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Eight compete in first Southern Vermont Cooking Challenge to raise money for homeless coalition

BENNINGTON — While the sun sizzled outside, chicken appetizer dishes were served inside Madison's Brewery on Sunday at the first-ever Southern Vermont Cooking Challenge. Organized by Chris Bates and Stephanie Calabro to benefit the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless, eight cooks signed up to offer their best chicken appetizer dish for a chance to win a spot on the restaurant's Full Story
Hiker rescued after fracturing leg on Appalachian Trail

WOODFORD >> A Florida woman was rescued Monday afternoon after she fractured her femur while hiking on the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail. Kristin Breen was hiking with her husband Robert when she tripped on a root and badly injured her leg. Robert was able to call 911, and the Bennington Rescue Squad responded at about 10 a. Full Story
Post 13 falls on walk-off

CASTLETON — The Post 13 baseball team is ever closer to an elusive first win, falling 6-5 to Lakes Region on a walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday. With the game tied at 5-5, Post 13 walked the first two men in the seventh and with one out, a fly ball to center was enough to end it. Full Story
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Busy weekend for Brattleboro Music Center

Northern Roots Festival on Saturday; Heath Quartet on Sunday
BRATTLEBORO — It will be a busy weekend for the Brattleboro Music Center with back to back events on Saturday and Sunday, each one deserving its own weekend in its own right. First off, BMC will present what promises to be the biggest and best ever Northern Roots Festival, a popular day-long event on Saturday, Jan. Full Story
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Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations

WASHINGTON >> The Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics Monday in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state. Full Story