(Holly Pelczynski — Bennington Banner)
Governor Shumlin proclaims May as Youth Appreciation Month

Community gears up for Youth Appreciation Day Saturday
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BENNINGTON >> Local young folk will have their time to shine at this Saturday's third annual Youth Appreciation Day. Activities start at noon at Willow Park and will include a basketball tournament sponsored by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, t-shirt tie dying, raffles and live music. The community has all month to express gratitude to youth, thanks in part to local teens. 
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Department of Public Service recommends Chelsea motions be denied
05/04/2016 11:58 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The Department of Public Service has denied a number of motions made by a solar developer whose project was turned down for a certificate of public good by the Public Service Board in February. The 2-megawatt solar array proposed for 500 Apple Hill Road is backed by Chelsea Solar LLC, which wants to build it on a parcel east of Route 279, across from the Bennington Welcome Full Story

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Migrant Justice: Bail granted for activist facing deportation

BURLINGTON >> A federal judge has granted bail to a Vermont human rights leader who was arrested by immigration agents last month in Stowe, according to the group Migrant Justice. Jose Victor Garcia-Diaz, 24, who goes by Victor Diaz, was arrested outside a restaurant by plainclothes agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement who placed him in an unmarked vehicle, according to people Full Story
(Steve Dykes — The Associated Press)
Kasich dropping out, AP sources say; Trump on clear GOP path

INDIANAPOLIS >> Ohio Gov. John Kasich is leaving the Republican presidential contest, giving Donald Trump a clear path to his party's nomination. Kasich will announce the end of his underdog White House bid on Wednesday, according to three campaign officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the candidate's plans. Full Story
Nation and World Religion News in Brief

Church shooting suspect's friend to plead COLUMBIA, S.C. >> A friend of the white man accused of fatally shooting nine black church members in South Carolina last year is set to plead guilty to two federal charges, according to an agreement signed by federal prosecutors and filed online Monday. Full Story

Today's Calendar

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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, May 5 ARLINGTON Applications due: The Arlington Public Health Nursing Service is accepting applications for several scholarships. 
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Public invited to Senior Concert Week at Bennington College
05/04/2016 05:30 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Music at Bennington College proudly encourages the greater Bennington community to join us in a free, week-long festival of culminating student work, May 9 through May 15. "The senior concerts are an eclectic, genre-bashing, fun series of events taking place everywhere from the historic Carriage Barn to the resonant Lens to the old creaky Jennings mansion where Music lives," Full Story

Sarah Solari, of Bennington, to perform at Carnegie Hall in Crane Chorus
05/04/2016 05:30 PM EDT - POTSDAM, N.Y. >> Nearly 300 students from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam will make their collective Carnegie Hall debut in a performance honoring the College's bicentennial on Mother's Day. Maestro Duain Wolfe will conduct the Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra in a celebratory concert befitting the College's 200th anniversary, featuring guest artists, epic works and a Full Story

Authors come to Northshire Bookstore in Manchester
05/04/2016 05:30 PM EDT - MANCHESTER >> On May 12 at 6 p.m. join us for a special evening with author - and renowned litigator - Roberta Kaplan, author of "Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA." Kaplan knew from the beginning that it was the perfect case to bring down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Full Story

Music at Kevin's Sports Pub and Restaurant
05/04/2016 05:30 PM EDT - Friday, May 6, Whitewater Duet Saturday, May 7, Open Mic w/ Kelly Friday, May 13, Karaoke with Ray Saturday, May 14, Harmonic Duo Friday, May 20, Mayhem Saturday, May 21, DJ Woodie Friday, May 27, Tapestry Saturday, May 28, to be announced Full Story

Recovery Calendar
05/03/2016 05:03 PM EDT - Submit addiction recovery related news and events to news@benningtonbanner.com MONDAY Bennington Al-Anon: Beginners meeting, 6:30 p.m. Regular meeting, 7 p.m. Turning Point Center, 465 Main St. Alcoholics Anonymous: Sunrise Group, First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., 7 a.m. High Noon Group meets at noon. Full Story

Dr. Diane E. Smith joins SVMC Internal Medicine
05/03/2016 04:59 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Internal Medicine practice at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is pleased to welcome Diane E. Smith, MD. With this appointment, Smith also joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. Since 2009, Dr. Smith has worked for Branford Internal Medicine in Branford, Connecticut. Full Story

(Adam Berry)
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
(Chris Pizzello)
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
(Chris Pizzello)
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