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Recreational business launches in Arlington

08/29/2014 10:19 PM EDT
ARLINGTON -- Kirsten Dahlgren began taking advantage of the location of her home and land on the Battenkill this spring by renting out tubes and kayaks to supplement her income. A new resident of Arlington as of November 2013, Dahlgren bought equipment and put her rentals up online to attract visitors in a short time. 
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Garlic, garlic everywhere: Welcome to Garlic Fest
08/30/2014 09:50 AM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Garlic ice cream? Garlic cupcakes? Garlic peanuts? Full Story

Interim for MountainOne CEO Leavitt to be named

NORTH ADAMS -- MountainOne Financial Partners will name an interim replacement for President and CEO Thomas S. Full Story
Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. Full Story
Police: Priests attacked at Phoenix church, 1 dies

PHOENIX -- A badly injured priest managed to administer last rites to his dying fellow clergyman who was fatally shot in a nighttime attack at their Roman Catholic church in downtown Phoenix as police rushed to the scene after the man also called 911. Authorities had no suspects or solid leads as of Thursday afternoon. 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. 
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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

Outdoor Adventure Trip youths learn about watershed
08/27/2014 10:16 PM EDT - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Battenkill Conservancy's Outdoor Adventure Trip proved more popular than ever this week when 15 enthusiastic youths came together to spend four days learning about the watershed environment. Randy Jennings, on-site director, with the assistance of additional counselors and guest teachers offered the group river outings, evening astronomy lessons, water science, a hike up Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Thursday
08/28/2014 09:39 AM EDT - Thursday, Aug. 28 Pownal Legion bingo POWNAL -- American Legion Post 90 in Pownal holds bingo on Thursdays. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. promptly. A snack bar will be available. There will be cookie jar and progressive games. Everyone is invited to attend. Bennington Free Clinic hours BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday starting 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