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NORTHFIELD — Residents gathered Monday to pay their respects to those in the military who fought and died for the United States, and to give thanks for even being able to have such a holiday.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Montpelier honors America’s war heroes
MONTPELIER — A patriotic parade Monday led to a moving ceremony at Montpelier High School’s Veterans Memorial to honor those who died for America in battle.

The morning started off overcast, but the clouds opened up just before the parade marched through downtown Montpelier.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Roxbury woman cited by state police.
ROXBURY — Vermont State Police say a Roxbury woman drove drunk Friday.

Police reported that they were dispatched to a citizen dispute on Warren Mountain Road in Roxbury Friday night. Police say an investigation showed that Candace A.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Education fairness
Legislators next year may be presented with an idea that could ease property taxes, bolster school funding and bring greater fairness to the state’s tax system. It all has to do with the tax advantage now enjoyed by wealthy property owners in Vermont.

An idea promoted by Sen.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Barre Memorial Day honors war dead
BARRE — When it comes to Memorial Day parades, 91-year-old Merton Wheeler is admittedly something of a late bloomer, but what he lacks in experience the West Topsham man and proud veteran of World War II makes up for in enthusiasm.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Report: VTel wireless OK, but unverifiable
A federal agency says a wireless Internet system funded by taxpayers is operating as it should, but says it can’t independently verify the coverage area.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Few holiday airport headaches
MIAMI — Travelers who had braced for long lines and long waits were instead moving through most U.S. airports fairly quickly Monday, as the busy Memorial Day travel weekend drew to close.

“Honestly, it wasn’t too bad,” said Kendra Morehead of Wooster, Ohio, who flew from Detroit to Denver for a conference.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Fort Ti’s artillery collection in spotlight
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — A 1,300-pound hunk of iron on display at Fort Ticonderoga certainly has gotten around, despite its heft.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Poll: Voters feel disconnected, helpless in 2016
WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and helpless about the presidential election.

That’s according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which helps explain the rise of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Sen.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked
NEW YORK — Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement.

The deal includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over four years. But it also makes health care plan changes to save the company money, the company and unions said Monday.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Vigil held at Cincinnati Zoo in tribute to slain gorilla
CINCINNATI — Dozens of animal rights advocates and others held a Memorial Day vigil at the Cincinnati Zoo in remembrance of a gorilla that was fatally shot to protect a 4-year-old boy who entered its exhibit.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Holder: Snowden did ‘service,’ but should still be punished
WASHINGTON — Edward Snowden performed a “public service” in stoking a national debate about secret domestic surveillance programs, but he should still return to the U.S. to stand trial, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a podcast released on Monday.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Obama’s pets Bo and Sunny are living the good life
WASHINGTON — It’s hardly a dog’s life of just eating and sleeping for President Barack Obama’s pets, Bo and Sunny.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Group seeks better chest protection for kids
WASHINGTON — Jack Crowley was 15 when a baseball hit him in the chest and stopped his heart. The Long Island teen survived thanks to a police officer who grabbed a defibrillator and shocked his heart back into rhythm.

A blow to the chest — one that hits at just the wrong spot, at just the wrong time — can trigger deadly cardiac arrest.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Vaccine compliance growing in Vermont, statistics show
MONTPELIER — Religious exemptions for childhood immunizations are up slightly now that the philosophical one is going away, new state figures show.

It’s still fewer than 1 percent of families with kindergarteners going the religious exemption route, said Christine Finley, immunization chief for the Vermont Health Department.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Two die in car crash

WEST CHARLESTON — Vermont state police say two Vermonters are dead and two others suffered serious injuries in a one-car crash in West Charleston.

Authorities say 26-year-old Ryan Coulter, of Newport, and 29-year-old Esperanza Robies, of Derby Line, died in the crash Sunday at about 4:40 p.m.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Free fishing day in June

MONTPELIER — Vermonters will be allowed to fish without a license on free fishing day next month.

The annual event takes place Saturday, June 11 and includes a free family fishing festival in Grand Isle.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Hunting permits available

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says applications for permits for the state's muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting season are now available.

