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Stop leads to license charge
BERLIN — Police say a Williamstown man drove without a valid license.  Published on: May 29, 2015
EPA grants to Vt. total $2million
BARRE — Vermont’s federal legislators announce that the U.S.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Moody, Wolves edge Falcons
BASEBALL  Published on: May 29, 2015
Governor ends vaccine exemption
MONTPELIER — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed into law a hotly debated bill that ends the state’s philosophical exemption for families that don’t want to have their children fully vaccinated.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Norwich program holds annual event
Norwich program  Published on: May 29, 2015
VCF awards over $228K in grants
VCF awards over  Published on: May 29, 2015
Milton outlasts Spaulding, 6-1
BASEBALL  Published on: May 29, 2015
Solons upset Raiders
BOYS TENNIS  Published on: May 29, 2015
Seniors help Raiders rout Marauders
SOFTBALL  Published on: May 29, 2015
Yellowjackets hold off Highlanders
BOYS LACROSSE  Published on: May 29, 2015
Solons shut out Raiders
GIRLS TENNIS  Published on: May 29, 2015
Highlanders earn semifinal date with Bulldogs
GIRLS TENNIS  Published on: May 29, 2015
Yellowjackets sting Tide, 13-6
SOFTBALL  Published on: May 29, 2015
Rebels NVAC title
GOLF  Published on: May 29, 2015
Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.87 percent
WASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week to their highest level so far this year as new data showed strength in the housing market.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Jazz up your grilled chicken by going Greek
It’s pretty unlikely that we’ll ever get bored with burgers on the grill. But chicken? Yeah, that actually happens pretty early in the season every summer.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Students, Rotarians continue Tanzania project
A group of 15 people from central Vermont will be traveling to Tanzania in July to help finish off a home for orphaned children.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Funding finalized for road, rail, bridge projects
COLCHESTER — Vermont will spend more than half a billion dollars during the upcoming fiscal year on an array of projects to improve transportation around the state.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Barre Town police log: Several thefts reported
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre Town police in recent days.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Meeting in Vt., lake scientists warn of plastic wastes
BURLINGTON — About 80 percent of human-made debris found in the Great Lakes is plastic, ranging from tiny microbeads found in cosmetics and clothing fibers to bottles and plastic wrap, experts said Thursday during a meeting of Great Lakes scientists being held at the University of Vermont.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Funding finalized for road, rail, bridge projects
COLCHESTER — Vermont will spend more than half a billion dollars during the upcoming fiscal year on an array of projects to improve transportation around the state.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants
BEIRUT — In contrast to the Iraqi army’s failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country’s northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections
BUJUMBURA, Burundi — Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they no longer support the Burundi government’s decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. The European Union also said it was suspending its election observer mission here.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Top finance officials debate what’s needed for global growth
DRESDEN, Germany — Economic growth that’s not as strong as everyone would like. Volatile markets. A potential financial blowup in Greece.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Administration asks judge to toss House health care suit
WASHINGTON — Obama administration attorneys urged a federal judge Thursday to throw out a politically charged lawsuit by House Republicans over the president’s health care law, but encountered plenty of skeptical questions.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter ‘knew what he was doing’
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A state-appointed psychiatrist who examined James Holmes two years after his attack on a Colorado movie theater said Thursday that whatever he suffered from that night, he knew what he was doing.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Ronald O. Wheeler
BARRE TOWN — Ronald O. Wheeler, 83, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Charles W. Wilbur
SOUTH DUXBURY — Charles Whitman “Charlie” Wilbur, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Born in Gloversville, New York, on Aug. 10, 1951, he was the son of the late Richard A. Wilbur Sr. and Alberta (Whitman) Wilbur. On Aug. 9, 1994, he married the former Elizabeth G. King in South Duxbury, Vermont.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Robert G. Wagner
BARRE — The graveside service for Robert G. Wagner, 83, of North Main Street, who passed away on March 28, 2015, was held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vermont.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Protecting whom?
