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Happy 102nd to Harriette Leidich

04/18/2014 10:10 PM EDT
NORTH BENNINGTON -- If there is a secret to long life, Harriette Leidich knows it. The beloved North Bennington resident will tell you the key to longevity has a lot to do with family and love. And also, newspapers. Leidich, who turns 102 today, is the oldest active newspaper columnist in the country . 
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Select board discusses new town office for Pownal
04/18/2014 10:11 PM EDT - POWNAL -- The select board held a meet and greet with LineSync Architecture at its regular meeting on Thursday. LineSync has taken up the challenge of proposing plans for the new town offices, and plan to have renderings done to put in front of the building committee in August. LineSync owner Julie Lineberger told the board she was happy to receive the commission on the project and assured Full Story

State boasts nation's 2nd lowest unemployment rate in March

Vermont claimed the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation in March with just 3.4 percent of the workforce without jobs. The national average is 6.7 percent. It marked the sixth consecutive monthly drop in the state's unemployment rate. Coupled with growth in the workforce -- meaning more people are working or looking for jobs -- the rate is a promising sign for the Full Story
Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings that wounded three people. Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said at a news conference that 27-year-old Mohammed Whitaker, of Grandview, has Full Story
Starbucks obtains permit for coffee house

MANCHESTER - The Development Review Board has approved a change of use permit for a Starbucks coffee house at the Equinox Square Plaza on Depot Street. When it opens, the proposed Starbucks will be the first of the international chain to open in southern Vermont. Full Story

Weekend Briefing

04/18/2014 10:09 PM EDT
April 19 Annual Easter egg hunt BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Parks and Recreation Department will hold an Easter Egg hunt at Upper Willow Park at 11 a.m. More than 6,000 eggs and other prizes. Bring hard boiled eggs to dye at the coloring station. The hunt is for ages two to ten. Age groups will be set off in 10-minute increments. 
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Religion News in Brief
04/18/2014 10:09 PM EDT - Saturday, April 19 Third Annual Easter egg hunt ARLINGTON -- Arlington Community Church is sponsoring the community Easter egg hunt for kids ages 2 to 10, on Saturday, April 19, at Arlington Recreation Park. We will be meeting at the Lion’s Pavilion at 1 p.m. Come enjoy the free fun sponsored by Arlington Community Church. Full Story

Joint Commission renews SVMC’s accreditation
04/18/2014 10:08 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The Joint Commission recently renewed the accreditation for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The three-year accreditation demonstrates the hospital’s dedication to ensuring that it provides high-quality patient care. "SVMC is committed to providing care that meets or exceeds the highest standards," said Thomas Dee, the hospital’s president and CEO. Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Friday
04/17/2014 09:50 PM EDT - Friday, April 18 Dance community gathering BENNINGTON -- Come dance at Nataraja, a new monthly gathering for the local dance community on the third Friday of each month. The next gathering will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Yoga Place. The forming of Nataraja came out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their Full Story

Dick Valentinetti honored by Lung Association
04/17/2014 06:07 PM EDT - WILLISTON -- A celebration was held this evening in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont Statehouse to honor Dick Valentinetti of Moretown who recently retired from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation as the longest serving state air director Full Story

SVMC achieves Joint Commission reaccreditation
04/17/2014 03:33 PM EDT - BENNINGTON - The Joint Commission, the nation's gold standard for hospital accreditation, recently renewed the accreditation for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The three-year accreditation demonstrates the hospital's dedication to ensuring that it provides high-quality patient care. Full Story

The Vermont Country Store hosts Vermont Challenge's final day barbeque
04/17/2014 06:48 PM EDT - JAMAICA -- The team at The Vermont Country Store is expanding its support of the Vermont Challenge in 2014. The Vermont Challenge is a truly unique bicycling experience that commences on August 13 and runs until August 17. Riders can choose from either a 4, 3 or 1-day Gran Fondo that travels through some of the most picturesque valleys, towns, farm land Full Story

Lost Hank Williams recordings will soon emerge

Previously unreleased recordings of country music legend Hank Williams performing songs on a 1950 radio show will be released next month for download and on vinyl. Full Story