The Fish and Wildlife Board met May 25 and set antlerless deer hunting rules for the fall deer hunting seasons.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Beth M. Farnham rites
Beth M. Farnham rites

CHELSEA — The United Church of Chelsea was filled for the funeral service and celebration of life for Beth Margaret (Richardson) Farnham, 59, of Chelsea, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 11 a.m.

She passed away May 20, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Elmer J. DeForge II
Elmer J. DeForge II

EAST MONTPELIER — Elmer Jack DeForge II, 43, died Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Plainfield.

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

Arrangements are by Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home in Barre.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Car culture
As an amateur history buff, I took great delight in Paul Heller’s recent story,“When cars came to the capital.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Booze and pot
Most people enjoy a cold drink in the hot summer weather. For a lot of them, a cold beer or mixed drink is their choice. Alcoholic drinks known as mixed drinks are a popular way to imbibe with an adult beverage. But, some things do not mix well together. For example, recreational marijuana and politics do not mix as well as a gin and tonic.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Birth control confusion
The headline in the May 24 edition of The Times Argus reads “Shumlin signs birth control bill.”

Vermont is following the Federal Affordable Care Act by providing free birth control medication and devices by eliminating deductibles and co-pays. Men were not left out ... you get a free vasectomy.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Revisionist history
To the recent letter of Thomas Welsh: I, like Jules Rabin, am a person who holds what you call a “singular viewpoint” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

As far as I know history, Jews and descendants of Jews have lived with their Palestinian neighbors in that area, now Israel and Palestine, for a long, long time in changing empires.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Bogaerts hit streak at 23
BALTIMORE — Xander Bogaerts did the damage early, extending his hitting streak to 23 games and driving in two runs.

From there, Boston used the long ball to pull away from the Baltimore Orioles in a matchup between the top two teams in the AL East.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Grizzlies announce David Fizdale as their new coach
MEMPHIS, Tenn.  Published on: May 31, 2016
French Open washed out for 1st time in 16 years
PARIS — Not so much the French Open as the French closed.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Truex seeking bigger things after Charlotte romp
CONCORD, N.C. — Martin Truex Jr. believes big things are ahead, even bigger than his record run at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Truex ruled the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night, leading 588 of 600 miles to set a Sprint Cup record. It was his fourth career victory and first in nearly a year, although he’s come close in several other races.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Stanley Cup Final turns into reunion for Sharks’ Paul Martin
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Back when the playoffs started nearly seven weeks ago, San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin wondered what it would be like to play his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final.  Published on: May 31, 2016
No. 1 Florida among record 4 SEC teams to nab national seeds
OMAHA, Neb. — Florida will have to break the curse of the No. 1 seed to win its first national championship in baseball.

The Gators were awarded the top seed in the NCAA baseball tournament Monday, leading a record four Southeastern Conference teams among the eight national seeds. Florida (47-13) was ranked No.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido overpowered kidnappers
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — About 24 hours after he was kidnapped, Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido found himself alone with one of his captors and saw his chance. He wrestled away the man’s pistol and his cellphone and dialed Mexico’s emergency number.

Within minutes, he was free.  Published on: May 31, 2016
New season begins today
There’s more excitement in Rutland about baseball these days than you can shake a Hillerich & Bradsby at.

Rutland High graduate Mike Triller was just named MVP of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament after going 6 for 13 with three doubles and two home runs for Clemson and Rutland and Mount St.  Published on: May 31, 2016
A debate over baseball’s fan appeal
Earlier this month, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred expressed his displeasure with the pace of games so far this year. “We feel like we’ve lost a little focus (on pace of play),” he told ESPN. “So we’re doing a variety of things to try and get that back.”

Manfred is right.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Stanley Cup Final turns into reunion for Sharks’ Paul Martin
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Back when the playoffs started nearly seven weeks ago, San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin wondered what it would be like to play his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Vaccine compliance growing in Vermont, statistics show
MONTPELIER — Religious exemptions for childhood immunizations are up slightly now that the philosophical one is going away, new state figures show.

It’s still fewer than 1 percent of families with kindergarteners going the religious exemption route, said Christine Finley, immunization chief for the Vermont Health Department.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Two die in car crash

WEST CHARLESTON — Vermont state police say two Vermonters are dead and two others suffered serious injuries in a one-car crash in West Charleston.

