Blood test results from some residents show PFOA levels five times above national average

07/26/2016 05:32 PM EDT
NORTH BENNINGTON >> The results from PFOA blood tests of nearly 500 area residents found an average level that's about five times the national average, according to the state Department of Health. The results of blood tests for the potentially harmful chemical that turned up in private wells showed a "geometric mean" — a type of average — of 10 micrograms per liter, or parts per 
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Shaftsbury updates residents on PFOA
07/26/2016 06:59 AM EDT - SHAFTSBURY — The Select Board updated the public about the discovery of PFOA in the town's closed landfill at a special meeting on Monday. The state's Department of Environmental Conservation asked the town to test the landfill, which operated from 1967 to 2006, in June, due to its proximity to North Bennington, where several wells have tested positive for the chemical that was used in the Full Story

1 man dead, another wounded in shooting on Syracuse street

SYRACUSE, N.Y. >> Authorities say a 22-year-old man has died and another man is recovering after they were hit by gunfire on a Syracuse street. Police officials say officers responded around 7 p.m. Monday to reports of shots fired on Martin Luther King East. When they arrived they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. Full Story
The Latest: Sarandon waits to be convinced to back Clinton

PHILADELPHIA >> The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times local): 6:25 a.m. Susan Sarandon says she's waiting to be persuaded to support Hillary Clinton before giving her vote. The actress is attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and has been taking part in demonstrations with various groups. Full Story
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Turkey criticizes U.S. over cleric accused of coup plot

ISTANBUL >> A top Turkish official on Friday accused the United States of "standing up for savages" by not immediately handing over a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who the government claims orchestrated last week's failed coup. Speaking in Washington, President Barack Obama said there was a legal process for extradition and encouraged Turkey to present evidence. Full Story

New regional coordinator for healthier living workshops and tobacco treatment

07/26/2016 04:55 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> Kathy Dockum has joined the Vermont Blueprint for Health team as the regional coordinator for self-management workshops and as a tobacco treatment specialist. Both positions are funded through a grant and cover Southern Vermont. Vermont Blueprint for Health offers many helpful workshops for patients that are struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, 
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07/25/2016 08:22 PM EDT - Today, July 27 ARLINGTON Barberry workshop and volunteer day: Learn how to manage the invasive plant, barberry. Meet at Arlington Recreational Park (Rte 313 parking lot) at 6 p.m. for a brief workshop followed by a barberry pull in the park and at the Yellow Barn. Join volunteers from Trout Unlimited and the Batten Kill Watershed Comprehensive Invasive Species Management Association. Full Story

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07/24/2016 10:32 PM EDT - Today, July 25 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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07/21/2016 08:37 PM EDT - Today, July 22 BENNINGTON Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery meeting, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m. Dual recovery, for those who experience both chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric illness, 5:30 p.m. CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. Theater: "Alice in Wonderland" with the Youth Theater Company at 7 p. Full Story

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07/19/2016 10:24 PM EDT - Today, July 20 ARLINGTON Act 148 Recycling Training: The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance announces a free training will be offered to facilitate compliance with Vermont's Act 148 – Universal Recycling. Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) will facilitate the training. Alliance towns include Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Full Story

State warns Vermonters of "poison" parsnip
07/20/2016 07:01 AM EDT - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Department of Health want Vermonters to be aware that a common weed found along many Vermont roadsides can cause painful rashes and raised blisters, similar to second-degree sunburn. "Poison parsnip" (Pastinaca sativa L.), also known as wild parsnip, is found throughout the state. Full Story

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07/18/2016 08:46 PM EDT - Today, July 19 BENNINGTON Multiple Myeloma Support Group: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including eastern New York state and the northern Berkshires in MA) will hold a support group meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive We utilize the Difficult Conversations Workbook: Finding a Path through Illness, 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