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    Education news in brief

    05/23/2015 08:21 AM EDT
    Hildene Essay Competition winners wrote about divisive issues The winners of the 2015 Hildene Essay Competition were selected from a record 236 entries from Vermont eighth graders in 26 schools, as far north as Cabot and as far south as Halifax. In the words of Hildene President, Seth Bongartz, "Using Abraham Lincoln's legacy as touchstone, the goal of the competition is to promote awareness in 
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    Birth announcement
    05/23/2015 08:20 AM EDT - BURLINGTON >> Reagan Elizabeth Brenny was born on March 10 to Kaitlin Brenny Jacobs and Nicholas Brenny of Colchester. Full Story

    Local resident finalist in scholarship competition
    05/22/2015 06:13 PM EDT - NORTH ATTLEBORO, MASS. >> The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition is being held on April 25, at 10 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 20 Hoppin Hill Ave., with 11 high school juniors and seniors performing for nearly $12,000 in performing arts scholarships. Katianna R. Full Story

    Astronomy Night at CCS a success
    05/22/2015 06:13 PM EDT - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> The CCS Latin Club and the Science Department hosted Cambridge Central School's first Astronomy Night on April 16. The evening featured guest speaker Professor John Cummings of Siena College. The student and parent turnout was beyond expectation. With standing room only, students and parents packed into Mr. Full Story

    Weston Playhouse announces summer season
    05/22/2015 06:03 PM EDT - WESTON >> Weston kicks off its 79th season with a family-friendly performance schedule and dramatic discounts for Vermonters. "There's something for everyone on our stages this year," commented producing artistic director Steve Stettler, "and with our ability to offer major local discounts, we hope that our neighbors from throughout the state will come make the Weston experience a part of Full Story

    The Battenkill Runs Through It Festival hosts silent auction
    05/22/2015 06:03 PM EDT - GREENWICH, N.Y. >> The Battenkill Runs Through It Festival taking place May 30 at the Greenwich Town Beach promises to be a hive of activity with live music, kayaking, canoe rides and the River Watch bug table. If the fly fishing demonstrations, kids obstacle courses and the Taste of the Battenkill Picnic Plate are not enough to float your boat (all included in the $12 entry ticket), you'll Full Story

    Exhibitors needed for Art Manchester
    05/22/2015 06:03 PM EDT - MANCHESTER >> In response to a growing interest in the arts across Vermont, Eons Creative is pleased to announce the launch of Art Manchester (ARTMA), a new contemporary art fair set in the Village of Manchester. Local and summer residents and visitors to the region can browse and purchase from the exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media and moving images by emerging Full Story

    Southern Vermont Arts Center hosts works of Don Ihde
    05/22/2015 06:03 PM EDT - MANCHESTER >> The Southern Vermont Arts Center will welcome emerging artist, Don Ihde, to exhibit a selection of his artworks from May 23 through June 14. SVAC will present the exhibition in one of the Yester House galleries. Ihde is an internationally acclaimed philosopher of science and technology. Full Story

    SVAC completes second Creative Classroom project
    05/22/2015 06:03 PM EDT - MANCHESTER >> Creative Classroom has just completed its second art integration project. Last week Southern Vermont Arts Center's Abby Pinkard, director of educational programming, visited Manchester Elementary-Middle School to work with a fantastic group of 6th- to 8th-grade boys from The Cornerstone Program. Full Story

    Morning Briefing — May 23
    05/23/2015 08:27 AM EDT - Today BENNINGTON Funky Adaptive Bike Day: This event is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vermont Mill Properties parking lot, 160 Benmont Ave. Bart will be bringing hand cycles, upright tricycle, and recumbent bikes for the public to try. It's focused on opening the cycling possibilities for people with disabilities, but anyone is welcome to join if they're curious about Full Story

    Colorado city going dark this weekend to help stargazers

    TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — Telluride residents were asked to turn out the lights on Saturday night and early Sunday to help stargazers see the night sky free of light pollution. Full Story
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    Susan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal

    KALLABARI, Nepal (AP) — Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation's vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt. Full Story
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    David Letterman set trashed; Dumpster divers move in

    Hours after the 'Late Show' finished taping, the crew began dismantling and throwing away iconic parts of David Letterman's set.