(MARK ROBARGE - mrobarge@digitalfirstmedia.com)
Students call on governor to act on contaminated water

Hoosick Falls students call on governor to act on contaminated water
02/12/2016 08:23 PM EST
HOOSICK FALLS >> Students at Hoosick Falls Central School added their voices Friday to the controversy over the contamination of the village water supply, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to "keep your promise" and help the village. At a morning news conference in the school auditorium, a dozen student leaders spoke to the entire junior-senior high school student body and demanded four steps be 
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Act 46 'tweak' helps Manchester, but doesn't eliminate penalty completely
02/12/2016 08:22 PM EST - MANCHESTER >> Manchester taxpayers will see some benefit from the recent "tweaking" of the Act 46 spending cap penalty following a legislative revision made at the end of January. The changes made to the spending cap formula during an unusual midnight session of the Legislature on Saturday, Jan. Full Story

REGIONAL NEWS
Vermont experiences solar jobs boom

BURLINGTON >> Vermont has the third-most solar industry jobs per resident of any state in the Union, according to a report published Monday by Washington, D.C.-based group The Solar Foundation. Next year's solar job market is expected to continue expanding, the report states, with an anticipated 13 percent growth in 2016. Full Story
NATIONAL NEWS
(Thomas Boyd — The Oregonian via AP)
Occupiers at Oregon refuge say they'll turn themselves in

BURNS, ORE. >> The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff. The development came as Cliven Bundy — who led a Nevada standoff with federal officers in 2014 and who is also the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon standoff — was arrested Full Story
RELIGION
Russian Orthodox Church allowed to return debt in prayers

MOSCOW (AP) >> A Russian regional court has ruled that an Orthodox Church diocese can repay part of an outstanding debt in prayers rather than money. In a ruling that went viral Thursday, the Nizhegorodsky Regional Court said the local Russian Orthodox Church diocese can repay 258,000 rubles ($3,244) it owes for the installation of a boiler system— along with an additional 65,000 Full Story

 
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02/12/2016 08:20 PM EST
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, Feb. 13 Bennington Time exchange: Hour for Our Community Time Exchange — Orientation. 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bennington Free Library. 
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Martha Canfield Library seeking photos for collection
02/12/2016 04:05 PM EST - ARLINGTON >> Where did you get your gas? Do you remember when gas was thirty-eight cents a gallon? If you do, you may not want to admit it for fear of revealing your age. The Russell Vermontiana Collection in Arlington is looking for photographs to document early gas stations in Sandgate, Arlington, or Sunderland. Full Story

Pownal teen flies airplane for 16th birthday
02/12/2016 04:05 PM EST - POWNAL >> Mt. Greylock High School sophomore, and Pownal, VT resident John Werner, Jr., is celebrating his 16th birthday flying an airplane for the first time by himself. Most kids his age find themselves consumed with school, music, sports, friends and most importantly the thoughts of the personal freedom that come with earning one's first driver's license. Full Story

Fish and wildlife news
02/12/2016 03:47 PM EST - Volunteer instructors sought for "Let's Go Fishing" program MONTPELIER >> The Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to become Let's Go Fishing instructors so they can pass on Vermont's fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters. The department will be hosting a one-day training workshop for new instructors on March 12, at 190 Junction Road, Berlin. Full Story

Dorset Theater Festival announces season
02/12/2016 03:09 PM EST - DORSET >> Building upon their continued reputation as a theatre where audiences can expect the unexpected, Dorset Theatre Festival's 2016 summer season will feature a historic collaboration with Vermont's Weston Playhouse and Northern Stage, a World Premiere by acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck, a Regional Premiere by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, and an exciting revival of Full Story

St. Pat's parade to feature trolley
02/12/2016 02:23 PM EST - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls St Patrick's Parade will celebrate its 25th. Anniversary this year with the annual parade and Irish festival on March 12. The last fundraiser before the parade is a Paint N Sip at the Sand Bar on Feb. 21. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $38. Irish Painting on canvas. Full Story

Former Forest Service employee honored in Manchester
02/12/2016 02:07 PM EST - MANCHESTER >> Former Forest Service employee, John Clough, unexpectedly died on March 1, 2012. Clough worked on the Manchester Ranger District as a Recreation Technician from approximately 1988 to the early 1990's. In response to his passing, the Clough family and friends raised a sum of money, which was donated to Green Mountain National Forest. 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