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    Happy 102nd to Harriette Leidich

    04/18/2014 10:10 PM EDT
    NORTH BENNINGTON -- If there is a secret to long life, Harriette Leidich knows it. The beloved North Bennington resident will tell you the key to longevity has a lot to do with family and love. And also, newspapers. Leidich, who turns 102 today, is the oldest active newspaper columnist in the country . 
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    Club asks hikers to stay off muddy trails, give them time to dry

    BENNINGTON -- Despite winter's brief resurgence, some hikers might be suffering cabin fever badly enough to brave Vermont's hiking trails; however, they are being asked to hold off until drier weather. The Green Mountain Club, a private non-profit that maintains the Long Trail, declared Tuesday to be the start of "mud season," and asked hikers to keep off muddy and high Full Story
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    Hoosick wins wild one over MAU

    HOOSICK, N.Y. -- When asked to describe Friday afternoon's baseball game against Mount Anthony in one word, it took Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac about 30 seconds to come up with opportunistic. Lilac's Panthers took advantage of some bloops and fortuitous bounces in a 9-run sixth inning that was the difference in a 12-10 win. Full Story
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    Nirvana, Kiss and the E Street Band join rock hall

    The three acts were ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in a colorful induction ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. They were joined by the blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates, British rocker Peter Gabriel, 1970s folkie Cat Stevens and the absent Linda Ronstadt. Full Story
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    Bennington College one of 18 northern New England colleges to get green ranking

    Northern New England has made a strong showing in the Princeton Review's 2014 guide to "green colleges," with 18 colleges and universities receiving recognition. Vermont has six colleges that received the green ranking. Two of them, Middlebury College and Green Mountain College, earned the highest possible score. Full Story

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    ThinkFOOD from cheese to chickens at Bard College at Simon's Rock

    GREAT BARRINGTON -- Fresh eggs, maple cream, blue cheese -- even in early spring, before the asparagus is ready to pick, local farms have flavor to offer. A movement is growing accross the country to get back to its roots, grow and use locally grown food. To advance this movement in Berkshire County, Bard College of Simon's Rock has created a new Center for Food Studies.  Full Story
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    Osama bin Laden's son-in-law convicted on terrorism charges

    Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group's spokesman. Full Story
    This adorable baby squirrel is being nursed back to health

    A wildlife rehabilitation center in Washington, D.C., is caring for a baby squirrel that fell from its nest and landed on a concrete sidewalk 75 feet below. Full Story

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring.   Full Story
     
    Roger Goodell wants the Dolphins to stay in Miami
    The Dolphins don't have one foot out of Miami, according to Roger Goodell. The NFL commissioner said Thursday that the Dolphins don't necessarily have to relocate despite the Florida legislature's refusal last week to fund renovations to Sun Life Stadium. Full Story

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    None of the current crop of TV moms is likely to be voted Mother of the Year, unless the ability to put dinner on the table counts for more than mental health.   Full Story
     
     
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring.   Full Story
     
     
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    Obama launches sales pitch for health insurance program

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring. Full Story
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    Happy Mother's Day, you heartless, killer psycho TV moms

    None of the current crop of TV moms is likely to be voted Mother of the Year, unless the ability to put dinner on the table counts for more than mental health. Full Story
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    Obama launches sales pitch for health insurance program

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring. Full Story