School district to hold re-vote on treasurer's unusually high salary

05/27/2015 09:16 PM EDT
SUNDERLAND >> After the Sunderland Town School District tried and failed to decrease the salary of the school treasurer in March, it will hold a another vote on June 3 to decide how the school treasurer is compensated. Sunderland school district treasurer Rose Keough holds three positions in Sunderland: She receives two separate salaries as both town clerk and treasurer, which by default 
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Fish student carries special olympics torch in annual Law Enforcement Run
05/27/2015 09:15 PM EDT - ARLINGTON >> A student from Fisher Elementary School carried the Flame of Hope for an eight mile stretch of this year's Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. Ciara Wright, a Fisher fifth grader and daughter of Vermont State Police sergeant Jamie Wright, told her father that she would like to participate in the run, which goes by the school every year. Full Story

Bill creates college savings account for every Vermont child

Vermont will soon join a number of other states in launching a children's savings account program aimed at encouraging more low-income children, and their parents, to consider higher education. Under a bill passed by the Legislature, savings accounts will be opened for every baby born in Vermont — $250 will be deposited for those who are not low-income, $500 for those who meet federal Full Story
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Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

LINCOLN, NEB. (AP) >> Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment for religious, financial and practical reasons. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override the veto of Gov. Full Story
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Ireland votes on gay marriage; Catholic leaders opposed

DUBLIN >> Ireland's voters were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in this once-staunchly Catholic land in what the government's equality minister called "a referendum like no other." Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment favoring gay marriage should be approved by a majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. Full Story

Morning Briefing — May 29

05/28/2015 01:57 PM EDT
Today BENNINGTON Friday night supper: Every Friday night the Moose serves supper, from 5:30 p.m. until gone. Opera performance: A performance of "Whose Opera?" featuring tiny to middle-sized operas made by student composers, writers, and performers, at Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, May 29 at 9 p. 
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Popular Gyrokinesis Sit Down — Shape Up class returns
05/28/2015 12:44 PM EDT - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education encourages everyone to take advantage of two free trial classes for our popular course offering of GYRONKINESIS®. You're invited to give GYROKINESIS® a try on July 6 at 7 p.m. and/or July 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Beacon Feed Dance Studio, behind Hubbard Hall. Full Story

Little Free Library opens for lending
05/28/2015 12:34 PM EDT - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> HAYC3 is operating a Little Free Library in the HAYC3 Armory at 80 Church St. Opening June 1, the library is a community-based book exchange where readers of all ages are free to donate and take a book with no obligation to return. It's a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. Full Story

Carriage Barn concert series continues this season
05/28/2015 12:19 PM EDT - NORTH BENNINGTON >> The series of four concerts at the Carriage Barn, Historic Park-McCullough, continues this season on June 27 (7 p.m.), Sundays (all at 4 p.m.) July 5 and 12, and concluding with a gala concert on Aug. 16, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the House. The concert series began in 1979. Full Story

Bill Staines at Meetinghouse Cafe
05/28/2015 11:37 AM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Bill Staines, a performer and recording artist with more than four decades of touring New England and the nation with his blend of original works and original interpretation of the songs of other, will perform at the Meetinghouse CafĂ© of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship June 12, at 8 p. Full Story

Morning Briefing — May 28
05/28/2015 08:24 AM EDT - Today NORTH BENNINGTON Food shelf hours: The Food Shelf at the North Bennington Baptist Church is open every Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 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. Full Story

GNAT-TV presents the annual "Gnatty" Award for exceptional volunteerism
05/27/2015 07:24 PM EDT - SUNDERLAND >> At GNAT's annual volunteer appreciation event, the 2014 "Gnatty" Award for exceptional service was awarded to chef and host Amy Chamberlain. Amy Chamberlain is the Chef and owner of The Perfect Wife Restaurant & Other Woman Tavern. She began volunteering at GNAT in 2013 and is now wrapping up her third season of Life of the Party, a cooking show featuring local people sharing 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
(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