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Fuel truck crash closes Route 7

SUNDERLAND — Police say it will be several more hours before Route 7 between Exits 3 and 4 is open. Emergency responders are working to clear the scene where a truck carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline and 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel …
Opinion
Our Opinion: Radio Shack's demise a sign of a burst bubble?

We reported last week that the Radio Shack in Bennington is closing. The employees there weren't allowed to comment on the matter, but the large "store closing" signs hung out front made the gist of the local situation pretty clear.

A victory for both Vermont and the nation

The BOE has a point; the schools have one too

Why so cold, Bernie?

Lifestyles
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Time to give your houseplants some love

Tired of looking out onto a snow-covered or soggy landscape? Then look in ... no, I don't mean self-reflection; that's always depressing for someone with all of my short comings, which includes questionable writing skills. I mean look at your …

Is this drug worth the cost? Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate

How to help children with autism make — and keep — friends

Pile your plate high with pie - host your own pie contest

Entertainment
International experience fuses with American roots

BENNINGTON — From the Sahel Desert to New Zealand, and Rome to Rio, Avi Salloway returns to Vermont with his band Billy Wylder for a debut show at the Basement Music Series on Saturday.As the producer of the Moonshine Music Festival at Earth …

A performing passion of piano virtuosos

EDM festival returns to Stratton Mountain

Arts and entertainment news

Celtic music for St. Patrick's Day

National News
GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in D.C.

The Associated PressThe Republican Party of "no" for Democrat Barack Obama's eight years is having a hard time getting to "yes" in the early Donald Trump era.The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans …

US Jews wrestle with arrest of Jew in bomb threats case

Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

A look at clothing companies that are closing stores

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Sugarmakers offer taste of syrupy sweetness during Maple Open House Weekend

ARLINGTON — The Hawley family welcomed more than 1,800 visitors to XR Maple Farm on Saturday and Sunday for the annual Vermont Maple Sugar Maker Association's Maple Open House Weekend.
Big Brothers Big Sisters

'Sisters' share a special bond over art and being creative

MANCHESTER — Having an art studio works to Beth Whitaker's advantage.It's a special place that she and her little, Lily Barker, come to paint, make collages, decoupage and create other art projects once a week.…

Public offered a look at proposed plan for Putnam Block

BENNINGTON — With the sale of six downtown buildings moving toward a closing, principals in a proposed $50 million-plus redevelopment project have scheduled an open house for the public and potential business investors.

Truck loses control on Route 9

SEARSBURG — A motor vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer caused a portion of VT Route 9 to shut down on Saturday afternoon. State police responded to a collision in Searsburg involving a 1999 freightliner tractor …

Manchester native, wildlife experts offer up-close view of black bear

SEARSBURG — Roused from his slumber, the black bear strolled out of his den sooner than expected earlier this month and decided to sun himself on a bed of softwood branches.Enter a group of wildlife researchers and college students conducting …
Local sports

SVC lacrosse pitches shutout

MEDFORD, Mass. — Southern Vermont College took to the road to face off against a young Newbury College team for the first time ever Saturday afternoon, and the Mountaineers kept the hosts off the board to start the New England Collegiate …

McLaughlin still in the hunt for title

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Mount Anthony sophomore wrestler Gage McLaughlin is still in line for a national championship after going 4-0 on the first day of the National High School Coaches Association tournament in Virginia Beach on …

Local basketball players to compete in all-star event

WINDSOR — A handful of local basketball players will represent the area at the annual senior all-star event put on by the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association.Seven seniors will take part in the four games — Division III and IV girls …

SVC track looks to build on past success

BENNINGTON — After a long stretch of preseason training which included a lot of time spent indoors, the Southern Vermont College outdoor track & field team is set to begin its third year as an NCAA-accredited squad this Saturday.SVC …
World News

EU leaders converge on Rome to rekindle sense of unity

ROME (AP) — Posing with Pope Francis before Michelangelo's masterpiece "The Last Judgment" at the Vatican, European Union leaders started their weekend pilgrimage in Rome hoping that a visit to the cradle of their unity project could somehow …

London attacker cheerful, joking on eve of deadly rampage

BIRMINGHAM, England — Long before his short stints in jail turned into years behind bars, Khalid Masood was known as Adrian Elms, with a reputation for drinking and an unpredictable temper.At least twice he was convicted of violent crimes, …

UK defiant as IS claims responsibility for London attack

LONDON — Britain's prime minister defiantly declared Thursday that "we are not afraid" even as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a London bridge and then stabbed a …

Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls

OSLO, Norway — If you want to pursue happiness, grab a winter coat.A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy.What makes Norway and other northern …

Death toll in Peru climbs to 67 from El Nino rains, floods

LIMA, Peru — The number of people killed in Peru following intense rains and mudslides wreaking havoc around the Andean nation climbed to 67 Friday, with thousands more displaced from destroyed homes and others waiting on rooftops for …

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