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Vermont systems monitor Lake Champlain water for algae
MONTPELIER — The 22 water systems in Vermont that draw from Lake Champlain are participating in a program to regularly monitor for a potentially toxic blue-green algae that shut down service to 400,000 customers in Ohio last summer.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Vermont’s economic forecast: Partly cloudy
Last week, economists for the Shumlin administration released an economic forecast that predicts economic growth of 3 percent in general fund revenue above what was forecast back in January.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Data: 5 dozen give third of all campaign cash
WASHINGTON — It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Legalized pot in Vt. will be back on track
In February of this year, Sen. David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden, introduced a bill calling for the legalization of marijuana. The bill followed the release of a state-sponsored study by Rand Corp. which found the state could stand to collect as much as $75 million a year in revenue.  Published on: August 2, 2015
State colleges hire investigator for sex assault, bias
MONTPELIER — As colleges and universities around the country work to comply with new federal guidelines related to sexual assault and discrimination, the Vermont State Colleges system has hired someone to investigate such claims.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Man who studied lion cites impact of his death
JOHANNESBURG — When Cecil the lion’s carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Rethinking gardens in a time of drought
LANGLEY, Wash. — Severe drought is parching large sections of America, but that doesn’t mean giving up on gardening. Plants can be coaxed through the hot summer months despite severe water restrictions.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Lessons learned from traveling with baby on Puerto Rico trip
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — We were in paradise, surrounded by lush trees and waterfalls in El Yunque rainforest.  Published on: August 2, 2015
The dirt on children getting dirty
With summer here and kids out and about, parents have been asking for the dirt on whether it is healthy for their children to get so dirty playing outside. Believe it or not, there may be some benefits to playing in the dirt — so let me dig deeper and explain.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Dear Abby
DEAR ABBY: We recently moved to a new neighborhood. Soon thereafter, some kids who were at our house playing with our kids began rooting through my pantry for snacks. A few days later, kids from another family did the same thing. (I would die of embarrassment if I found out mine ever behaved that way.)  Published on: August 2, 2015
Plants to watch out for
If you have a wet area or a stream on your property, you might be seeing some very pretty tall pinky-purple flowers blooming now, or soon. Those are purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), an invasive plant that you should not encourage. Mature plants develop massive root systems and can produce up to a million seeds in a year.  Published on: August 2, 2015
The stripers come in, but fall short
The ground and sky, up and down the coast, is covered by a thick, pervasive fog, so thick that the eyeglasses on my face have to be removed and wiped clear every five minutes or so.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Keeping it clean downstream
In peaceful streams, aquatic macroinvertebrates such as crayfish, stoneflies and caddisflies travel over and under submerged rocks, foraging for other invertebrates, leaves and algae. When rain falls, their world turns upside down. At first only the surface is disturbed, but before long, runoff reaches the stream and increases its flow many fold.  Published on: August 2, 2015
The Lowe Down: Is St. Michael’s Playhouse coming of age?
St. Michael’s Playhouse, on the campus of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, is one of Vermont’s most venerable summer theaters. Since opening in 1947, the professional theater has produced at among the highest levels in the state.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Snoring children may suffer from sleep apnea
Barrett Treadway, 3½, has never been the best of sleepers, but her sleep grew increasingly worse in the past year and a half. She gets up several times a night and often climbs into her parents’ bed, wreaking havoc with their sleep.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Don’t forget the nutritional needs of staying active
We are fully into cycling season here in Vermont, and one thing that is on everyone’s mind, as it well should be, is cycling safety.  Published on: August 2, 2015
The tortoise and the hare of training and sports
Endurance. The negative connotation of endurance is of tolerance, resignation, stoicism; certainly long-suffering.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Keeping things quiet in Virginia
‘Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle’ by Kristen Green, 320 pages, Harper/HarperCollins. $25.99.  Published on: August 2, 2015
‘Let Me Tell You’: American Original in Early Glimpses
‘Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays and Other Writings’ by Shirley Jackson, 416 pages. Random House. $30.  Published on: August 2, 2015
The story of Vermont’s Stark
In recent years, against my better judgment, I’ve been becoming a blurber: one of those people whom you kind of know who writes brief blurbs of praise to print on the outside back covers of paperbacks. Trouble is, you can’t write a blurb about something you haven’t read. As a result, the volume of my reading has increased dramatically.  Published on: August 2, 2015