Authorities say 26-year-old Ryan Coulter, of Newport, and 29-year-old Esperanza Robies, of Derby Line, died in the crash Sunday at about 4:40 p.m.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Hunting permits available

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says applications for permits for the state's muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting season are now available.

The Fish and Wildlife Board met May 25 and set antlerless deer hunting rules for the fall deer hunting seasons.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Free fishing day in June

MONTPELIER — Vermonters will be allowed to fish without a license on free fishing day next month.

The annual event takes place Saturday, June 11 and includes a free family fishing festival in Grand Isle.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Report: VTel wireless OK, but unverifiable
A federal agency says a wireless Internet system funded by taxpayers is operating as it should, but says it can’t independently verify the coverage area.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Stanley Cup Final turns into reunion for Sharks’ Paul Martin
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Back when the playoffs started nearly seven weeks ago, San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin wondered what it would be like to play his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Vaccine compliance growing in Vermont, statistics show
MONTPELIER — Religious exemptions for childhood immunizations are up slightly now that the philosophical one is going away, new state figures show.

It’s still fewer than 1 percent of families with kindergarteners going the religious exemption route, said Christine Finley, immunization chief for the Vermont Health Department.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Two die in car crash

WEST CHARLESTON — Vermont state police say two Vermonters are dead and two others suffered serious injuries in a one-car crash in West Charleston.

Authorities say 26-year-old Ryan Coulter, of Newport, and 29-year-old Esperanza Robies, of Derby Line, died in the crash Sunday at about 4:40 p.m.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Hunting permits available

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says applications for permits for the state's muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting season are now available.

The Fish and Wildlife Board met May 25 and set antlerless deer hunting rules for the fall deer hunting seasons.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Free fishing day in June

MONTPELIER — Vermonters will be allowed to fish without a license on free fishing day next month.

The annual event takes place Saturday, June 11 and includes a free family fishing festival in Grand Isle.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Report: VTel wireless OK, but unverifiable
A federal agency says a wireless Internet system funded by taxpayers is operating as it should, but says it can’t independently verify the coverage area.  Published on: May 31, 2016
Armed standoff ends in suicide
PLAINFIELD — Vermont State Police said an armed standoff that lasted for several hours Sunday ended after the suspect took his own life.

Lt. Matt Nally of the state police said troopers were called out to conduct a welfare check Sunday morning. Prior to their arrival, according to Nally, shots had been fired.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Middlebury College awards over 500 degrees
MIDDLEBURY — Rui Ti Hu, exhausted, was about to graduate.

The Russian and music major graduated from Middlebury College Sunday — but Saturday night and into the morning, Hu said he’d gotten about two hours of sleep. Hu stood with a group of cap-and-gown-clad friends as they waited to proceed through the campus.

By 10 a.m.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Hot and historic
The big marathon couldn’t go the distance, and Mother Nature was to blame.

Officials at the Vermont City Marathon and Relay called a stop to the race shortly before noon Sunday due to extreme heat and humidity. The call came about four hours into the race.  Published on: May 30, 2016
I am the Walrus
There has been a lot in the news lately about the use of public bathrooms by transgender citizens.

I am not about to get into the fray.  Published on: May 30, 2016
The Merci Train in Vermont
Local radio celebrity Bob Bannon was master of ceremonies as 500 Vermonters gathered at the railroad station in Montpelier to receive a remarkable gift from the people of France.  Published on: May 30, 2016
On The Road Roadwork in high gear; beware of animals
We are getting reports concerning deer and moose on paved roads around the state. These animals often come out to lick the salt off the pavement. When driving in rural parts of Vermont watch for our four-legged friends, especially around dusk.

Moose and deer are not the only creatures on the blacktop this time of year.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Energy siting bill faces possible veto
The Shumlin administration and legislative leaders are questioning aspects of a renewable energy siting bill passed in the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session. The concerns may prompt Gov. Peter Shumlin to veto the bill, according to Rep. Tony Klein, the chairman of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Sanders derides pick of convention committee leaders
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is seeking to bar allies of Hillary Clinton from leading the powerful rules and platform committees of the Democratic National Convention in July, escalating his battle with party leaders.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Storm safe rooms become Midwest wedding-gift trend
ST. LOUIS — Never mind toasters, blenders and slow cookers.

