• Vermont Today: Murder suspect pleads innocent, affidavit attached; Art in the Park is 50
    August 10,2011
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    Breaking news: Murder suspect arraigned; Co-op vigil set for tonight
    Please see affidavit attached on the right of this page
    Richard Gagnon, 59, of Marlboro was arraigned this afternoon in the shooting death of Michael Martin, 59, of Dummerston, a fellow employee and store manager of the Brattleboro Food Co-op.
    At his arraignment, Gagnon pleaded innocent to a charge of first-degree murder. He was ordered held without bail and was taken to jail.
    The Brattleboro Food Co-op, the scene of the fatal shooting Tuesday morning, will reopen Thursday, according to store officials.
    A night-time vigil is planned for today in memory of Martin. The public vigil will be held at the Whetstone Bridge, which is immediately adjacent to the co-op, at 6 p.m.
    For additional details as this breaking news story develops, please see tomorrow's Rutland Herald and Times Argus or visit our Web sites at www.rutlandherald.com and www.timesargus.com.

    Art in the Park turns 50!
    This weekend, the Chaffee Art Center celebrates the 50th anniversary summer event to be held in Rutland's Main Street Park.
    At its inception, the original artists set up their easels and paintings
    along the West Street edge of Main Street Park. From this small band of
    artists, Art in the Park has grown to more than 100 artisans who ply their craft in wood, stone, clay, fiber, metal, glass, with cameras, or on canvas and who come to Rutland from all across the northeast and the nation.
    Visitors will have the opportunity to watch Vermont wood artisan Joe Laferriere of Wood Form and Design turning spoons on location from a range of local tree species. A group of local fiber fanatics will also be on hand offering knitting, spinning, and felting demonstrations. They will also be offering mini lessons so if you've been thinking about picking up those pointy sticks or taking a spin at the wheel, this could be the perfect opportunity.
    Also new to this year's event is free off-site parking at the Rutland
    Fairgrounds with free shuttle service to Main Street Park. The shuttle
    provided by Vermont Backroad Tours will travel from the Fairgrounds, through downtown Rutland, to the Park. Shuttle owner Kelly Socia will also be offering a mini scenic tour of the Rutland region for those who wish to
    Art in the Park is sponsored by the Chaffee Art Center, which also celebrates its 50th year. The Chaffee will be offering activities for the kids throughout the weekend. Entertainment will be provided by local singer and songwriter Sarah Wallis.
    Several new and returning food vendors will have tasty offerings including
    the standard fare of burgers and dogs and fried dough, plus barbecue, Mexican, Panini's, veggie sandwiches, and more.
    Main Street Park is at the Junction of Routes 4 and 7 in the heart of Rutland. There is no entry fee; donations are gratefully accepted at the gate. The first 50 guests on each day will receive a free commemorative tote bag, made in America, branded with the Art in the Park logo.
    For information, go online to www.chaffeeartcenter.org.

    Montpelier software company launched mobile game app
    MONTPELIER — Tertl Studios is a software development company located in the Capital City. Three weeks ago they launched their first mobile device application called Swamp Talk. It's a word game.
    Swamp Talk is currently available on Apple's App Store. It's described as, “Easy to play and endlessly challenging, Swamp Talk is the game for all levels of word lovers.”
    The way it works is that letters scroll across the top of the screen to be used to form words by dragging into place on a horizontal line. The idea is that the player must group the letters in such as way that they'll be most likely to form as long a word as possible.
    Tertl owner Chris Hancock said that the game forces people to construct words from the middle or the end, as opposed to how it's normally down from left to right.
    Once a word is formed, the player highlights it and it's moved into the current game word list leaving more space to build another word.
    One App Store reviewer said, “Whenever I show this game to one of my friends, it's hard to get my iPad back. Some multi-player would be great.”
    Hancock said that in the next few weeks a new version of Swamp Talk is to be released that includes multi-player functionality to allow groups of people to compete.

    Vt. board approves another step toward wind project
    MONTPELIER (AP) — Vermont's second largest electric utility is another step closer to begin construction on a plan to erect 21 wind turbines on Lowell Mountain.
    The Public Service Board has signed off on plan to have Green Mountain Power protect 17.5 acres of upper elevation wetlands in exchange for each acre that will be filled in or altered during construction of the wind project.
    GMP spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure says the utility is close to getting all the approvals it needs. Some storm water and water quality permits from the Agency of Natural Resources are still outstanding.
    Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/qu4kPD ) says the board's approval came after the company's landowner-partner did some unauthorized work on the mountain and by building a logging road and filling in part of a nearby wetland.
    Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

