future edition of The Times Argus.

Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Frederick N. Martell
RANDOLPH CENTER — The military committal service for Frederick N. Martell, who passed away May 23, 2016, will be held Monday, July 11, at 11 a.m. in Section E, Vermont Veterans Cemetery, in Randolph Center.  Published on: June 30, 2016
John F. Stone Jr.
BARRE — John Frederick “Fred” Stone Jr., 81, of Barre, Vermont, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 27, 2016, with longtime partner Nancy Andreoletti by his side.

Fred was born in Montpelier, Vermont, on Nov. 30, 1934, to John Frederick Stone Sr. and Ann (Murray) Stone.  Published on: June 30, 2016
George J. Paquette
BARTON — George J. Paquette Jr., 82, of Barton, Vermont, passed away on June 25, 2016, surrounded by his loving family and care givers at the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

He was born on May 21, 1934, in Barton. He was the son of George Sr., and Mildred (Hoyt) Paquette.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Clouds over Rio
When the Rio Olympic games begin in August, the event will start with unprecedented controversy swirling around the competitors. The controversies in this Olympiad have mostly to do with the systemic use of banned substances by athletes from multiple countries, and the lack of action by authorities against the drug use.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Grearson: As a patriot
I live in a time when words matter depending position, status and audience.

I live in a culture that claims to be civil, just and charitable. Are we?

I exist in a world of plenty squandered by the few, given to the chosen by the chosen.

These are my words, my thoughts and my opinions.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Snell: Step aside
In his June 26 opinion piece about Donald Trump, “Step up — or step out,” Mike Smith says: “The truth is no one really knows who Donald Trump is; what he believes in; or his positions on the issues of the day.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Finner: Clear views
Thank you, Emily Cutts, for your well-researched and well-written article Sunday, “Roots for radicalism, extremism vary.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Schneider: Campaign fallout
I was so pleased to read in Sunday’s paper that the Vermont Democratic Party has such high standards. “Referring to another human being as a piece of meat, regardless of whether or not you agree with someone, is pretty damning and really shows what kind of person you are.” That describes the actions that got the Democratic Party to return H.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Amses: Fond memories of paper papers
Although dismayed by the recent announcement that The Times Argus and Rutland Herald would cut back production of their paper editions to four a week, (publishing online seven days a week), I realized that I’m a component of this vicious cycle, preferring my information instantaneously like most everyone else.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Sanders: Democrats need to wake up
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, wrote this opinion piece for The New York Times:



Surprise, surprise.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Clashes rage as Rio police try to capture drug trafficker
RIO DE JANEIRO — Police attempts to recapture a drug trafficker who escaped from a Brazilian hospital have led to more than a week of deadly gunbattles in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, which is hosting the Olympics in August.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Predators, Habs swap all-star defensemen
The Nashville Predators pulled off a blockbuster before the start of free agency Wednesday by acquiring P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber, a swap of All-Star defensemen.

Subban won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2013 and had six goals and 45 assists last season before suffering an injury.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Spieth set bar he won’t reach this year
AKRON, Ohio — Any other year, Jordan Spieth would feel this has been a very good season.

Just not this year.

At the halfway point of 2016, he already has two victories. One of them was an eight-shot runaway against a winners-only field at Kapalua.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Price, Red Sox blanked in finale
the Red Sox hitless until Christian Vazquez singled leading off the sixth. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts followed with hits to load the bases with one out, but David Ortiz popped up and Hanley Ramirez hit a routine fly that ended the threat.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Federer has no mercy for qualifier
LONDON — Roger Federer was not about to let this feel-good story spoil his own Wimbledon.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Mountaineers bury Swamp Bats, 12-3
MONTPELIER — Culver Lamb threw five shutout innings and a pair of four-run innings were the recipe for victory Wednesday night, as the Mountaineers routed the Keene Swamp Bats, 12-3, at Recreation Field to secure their third win in their last four games.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Cubbies back on track with Reds sweep
CINCINNATI — Anthony Rizzo legged out his first inside-the-park homer on Wednesday — another unusual moment in a series full of oddities — and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 for a three-game sweep that got them back on solid footing after a rough week.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Preds, Habs swap defenders
The Nashville Predators pulled off a blockbuster before the start of free agency Wednesday by acquiring P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber, a swap of All-Star defensemen.

