H.361 primary topic at SVSU Legislative Breakfast

Education bill would set cap on budget increases, consolidate boards
03/30/2015 08:26 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> Much of the discussion at Monday's Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union's Legislative Breakfast centered around H.361, and the effects it would have on local education. The bill, which will be debated on the Senate floor on Tuesday, as the House version currently stands, would cause any school budgets that increase by more than 2 percent from the previous year to automatically 
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Bennington Car Show canceled
03/30/2015 08:25 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> There will be no Bennington Car Show this year, at least not one planned by the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. "First of all, the sky isn't falling, the car show isn't going away," said Chamber of Commerce President Chad Schmidt. "We need to take a much needed pause to regroup and to gather more partners for this event. Full Story

Authorities investigating cause of Fairlee lumber mill fire

FAIRLEE, VT. (AP) >> Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire that damaged a lumber mill in Fairlee, Vermont. The fire on Saturday destroyed the sawmill at the Britton Lumber Company, which has been in business for nearly 70 years. Sheds containing wood survived the fire. Vermont State Police Det. Full Story
Police search for armed prisoner after hospital escape in Virginia

FALLS CHURCH, VA. (AP) >> Police in northern Virginia locked down a hospital early Tuesday and closed area roads while they search for a prisoner they say is armed and dangerous after he escaped custody. Fairfax County police said in their verified Twitter account that they were searching the area around Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church after the escape. Full Story
Religion news in brief

Palm Sunday and Holy Week Worship and Holy Week at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on Sunday, Palm Sunday, March 29, at the 8 a.m. Service. At the 10 a.m. service, Lanier will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite II, with music and singing. Full Story

Morning Briefing — March 31

03/30/2015 04:51 PM EDT
Today BENNINGTON Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose: Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose at 5 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. Bereavement support group: There is a weekly adult grief support for those who have lost a loved one, every Tuesday at 2:30 p. 
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Meetings this week — March 30
03/29/2015 04:59 PM EDT - March 31 SVRTSD Design and Fabrication Advisory Committee meeting: CDC Room C031 at 7 a.m. Agenda: 1. Introductions/Thank you — Board membership 2. Superintendent Lawler 3. Corporation update 4. Scholarship — Choose student(s) 5. Curriculum review — handouts and assignments, program evaluation continued 6. Full Story

Community Calendar this week — March 30
03/29/2015 04:19 PM EDT - Today BENNINGTON Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen. Elks hosts bingo: Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo at the Bennington Elks, 125 Washington Ave. Full Story

Cambridge Environmental Science Program receives grant
03/29/2015 03:54 PM EDT - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Students taking environmental science at Cambridge High School, were excited to receive a check for $3,050 from the SCA Tissue Corporation last week. The money was received as part of the 2014 SCA Environmental Education Grant program sponsored by the company. Cambridge science teacher, Steve Butz applied for the grant, seeking funding for his long-term water quality Full Story

Local student named candidate in Presidential Scholars Program
03/29/2015 03:54 PM EDT - WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Brian Murphy, a graduating senior at Mount Anthony Union High School, has been named one of more than 3,900 candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Brian is the son of Kevin and Kathy Murphy. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U. Full Story

Arlington Memorial Middle and High School announces honor roll
03/29/2015 03:54 PM EDT - ARLINGTON >> Arlington Memorial Middle and High School announces the following students' names in recognition of their second quarter grades. To qualify for honor roll status, students must meet GPA requirements. Principal's Honors are awarded to the student who has achieved the highest GPA in the class. Full Story

Arlington teacher receives award
03/29/2015 03:54 PM EDT - ARLINGTON >> Dr. Luisa Millington, a science and math teacher at Arlington Memorial High School, has received a "Bright Spots in Education" award from the ETA Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International. The award honors women educators who inspire others through creative projects and lessons, student-management skills and use of technology. Full Story

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Are car keys a thing of the past?

The furor over General Motors' deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the car key, a technology drivers have been using for 65 years. Full Story
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Famous bidders lining up to buy Clippers

Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Los Angeles Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Donald Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Full Story
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Louis CK is back and grumpier than ever

Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread. Full Story