Mullineaux: SVSU can't forget Act 46 education goals

10/28/2016 06:38 AM EDT
BENNINGTON — North Bennington Prudential Committee chairman Ray Mullineaux has implored the other board members of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union to remember to consider educational opportunities while discussing consolidation under Act 46. Mullineaux spoke at the SVSU board's meeting on Wednesday, a day after a meeting of the supervisory union's Act 46 exploratory committee that 
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Act 46: Vernon strikes deal for school exit
10/28/2016 06:38 AM EDT - VERNON — School officials have reached an agreement that would allow Vernon to leave the Brattleboro Union High School regional district due to concerns about Act 46 and school choice. While voters and state officials still have to sign off on the deal, a "withdrawal agreement" approved this week provides the framework for Vernon's exit from the union. Full Story

Fire damages vacant building, under investigation

KEENE, N.H. >> Firefighters in Keene, New Hampshire, are investigating what caused a fire at a vacant, two-story residential building. Firefighters arrived Tuesday afternoon to find heavy fire coming from the back of the building, and more were called in to help. They there's extensive damage to at least 50 percent of the 26-by-60-foot building. Full Story
George Washington Bridge traffic stopped by climber

FORT LEE, N.J. >> A man who climbed to the top of the George Washington Bridge is creating traffic problems. Police grabbed the man from a tower on the New Jersey side of the bridge in Fort Lee on Friday morning. Steve Coleman, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, says the man made it to the top of the tower. Full Story
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St. Joseph high school in Pittsfield to close in June

Just two Catholic schools left in Berkshire County
PITTSFIELD, MASS. >> Gary Bianchi's junior year at St. Joseph Central High School was a heart-wrenching one. His father, Al Bianchi Sr. was dying, but what got the son through the tough time was the close-knit feeling faculty and students had on the Maplewood Avenue campus. "Coaches would take me home for dinner. Full Story

Items of interest from across Vermont

10/28/2016 02:28 PM EDT
Burlington Input on housing tax credits sought Vermont Housing Finance Agency's Executive Director Sarah Carpenter has announced that interested parties are invited to submit comments on how housing tax credits are allocated. Housing tax credits are Vermont's primary funding source for developing affordable rental housing. 
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Bennington project list, Oct. 31, 2016
10/28/2016 11:47 AM EDT - Monday is Halloween, please be aware of trick-or-treaters and other pedestrians. • Beech Street – Highway crews will be finishing concrete work. Road Closures and/or lane restrictions may apply. Local traffic will be accommodated. • Barber Street – Wednesday Water Crew will be repairing a water main leak. Full Story

News and announcements from Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
10/28/2016 06:35 AM EDT - Vermont's October Archery Deer Season Closes Friday 10/28 The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department issued a reminder to hunters that the October portion of the archery deer season ends Oct. 28. Historically, Vermont's archery deer hunting season ended on a Sunday, but the October portion of the season was extended by five days this year. Full Story

American Red Cross on a safe Halloween
10/28/2016 06:35 AM EDT - BENNINGTON — Halloween is just around the corner, the time of year when children take to the streets for some Halloween fun. The American Red Cross has some safety tips to help stay safe this Halloween while enjoying the festivities, and an idea for a lifesaving treat that won't cause cavities. Full Story

News bits from around Bennington
10/28/2016 06:34 AM EDT - BENNINGTON Group appoints new leader Kenneth Sigsbury has replaced Cindy Krautheim as executive chair of Alliance for Community and Transformation (ACT), and of the executive committee. ACT is a grassroots organization that consists of a collective of people who work together on projects to promote health and togetherness within the community of Bennington County. Full Story

Today's Calendar
10/27/2016 01:41 PM EDT - Email calendar listings to We only accept events that are free to attend or benefit non-profits or charitable causes. We prefer to receive submissions via email, and would like the information to be in plain text in the body of the email. Today, Oct. Full Story

News, events at Williams College
10/26/2016 03:07 PM EDT - Alice Giles, harp, performs The Williams College Department of Music presents Alice Giles, harp Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. A master class featuring talented Williams music students takes place on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. These free events are open to the public. 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