    High-speed chase leads to stolen copper
    Police say a high speed chase in Castleton led to a larger investigation and arrests concerning copper thefts from a metal recycling yard in town.
    Fair Haven Police Chief William Humphries said investigators are still searching for a suspect involved in at least two break-ins last month at Earth Waste Systems on Route 4A.
    “They were breaking into the building to get the copper,” Humphries said. “And they'd been there at least once before.”
    The Fair Haven chief said it was a combination of luck and attentiveness on the part of one of his officers that led police to interrupt the suspected thieves as they were preparing to flee.
    Humphries said one of his officers was on patrol on Blissville Road on the night of July 29 when a Ford Explorer reportedly driven by Bobbie Sue M. Grenier drove by.
    The chief said the officer recognized the 29-year-old Fair Haven woman and knew that she was driving without a license and in an unregistered vehicle.
    The officer followed the Explorer to a set of train tracks on Blissville Road where, Humphries said, the officer saw the vehicle had pulled to the side of the road and two men were stowing bags inside it.
    When police tried to stop the Explorer it sped away, Humphries said, leading police from Castleton and Fair Haven to pursue it in a high-speed chase that led over a number of residential streets in town.
    Humphries said the chase ended at Grenier's home on Washington Street where a man who the chief said was later identified as her husband, Eric A. Grenier, jumped out of the passengers seat and ran.
    Police caught up with the 29-year-old Eric Grenier, Humphries said but he wasn't initially arrested.
    His wife was issued citations to appear in court for attempting to elude police, careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
    The discovery of $500 worth of stolen copper inside the Explorer led police to question Eric Grenier who Humphries said confessed to breaking into Earth Waste Systems to get it.
    Eric Grenier was issued citations to appear in court on charges of burglary and petit larceny, Humphries said.
    Police are still searching for another man suspected of being involved in stealing from the recycling yard. Humphries declined to identify the man but asked anyone with information about the burglaries to call Fair Haven police at 265-8293.

    Variety show on tap
    Merchants Hall will offer an old-fashioned variety show this weekend.
    Organizer Jacob Patorti said "Last Minute Whosamawhatchamacallit With Everybody In Town" will include dance numbers, poetry recitals and interpretations of Roald Dahl's "Revolting Rhymes."
    "He has all these characters like Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood that he's written very different, surreal endings for," Patorti said of the Dahl book.
    Patorti said the show includes about 30 actors, mostly Rutland-area performers he has not worked with before, and a number of younger cast members.
    "We've been doing plays and musicals a long while now with our older generation," he said. "I'm excited there's youth in this because I want to spread it to the younger generation."
    Patorti promised the show would be "enjoyable and accessible."
    "It's purely about enjoying yourself, soming and seeing the spectacle, glitter and glitz," he said.
    Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for children, $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults.

    Wiley Dobbs comes to Brandon
    On Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m., the Vermont-based group Wiley Dobbs will perform at Brandon Music on Country Club Road in Brandon. Wiley Dobbs is comprised of the musicians Rob and Jim McCuen, Bill Buyer and Matt Davis.
    The group plays an acoustic blend of different genres and influences, drawing from the sounds of Dave Grisman, Bela Fleck, Jimi Hendrix and many others. They are an inspired fusion of bluegrass, jazz and original music, which charts new musical territories while paying homage to the masters.
    Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Brandon Music or by calling 465-4071 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m. any day except Tuesday). Seating is limited, so a reservation is strongly advised.

    Landmarks highlight walking tour of Middlebury
    MIDDLEBURY - Landmarks of state and national stature are some of the highlights of the historic walking tour of Middlebury by the Sheldon Museum on Sunday.
    The walk, starting at 2 p.m., will explore the people and stories behind the buildings and styles of the town's colorful history from the 18th century into the 20th centuries.
    The tour will begin at the bandstand on the Middlebury green and finish at the Sheldon Museum via the Marbleworks footbridge for a good view of the falls and mill ruins. The tour will be led by Glenn Andres, professor of the history of art and architecture at Middlebury College. He is the author of “A Walking History of Middlebury” and his upcoming book, “The Buildings of Vermont.”
    Tickets may be purchased at the Sheldon Museum for $10. For Sheldon Museum members tickets are $5. For information call 802-388.2117.

    Sandwich boards taken from two locations in West Rutland
    WEST RUTLAND -- Two sandwich boards were taken from the West Rutland Town Hall and the West Rutland Public Library. They are estimated to cost about $100 each.
    Town manager Mary Ann Goulette said the town's sandwich board, which provides information for town residents, was taken along Route 133. She said the library's was located on Main Street.
    Any information about the incident should contact the town manager at 802-439-2263 or at mgoulette@westrutlandtown.com.

