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Club asks hikers to stay off muddy trails, give them time to dry

04/18/2014 10:11 PM EDT
BENNINGTON -- Despite winter's brief resurgence, some hikers might be suffering cabin fever badly enough to brave Vermont's hiking trails; however, they are being asked to hold off until drier weather. The Green Mountain Club, a private non-profit that maintains the Long Trail, declared Tuesday to be the start of "mud season," and asked hikers to keep off muddy and high 
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Sheriff's department goes green
04/18/2014 10:12 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Sheriff's Department has gone green. Spruce green, that is. Sheriff Chad D. Schmidt said the department's black and gray uniforms have all been replaced with spruce green ones. The change came April 15, when the department switched to short sleeves for the anticipated, but absent, warmer weather. Full Story

US Forest Service promotes summer fun at ski areas

MONTPELIER (AP) - Three Vermont ski areas at least partially located in the Green Mountain National Forest could expand their summer recreational activities by taking part in a new national program designed to promote year-round recreation activities on the federal land. Bromley, Mount Snow and Sugarbush, as well as four alpine resorts and two Nordic resorts in New Hampshire, are eligible to Full Story
Insurgents kill at least 11 Algerian soldiers

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in a mountainous region, killing 11 soldiers and wounding five others, the Defense Ministry said Sunday. But five other deaths from injuries reported by a hospital official could raise the toll to 16 in the attack that came two days after Algeria's presidential election. Full Story
Starbucks obtains permit for coffee house

MANCHESTER - The Development Review Board has approved a change of use permit for a Starbucks coffee house at the Equinox Square Plaza on Depot Street. When it opens, the proposed Starbucks will be the first of the international chain to open in southern Vermont. Full Story

Weekend Briefing

04/19/2014 09:13 AM EDT
April 19 Annual Easter egg hunt BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Parks and Recreation Department will hold an Easter Egg hunt at Upper Willow Park at 11 a.m. More than 6,000 eggs and other prizes. Bring hard boiled eggs to dye at the coloring station. The hunt is for ages two to ten. Age groups will be set off in 10-minute increments. 
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Religion News in Brief
04/19/2014 09:32 AM EDT - Saturday, April 19 Third Annual Easter egg hunt ARLINGTON -- Arlington Community Church is sponsoring the community Easter egg hunt for kids ages 2 to 10, on Saturday, April 19, at Arlington Recreation Park. We will be meeting at the Lion's Pavilion at 1 p.m. Come enjoy the free fun sponsored by Arlington Community Church. Full Story

Joint Commission renews SVMC’s accreditation
04/18/2014 10:08 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The Joint Commission recently renewed the accreditation for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The three-year accreditation demonstrates the hospital’s dedication to ensuring that it provides high-quality patient care. "SVMC is committed to providing care that meets or exceeds the highest standards," said Thomas Dee, the hospital’s president and CEO. Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Friday
04/17/2014 09:50 PM EDT - Friday, April 18 Dance community gathering BENNINGTON -- Come dance at Nataraja, a new monthly gathering for the local dance community on the third Friday of each month. The next gathering will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Yoga Place. The forming of Nataraja came out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their Full Story

Dick Valentinetti honored by Lung Association
04/17/2014 06:07 PM EDT - WILLISTON -- A celebration was held this evening in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont Statehouse to honor Dick Valentinetti of Moretown who recently retired from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation as the longest serving state air director Full Story

SVMC achieves Joint Commission reaccreditation
04/17/2014 03:33 PM EDT - BENNINGTON - The Joint Commission, the nation's gold standard for hospital accreditation, recently renewed the accreditation for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The three-year accreditation demonstrates the hospital's dedication to ensuring that it provides high-quality patient care. Full Story

The Vermont Country Store hosts Vermont Challenge's final day barbeque
04/17/2014 06:48 PM EDT - JAMAICA -- The team at The Vermont Country Store is expanding its support of the Vermont Challenge in 2014. The Vermont Challenge is a truly unique bicycling experience that commences on August 13 and runs until August 17. Riders can choose from either a 4, 3 or 1-day Gran Fondo that travels through some of the most picturesque valleys, towns, farm land Full Story

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This GM apologized for cursing out his opponents in front of a large crowd

TORONTO Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs. Several hundred fans gathered outside the Full Story