An afternoon out in the boat with a local game warden
CHITTENDEN — On a hot summer’s day, Game Warden Wesley Butler expertly backs his truck down the boat lift to unload his boat and begin his patrol of the Chittenden Reservoir.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Theater Review:‘Guys and Dolls’ brimming with wit, song and dance
“Guys and Dolls,” the 1960 Frank Loesser Broadway musical, isn’t merely one of the most popular musicals of all time, it’s one of the best.  Published on: August 2, 2015
North Branch Nature Center helps to study, protect bird species
National data collection about bird populations starts with a tiny aluminum identification band on a bird’s leg.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Message from Mrs. Vermont: Get outdoors
Dorilee LeBlanc of Shelburne — also known as Mrs. Vermont 2015 and the “Rollerblading beauty queen” — has made it the social mission of her crowning to encourage children and families to get outside, be active and explore.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Theater Review: Irish find romance in misery
The Irish humor in John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar” comes from each character’s doing their best to make their own life miserable.  Published on: August 2, 2015
WWE Hall of Famer ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper dies
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the kilt-wearing trash-talker who headlined the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, died Friday. He was 61.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Man who studied lion cites impact of his death
JOHANNESBURG — When Cecil the lion’s carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Family feud is evident at Bobbi Kristina funeral
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The ongoing tensions between the families of the late megastar Whitney Houston and her ex-husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, erupted Saturday during a memorial service for their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Firefighter dies after being trapped in wind-fueled fire
ALTURAS, Calif. — A firefighter killed by a wildfire in Northern California was scouting the area when he became trapped after erratic winds stoked the blaze, officials said Saturday.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Family feud is evident at Bobbi Kristina funeral
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The ongoing tensions between the families of the late megastar Whitney Houston and her ex-husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, erupted Saturday during a memorial service for their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.  Published on: August 2, 2015
WWE Hall of Famer ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper dies
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the kilt-wearing trash-talker who headlined the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, died Friday. He was 61.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Surgeon who helped develop CPR dies
Dr. James Jude, a thoracic surgeon whose recognition that external manual pressure could revive a stalled heart, and who used that insight to help develop the lifesaving technique now known as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, died Tuesday at his home in Coral Gables, Florida. He was 87.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Data: 5 dozen give third of all campaign cash
WASHINGTON — It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Firefighter dies after being trapped in wind-fueled fire
ALTURAS, Calif. — A firefighter killed by a wildfire in Northern California was scouting the area when he became trapped after erratic winds stoked the blaze, officials said Saturday.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Iraqi Kurds ask PKK to leave their area
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Kurdish regional government called on the Kurdistan Worker’s Party to “withdraw” from Iraq’s Kurdish territory Saturday to prevent civilian deaths amid a campaign of Turkish airstrikes targeting the group.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Taking a new approach
It has been encouraging in recent years to see communities such as Barre and Rutland go through notable renaissances. The redevelopment of the downtowns has had a measured effect on filling vacant storefronts and improving attitudes within the communities and how they are perceived by fellow Vermonters.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Two cheers for capitalism
We are clearly heading toward another great debate about the nature of capitalism. Contemporary capitalism’s critics are becoming both bolder and more intellectually rigorous. Protests and discussions are sprouting up all over the place.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Breaking through on climate change
When Vermonters see a problem, we work to fix it. That is why earlier this year Vermont signed on to two historic climate agreements that will strengthen our state’s resolve to combat carbon pollution and transition to a new clean energy economy.  Published on: August 2, 2015
A tale of two nutrients: Phosphorus, nitrogen, and water quality
The following is the opening argument from a petition submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2014 by Save the Sound, The Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and the Connecticut River Watershed Council, among others, intended to force appropriate and timely cleanup of the Long Island Sound (the Sound).  Published on: August 2, 2015
‘The Best of Enemies’ Behind the electrifying Vidal-Buckley debates of 1968
