Assembly to examine Hoosick Falls water contamination at hearings

02/11/2016 08:50 PM EST
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> As state and local officials question the response to the contamination of the village's water supply with a potentially cancer-causing chemical, the state Assembly has scheduled hearings on water quality throughout New York. The Democratic-controlled Assembly will hold the hearings in April, in response to a bipartisan call for lawmakers to look into what critics 
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Dummerston-based Barton Farm taps early
02/11/2016 08:50 PM EST - DUMMERSTON >> Some maple syrup producers got an early start this winter. "It's definitely the earliest here," said Mike Euphrat, head of maple production at Bunker Farm and co-owner along with his wife, sister-in-law and brother-in-law. "It was really good for us. We were hoping to get 10 percent of a normal expected crop. Full Story

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No thaw needed: Winter grants Vermont sailors an early start

BURLINGTON >> The University of Vermont sailing team usually has to wait for the ice to thaw on Lake Champlain in March before getting their boats into the water, cutting into an already tight window for practice. That's not the case this year. An unusual winter, on pace to be the warmest one on record in Burlington, has prevented the open lake from freezing, giving the team of men and Full Story
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Occupiers at Oregon refuge say they'll turn themselves in

BURNS, ORE. >> The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff. The development came as Cliven Bundy — who led a Nevada standoff with federal officers in 2014 and who is also the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon standoff — was arrested Full Story
RELIGION
New Year's attacks overshadow start of Cologne Carnival

COLOGNE, GERMANY >> Cannon fire followed by a rain of confetti heralded the start Thursday of Cologne's annual Carnival, when hundreds of thousands of revelers take to the streets and pubs of the ancient German city for five days of boisterous partying. Festivities this year have been overshadowed by security concerns, prompting police to double the number of officers on patrol to more than Full Story

 
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L'Ensemble chamber music group presents 'France and Fair A-Field'

March 13 and April 10 in residence at Oldcastle Theatre
02/11/2016 08:49 PM EST
SHAFTSBURY >> The L'Ensemble chamber musical group will present a two-part concert series, "France and Far A-Field," celebrating its third season in residence at Oldcastle Theatre. "French Bouquet," featuring the music of Saint-Saens, Ravel, Chausson, Franck and Allen Shawn, will be performed Sunday, March 13 at 3 p. 
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Today's Calendar
02/11/2016 08:48 PM EST - Please submit calendar items to news@benningtonbanner.com at least seven days in advance of the event. We accept listings from non-profits and for events with free admission. Today, Feb. 12 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 Full Story

Fishing instructors wanted
02/11/2016 02:13 PM EST - MONTPELIER >> The Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to become Let's Go Fishing instructors so they can pass on Vermont's fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters. The department will be hosting a one-day training workshop for new instructors on March 12, at 190 Junction Road, Berlin. Full Story

Sandgate artists' work to go on display
02/11/2016 02:07 PM EST - MANCHESTER >> The Gallery at Equinox Village will present an exhibit of art by Rachel Barlow titled "Spring Fling" from Feb. 18 through March 14. The Exhibit Opening, scheduled for Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public and will feature light refreshments and music. Rachel is an artist, cartoonist, and writer living in Sandgate, Vermont. Full Story

Today's Calendar
02/10/2016 09:21 PM EST - Please submit calendar items to news@benningtonbanner.com at least seven days in advance of the event. We accept listings from non-profits and for events with free admission. Today, Feb. 11 Arlington American Legion meetings: Monthly joint meeting of American Legion Post 69, Sons Squadron 69, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69 at 6 p. Full Story

Today's Calendar
02/09/2016 10:09 PM EST - Please submit calendar items to news@benningtonbanner.com at least seven days in advance of the event. We accept listings from non-profits and for events with free admission. Today, Feb. 10 BENNINGTON Gentle yoga for cancer survivors: The Cancer Center sponsors free Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors weekly, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p. Full Story

Today's Calendar
02/08/2016 09:18 PM EST - Please submit calendar items to news@benningtonbanner.com at least seven days in advance of the event. We accept listings from non-profits and for events with free admission. Today, Feb. 9 BENNINGTON Debate: Candidates running for Bennington Select Board will debate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre at 331 Main Street. 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