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State to fund water line design amid stalled talks with Saint-Gobain

Picking up the tab: DEC will pay $2 million for final design of extended water lines
BENNINGTON — The state will pay $2 million to complete the final design of a project that would extend public water lines to affected homes. And local legislators say they plan to file a bill that would make individuals who contaminate drinking water with PFOA liable for paying. The state's Department of Environmental Conservation will pay for the final design of a water line extension Full Story
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Vernon man at the center of a mystery at sea

Had spent eight days drifting in a life raft
VERNON — Residents of this small town in the corner of southeastern Vermont are dealing with a deluge of reporters in search of a man who was rescued in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days adrift in a life raft. By Wednesday afternoon, one observer counted people from at least 10 media organizations, six satellite trucks and even one news helicopter circling Nathan Carman's house in Vernon. Full Story
Panthers hold off feisty Warrensburg

Campbell wins 301st career game
HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls field hockey team and coach Denise Campbell were coming off a milestone on Monday as the Panthers' leader won her 300th career game against Greenwich. So it would have been easy for a letdown on Wednesday against Warrensburg. But there was no such thing as Hoosick Falls' Eliza Whitman scored in the sixth minute and the Panthers held on for a 1-0 win over 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
Pro-refugee group: 100 Syrians approved to move to Vermont

Plan calls for bringing up to 100 refugees to Green Mountain State
MONTPELIER — The U.S. Department of State confirmed on Wednesday it had approved a plan to bring up to 100 refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq to the Vermont city of Rutland. The director of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, Amila Merdzanovic, wrote an email to Rutland's mayor and state officials "to share the news that the U. Full Story