    Silvery moon night at Hubbardton Battlefield
    Enjoy the magic of moonlight in Vermont on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton with astronomers from the Green Mountain Alliance of Amateur Astronomers. “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” a full moon program free and open to the public, is from 8 to 10 p.m.
    Watch the full moon rise over the Taconic Mountains. The astronomers will bring telescopes to show you the wonders of space and the moon. You can bring binoculars, blankets and flashlights. The marshmallows are on us. Alternate date, if inclement weather, is Aug. 14.
    The Hubbardton Battlefield is a perfect spot for observing the night sky, with sweeping mountain views and negligible light pollution. Donations are appreciated. Call ahead to confirm the program is on at 273-2282.
    For more information about the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/sites .

    Groups seek input on resources
    Rutland, Bennington and Poultney-Mettowee Conservation Districts in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are hosting a meeting to receive input regarding the natural resource needs in our area. The meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 15, at the USDA Service Center Conference Room at 170 S. Main St. in Rutland at 9 a.m.
    Through the Federal Farm Bill, Conservation Districts are able to provide recommendations to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service about allocation of its program dollars. These recommendations can have an impact on the number of projects that are funded in our region addressing water quality, wildlife habitat and wetlands, among other natural resources.
    The public is welcome and strongly encouraged to attend.
    For further information, contact either the Rutland Conservation District at 775-8034 ext. 17, Poultney Mettowee Conservation District at 287-8339 or Bennington Conservation District at 442-2275.

    Kenyan artist returns to Westside
    The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center announces the arrival of Irene Wanjiru as an Artist in Residence for the month of August.
    In 2005, Irene created several sculptures from Vermont marble, demonstrating her skill and unique style. The mother of five announced her dream of returning to CSSC to make new work in a supportive and stimulating environment.
    “It is so easy to work here ... there's lots of stone, great technical support and I love being able to walk home at the end of the day.”
    The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center Kenyan Artist in Residence Program is a collaborative effort among CSSC, Ruth Hunt Wood Foundation and the generous support of Carol Lees at One Off Contemporary Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous Artists in Residence have been Charles Kamya, Margaret Otieno, Joseph Mungothi, Peter Walala, Harrison Mburu and Kevin Oduor.
    Irene will discuss her work in presentations at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 24 in the CSSC main building, 636 Marble St., West Rutland.
    For more information about this or other Carving Studio and Sculpture Center programs, please call 438-2097 or email to carving@vermontel.net.

    Colonial Day features architectural treasures
    The Annual Castleton Colonial Day House Tour will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes 17 sites throughout the village including outstanding private homes, historic sites and public buildings.
    Hostesses will be dressed in period costumes, so a walk along Main Street is like a step back in time.
    A favorite stop on the tour is the Castleton Federated Church, where visitors can see the beautifully carved pulpit, often described as builder Thomas Royal Dake's architectural masterpiece. According to local legend, Dake was allowed $250 by the church building committee to complete his project. He added $150 of his own money to finish the pulpit he had planned.
    Open for the first time this year is the Gilroy/Rehlen house entry hall. Built circa 1818, it was moved from its original location where the post office now lies. The hall and stairway are similar to those of the larger Langdon/Hitchcock house (c. 1823), which is also on the tour.
    Thomas Dake's love affair with arches and vaults is shown in the trio of carved pine arches; the central arch opens under a barrel vaulted ceiling, diminishing as it approaches the rear wall of the hall.
    In 1809, Thomas Dake married Sally Deming and built a house on South Street for his family. This house, the Dake/Murphy house, features his first airy, curving staircase, for which he became locally famous.
    The Granger/Reinfurt house (c. 1810) entry hall will be open for the first time in 11 years for visitors to see another Dake beautifully handcrafted staircase.
    Also on the tour are the Skinner-Cresci brick house (c. 1832) with its converted barn that once housed the paint and wagon shop of Eliah Bond and the Landgon-Hitchcock house completed in 1823 by Thomas Dake featuring a two-story, room-width bay window flanking the central hall.
    The Ranson-Rehlen house, referred to as “The Manse” was built in 1846. It was constructed from plans brought from England in 1816 and features 17 Ionic columns, a curving Dake staircase and many decorative moldings.
    Railroad buffs will enjoy touring the recently renovated D&H railroad station built in 1850. The station is now an official Amtrak stop with a restaurant and meeting rooms.
    The Higley House, home of the Castleton Historical Society, will be open and visitors can tour the exhibits, antique tools, carriage collection and period costume and hat displays. Demonstrations of chair caning, weaving and quilting will be found in homes along the tour.
    Additional activities planned for Colonial Day include a reenactment of “a day in camp” by members of the 53rd Regiment of Foot in America. Soldiers will be practicing drills and women will be cooking, baking and making butter.
    The Castleton Library will hold an ice cream social from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Federated Church will host a ham dinner at 5 p.m. with assorted cold salads beverage and desert. The dinner is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under.
    House tour tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors (65-plus). For additional information about Colonial Day, call 468-0011.

