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Record-breaking crowd: More than 12,000 attend 19th Garlic Festival at Camelot Village

09/01/2014 10:57 AM EDT
BENNINGTON -- More than 180 vendors lined the grass of Camelot Village on Saturday and Sunday for the Southern Vermont Garlic Festival, offering a wide variety of unique garlic products, as well as fresh garlic. "Everything went wonderfully well," said Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce member and Garlic Fest event chair Lindy Lynch on Sunday, about an hour before the festival closed for 
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HAYC3 holds unveiling for Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail
08/31/2014 10:45 PM EDT - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Over 250 people walked through the doors of the Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition on Saturday for the unveiling of the barn quilt community art project that has been in the works since early spring. Many businesses and services throughout the village and town sponsored the supplies for the creation of 31 large 8-foot-by-8-foot painted wooden barn Full Story

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MCLA freshmen get acquainted with their new campus digs

NORTH ADAMS -- Boston, according to incoming MCLA freshman Steven Stengel, was just getting too small. Full Story
Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said. Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at dawn Sunday and the forces entered the town shortly after Full Story
Sanders to be special guest at Labor Day breakfast

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is a special guest at this year's New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast. Full Story

Community Calendar This Week

09/01/2014 10:45 AM EDT
Monday, Sept. 1 Town office closed BENNINGTON -- Bennington Town Offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 Hoosick Falls school ‘Meet The Teacher' event HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. 
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Meetings This Week
09/01/2014 10:45 AM EDT - Wednesday, Sept. 3 Pownal Development Review Board Pownal Town Clerk's Office at 6:45 p.m. Jean Prouty of North Pownal has submitted an application for a subdivision Permit # NB140014 for property located on 187 Dean Road. The proposed project is described as a minor two lot subdivision/lot line adjustment. Full Story

Religion News in Brief
08/29/2014 10:09 PM EDT - Sunday, Aug. 31 'The Amazing God' at the Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON -- On this Labor Day weekend when summer unofficially ends, all are invited to the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road for the 10 a.m. service of worship. As we turn our thoughts to fall, the final service in the summer series on Images of God will go out with a bang. Full Story

Weekend Briefing
08/29/2014 10:09 PM EDT - Saturday, August 30 Hoosick Barn Quilt unveiling and celebration HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Barn Quilt project is on the verge of becoming the Hoosick Barn Quilt trail and HAYC3 is ready to celebrate big-time. Twenty-one 8'x8' barn quilts and six 4'x4' barn quilts have been delivered to their permanent homes and are about to be installed. Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Friday, August 29
08/29/2014 09:40 AM EDT - Night walk and campfire NORTH DORSET -- Stay up late and experience Emerald Lake State Park beneath the stars. Every Friday though Labor Day Weekend the park naturalist will present a Night Walk at 9 p.m. and a Campfire program on Saturday at 9 p.m. During the Friday Night Walk visitors will find out how nocturnal animals live and thrive. Full Story

McKeons celebrate anniversary
08/27/2014 10:19 PM EDT - BENNINGTON - On August 7, 2014, Robert J. and Marie J. McKeon celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. On Saturday, Aug. 9, their anniversary was acknowledged at the 4 p.m. mass at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, followed by a celebration at their home on Washington Avenue. The celebration was hosted by their children and attended by family members in honor of 60 wonderful years Full Story

Saints-N-Sickles donate to Bennington Free Clinic
08/27/2014 10:07 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Members of the Saints-N-Sickles Motorcycle Club out of Pownal recently donated $300 cash to the Bennington Free Clinic. They raised the money doing a Poker Run, which they do annually to support local charities. Dr. Richard Dundas accepted the money. The club thanks Sue Andrews and the many volunteers at the clinic. 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