Vermont House endorses renewable energy package

02/27/2015 09:42 PM EST
MONTPELIER >> The Vermont House has advanced a wide-ranging bill that pushes utilities beyond electricity to help customers save on heat and could resolve criticism that the current state program to promote renewable energy double counts its results. Supporters say the bill would move Vermont from the back of the pack — the five other New England states already have the renewable 
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Pownal man to face eight animal cruelty charges
02/28/2015 11:35 AM EST - POWNAL, VT. >> A local man is facing cruelty charges after police removed eight animals from his property this week, according to authorities. Gilbert E. Squiers, 35, of Sunflower Street, faces eight animal cruelty charges, according to Vermont State Police. Police were notified of possible animal neglect shortly after 1 p. Full Story

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23 horses rescued from Woodstock farm need foster homes

Horses were malnourished and will need continuous support of volunteers and donors
WOODSTOCK >> It started with an anonymous tip. The Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society in Brownsville got a phone call in November 2014 from someone concerned about the welfare of several horses at Skyland Arabians. The caller said the animals might be abused. Within a couple of weeks, 23 horses were seized from the property and are now in need of foster homes. Full Story
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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

LOS ANGELES >> In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. But for Trekkies and even casual "Star Trek" viewers, Nimoy was always the coolly composed science officer with the pointed ears and an unwavering belief in logic. Full Story
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Theodore Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, dies at 97

SOUTH BEND, IND. >> The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents — or legendary football coaches. And he did it while championing human rights around the globe, from civil rights and immigration reform to supporting Third World development. Full Story

Morning Briefing — Feb. 28

02/28/2015 11:21 AM EST
Today BENNINGTON Movie screening: The Bennington Free Library will have a showing of a 2015 Oscar-Winning movie at 2 p.m. This event is free. Includes snacks. For more information, call 802-442-9051. Reiki share: Come to the UU Meetinghouse at 108 School St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Reiki share. 
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Morning Briefing — Feb. 27
02/27/2015 09:38 AM EST - Today ARLINGTON Live music: Fred Lantz and Lisa will be playing for your listening pleasure from 6 to 9 p.m. at Post 69 Arlington American Legion. Community dinner: Plan to attend the second free community dinner of 2015, hosted by St. James' Episcopal Church. Each winter month, through April, Fr. Scott Neal and the parishioners of St. Full Story

Morning Briefing — Feb. 26
02/26/2015 09:29 AM EST - Feb. 26 BENNINGTON Museum ABCs story hour: Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this pre-school story hour includes stories on the month's topic, visits to the galleries to observe and talk about a piece of art or object, plus an art or craft activity. This week, get to know Wilson Bentley, the Snowflake Man while looking at some art and having some snowy fun. Full Story

Local residents announce engagement
02/25/2015 08:54 PM EST - READSBORO >> Robert and Susan Sanderson of Readsboro are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Caitlyn Lizabeth, to Zachari Erbin Boyd, both of Readsboro. Mr. Boyd is the son of Bonnie Murray of Michigan and Cleon Boyd of Wilmington. An Aug. 29, 2015 wedding is planned at the Boyd Family Farm in Wilmington. Full Story

Local couple announces engagement
02/25/2015 08:54 PM EST - PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. >> Mr. and Mrs. James Houran of Bennington, Vt. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Christina Houran, formerly of Bennington, to Charles Bradfield, formerly of Bennington. Charles is the son of Susan Bradfield of Hallandale, Fla. The bride-to-be is a 2002 graduate of MAUHS, a 2010 graduate of Southern Vermont College, and a 2011 graduate of SMCC. Full Story

Local news in brief
02/26/2015 01:15 PM EST - Local volunteer shares the power of Relay for Life BENNINGTON >> Billie Jo Tifft has been a dedicated American Cancer Society Relay For Life volunteer for more than 15 years. This year will be the first without her father, who lost his battle with lung cancer in October 2014. "[Relay For Life] has made me realize how important our caregivers are to our cancer survivors," said Tifft, a Full Story

Woman's Club plans Women's Health Day
02/25/2015 08:54 PM EST - SALEM, N.Y. >> The committee of the Salem Area Woman's Club responsible for planning the 21st Annual Women's Health Day met recently at the MacKenzie Chapel of the First United Presbyterian Church in Salem. This year's event will be held on April 25 with the theme "By Women For Women." It is co-sponsored by the Woman's Club and Glens Falls Hospital, with the support of multiple local 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