    Tinmouth contra dance
    Quena Crain will call an exuberant contra dance with Randy Miller on fiddle and Brendan Taaffe on guitar providing the live music at the Tinmouth Community Center on Friday Aug. 26 at 8 p.m.
    A contra dance uses square dance moves, but is done in long lines to live music. All dances are taught and you do not need a partner. Beginners are always welcome. Dances become more challenging as the night progresses, so early arrival is recommended for beginning dancers.
    The dance takes place in the Tinmouth Community Center, Route 140 in the center of Tinmouth.
    Dancing takes place every fourth Friday of the month. Please bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $9, $7 for teens and $3 for children 5-12; under 5 is free. Refreshments will be available.
    Call 235-2718 for info or directions. Visit www.Tinmouthvt.org for directions.

    Maple Jam brings a capella to Brandon
    On Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., the Vermont-based a cappella group Maple Jam will perform at Brandon Music on Country Club Road in Brandon.
    The group is comprised of singers with their roots in the Vermont Symphony Chorus. Maple Jam sings a range of four- to seven-part a cappella jazz music in close harmony. They perform vocal arrangements of tunes by Gene Puerling, Bill Evans and Duke Ellington. Their repertoire ranges from classic jazz, swing, pop, ballads and more.
    Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Brandon Music or by calling 465-4071 (10 a.m. through 6 p.m. any day except Tuesday). Seating is limited, so a reservation is strongly advised.

    See you at noon
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    Please check back at noon for another look at what's coming up and breaking news. We'll be updating the site as necessary throughout the afternoon.
    Thanks for hanging out with us this morning. We look forward to your feedback and news tips.
    See you tomorrow at 6:30 a.m.

    Mountain Times newspaper sold
    KILLINGTON - The weekly publication The Mountain Times has been sold to Angelo Lynn, the publisher of the Addison Independent.
    Royal Barnard, the owner of the Times for the last 25 years, said today he sold it because it was the right time.
    He said he didn't do it for the money, but for the principle.
    "Angelo and I share marketing philosophies, management styles, personal values, and a vision of how both print and digital media fit in with the needs and desires of the 21st Century," Barnard wrote on the Times website Tuesday.
    "No change of personnel or policy are expected at The Mountain Times. My wife, Zip, and I and our daughter, Haley, and son-in-law, Mike, intend to work through an orderly transition period with Angelo and family, and we foresee a bright, creative environment and a fresh level of energy taking our place ... along with the same wonderful staff that have been the strength of our organization and have been our best friends."
    No employees are going to be laid off.
    There's no word on if the content or coverage area of the paper will change.
    The Mountain Times has free circulation of 10,000 to 15,000 copies each week to approximately 350 stand locations and mailed to 4,000 homes. The paper is available at all resort, and most public places in more than 40 towns and has exclusive distribution at Killington Resort. Subscriptions are mailed to subscribers in 24 states, according to the paper's website.
    Check back at Rutlandherald.com or in the print edition tomorrow for more from new owner Angelo Lynn.

    InViTe section
    Thursday's Invite will visit playwright and television writer Theresa Rebeck, a part time Vermont resident, whose Broadway hit "Mauritius" opens at the Dorset Theatre Festival next week. Two weekend festivals, the Royal Family Affair in Stratton and the Tweed River Misic Festival in Stockbridge, both coming this weekend will be previewed by Clara Rose Thornton and Tom Huntington, respectively. And don't forget Rutland's Art in the Park this weekend, and much more.

    Vermont's Prison Legal News sues to get into Michigan jail
    HOWELL, Mich. -- A monthly journal about prisons is being locked out of the Livingston County jail. Prison Legal News is suing the county and Sheriff Robert Bezotte claiming its free-speech rights are being violated because authorities won't distribute the publication to inmates. Most regular mail at the Livingston County jail is restricted to postcards. West Brattleboro, Vt.-based Prison Legal News says it has more than 7,000 subscribers, including lawyers and judges. It reports stories about inmate rights and prison conditions. The August edition has a story about tax fraud committed in prisons. A message seeking comment was left for the sheriff Wednesday. The jail is in Howell, 40 miles east of Lansing.

