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Southshire Challenge seeks businesses, schools to participate

07/28/2014 10:45 PM EDT
BENNINGTON -- With last year's very successful Southshire Challenge in the rear window, the program's steering committee is looking for schools and businesses to participate in the 2014-2015 edition of the program. Unlike last year, where area businesses challenged classes to projects ranging from designing a youth learning space for the Town of Bennington to writing and 
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Education behind Vermont's high child well-being rank

BENNINGTON -- In the 2014 edition of a data book that ranks U.S. states on child well-being, Vermont ranked second overall, with quality education acting as a driving force. The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which was released last week, uses 16 indicators across four domains (economic well-being, education, health, and family and community) to rank the states. Full Story
SPORTS
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Gear up for Lyme race Saturday

MANCHESTER -- It was in a recent visit to the doctor early one morning that Eric Scheer -- a unicyclist who has competed in the Gear Up for Lyme race and the Bike Up the Mountain Points Series (BUMPS) -- learned that he had Lyme Disease. The news did not deter Scheer from entering this year’s Gear Up for Lyme Uphill Bike Race. Full Story
ENTERTAINMENT
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Joaquin Phoenix to play Doctor Strange?

Marvel reportedly will make Comic-Con announcement this weekend. Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch also were on the shortlist for the role. Full Story
REGION
Wilmington zoning revisions still on table

WILMINGTON -- Although closer to adopting proposed revisions to zoning documents regarding signs, administration and definitions, the town's Selectboard still has decisions to make. "There's two things we're not clear on saying ‘yes' to," said Wilmington Selectboard member Susie Haughwout, who is liaison between the board and Planning Commission. Full Story

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Uncovering Mohawk Trail's treasures

To most of the residents of Northern Berkshire, the Mohawk Trail is a means of getting from North Adams to Greenfield and, eventually, Boston. On a beautiful July day with lots of sun, a friend and I set out to explore the treasures the Trail has -- and which I have overlooked all my life.  Full Story
NATION/WORLD
Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. Full Story
Wedding reception shut down when brawl breaks out

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a brawl involving dozens of guests broke out at a wedding reception in central New Jersey. Full Story
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Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Full Story
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Batkid documentary in the works

A film about Miles Scott, the 5-year-old who stole the hearts of millions when he “saved Gotham” as part of a Make-a Wish Foundation event in San Francisco, is underway, but needs funds to be finished; a trailer has aired at Comic-Con. 
 
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