Dorset Quarry vandal arrested

07/24/2014 10:04 PM EDT
DORSET -- Vermont State Police arrested 43-year-old Timothy Sweetman of Broadalbin, N.Y., on Wednesday for vandalism done to the privately-owned quarry on state Route 30, weeks prior. Property owner Richard McDonough reported on July 2 that several trees and shrubs had been cut down and piled in a restricted part of the quarry, which is restricted due to dangerous heights. 
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Memories of a Taps player: Bennington's Mo Rancourt plays on
07/24/2014 10:03 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Decades of playing Taps at military funerals teaches one a few things: A bugle is best, you won't be struck dead for playing in another denomination's church, cows are fascinated by the tune, and being late to the cemetery isn't always a bad thing. Maurice "Mo" Rancourt, 72, of Main Street was born and raised in Bennington and started his Taps playing career Full Story

REGIONAL NEWS
Builder restores historic home

WHITINGHAM -- There is a breathtaking view of the man-made Sadagwa Lake and Lake Whitingham from a historic home that sits on top of Town Hill Road, noted architect David Powell. And there is no question that the home is historic. It existed when the center of town was located up on that road, near where the Brigham Young monument and playground currently sit. Full Story
NATIONAL NEWS
Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in the Netherlands

KHARKIV, Ukraine -- Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Human remains continue to be found a full week after the plane went down -- underlining Full Story
RELIGION
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

 
MOST RECENT
Morning Briefing -- Friday

07/24/2014 10:00 PM EDT
Friday, July 25 Billsville House concerts at VAE NORTH BENNINGTON -- Billsville House Concerts return to Vermont Arts Exchange this summer with two nights of music that will rock your socks off. Come early and get some eats at the Phantom Food Truck in the parking lot. Check them out at phantomvt. 
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Morning Briefing -- Thursday
07/24/2014 09:44 AM EDT - Thusday, July 24 Open mic night at UU Fellowship BENNINGTON -- An open mic night featuring local musicians will be held from 6 to 9 p. m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St. Coffee, baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Summer Sonatina piano camp concerts BENNINGTON -- Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp will hold Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Wednesday, July 23
07/22/2014 10:15 PM EDT - Thrift shop JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church just south off Route 67 is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Most clothing items are priced at $1 per bag. Community yoga BENNINGTON -- Enjoy a gentle yoga class free of charge, led by Laurae Coburn, Ph. Full Story

Business News in Brief
07/21/2014 10:24 PM EDT - Reed appointed managing broker MANCHESTER -- Andrew Reed was recently appointed as managing broker at Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity names community relations associate MANCHESTER -- In an effort to increase its scope of service in the southern part of Bennington County, the Bennington Area Habitat Full Story

Grace Christian students clean up War of 1812 marker as part of Serv-a-Thon
07/21/2014 10:11 PM EDT - WHITE CREEK, N.Y. -- Students from Grace Christian School in Bennington visited a War of 1812 memorial in White Creek, New York, on Friday, May 23. The marker is near the Jermain Methodist Church. The memorial on the stone reads, "This stone was erected on this spot by the citizens of White Creek, NY on receiving news of McDonough's victory at Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain on Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Tuesday
07/21/2014 10:17 PM EDT - Tuesday, July 22 Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m. Storytime at Cheney Library HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will have storytime for preschoolers and their caregivers at 10 a. Full Story

School News in Brief
07/21/2014 10:16 PM EDT - Miss Hall's School Head's list, Honor Roll PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Miss Hall's School has announced the Head's list and Honor Roll for the semester that ended May 29. For Head's list recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum GPA of 92, with no single grade below B-plus. 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