A new a documentary movie called “The Best of Enemies” opened this week. It focuses on the debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal that ran on ABC News each night of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions of 1968.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Jets GM supportive, but noncommittal on Richardson’s future
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sheldon Richardson has a lot of making up — and growing up — to do with the New York Jets.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Ko, Lu share lead at Women’s British Open
TURNBERRY, Scotland — There’s a Ko atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the Women’s British Open.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Gordon to wave goodbye to winless races in final season
LONG POND, Pa. — Jeff Gordon’s request for a low-key farewell tour has mostly been respected, though the four-time NASCAR champion has been feted with a parade, bourbon, an 18-liter bottle of wine, even a track named in his honor.  Published on: August 2, 2015
WHO seeks tests in Rio Olympic venues
RIO DE JANEIRO — The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Shaw’s big day carries Red Sox past Rays 11-7
BOSTON — Travis Shaw hit his first two major league homers and went 4 for 4 with five runs scored and four RBIs to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 11-7 on Saturday.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Merritt, Chappell share lead at Quicken Loans National
GAINESVILLE, Va. — Troy Merritt couldn’t miss Saturday in the Quicken Loans National. Tiger Woods couldn’t make anything.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Troubles haven’t slowed down for NFL
Shattered cellphones. Fireworks accidents. Failed drug tests.  Published on: August 2, 2015
Teen caught with fentanyl
BARRE TOWN — Police say a Barre teen was caught with fentanyl.  Published on: August 1, 2015
One dead in I-89 crash
RICHMOND — Authorities say one person died in a head-on car crash on Interstate 89 in Richmond Thursday evening.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Police investigate stolen gun
BARRE TOWN — Police say a New Hampshire man stole a firearm from a Barre Town residence.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Police to reduce search for missing grandmother
Vermont State Police said they would scale back this weekend from the full search of the past four days for a missing Andover grandmother.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Woman pleads innocent to bank theft
A Montpelier woman is accused of taking over $6,000 from area businesses while she worked as a bank teller at Community National Bank.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Red Sox make only 1 minor move at trade deadline
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox will have to wait a little longer to start rebuilding their team.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Woods in contention after a 5-under 66
GAINESVILLE, Va. — Tiger Woods showed a rare flash of anger on a mostly stress-free day when his second shot on the eighth hole failed to clear a massive fairway bunker. The best he could do was to squeeze it onto the front of the green.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Pettersen leads at Women’s British Open
TURNBERRY, Scotland — If the first day of the Women’s British Open was all about Donald Trump, the second day belonged to Suzann Pettersen.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Patriots circle wagons in camp and focus on football
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots say they have more to worry about during training camp than the status of their star quarterback’s lawsuit against the NFL and the team’s image around the league.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Hull, VandenBerg ride hot hand
The top-seeded team of Drake Hull and Kevin VandenBerg came to the final hole of Friday’s L.D. Pierce Invitational play one-up against Cody Larson and Jake Traverse, needing only a half to secure the victory.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Franchise 4: The top Mountaineers
For the recent All-Star Game, Major League Baseball asked its fans to vote on each team’s “Franchise Four”, the best quartet of players in each franchise’s history. It was such a great idea, The Times Argus is stealing it.  Published on: August 1, 2015
US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter
WASHINGTON — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn’t lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.  Published on: August 1, 2015
‘Farmer Olympics’ begin Aug. 12
‘Farmer Olympics’  Published on: August 1, 2015
BROC receives community grant
BROC receives  Published on: August 1, 2015
Art donated to CMVC
Art donated  Published on: August 1, 2015
Dugout squatter wants items returned
The man who lives at the former Dugout Restaurant isn't happy with some of the items that were seized from the property by the town.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Scholars drawn to conflict zones stoke college safety debate
BOSTON — Some U.S. colleges with overseas-study programs won’t touch Ukraine. Tufts University, on the other hand, is drawn to the turmoil in the former Soviet republic, which the U.S. State Department deemed dangerous for travel.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Monster of a fall awaits Congress after summer break
WASHINGTON — As lawmakers head out of the Capitol for a five-week summer recess, they leave behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Glenna D. Rice
0801 TA Obits Rice paid photo no flag  Published on: August 1, 2015
Geneieve M. Piro
0801 TA Obits Piro paid brief no photo no flag  Published on: August 1, 2015
James R. Perry
0801 TA Obits Perry paid photo flag  Published on: August 1, 2015
Juanita H. Dow
0801 TA Obits Dow paid photo no flag  Published on: August 1, 2015
Howard R. Austin