Protecting whom?  Published on: May 29, 2015
Beautiful Hope
I want to publicly say thank you to the maintenance folks at Hope Cemetery. Arriving at the cemetery Sunday to plant our flowers, we were pleasantly surprised to see new water spigots and many stones and monuments scrubbed clean. A job well done. Makes me proud to be a “local” and a Vermonter.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Communist revolution
Communist revolution  Published on: May 29, 2015
Keep the exemption
Keep the exemption  Published on: May 29, 2015
Make a better bill
Make a better bill  Published on: May 29, 2015
Boston leader assures IOC of 2024 bid support
LONDON — The new leader of Boston’s troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics assured the IOC that local residents will support the effort once they’ve been fully informed of the plans and the long-term benefits of the games.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship AP Photo TH105
Associated Press  Published on: May 29, 2015
Pharoahto face 9 atBelmont
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah figures to have nine challengers when he runs in the Belmont Stakes next week, trying to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Stars survive Open struggles
PARIS — For Serena Williams, it was a bad right elbow that led to some shaky serving and a dropped set.  Published on: May 29, 2015
High bids threaten Rumney school renovation plans
MIDDLESEX — The Rumney Memorial School Board is working to scale back renovation plans for its building because bids for the project came in high.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Raiders bash out 11-2 win
EAST MONTPELIER — Every batter in U-32’s lineup reached base and the Raiders racked up 12 hits and eight walks en route to a convincing 11-2 in over Northfield on an overcast senior day in East Montpelier. Justin Vincent, a four-year varsity player, turned in a complete game effort while teammate Colby Brochu drove in five runs to secure the win.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Notebook: Raiders play for 3rd in row
KILLINGTON — When you lose a Max Major your team goes through major changes.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Boy wonder makes ‘triumphant’ return
BARRE — “Youth Triumphant,” the statue of the kneeling soldier, had company in downtown Barre on Thursday afternoon, and his name was Drew Bernier.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Jacks resist Harwood, 8-4
MILTON — The Milton Yellowjackets met some fierce resistance from injury-plagued Harwood before pulling away to Thursday’s 8-4 victory.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Simard: Lending is a lifeline
The Vermont Legislature recently passed S.73, which places a one-year moratorium on consumer legal funding while lawmakers evaluate how to properly regulate it. As lawmakers make this evaluation, I ask that they take into consideration the citizens of Vermont who, like me, have used consumer legal funding, and others who may need it in the future.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Life and death
The legislature of Nebraska, a reliably conservative state, overrode the governor’s veto of a bill repealing capital punishment Wednesday. It is a sign that capital punishment is becoming more than dividing line between liberal and conservative and that opposition is taking on a bipartisan look.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Nation and World Briefs
CHICAGO  Published on: May 29, 2015
Charles W. Wilbur
SOUTH DUXBURY — Charles Whitman “Charlie” Wilbur, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Born in Gloversville, New York, on Aug. 10, 1951, he was the son of the late Richard A. Wilbur Sr. and Alberta (Whitman) Wilbur. On Aug. 9, 1994, he married the former Elizabeth G. King in South Duxbury, Vermont.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Berlin board presses for Kohl’s permit
Berlin board backs Kohl's  Published on: May 29, 2015
Atlantic City sues over failed community loan program
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A loan program that was supposed to lend as much as $40 million to struggling homeowners and businesses in this cash-strapped resort city has given out nothing and has instead led to a federal lawsuit.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Iconic Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse begins move inland
AQUINNAH, Mass. — A Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse that is among the most endangered historic landmarks in the U.S. began its gradual march away from a rapidly eroding cliffside on Thursday.  Published on: May 29, 2015
Fava beans are overdue for US stardom
You wouldn’t know it looking at grocers’ produce sections in the United States, but lots of people have been eating lots of fava beans for an awfully long time.  Published on: May 29, 2015
BOYS LACROSSE: Vergennes 17, Montpelier 9