Joplin, Missouri, tornado survivors Kayla and Ricky Smith had a more practical request for a wedding gift — shelter from the next big storm.  Published on: May 30, 2016
‘Looking Glass’ destroyed in ‘Apocalypse’
NEW YORK — Johnny Depp’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” bombed over the Memorial Day weekend with just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters, while “X-Men: Apocalypse” debuted on top with an estimated $65 million.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Four-year-old rescued after gorilla is shot
CINCINNATI — Panicked zoo visitors watched helplessly and shouted, “Stay calm!” while one woman yelled, “Mommy loves you!” as a 400-pound-plus gorilla loomed over a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into a shallow moat at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Maine midwifery rules reflect national licensure drive
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s midwives will face a new set of rules designed to make homebirth safer as a result of a bill that reflects changes to the profession around the country.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Dictator’s trial nears verdict
DAKAR, Senegal — Souleymane Guengueng was among thousands imprisoned in Chad during the 1982-1990 rule of dictator Hissene Habre.

When Guengueng, an accountant accused of working with the opposition, was released in 1990 he collected more than 800 accounts of fellow prisoners and vowed to seek justice for their torture and suffering.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Lost couple at nuke plant “no threat”
The Associated Press

DELTA, Pa. — A couple who got lost in Pennsylvania while driving to New York entered the property of a nuclear plant by cutting a chain at a gate, apparently in a quest to get back on the right road, authorities said.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Hundreds feared dead in Mediterranean
POZZALLO, Sicily — Survivor accounts have pushed to more than 700 the number of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over three days in the past week, even as European ships saved thousands of others in daring rescue operations.  Published on: May 30, 2016
A race to return WWI Purple Hearts
When he can’t find a descendant, the commemoratives are donated to museums or historical societies near the service members’ hometowns — what Fike calls “homes of honor.”





By WILSON RING

The Associated Press

ST.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Margery F. Lashua
Margery F. Lashua

EAST MONTPELIER — Margery Fletcher Lashua, 92, of County Road in East Montpelier, died on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the Central Vermont Medical Center.

She was born in Burlington, Vermont, on March 7, 1924, the daughter of Roy C. and Ethel (Smith) Fletcher.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Richard A. Pearce Sr.
Richard A. Pearce Sr.

CHELSEA — The graveside memorial service for Richard A. Pearce Sr., 80, who died Dec. 18, 2015, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016, in the Village Cemetery in Warren, followed by a reception at the Warren Town Hall.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Alberta L. West
Alberta L. West

ANDERSON, S.C. — Alberta L. Stacey West, of 190 Wexford Drive, died Friday, May 27, 2016.

Alberta was born November 16, 1945, to Gordon and Marguerite (Johnson) Stacey in Barre, Vermont. She became a member of the Presbyterian Church in 1957 in Graniteville, Vermont.  Published on: May 30, 2016
A day to remember
Today is Memorial Day and this year this special occasion has been given an extra dose of intellectual adrenalin thanks to President Obama’s unprecedented visit this past week to Hiroshima, the Japanese city that was leveled by an American atomic bomb on August 6, 1945.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Rocco Mediate wins Senior PGA Championship
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Rocco Mediate holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-3 17th to wrap up a record-setting, wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Senior PGA Championship.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Steven Stamkos says he’d like to remain with Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos hopes he hasn’t played his last game for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goal scorer can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, however he reiterated Friday that he’d like to stay with the team drafted him No.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Pelicans’ Dejean-Jones killed after going to wrong apartment
DALLAS — New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot on his daughter’s first birthday after kicking down the door of what he mistakenly thought was his girlfriend’s apartment in Dallas, a death that rattled the NBA over Memorial Day weekend.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Alexander Rossi pulls off stunning upset in 100th Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS — An American took the Andretti family to victory lane in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

It just wasn’t the driver anyone expected.

Alexander Rossi was the surprising winner of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” when he stretched his fuel to the finish Sunday to pull off an upset victory.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Indianapolis 500 Winners
2016 — Alexander Rossi



2015 — Juan Montoya

 Published on: May 30, 2016
Pedroia leads Red Sox past Blue Jays 5-3 in 11
TORONTO — A tough weekend for Clay Buchholz ended with a win and an appreciative handshake from manager John Farrell.

