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Volunteers in high demand for events such as Garlic Fest, Car Show

09/01/2014 10:34 PM EDT
BENNINGTON -- It was estimated that between 12,000 and 13,000 people came out to Camelot Village on Saturday and Sunday for the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce's signature event. Members of the chamber commented that the event went smoothly, but could have used more volunteers. Event emcees Michael and Matt Harrington predicted a lofty goal for the festival for next year, 
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Bennington College opens arms to community, officially welcomes Class of 2018
09/01/2014 10:42 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Bennington College held its annual convocation on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, to invite back returning students and welcome the Class of 2018 in time for the first day of classes on Tuesday. Speakers at the convocation took note that incoming freshmen aren't only joining the community that exists on the college campus, but the community of Bennington alums all Full Story

New state psychiatric hospital having difficulty hiring nurses

BERLIN -- The new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital hasn't been able hire enough nurses and mental health workers to fill the 25-bed inpatient facility, according to state officials. Rothenberg said Friday that the hospital is still 26 people short of that mark. Sixteen of the open positions are for nurses, the other 10 are direct care workers. Full Story
Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and -- watched by officials as they spoke -- called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. Full Story
Sanders to be special guest at Labor Day breakfast

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is a special guest at this year's New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast. Full Story

Community Calendar This Week

09/01/2014 10:45 AM EDT
Monday, Sept. 1 Town office closed BENNINGTON -- Bennington Town Offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 Hoosick Falls school ‘Meet The Teacher' event HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. 
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Meetings This Week
09/01/2014 11:31 AM EDT - Wednesday, Sept. 3 Pownal Development Review Board Pownal Town Clerk's Office at 6:45 p.m. Jean Prouty of North Pownal has submitted an application for a subdivision Permit # NB140014 for property located on 187 Dean Road. The proposed project is described as a minor two lot subdivision/lot line adjustment. Full Story

Religion News in Brief
08/29/2014 10:09 PM EDT - Sunday, Aug. 31 'The Amazing God' at the Federated Church EAST ARLINGTON -- On this Labor Day weekend when summer unofficially ends, all are invited to the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road for the 10 a.m. service of worship. As we turn our thoughts to fall, the final service in the summer series on Images of God will go out with a bang. Full Story

Weekend Briefing
08/29/2014 10:09 PM EDT - Saturday, August 30 Hoosick Barn Quilt unveiling and celebration HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Barn Quilt project is on the verge of becoming the Hoosick Barn Quilt trail and HAYC3 is ready to celebrate big-time. Twenty-one 8'x8' barn quilts and six 4'x4' barn quilts have been delivered to their permanent homes and are about to be installed. Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Friday, August 29
08/29/2014 09:40 AM EDT - Night walk and campfire NORTH DORSET -- Stay up late and experience Emerald Lake State Park beneath the stars. Every Friday though Labor Day Weekend the park naturalist will present a Night Walk at 9 p.m. and a Campfire program on Saturday at 9 p.m. During the Friday Night Walk visitors will find out how nocturnal animals live and thrive. Full Story

McKeons celebrate anniversary
08/27/2014 10:19 PM EDT - BENNINGTON - On August 7, 2014, Robert J. and Marie J. McKeon celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. On Saturday, Aug. 9, their anniversary was acknowledged at the 4 p.m. mass at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, followed by a celebration at their home on Washington Avenue. The celebration was hosted by their children and attended by family members in honor of 60 wonderful years Full Story

Saints-N-Sickles donate to Bennington Free Clinic
08/27/2014 10:07 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Members of the Saints-N-Sickles Motorcycle Club out of Pownal recently donated $300 cash to the Bennington Free Clinic. They raised the money doing a Poker Run, which they do annually to support local charities. Dr. Richard Dundas accepted the money. The club thanks Sue Andrews and the many volunteers at the clinic. 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