Struggling arena gets secret $50K donation

WOODSTOCK (AP) -- A financially strapped community arena in Vermont is feeling some financial relief after receiving an anonymous $50,000 donation.

The Woodstock Union Arena general manager says a $50,000 check arrived in the mail Friday with a note to use the money wherever it was most needed.

The check came at the right time as the arena -- which doesn’t receive any public funding -- continues to struggle financially.

Arena board president Ginny Eames tells the Valley News that the gift shows there’s community support behind the facility.

Union Arena is located at the Woodstock Union High School and is managed by a nonprofit corporation. The arena is an ice rink for most of the year and serves as a sports and events center the rest of the year.

Cops probe apparent medical emergency

SOUTH BURLINGTON (AP) -- South Burlington police are investigating the circumstances of what appears to be a medical emergency involving a woman found unconscious in a wooded area of the Vermont city.

Police say they received a report of an unresponsive female off Hannaford Drive on Sunday afternoon.

After a search a woman in her 40s was found.

She appeared to be suffering from a medical emergency, but police have not found any witnesses who can describe what happened so they are proceeding as if a criminal investigation may take place.

Police know the identity of the woman, who had been living in campsites in the area, but did not release her name.

Police did not release the woman’s condition.

2 Quebec women found on Mount Hunger

WATERBURY (AP) -- Vermont State Police say two women from Quebec are safe after they got lost while hiking on Mount Hunger in Waterbury.

Police say 50-year-old Maria Pasquale, of St. Leonard, Quebec, and 49-year-old Anna Tucci, of Anjou, Quebec, called police just after 1 p.m. Sunday to say they were descending the mountain but had lost the trail and were in thick underbrush.

The women were put in touch with Brian Lindner of Waterbury Backcountry Rescue, who gave them instructions. Rescuers also sounded the sirens of emergency vehicles to help them find their way.

Just after 5 p.m. Pasquale and Tucci met other hikers who helped them off the mountain.

Police say Pasquale and Tucci were tired but otherwise unhurt.

Police charge stabbing victim with lying

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Burlington police say a New York man who was treated for stab wounds at a Vermont hospital is facing charges he lied to officers about the incident.

Police called to a North Willard Street address Sunday afternoon learned the man later identified as the victim of the stabbing, 28-year-old Hassan Folks, of New York, may have suffered stab wounds to the neck and arms. Folks was treated and released at Fletcher Allen Health Care for his injuries.

When interviewed by police, Hassan allegedly refused to cooperate and provided false information to detectives. He was arrested and charged with giving false information to police. He’s due in court Tuesday. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

The resident of the apartment was charged with drug possession.

’Tour de Taste’ features cycling and eating

NORWICH (AP) -- Hundreds of cyclists from around New England are expected to cycle through the Connecticut River valley of Vermont and New Hampshire while stopping to sample local foods.

The Upper Valley Trails Association is using the "Tour de Taste" event set for Sept. 8 as a fundraiser to support development and maintenance of trails in the region.

New Hampshire stops include the Metro Bakery and Cafe, Lou’s Bakery, the Canoe Club and Boloco in Hanover, the Lyme Country Store and Ariana’s Restaurant in Orford.

Vermont stops include Wicked Awesome BBQ and the Barefoot Gourmet in East Thetford, the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Carpenter and Main and Killdeer Farm in Norwich, the Inn at Idlewood in Sharon and the Strafford Organic Creamery.

Man injured in ATV crash

MOUNT HOLLY (AP) -- A Vermont man has suffered a fractured leg after his all-terrain vehicle struck a guardrail in Mount Holly.

Vermont State Police say 24-year-old Tyler Joannette of Mount Holly was taken to a hospital Sunday evening for treatment of a compound fracture to his lower right leg and bruises.

Authorities say Joannette was riding his ATV at a high rate of speed around 6:10 p.m. when he tried to go through an intersection. They say his brakes weren’t functioning fully and as he tried to slow the ATV it began sliding on loose gravel and going sideways. He eventually struck some guardrails.

State police say alcohol and speed contributed to the crash. Joannette, who was not wearing a helmet, has been cited for driving under the influence.

Maine Turnpike traffic heavy on Labor Day

YORK, Maine (AP) -- Labor Day on the Maine Turnpike featured heavy traffic and some wit and wisdom from the Farmers’ Almanac.

The Maine Turnpike Authority teamed up with editors of the almanac to produce a special promotional edition that was handed out to motorists exiting the state on Monday. Miles the Moose, a man dressed in a moose costume, and turnpike staff handed out thousands of copies at the York Toll Plaza.

The almanac made headlines last week with its prediction of a cold winter and a stormy Super Bowl.

On Monday afternoon, state police reported bumper-to-bumper, stop-and-go traffic for the southern 20 miles of the turnpike. Turnpike officials say 17,480 southbound vehicles passed through the York Toll Plaza between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Fire destroys Kennebunk home, firefighter injured

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) -- The state fire marshal is investigating a fire in Kennebunk that destroyed a 153-year-old home and sent a firefighter to the hospital.

Officials say the fire began about 10 a.m. Monday in a two-story home on Alfred Road.

Kennebunk Fire Rescue EMS Division Chief Andrew Palmieri tells the York County Coast Star that the three occupants made it out safely, but a pet cat and guinea pig were killed. He says a firefighter from Wells was taken to Maine Medical Center, but he didn’t know the reason why.

Palmieri says the cause of the fire hasn’t been officially determined, but a resident reported that articles were being dried in a dryer at the time it started.

According to tax records, the home was built in 1860.

Officials: HBO to film series on North Shore

BOSTON (AP) -- North Shore residents may soon be seeing film crews crowding local streets.

A new four-part HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand of "Fargo" fame is scheduled to begin filming in the area this fall.

That’s according to the Massachusetts Film Office, which said the series should be an economic boon to the area. The production is using Massachusetts-based businesses and services and his hired some local cast.

Officials at the Film office describe the miniseries as the story of a "seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy."

The production is HBO’s second in Massachusetts recently.