Dustin Pedroia hit an RBI double in the 11th inning, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.  Published on: May 30, 2016
‘A battle of attrition’ at VCM
BURLINGTON — The 28th running of the Vermont City Marathon was all about survival.

And defending champion Matt Pelletier survived to win his sixth men’s title, coming in alone with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 33 seconds.

“It feels good to win but this was a battle of attrition,” said Pelletier, a teacher from Oneco, Conn.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Cahoon, Luce win at Thunder Road
By TOM HERZIG

Correspondent

BARRE — It was fist-pumping, howling-toward-the-sky time for Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 winner Tyler Cahoon of St. Johnsbury at Thunder Road on Sunday.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Four-year-old rescued after gorilla is shot
CINCINNATI — Panicked zoo visitors watched helplessly and shouted, “Stay calm!” while one woman yelled, “Mommy loves you!” as a 400-pound-plus gorilla loomed over a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into a shallow moat at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Sanders derides pick of convention committee leaders
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is seeking to bar allies of Hillary Clinton from leading the powerful rules and platform committees of the Democratic National Convention in July, escalating his battle with party leaders.  Published on: May 30, 2016
On The Road Roadwork in high gear; beware of animals
We are getting reports concerning deer and moose on paved roads around the state. These animals often come out to lick the salt off the pavement. When driving in rural parts of Vermont watch for our four-legged friends, especially around dusk.

Moose and deer are not the only creatures on the blacktop this time of year.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Energy siting bill faces possible veto
The Shumlin administration and legislative leaders are questioning aspects of a renewable energy siting bill passed in the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session. The concerns may prompt Gov. Peter Shumlin to veto the bill, according to Rep. Tony Klein, the chairman of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Cahoon, Luce win at Thunder Road
By TOM HERZIG

Correspondent

BARRE — It was fist-pumping, howling-toward-the-sky time for Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 winner Tyler Cahoon of St. Johnsbury at Thunder Road on Sunday.  Published on: May 30, 2016
Middlebury College awards over 500 degrees
MIDDLEBURY — Rui Ti Hu, exhausted, was about to graduate.

The Russian and music major graduated from Middlebury College Sunday — but Saturday night and into the morning, Hu said he’d gotten about two hours of sleep. Hu stood with a group of cap-and-gown-clad friends as they waited to proceed through the campus.

By 10 a.m.  Published on: May 30, 2016
The Lowe Down: How could a musician be so great and so humble?
On May 25, Vermont, Marlboro and the world lost one of its most beloved musicians, yet few Vermonters — save those he inspired — knew his name.  Published on: May 29, 2016
Nature Center’s annual event is for the birds
MONTPELIER — It’s not every day you get to see a raptor from a couple feet away, but that’s just what residents got when they visited the North Branch Nature Center on Saturday.

The nature center on Elm Street held its annual Birdfest event.  Published on: May 29, 2016
Stephen E. Kelty Sr.
Stephen E. Kelty Sr.

EAST BARRE — A funeral service for Stephen E. Kelty Sr., who died on May 6 at his home, was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. Calling hours preceded the service.

The Rev.  Published on: May 29, 2016
Why we remember
Jack Squires was a coal miner’s son, a mother’s favorite, a husband to a then 24-year-old wife and father to a 4-year old daughter. He was a Navy SEAL who had survived harrowing missions in the Vietnam War. Jack earned a Bronze Star for his bravery and a Presidential Citation for his heroics. He was my friend and a teammate.  Published on: May 29, 2016
Clean energy powerhouse
When it comes to tackling climate change, Vermonters are overachievers. We are fighters with a history of punching above our weight. When we encounter a problem, we often see it as an opportunity and, without fanfare, take the action needed to correct it.

