Woman arraigned on $1 million bank fraud, false passport claims

Woman arraigned on $1 million bank fraud, false passport claims
06/30/2016 09:37 PM EDT
BURLINGTON >> A woman accused of defrauding three lending institutions out of over $1 million and using another person's information in a passport application was arraigned in federal court on Wednesday. Federal prosecutors allege that Alison Gu, 40, of Cheshire, Conn., falsified documents and used multiple false names on mortgages, according to a news release from the U. 
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Downtown businesses to offer specials, activities and live music
06/30/2016 09:27 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> On a typical week day, downtown businesses close up shop around dinner time, but not on First Fridays. The four-month, First Friday program returns July 1 in which various retail establishments and art groups will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. offering activities, live music, sales, and food and drink specials. Full Story

Naked pedestrian strolls through Burlington

BURLINGTON, VT. >> A naked pedestrian strolling through Burlington this week has caused quite a stir. The man was first spotted Tuesday walking through the city's Church Street Marketplace completely nude, with the exception of sneakers and a bandana on his head. Bystanders say they were amazed to see him walk around the busy shopping and dining district. Full Story
Judge to farmer: Stop using crushed eggshells as fertilizer

BETHEL, N.Y. >> A judge has ordered an upstate New York farmer to stop using eggshells as fertilizer after neighboring businesses complained the smell and clouds of flies drove away customers. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports Peter Hofstee has been applying crushed eggshells to his hay fields in the Sullivan County town of Bethel since his usual fertilizer of liquid duck manure Full Story
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Mud-splattered Filipinos pray to saint for blessing and woes

BIBICLAT, PHILIPPINES (AP) >> Hundreds of Filipino villagers donning capes of banana leaves covered themselves in mud Friday in a ritual to thank their patron saint, John the Baptist, who they believe saved residents from killings by Japanese invaders in World War II. The "Taong Putik" or "mud people" festival in Bibiclat village in northern Nueva Ecija province dates back to the brutal Full Story

Today's Calendar

06/30/2016 09:27 PM EDT
Please submit calendar items to news@benningtonbanner.com at least seven days in advance of the event. We accept listings from non-profits and for events with free admission. Today, July 1 ARLINGTON Gallery: "Dan Shapiro: A Life of Art" will be on view at The Canfield Gallery in Arlington from July 1 to July 30. 
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Today's Calendar
06/29/2016 05:32 PM EDT - Please submit calendar items to news@benningtonbanner.com at least seven days in advance of the event. We accept listings from non-profits and for events with free admission. Today, June 30 BENNINGTON Live music: South Street Cafe, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hale Mountain Pickers Bennington Free Clinic hours: The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday at 6 p. Full Story

St. Mary's Academy
06/29/2016 05:25 PM EDT - High Honors with Distinction Maggie Brown High Honors Stasia Epler, Ashley Pacheco, and Katelyn Yerdon Honors Fred Adrion, Mason Boyd, Aidan Breese, Ryan Crawford, Layne Dabila, Colton Foster, Abigail Gorman, Stella Granger, Camden Hahn, Benjamin Hess, Alden Hess, Ethan Hunt, Mitchel Jones, Keegan Keough, Reagan Kessler, Joseph LaPell, Kendra Peabody, Andrew Full Story

Hoosac School Honor Role Trimester III 2016
06/29/2016 05:25 PM EDT - High Honors Benjamin Adrion, Petersburg, N.Y. Alexis Avramtchev, Canada Yan Bouchard, Canada Dannick Breton, Canada Sibei Chen, China Felicia Harris, Roscoe, N.Y Aleksandar Kirilov, Serbia Brandon Kloc, Petersburg, N.Y. Bin Kuang, China Eric LeBlanc, Canada Yuqiao Li, China Andrew Lusignan, Canada Unique McLean, Brooklyn, N. Full Story

Summer events at One World Conservation Center in Bennington
06/29/2016 04:10 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> One World Conservation Center is offering summer programs. The Center is located at 413 US Route 7S. Please call the Center at 802-447-7419 for more information or visit the website oneworldconservationcenter.org or on Facebook at One World Conservation Center Camp Connect Many individuals and families who experience Autism are unable to participate in social settings. Full Story

News from Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
06/29/2016 04:10 PM EDT - Deer age report available on Vermont Fish & Wildlife website A report summarizing deer age results from the 2015 hunting seasons is now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's website www.vtfishandwildlife.com. The department was able to get accurate ages from more than 4,000 deer harvested during the youth and rifle seasons in 2015. Full Story

Manchester Music Festival begins 42nd season July 7
06/29/2016 02:01 PM EDT - MANCHESTER >> Manchester Music Festival's lively summer classical music season starts at Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavillion on July 7 with a concert featuring works by Brahms, Turina, Duke Ellington, and more. Pianist Adam Neiman and soprano Danielle Talamantes are the featured artists for the evening. 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