Village School of North Bennington head to retire

01/29/2015 08:48 PM EST
NORTH BENNINGTON >> The head of the Village School of North Bennington has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Tom Martin, who came out of retirement in 2006 to become the principal of the then-North Bennington Graded School, oversaw the transition to an independent school. 
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Hospitals report improvement with OneCare Vermont
01/29/2015 08:48 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> The local hospital says its experience with an accountable care organization it joined last year has netted positive results for patient care, even if spending goals were not quite reached. Southwestern Vermont Health Care, along with 12 Vermont hospitals and 500 physician practices, joined OneCare Vermont, an accountable care organization, about a year ago. Full Story

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New Catholic bishop for entire state officially installed

BURLINGTON >> The Rev. Christopher Coyne, the Catholic Church's first blogging priest to be elevated to a bishop, was formally installed as Vermont's new Roman Catholic bishop during a Mass on Thursday attended by nearly 1,000 people including representatives of the diocese's 73 parishes. Bishop Coyne said the church needs to shift from a "church of the establishment," where worshippers Full Story
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Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight turns self into authorities in hit-and-run probe

COMPTON, CALIF. >> Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight turned himself into authorities early Friday after his attorney said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the incident was being investigated as a homicide and that Knight was a person of interest. Full Story
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Gun rights group, and Vermont governor, oppose senate gun bill

Gov. Shumlin says state laws need not mirror feds
Montpelier>> Gun Owners of Vermont President Ed Cutler thinks there are already too many gun laws in Vermont, and he strongly opposes background check legislation introduced in the Senate last week. The overarching issue for Cutler and many gun rights' proponents, who gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday wearing blaze orange clothing, is that they view any new gun law as a step toward Full Story

Morning Briefing — Jan. 30

01/29/2015 02:23 PM EST
Today BENNINGTON Friday night supper: Every Friday night the Moose serves supper, from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Senior Center activities: The Bennington Senior Center is offering painting and ceramics at 9 a.m. and bingo at 1 p.m. HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. Empty bowls event: HAYC3 partners with Hoosick Falls High School and St. 
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Storytelling program comes to OldCastle Theatre
01/28/2015 10:00 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> On Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. for kids (school-age and up) and 7:30 p.m. for adults of all ages, Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder, two of New England's finest interpreters of the traditional oral tale, will present a "hypnotic, delightful, and utterly compelling" (Seven Days) program of storytelling and music. Full Story

Morning Briefing — Jan. 29
01/28/2015 10:01 PM EST - Today BENNINGTON Bennington Free Clinic hours: The Bennington Free Clinic is held each Thursday at 6 p.m., for uninsured people 18 years of age or older, in the First Baptist Church at 601 Main St. Please call 802-447-3700 for an appointment. Beginning Beekeepers Classes: The Bennington County Beekeepers Club will be offering free trainings for new beekeepers. Full Story

Morning Briefing — Jan. 28
01/27/2015 12:55 PM EST - Today BENNINGTON Story time: A preschool story hour is held Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will be held for children 3- to 5-years old upstairs in the Rotary Meeting Room at Bennington Free Library. Children will explore art, movement, math and science through stories and activities. Support group: There is a support group for anyone living with any type of loss due to a death at Second Full Story

Your Morning Briefing for Jan. 27
01/27/2015 10:34 AM EST - Today BENNINGTON Story time: "Story Rhythms for Babies & Toddlers," for children four months to 36 months old, will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. upstairs in the Rotary meeting room of the Bennington Free Library. Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose: Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose. Doors open at 5 p. Full Story

Meetings this week — Jan. 26
01/25/2015 03:43 PM EST - Jan. 26 Sunderland Selectboard Meeting: Town Hall Building at 7 p.m. Agenda: 1. Call to order 2. Introduction of those present by chair 3. Approval of minutes from previous meeting 4. Reports from Road Liaison and/or Highway Foreman 5. Old and Unfinished Business A. Budgeting discussion/changes — June 2015-July 2016 B. Full Story

Community calendar this week — Jan. 26
01/25/2015 02:07 PM EST - Today BENNINGTON Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen. Elks hosts bingo: Every Monday the Bennington Elks hosts bingo at the Bennington Elks, 125 Washington Ave. 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