VERGENNES — Tyler Crowningshield racked up four goals and one assist as the Commodores had no problem protecting an early lead Thursday.  Published on: May 29, 2015
SOFTBALL: Oxbow 19, Lyndon 4
SOFTBALL: Oxbow 19, Lyndon 4  Published on: May 29, 2015
FEMA help after winter storm calculated
MONTPELIER — Vermont has received more than $1 million in federal assistance after a December storm that wreaked havoc on the state’s infrastructure.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Bees and honey, found in pillar
Bees and honey,  Published on: May 28, 2015
Winners named by Ski Vermont
Winners named  Published on: May 28, 2015
Brattleboro Retreat honored in Boston
Brattleboro Retreat  Published on: May 28, 2015
Duane Peterson wins VBSR award
Duane Peterson  Published on: May 28, 2015
Gifford celebrates new nursing home
Gifford celebrates  Published on: May 28, 2015
Quartet Mideast envoy Tony Blair resigns from post
JERUSALEM — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped down as the international community’s Mideast envoy, officials said, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark dies in NY at 75
NEW YORK — Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, called “a snake charmer of the soul” for her gift of capturing searing images of human vulnerability, has died at age 75.  Published on: May 28, 2015
U2’s longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, found dead
NEW YORK — Dennis Sheehan, U2’s longtime tour manager, has died at a Southern California hotel, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Good reading
I wanted to thank The Times Argus for sharing David Budbill’s thoughtful and educational opinion piece Sunday (“Special or ordinary”). I have been a fan for a long time, and his insights and beliefs about writing and poetry are always provocative and mind-expanding.  Published on: May 28, 2015
An invitation
I am writing to follow up on the letter published Wednesday by Thomas Koch about Memorial Day observances in Barre.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Just saying
I have a bone to pick (admittedly a rather small bone, but a bone nonetheless) with Neal P. Goswami over his story about Bernie Sanders’ campaign kickoff event.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Caring, not killing
I am very sorry to read John Klimenok’s response Friday to my letter concerning his commentary on “Personhood, abortion, and religion” (April 17). He ends his comments saying about people, “The world has too many of them.”  Published on: May 28, 2015
Meet the co-op
Meet the co-op  Published on: May 28, 2015
Proud day
Thank you for the photos of the Montpelier Memorial Day parade. My wife and I were happily surprised to witness the parade at State and Main while en route to a day hike in Middlesex. With us was a missionary who for years has fought to free Thai victims of human trafficking.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Does not compute
Arithmetic problem: If the proposed 1.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Still snowing
In the May 20 Times Argus, East Montpelier’s Select Board Chairman Seth Gardner called SunCommon’s solar array plans a “snow job.” How true it is.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Corruptionprobe: FIFAunder siege
ZURICH — The U.S. government launched a corruption attack on soccer’s global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Zurich hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami.  Published on: May 28, 2015
FIFA probeon Blatter’sdoorstep
ZURICH — Sepp Blatter is arguably the most powerful man in world sports and certainly its greatest survivor.  Published on: May 28, 2015
French puttheir bestfoot forward
PARIS — Gael Monfils delivered one final ace, his 21st, and closed out his latest raucous, five-set victory on Court Philippe Chatrier to the delight of roaring, partisan spectators.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Celticspondervalue ofpicks
WALTHAM, Mass. — With four picks in next month’s NBA draft, the Boston Celtics can’t just focus on a couple of players who look like they might be in their range.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Spieth returns to home of first test
IRVING, Texas — Before he even got out of high school, Jordan Spieth had already made the cut as a teenage amateur at the Byron Nelson.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Arts Preview
Village Harmony  Published on: May 28, 2015
CD Review: Rebecca Singer: A fresh look at tradition
Not many musicians release their freshman album at age 66, but Rebecca Singer, who many in the local traditional music community know as the founder of the Summit School of Traditional Music in Montpelier, has.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Music legends remember(ed)
Three fine singer-songwriters will share their songs and stories Sunday evening at the Tunbridge Town Hall.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Living legends and compelling performers on tap for Discover Jazz Fest
