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    Wildlife expert shows children some of Vermont's 'amazing creatures'

    08/01/2014 09:55 AM EDT
    BENNINGTON -- More than 140 visitors crowded into the children's room at Bennington Free Library on Thursday to see a troupe of live animals, including a bald eagle. Michael Clough, of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, on Route 9 in Marlboro, introduced six animals to the capacity crowd during the hour-long program, which was part of the library's summer 
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    Hoosick Falls Village board weighs Greenway land acquisition; Pending approval, committee to raise funds to purchase track from railway
    07/31/2014 10:16 PM EDT - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls village select board is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the Hoosic River Greenway committee's proposed acquisition of riverfront land from Pan Am Railway, extending north of the water treatment facility. The next village board meeting is on Tuesday, Aug. Full Story

    Select board developing review plan for town manager
    07/31/2014 10:14 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- There is no formal review process for the town manager position, something the Select Board, and the current manager want to change. Town Manager Stuart Hurd said Thursday that in his 21 years on the job he has never had a performance review from the board. There have been several efforts in the past made by the board to develop a process, but each time the board became Full Story

    Hildene honors two with annual Award
    07/31/2014 10:11 PM EDT - MANCHESTER -- On Sunday, July 27, Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, honored the 2014 recipients of the Hildene Award with a celebratory luncheon. The award is given annually to Vermonters who have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of land conservation and historic preservation. Full Story

    Man charged after North Branch Street rollover
    07/31/2014 10:10 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- A Gage Street man is facing charges after he rolled his vehicle on North Branch Street in June. Jacob W. Shea, 20, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to careless or negligent vehicle operation, and operating a vehicle at excessive speed. He was released on conditions. Full Story

    Police News in Brief
    07/31/2014 10:10 PM EDT - Single vehicle crash SEARSBURG -- On July 23 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Ida Bessette, 54, of Bennington, was traveling east on Route 9 in Searsburg when her vehicle hydroplaned on the wet road surface. Her 2001 Dodge Caravan struck a guardrail on the north side of the highway, travelled across the road, and ended up in a ditch on the south side of the highway. Full Story

    Vermont can’t take many immigrant children
    07/30/2014 11:11 PM EDT - BURLINGTON (AP) -- Vermont doesn’t have the facilities to accept large numbers of immigrant children, Gov. Peter Shumlin said in a letter to the regional head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was responding to a request from DHS made to the states asking about the availability of a 90,000-square-foot facility that could host up to 1,000 children. Full Story

    Week of adventure and New Experience for local kids
    07/30/2014 11:18 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Local kids have been facing down 2,400-foot zip lines, car crashes, fire truck ladders, and first aid training this week, and they have a day at the shooting range and white water rafting trip left to go before it's done. Their adventures are part of an annual summer camp run by the Bennington Police Department with the help of Bennington County Sheriff's Full Story

    Cost of elementary education: How school districts in region compare
    07/31/2014 09:54 AM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Those who follow schools in Vermont are most likely familiar with two numbers that are often talked about: NECAP test scores and a school's cost per student. While each number on its own can say a lot about how a school is operated, its possible that comparing the two can give an even better idea of how efficiently a school district spends it money. Full Story

    Pownal resumes notice of voluntary scrap metal collection
    07/30/2014 11:13 PM EDT - POWNAL -- The Pownal planning commission announced its facilitation of a voluntary scrap metal collection program, reintroduced from the initiative run by the selectboard in 2008. The commission lists four scrap metal dealers and salvage yards that do otherwise offer collection services, and is making the notice to serve as a reminder that those services are available. Full Story

    Island near Buffalo overrun by hundreds of cats

    NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — A small island near Buffalo has a big cat problem thanks to people who have abandoned felines there over the years. Full Story
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    Could Helen Mirren forget how to act? She worries

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Mirren lowers her voice to a whisper and her eyes take on a devious twinkle as she makes a confession: When she has a really good time making a movie, as she did on "The Hundred-Foot Journey," she fears: "Oh my God, is it going to suck? Full Story