    Police seek missing man
    MONTPELIER — Berlin Police have issued a missing persons alert for George “JR” Byrd, a 53-year-old man who was reported missing Sunday.
    Police report Byrd is 5 foot, 3 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, has salt and pepper hair, hazel eyes and was last seen on Route 12 in Berlin.
    Byrd has a tattoo on his left forearm of a yellow cancer ribbon that says “In memory of Princess.” On his upper right arm he has a tattoo of a band of feathers.
    Police say foul play is not suspected at this time and that Byrd left the residence without leaving information with regard to his whereabouts.
    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Byrd is asked to call the police at 223-4400.

    Coco & Lafe have concerts planned
    Central Vermont's popular ex-pat duo Coco & Lafe will be visiting in August and they have several concerts planned. This comes on the heels of a new CD “Big Bang!” their most accomplished album so far.
    The Occasional Concert series will present Coco & Lafe in a house concert in Plainfield on Saturday, Aug. 20, a benefit for the Rachel Bissex White Light Fund. For reservations for the concert and a barbecue call 802-454-7334 or 802-244-5895. Coco & Lafe are also playing farmers markets in Montpelier on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Barre on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
    Coco Kallis was the “Coco” in Coco and the Lonesome Road Band which performed country music for more than two decades in Vermont. Lafe Dutton, a longtime songwriter and part-time performer decided about six years ago to pursue his musical dream full time.

    Where's Okemo?
    Bruce Edwards, our business reporter, noticed a glaring hole in Tuesday night's Winter in August:

    Winter in August, which honors the local ski industry and its economic contributions to the region, had one notable absence on Tuesday evening – Okemo Mountain Resort.
    For the first time in memory, the Ludlow ski area did not participate alongside the Killington/Pico resorts in the annual event hosted by the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce.
    Thomas Donahue, the chamber's executive vice president, said to the best of his knowledge it was a marketing decision by Okemo not to participate.
    “Overall, they've indicated to us recently that there kind of shifting some of their marketing focus,” Donahue said Wednesday.
    Okemo is only a half-hour drive from Rutland but located in Windsor County.
    Okemo spokeswoman Bonnie MacPherson said the resort received “an invitation but we didn't think it would be appropriate since we're no longer members of the chamber of commerce.”

    RCHS news
    I know the Rutland County Humane Society folks are busy, but look at this pile of animal news the RCHS released. Good folks doing good work for a good cause.

    Lulu, a 3-year-old spayed female boxer mix, needs a home. Here's her story:
    “I'm all wiggles at 48 pounds and I can catch a ball like nobody's business. Like all boxers, I enjoy the company of my people and am always ready for adventure. I am nicely house trained; know site and love to retrieve a ball — a great way to keep me exercised.
    “I was surrendered to the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) on May 28 because I was aggressive to a small dog. I have lived with children before and appear to be O.K. with large (40-pound plus) dogs, but I have to admit, I can't control myself around little dogs or cats — they look too much like tennis balls, I guess.
    “I am looking for a forever home right now with a family that has kids ages seven-plus, other big dogs if we get along well during our introductions, but absolutely no small animals, cats or other fuzzies. A rural home would be best for me so I will not be tempted by other animals wandering through my neighborhood.”

    Lots of kittens available for adoption
    It's kitten season at the Rutland County Humane Society and we currently have more than 30 young felines available for adoption. We've got long-haired kittens, short-haired kittens, boy kittens, girl kittens and all types of colors to choose from.
    All of our kittens are spayed or neutered and in need of lifelong homes.
    Kittens are wonderfully entertaining and full of spirit and will keep you company through the years ahead.
    Please contact RCHS at 802-483-6700 or visit www.rchsvt.org to learn more about which kittens are available for adoption.

    Adult cats need homes
    The Rutland County Humane Society has many adult cats available for adoption — at last count, there were 61 adult cats who are looking for loving homes.
    These year-old or older felines are already house trained and are still quite playful and full of life. They'll add companionship and love to any home. Please consider adopting an adult cat this summer — you'll be happy you did. For more information, please call the shelter at 802-483-6700 or visit www.rchsvt.org .

    Summer, fall dates for spay/neuter clinics
    The Rutland County Humane Society is partnering with Vermont Companion Animal Neutering to get Rutland County cats spayed and neutered.
    VT-CAN, a low cost spay/neuter clinic located in Middlesex, is a long drive from Rutland County. To help out, RCHS and VT-CAN are working together to make it easier for cat owners. By dropping your cat at RCHS, volunteers will transport your cat to VT-CAN where he or she will be spayed or neutered and given a rabies shot and returned to RCHS later that day.
    The next available dates are Aug. 17, Sept. 14 and Oct. 19. Prior registration is required and VT-CAN fees for services apply. To register please call RCHS at 802-483-6700. For more information, visit www.rchsvt.org or for more information about VT-CAN, visit www.vt-can.org .