These efforts pay off. For decades Vermont has been a leader on energy efficiency.  Published on: May 29, 2016
Kids choose books for summer
Summer is a magical season for kids — a time when they finally get to make many of their own decisions — except when it comes to reading. This summer millions of children will be slogging through a school-assigned reading list. And that may not be such a good thing.  Published on: May 29, 2016
College affordability on the front burner
Of the 6,000 or so Vermonters about to graduate from high school, more than 2,000 are unlikely to further their education after June. They will join a growing cohort of young Vermonters who lack the credentials necessary to succeed in our economy. In fact, Vermont has the lowest college enrollment rate in New England.  Published on: May 29, 2016
Pie in the sky
I must be careful when I make this point. I know and am friendly with many Bernie Sanders supporters, particularly in Vermont. And they are certainly not the kind of people who would be attracted to a nativist, prevaricating, fear-mongering presidential candidate like Donald Trump.  Published on: May 29, 2016
When the story floods in


The following commentary was submitted as part of the 2016 Vermont Public Radio Commentators’ Brunch at the Stoweflake.



As a news guy, I love a good story. Every town is full of them, and Vermont seems to have a greater share than most.  Published on: May 29, 2016
Trump’s premature grave
No, Donald Trump is not dead, but if you go to Central Park in New York City you may see his gravestone.

Trump’s tombstone, handcrafted in Barre with our world-famous granite, surfaced in the popular park back in March. The stone is modern and simple and adorned with a cross bordered by rows of delicate flowers.  Published on: May 29, 2016
Political theater
The guerrilla theater carried out at the home of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia last week was designed to annoy, and it achieved its purpose. Police were called. Protest tactics were denounced.

Climate activists are now a fact of life, and they will be for the foreseeable future.  Published on: May 29, 2016
Retail group honors Welch
The National Retail Federation, based in Washington, D.C., recently named Rep.Peter Welch, D-Vt., as one of its Legislator of the Year honorees.

The award was presented this week during the Retail Advocates Summit.  Published on: May 28, 2016
LEDC to host business workshop
MORRISVILLE — The Lamoille Economic Development Corp. will present a workshop about online business from 9 a.m. to noon June 15 in the Community Room at Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park.

The cost to attend is $49 and pre-registration is required.  Published on: May 28, 2016
PC Construction wins business award
BURLINGTON — PC Construction of South Burlington won the annual Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award on Thursday at the Vermont Chamber Business & Industry Expo.

Founded by the Pizzagalli family in 1958, the company had $25,000 in sales its first year and has grown into a $500 million business.  Published on: May 28, 2016
‘Maya & Marty’ aims to show variety still spice of life
NEW YORK — If you doubt that Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are funny together — indeed, a match made in heaven — just recall their memorable number on the 40th anniversary special for “Saturday Night Live.  Published on: May 28, 2016
New Smugglers' Notch truck rules

CAMBRIDGE — Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration says staff will look at a plan to levy hefty fines against tractor-trailer drivers who unlawfully try to take a northern Vermont road known for ensnaring large trucks.  Published on: May 28, 2016
Sailor admits to illegal photos

A Navy sailor from Arlington has pleaded guilty to charges alleging that he illegally retained photos he took with his cellphone of classified areas and equipment inside a nuclear attack submarine based in Connecticut.  Published on: May 28, 2016
Police dogs killed on duty honored
Police dogs killed

on duty honored

Four police dogs killed in the line of duty, including one from Vermont, have been recognized with a new award from the American Kennel Club.

The New York-based organization announced the first “AKC Paw of Courage” medal winners this week.  Published on: May 28, 2016
Vermont Yankee State to bill for emergency zone
BRATTLEBORO — There will be a scaled-back 10-mile emergency planning zone for the communities surrounding the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant after all.

And, thanks to an 11th-hour provision in the 2016-17 Vermont state budget bill, the state of Vermont now has the power to bill Entergy Nuclear for those costs.  Published on: May 28, 2016
Saving salamanders Searching for signs of a deadly fungus
SUNDERLAND — Holding a sandwich bag containing a squirming, Eastern red-spotted newt, Evan Grant inspects its shiny skin for signs of a killer.

If he finds what he’s looking for, a gruesome fate awaits the amphibian. Ulcers would cover its body, eating away the skin and killing it outright or leaving it vulnerable to infection.  Published on: May 28, 2016
Residents divided over new dog ordinance
MONTPELIER — Residents gave emotional testimony as City Council discussed a new dog ordinance Wednesday.

In February, the council held a meeting to talk about various dog issues and asked that the city come back with proposals to amend the dog ordinance. Wednesday marked the first new dog ordinance hearing.  Published on: May 28, 2016


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