Subban won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2013 and had six goals and 45 assists last season before suffering an injury.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Ghelfi charges to N.E. golf lead
WATERBURY CENTER — Hannah Ghelfi charged to the top of the leaderboard on Wednesday in the second round of the women’s New England Golf Championship at the Country Club of Vermont.

Making birdie on three of her final five holes, Ghelfi posted 2-under par 70 for a one-shot lead entering today’s final round.  Published on: June 30, 2016
White, Lussier making it fun
This column a few weeks ago raved about big upset winners in recent racing history, sparked by Tyler Cahoon’s unexpected Memorial Day Classic score at Thunder Road.

Perhaps a couple of the moments that Vermont race fans witnessed last week weren’t quite as shocking, but they were certainly no less enjoyable.  Published on: June 30, 2016
N-S boasting strong arms
CASTLETON - With arms like Essex’s Allison Rutz on the roster North softball coach Seth McQuade likes his team’s chances in the annual North-South All-Star softball games at Castleton University this weekend.

“Pitching is our strength,” he said this week.

The South ain’t too bad, either.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Fed funds AmeriCorps in Vermont
MONTPELIER — The state’s congressional delegation announced $2.1 million in funding for the AmeriCorps program in Vermont that will bring nearly 90 new people into the volunteer service organization.

The $2.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Lawsuit appeal delays payments to Vt. farmers
Many Vermont dairy farms are experiencing a tough summer, receiving very low prices for their milk while they’re dealing with high production expenses. The situation has gotten worse, because a financial settlement of a key lawsuit against a national dairy cooperative has been appealed.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Wells Fargo pays $300K in penalties
MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont will receive $300,000 from Wells Fargo Advisors as the result of a recent investigation conducted by the Department of Financial Regulation. Commissioner Susan L.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Union Bank hires Timothy Ross
MORRISVILLE — Union Bank recently hired Timothy R. Ross of Barre as vice president-commercial loan officer.

Ross has more than 24 years of banking and financial industry experience. For most of that time, he worked at Northfield Savings Bank as chief financial officer and senior commercial and administrative services manager.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Paul Millman to get VBSR award
BURLINGTON — Paul Millman, co-founder of Chroma Technology, was recently named the 2016 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Councilors consider bus stop shift
BARRE — Plans to transform a portion of Pearl Street into a generous pedestrian way sparked a bus stop conversation this week.

It might not work, and it’s not solely the city’s call, but Mayor Thomas Lauzon said Tuesday night he would like to see the Green Mountain Transit Agency bus stop moved up North Main Street to Pearl Street.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Wells Fargo pays $300K in penalties
MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont will receive $300,000 from Wells Fargo Advisors as the result of a recent investigation conducted by the Department of Financial Regulation. Commissioner Susan L.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Paul Millman to get VBSR award
BURLINGTON — Paul Millman, co-founder of Chroma Technology, was recently named the 2016 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Union Bank hires Timothy Ross
MORRISVILLE — Union Bank recently hired Timothy R. Ross of Barre as vice president-commercial loan officer.

Ross has more than 24 years of banking and financial industry experience. For most of that time, he worked at Northfield Savings Bank as chief financial officer and senior commercial and administrative services manager.  Published on: June 30, 2016
‘The Foreigner’ promises laughs and a lesson or two
David Stern, artistic director of Main Street Arts, said he thinks the Saxtons River community is ready for a “rollicking good time.” That’s why he chose to direct the comedy, “The Foreigner.”

Written by Larry Shue, the show debuted Off Broadway in 1984. A second Off Broadway revival opened in 2004, starring Matthew Broderick.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Free concert series brings compelling performers to Burlington
The Battery Park Free Concert Series has been bringing compelling performers to the scenic Queen City park overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains for 35 years, and this year is no exception. Here’s a look at the four Thursday evening shows in this year’s series.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Really ‘Big Art’ at Berlin Mall
BERLIN — Beginning July 8 and running through fall, the “Big Art — Bold Vision” exhibit featuring the stunning works of 16 fine artists will adorn Berlin Mall’s sizeable windows, offering an arresting indoor/outdoor art gallery experience for shoppers and visitors of all ages.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Capital Sounds: Rockin’ for Independence Day
It’s the biggest weekend of the year here in the capital, with a plethora of events happening for our annual Independence Day celebration. There’s much more going on beyond music, and you can check out all of the scheduled events by visiting www.montpelieralive.org.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Arts Preview
John McCutcheon

STOWE — Seven-time Grammy nominee and beloved folk musician John McCutcheon will perform at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2.  Published on: June 30, 2016
‘Mr. President’ sings of a different world
The First Lady is exhausted by constant public scrutiny, the first daughter has no private life with constant Secret Service attention, and the President is in hot water with the Soviet Union.