    Volunteer at the RCHS
    Would you like to make a difference in the life of a homeless animal? If so, please consider becoming a volunteer at the Rutland County Humane Society. Volunteer opportunities include dog and cat socializing, fostering animals, transporting pets to spay/neuter appointments, helping staff with special events, helping staff with mailings and distributing posters.
    Volunteer orientations are held at RCHS on a monthly basis, and all new volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to joining us. The first step is to fill out a Volunteer Application, which you can get on the RCHS website (www.rchsvt.org ), or you can pick one up at the shelter on Stevens Road in Pittsford.
    Please note, in order to volunteer at RCHS you need to be 18 years old or older. If you have any questions about volunteering at RCHS please contact Jessica at jessica@rchsvt.org . We hope you will explore joining us as a volunteer at RCHS. Many of our volunteers have told us how rewarding the experience is, and all of our animals tell us how much they appreciate the volunteers.

    Bottles and cans help the animals
    Did you know that you can drop off your redeemable bottles and cans at the RCHS to help the animals? Thanks to generous folks in our community, we now have a new, dry and secure shed for supporters to drop off redeemable bottles and cans.
    GE volunteers and four handy RCHS volunteers made it a reality for us. The shed is located at the back of the shelter on Stevens Road in Pittsford.
    Those nickels all add up so please drop off your redeemables. If you have any questions, please call RCHS at 802-483-6700. The animals say thanks.

    RCHS helps with stray, feral cats
    Do you have stray, feral or abandoned cats near your home or workplace? Do you see them when you're out running errands and especially when you're out at night? Are you currently feeding stray cats?
    If so, RCHS can help. RCHS is working with communities around the county to help identify areas where abandoned cats are living and to work with volunteers on a population control program called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), in which stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated against rabies and sterilized. They are then returned to their familiar habitats under the lifelong care of volunteers.
    If you know where these cats are living or want to learn more, please contact Jessica at 802-483-9171 or email jessica@rchsvt.org.

    Plastic cat carriers needed at RCHS
    Every day the staff at the Rutland County Humane Society uses a lot of plastic cat carriers and we are starting to run out of them. These carriers allow us to keep cats safe while we're cleaning their cages, safely transport them to their spay/neuter appointments at the veterinarians, safely transport them if they're heading to foster homes and move them carefully around the shelter and more.
    With all of that use, cleaning and wear and tear they sometimes lose parts and fall apart, which is why we're running low. If you have one that you are no longer using please consider donating it to RCHS. The staff and cats would certainly appreciate it.
    Please contact the shelter at 802-483-6700 with any questions.

    Make sure your pet has identification
    Losing a pet is a very emotional thing. It's really important that all animals have identification so they can be returned to their owners. An ID tag on your pet's collar is the easiest method. The tag should include your name, address, telephone number and the pet's name. If there's extra space, the phone number of the veterinarian is also a good idea. If you move, make sure you get a new tag for your animal with your new contact information.
    Pets can also be microchipped. Many humane societies and veterinarians have a scanner which identifies if an animal has a microchip. If there's a microchip, a phone call is made to identify the owner. Either way, please take a moment and check that your favorite pet has identification so you can get him back safe and sound in a hurry. If you have any questions, please call the Rutland County Humane Society at 802-483-6700.

    Did you lose your pet? Did you find a pet?
    Can't find your pet? Did you find a pet that's not yours? Make sure you contact the Rutland County Humane Society and let them know. In many cases, stray animals are brought to RCHS. Additionally, citizens who find stray animals will contact RCHS with the hopes of reuniting them with their owners. RCHS also puts pictures of the stray animals they're caring for on their website (www.rchsvt.org) so if you've lost your pet, please check the website to see if it's at the shelter. If you want to report a lost or found animal, please call the shelter at 802-483-6700.

    Tax rates down in Benson
    BENSON — Residents in the town of Benson will be paying less taxes per $100 of property value this year after the Select Board approved the tax rate.
    Town Clerk Daphne Bartholomew said the reason for the decrease was the complete reappraisal in town. She said the Grand List went up, which brings down the tax rate.
    The approved homestead tax is $1.75 per $100 of assessed property value. The rate is down from last year's rate of $1.85 per $100 of assessed property value.
    The nonresidential tax rate is $1.93 per $100 of assessed property value. It is down from last year's rate of $2.08 per $100 of assessed property value.
    The tax rates were passed unanimously by the Benson Select Board. All rates became effective July 1.