0801 TA Obits Austin edited photo flag  Published on: August 1, 2015
State fines Vermont Gas $100k
MONTPELIER — The state Public Service Board on Friday announced it would fine Vermont Gas Systems $100,000 for its slowness in reporting the first of two big cost increases on its pipeline project to extend its system down the state’s western side.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Greece’s stock market to reopen as bailout talks progress
ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s government announced that the Athens Stock Exchange will reopen Monday, a big step toward normalcy as talks with international creditors shifted into high gear.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Analysis: Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan — The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the twin challenges of bringing together an insurgency that he ran for years under another man’s name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State.  Published on: August 1, 2015
More digging was needed
More digging was needed  Published on: August 1, 2015
Can’t have it both ways
Can’t have it both ways  Published on: August 1, 2015
Bravo for Barre
Bravo for Barre  Published on: August 1, 2015
Smith: Apologizing to Mr. Trump
I owe Donald Trump an apology. Not for saying in last week’s column that Mr. Trump is acting like a weenie when he attacks U.S. Sen. John McCain’s heroism. Rather, this is a general apology — just in case — because apparently if you say or write anything critical of Mr.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Nation and World Briefs
UTICA, N.Y.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Tech toll
State government technology was in the news this week and last because the Agency of Human Services is working to upgrade its internal computer system.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Community news
STUDENT NEWS  Published on: August 1, 2015
Taking the tour of the Rock
As the days of summer tick away, events and vacations make for many memorable moments. Some tour the quarries at the Rock of Ages to take a peak at the workings of the granite industry and learn about its history that helped shape a city.  Published on: August 1, 2015
West Nile virus found in Springfield
Mosquitoes in Springfield have tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test this year.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Good Beginnings offers great starts
After Calais resident Erin Galligan-Baldwin gave birth to her second child, she would look forward to Tuesday.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Vermont looks to end 14-year Shrine skid
CASTLETON — It all worked out fine for Burr and Burton Academy graduate Ryan Smith after all.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Mountaineers capture division title with win over Keene
MONTPELIER — There was a definite sense of occasion within Recreation Field on Friday night. The stadium’s grandstand filled rapidly as a large crowd gathered with the opportunity to witness history. They didn’t go home disappointed as the Vermont Mountaineers blanked rival Keene, 5-0, to clinch their second straight Northern Division title.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Woman cited for drunk driving
MORETOWN — Vermont State Police say a Montpelier woman was caught driving drunk.  Published on: August 1, 2015
Police: 1 killed, Barre woman injured in head-on car crash on I89
RICHMOND — Authorities say one person has died in a head-on car crash on Interstate 89 in Vermont.  Published on: July 31, 2015
VIDEO: Thunder Road Mid-Season Championships highlights
 Published on: July 31, 2015
Barre schools aglow over solar push
BARRE — Schools in Barre will soon be benefiting from the sun.  Published on: July 31, 2015
Flood clean-up clarification made
Staff Report  Published on: July 31, 2015
LSC believes support was ‘denied in error’
Six Vermont colleges will get a new round of federal TRIO grant support into 2020  Published on: July 31, 2015
Man pleads innocent to sex charge
A Plainfield man is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl after meeting her at a bowling alley.  Published on: July 31, 2015
Senators oppose cutsto Planned Parenthood
Senators oppose cuts  Published on: July 31, 2015
Officer charged in shooting back on job
Officer charged in  Published on: July 31, 2015
Three Shrine stars moving across town
CASTLETON — Vermont Shrine team players Austin Robinson, Bobby Ritter and Connor Quinn have been playing their home football games under the lights of Doc Collins Field before adoring fans. And the adulation heaped upon them has been considerable as the Tigers won the Division I state championship the past two years.  Published on: July 31, 2015
Sanford drops Mountaineers, 5-0
SANFORD, Maine — After waiting out an hour-and-a-half rain delay, the Sanford Mainers made sure that the Vermont Mountaineers would have to wait another night to clinch the division.  Published on: July 31, 2015
Allen takes 1st Late Model win with authority
BARRE — Hometown driver Jason Allen took over in the second half of the WDEV/Calkins 50-lap Late Model main event and scored his first career win convincingly at Thunder Road Thursday.  Published on: July 31, 2015
Man confesses in fatal shooting of Vegas mother
LAS VEGAS — The 19-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a mother in a Las Vegas neighborhood said he mistook her for drug thugs who had threatened him and his family, according to a taped confession that defense attorneys want tossed out of the puzzling murder case initially thought to be a road-rage killing.  Published on: July 31, 2015
Sandra J. Smith
0731 TA Obits Smith paid photo no flag  Published on: July 31, 2015
Earl E. Barton
0731 TA Obits Barton paid rites no photo no flag  Published on: July 31, 2015