“Mr. President,” Irving Berlin’s last musical, opens QuarryWorks’ summer theater season July 7 and continues through July 17.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Vermonters star in Middlesex series
Summer outdoor entertainment venues are geared up and ready to enthrall us with great talent. The Middlesex Summer Concert Series, now in its 11th year, is a highly regarded example of the excellent musical entertainment presented by our local communities for free.  Published on: June 30, 2016
LNT celebrates the wit and music of Tom Lehrer
Singer-songwriter Tom Lehrer once famously said, “I know there are people who don’t love their fellow man, and I hate people like that.” And one of his friends, explaining Lehrer’s success, said “Always predict the worst, and you’ll be hailed as a prophet.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Local visual arts
Editor’s note: Please send visual art listings to jim.lowe@timesargus.com.

Adamant

Adamant Music School: Frank Woods, July 1-Aug. 31, paintings, Waterside Hall; Local sculptors, Meditation Garden, Adamant, www.adamant.org.

Barre

Morse Bock Deli: Michael Smith, July 1-Nov.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Pickin’ up where they left off
The gates will open Sunday morning and the first of many RVs will roll into the Basin Farm in Brandon in preparation for the 22nd annual Basin Bluegrass Festival.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Talk of The Town
‘Bomb' sites are wanted

BARRE — The glue guns and crochet hooks were working overtime at Studio Place Arts (SPA) on Wednesday in preparation for the fast-approaching months-long fiber festival dubbed "Soft Bomb Barre!"

Starting next month and running into September, there will be bursts of...  Published on: June 30, 2016
Lawsuit appeal delays payments to Vt. farmers
Many Vermont dairy farms are experiencing a tough summer, receiving very low prices for their milk while they’re dealing with high production expenses. The situation has gotten worse, because a financial settlement of a key lawsuit against a national dairy cooperative has been appealed.  Published on: June 30, 2016
State raises GMP’s net metering cap
The state is allowing Vermont’s largest utility to continue accepting community-scale solar projects. Last fall Green Mountain Power hit the cap, maxing out how many of these types of solar projects can be hooked up to the grid.

On Friday, the Public Service Board granted Green Mountain Power’s request to allow an additional 7.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Gun fired in domestic dispute
CHELSEA — Vermont State Police said a Northfield man fired a gun during a domestic dispute.

Donald Earl Ainsworth, 55, pleaded not guilty in Orange County criminal court Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Man charged in choking assault
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vermont State Police say a Chelsea man choked a woman holding an infant, causing her to almost drop the child.

Alberto R. Martinez, 24, pleaded not guilty in Windsor County criminal court Monday to a felony count of first-degree aggravated domestic assault.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Barre Town police: Defective equipment traffic stops made
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre Town police in recent days.



June 22

Property was found on Church Hill Road.

Drug activity was reported on Buick Street.

There was a citizen dispute on Wilmuth Street.

June 23

On Quarry Hill Road, there was a citizen dispute.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Douglass speech gives meaning to Fourth
BARRE — Excerpts of Frederick Douglass’ speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” are being read across the state this week.

Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. He was also an escaped slave.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Councilors consider bus stop shift
BARRE — Plans to transform a portion of Pearl Street into a generous pedestrian way sparked a bus stop conversation this week.

It might not work, and it’s not solely the city’s call, but Mayor Thomas Lauzon said Tuesday night he would like to see the Green Mountain Transit Agency bus stop moved up North Main Street to Pearl Street.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Fed funds AmeriCorps in Vermont
MONTPELIER — The state’s congressional delegation announced $2.1 million in funding for the AmeriCorps program in Vermont that will bring nearly 90 new people into the volunteer service organization.

The $2.  Published on: June 30, 2016
Turkey blasts: Toll rises to 42
ISTANBUL — Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 42 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey’s crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group.  Published on: June 30, 2016


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