    State rep 'unhappy' over lack of communication
    BENNINGTON — Representatives of the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services got some harsh words from a local state representative on Monday over a state welcome center they confirmed would not be open until at least a year after the road it's designed to serve is finished.
    Rep. Timothy Corcoran II, D-Bennington, the ranking member of the House transportation committee, said he was unhappy that he learned about the delay from the media.
    “I find it very disheartening when there's some kind of break in communication there that I'm trying to understand. It's something that when I get back up to Montpelier, we're going to have to address, there's no two ways about that. It's just uncalled for. If there's something that we can do to the process to make sure this doesn't happen again, I'm going to make sure that happens,” he said.
    David Burley, director of operations in western Vermont for Buildings and General Services, took responsibility for the lack of communication.
    Corcoran complained to Burley and Edward von Turkovich because the welcome center is expected to open in July 2013 while the northern leg of the Bennington Bypass is scheduled to open in July 2012.

    Woman accused of stabbing son
    A Jamaica woman was arrested this week for allegedly stabbing her own son during a family fight.
    State Police say they were called to the home of Dana L. Bisceglia, 48, on Smith Road Monday for a reported family disturbance.
    At the home, police said they found the woman's 16-year-old son, Darius Lodolce, bleeding from a cut to his stomach that police say his mother inflicted with a knife.
    Lodolce was taken to Grace Cottage Hospital where he was treated and release.
    Bisceglia was arrested and taken to the Springfield jail.

    Castleton employees settle into new digs
    CASTLETON — Town employees in Castleton are settling into their new space a week after moving the municipal offices from Main Street to the college.
    “I think people are happy here,” said Town Clerk Katy Thornblade. “Everybody is impressed when they come into the space. They say, ‘oh man, how could stand it before.' People are happy.”
    She said the first couple of days it was a little tougher for people because some were getting lost, but she is not missing the old building.
    “I really like the outside of the old building, but that's it,” Thornblade said.
    The Castleton municipal offices were moved from the brick town hall building on Main Street to the Old Chapel on Seminary Street at Castleton State College on July 28. The town hall has a mold infestation affecting the entire building, including the basement and the attic.
    “I think everything went well,” said Town Manager Charles Jacien. “We have been getting great comments, really nothing negative.”
    The move was completed during a two-day period that allowed employees to move the essentials to continue day-to-day operations.

    Woman says man entered house
    BENNINGTON — A River Street man, who was on probation for a conviction in May, was charged with a felony Monday after police said he entered a woman's apartment in the early morning hours of June 26.
    Tyler Jacques, 20, of Bennington pleaded innocent in Bennington criminal court after being arraigned on a charge of unlawful trespass into an occupied home.
    In an affidavit, officer William DiNunzio of the Bennington Police Department said he met with a woman June 26 who said she had woken around 2:30 a.m. to find Jacques in her County Street home.
    The woman said Jacques, who left through the window as she approached, told her he was looking for her ex-boyfriend when she asked him, through the window, why he had been inside her home. According to the woman, her ex-boyfriend hadn't lived in the home for a year.
    Jacques was also charged with violating the conditions of his probation.
    In May, Jacques pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of unlawful mischief, for breaking items in his girlfriend's apartment May 22, and three counts of violating the conditions of his release from custody.
    On May 31, Jacques was sentenced to serve six to nine months in prison, but all of the time was suspended and he was placed on probation.

    Welch to hold dairy roundtable in St. Albans
    BURLINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch will hold a roundtable in St. Albans today to hear from dairy farmers about their priorities as Congress begins consideration of dairy reform legislation that will set that nation's dairy policy for years to come.
    The meeting will take place at the Elks Lodge in St. Albans. Welch will be listening to dairy farmers to hear what they want to see included in dairy reform legislation, a draft proposal of which was circulated by Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson, D-Minn., in mid July.
    Welch – a member of the House Agriculture Committee – will also announce legislation he has introduced to close a trade loophole, which drives down the price paid to Vermont dairy farmers for their milk.
    Welch will hold another dairy roundtable in Addison County on Friday.
    Today's schedule.

    Wednesday Events
    10:15 a.m. Address to the Captive Insurance Industry Annual Conference,
    Sheraton Hotel, 870 Williston Road, Burlington

    12:00 p.m. Visit to Essex Rotary Club,
    The Essex Resort and Spa, 70 Essex Way, Essex

    1:45 p.m. St. Albans Dairy Roundtable,
    The Elks Lodge, 44 Gricebrook Road, St. Albans

    Brattstock festival rescheduled for the fall
    BRATTLEBORO -- The fourth annual Brattstock music festival, originally set for this coming weekend, has been rescheduled for the fall.
    The free concert on the town common will take place Oct. 8 to allow more time to secure a bigger lineup of local musicians, organizers said.
    The event has served as the summer food drive and fundraiser for the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and its Project Feed the Thousands. People still can donate by stopping at the center at 60 South Main St. or mailing P.O. Box 175, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
    “The food shelf is very, very bare,” says Melinda Bussino, the center's executive director. “We need food year-round.”