Living legends, under-appreciated masters and other compelling performers are on tap for the 32nd edition of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, a 10-day soiree that starts on Friday, June 5 and runs until Sunday, June 14.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Talk of the Town
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Firetruck timetable established in Barre
Bid process underway for new aerial truck  Published on: May 28, 2015
State Police report holiday traffic data
WILLISTON — The Vermont State Police have released traffic statistics from this past Memorial Day weekend.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Enterprise Alley: Bids will determine project’s viability
City anxiously awaits bids on Enterprise Alley  Published on: May 28, 2015
Clock is ticking on Lyme, health officials say
BARRE — Health officials are urging Vermonters to be vigilant in what they expect to be another active season for disease-carrying ticks.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Local visual arts
Editor’s note: Please send visual art listings to jim.lowe@timesargus.com.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Scrag Mountain Music ushers in spring
Scrag Mountain Music Artistic Directors Evan Premo and Mary Bonhag have recently moved from Warren to Marshfield and added a fourth member to their growing family, but the humble 2,867-foot Scrag Mountain, located in Waitsfield, remains their muse.  Published on: May 28, 2015
April employment numbers make Vt. a national leader
MONTPELIER — The state’s unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage point in April and stood well below the national average, according to the Vermont Department of Labor.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Bennington man finds Vietnam dog tags left behind in garage
Man finds Vietnam  Published on: May 28, 2015
Town to discuss string of fires
Town to discuss  Published on: May 28, 2015
Doctors start prescribing park visits
WATERBURY — Doctors around the state are writing prescriptions for a free day at any one of Vermont’s state parks.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Ex-LAPD officer wanted in killing was lying low in Mexico
LOS ANGELES — The fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight moved between family members’ homes in Mexico, avoiding cellphones and social media in an effort to evade authorities, the FBI said Wednesday.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Nation and World Briefs
WASHINGTON  Published on: May 28, 2015
Capital Sounds: The music heads outdoors
Spring is in full swing and summer’s just around the corner, and that means outdoor music events will be happening with increasing frequency. There are a few going on this weekend, in fact, one being a daylong celebration of the pesky annual critter known as the blackfly. Read on!  Published on: May 28, 2015
Báthory-Kitsz & piano: Maine pianist champions Roxbury composer
Dennis Báthory-Kitsz doesn’t like the piano.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Remembering country’s Patsy Cline
Houston housewife Louise Seger was a dedicated fan of Patsy Cline, a fan who repeatedly called local radio station KIKK to request “I Fall to Pieces” and other hits by the singer. When Louise heard from the DJ in May 1961 that Cline would be performing in the Esquire Ballroom, she was over the moon.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Longtime TV journalist Marselis Parsons dies
The week before cancer took his life, Marselis Parsons, a longtime reporter and news anchor for WCAX-TV, sat surrounded by the people he had spent years working with, working for and mentoring.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Rear View Mirror: TRoad:Boomsbut nobusts
The race that could never have possibly happened ran off without a hitch on Sunday, as the Pro All Stars Series took to the banks of Barre’s Thunder Road for the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Sanders’ day
There were Bernie T-shirts, Bernie placards, Ben & Jerry’s aplenty, lively Cajun-style music and gorgeous scenery. There were thousands of people, young and old, who came to Waterfront Park because they knew it was going to be a historic day and they wanted to honor the phenomenon of Bernie Sanders, the socialist running for president.  Published on: May 28, 2015
Sanders wants Clinton to take stand on trade deal
CONCORD, N.H. — Sen. Bernie Sanders is questioning why Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodman Clinton won’t take a stand on the emerging trade deal with Pacific nations, which he calls on “enormously important issue” she’s been dodging.  Published on: May 28, 2015
US stocks recover from a slump the day before
NEW YORK — Stocks ended higher Wednesday, recovering the most of their losses from the day before, as Greece appeared closer to resolving its latest debt issues.  Published on: May 28, 2015