(Scott Stafford — The Manchester Journal)
Global Village assists in Jennifer Lane construction

Habitat for Humanity welcomes 10 volunteers from far and wide to assist with Jennifer Lane project
MANCHESTER >> Ten strangers from all over the country traveled to Vermont this week to voluntarily assist in the construction of a Bennington County Habitat for Humanity home on Jennifer Lane. A majority of the Global Village team has never been this far north or has little experience with construction. Full Story
Bennington board considers downtown hotel study

BENNINGTON >> The Select Board is considering a study that will determine the economic viability of a hotel in downtown Bennington. Board chairman Tom Jacobs said Monday that the Bennington Redevelopment Group is well underway with a plan for the former Putnam Hotel building on Main Street, often referred to as the Greenberg Block, but that the plan does not at this time include a hotel. Full Story
Woodard strikes three times in win over Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO — Burr and Burton senior Brooke Woodard racked up a hat trick on Saturday in a 5-0 win over Brattleboro. Woodard's first score came with two minutes left in the first half, assisted by her sister Sky. With 16 minutes left, Woodard scored again off a free kick, then tallied the third two minutes later, assisted on a corner kick, again by Sky Woodard. Full Story
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Irish music duo to perform for Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meetinghouse Cafe series

Boston-based couple brings old stories to life with warm presence
BENNINGTON — Since 1991, Matt and Shannon Heaton have visited four continents and a variety of venues to deliver and authentic Irish music performance. On Sept. 23 they'll return to Vermont for a more intimate show at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The duo met at a gig and Shannon Heaton needed a guitar player for a wedding, which was the start of a life long music career. Full Story
(Bill Gorman — The Associated Press)
Goodbye to homework for some elementary schools and classes

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT. >> Guess what, kids? No homework. Really. All year. A small but growing number of elementary schools and individual teachers are doing away with the after-school chore to allow kids more time to play, participate in activities, spend time with families, read and sleep. There's been pushback against homework from parents in recent years who say their children's time is Full Story