    Governor to announce grants for Red Cross
    COLCHESTER — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is joining with American Red Cross officials to announce new grant funding aimed at helping its Vermont-New Hampshire chapter meet the needs of disabled clients.
    The grant money, to be announced Wednesday in Colchester, will go to buy five new functional needs shelter support trailers. Four of them will be stocked with medical equipment and supplies. The other will be a mobile kitchen.
    Shumlin will announce the grant funding at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, accompanied by Red Cross officials, Vermont Emergency Management director Mike O'Neil and others.

    Vt. man charged with tending pot, ignoring dogs
    MILTON — A 31-year-old Vermont man is facing charges of possession of marijuana and animal cruelty after police found a well-tended pot plant growing in a house where they say two dogs were being neglected.
    Milton police say Scott Webster was charged after an officer visited the house last week for another matter.
    The officer found two malnourished dogs living in the nearly empty house.
    After getting a search warrant to check on the dogs, police found the house to be uninhabitable, but a well-tended marijuana plant was found growing in a closet.
    The Burlington Free Press says the dogs were taken to a local veterinarian and then turned over to the humane society.
    Webster is due in court next month to answer the charges against him.

    Vt man allegedly tried to push woman out of car
    ST. JOHNSBURY — Police in St. Johnsbury, Vt., say a man has been charged with domestic assault after allegedly trying to push the mother of his child out of a moving car.
    Twenty-eight-year-old Eric Bollman, of Lyndonville, allegedly forced Jessica Locks into his car at an Island Pond beach on Saturday before speeding off. Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Kelley Clark says he later tried to push her.
    Bollman, who denied the allegations and gave police a different story about what happened between them, pleaded not guilty in Caledonia Superior Court on Monday. He was released on conditions, including that he not harass Locks, who is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.
    The Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/pnmHGk ) reports that if convicted, Bollman could get 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

    Widower of Vt sheriff taking her job
    NORTH HERO — A Vermont sheriff who took her life last month will be succeeded by her husband, a longtime deputy in the department.
    Sgt. Ray Allen will be sworn in Wednesday to replace late Grand Isle County Sheriff Connie Allen, who died July 7.
    Gov. Peter Shumlin will speak at the swearing-in ceremony, set for 1 p.m. at Vermont Superior Court in North Hero.
    Shumlin says Allen's 20 years with the department has left an impressive legacy, one he will continue as he steps into his late wife's shoes.

    Vt town votes Thursday on clerk, treasurer jobs
    SUTTON — Voters in a Vermont town are going to the polls to elect — separately — a town clerk and a town treasurer.
    For 50 years in Sutton, the two jobs were held by one person. But 84-year-old Dorreen Devenger died in April, and Debby Ogden was appointed to fill her unexpired term.
    A petition to elect a new clerk and a new treasurer was presented to the Select Board, forcing a vote set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Sutton School. Sutton has about 700 registered voters.
    The Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/r44Y9H ) says Ogden is being opposed by former Devenger assistant Jessie Nygren.

    Wind presentation planned
    A presentation on utility scale wind power in Vermont will focus on water, wildlife and economic impacts.
    The presentation will be at 7 p.m. at the Hardwick Townhouse, 127 Church St. in Hardwick.
    Speakers at the event will include: Ben Luce, a professor of sustainability at Lyndon State College, and Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment.
    The discussion will focus on the potential of wind power, its impacts and how it stacks up against other renewable options.
    For more information, contact Lukas Snelling, of Energize Vermont, at 778-0660 or email info@energizevermont.org.

    Co-op vigil tonight, to reopen Thursday
    The Brattleboro Food Co-op, which was the site of a workplace shooting in which one employee shot and killed the store manager, will reopen Thursday, according to a news release.
    There will be a public vigil at the Whetstone Bridge, which is immediately adjacent to the co-op, at 6 p.m. today.
    For the full story see today's Rutland Herald, Times Argus or www.rutlandherald.com or www.timesargus.com.

    Vermont woman faces life after pea in child sex case
    ST. ALBANS — A 35-year-old Vermont woman could be sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to charges she sexually assaulted and restrained two 11-year-old boys.
    Misty Smith of St. Albans entered the pleas during a court hearing Tuesday in St. Albans.
    Prosecutors had charged that Smith plied the boys with drugs and alcohol, sexually assaulted them and locked them in a bedroom to prevent them from escaping.
    Smith admitted she sexually assaulted the boys and then occasionally hid them from their parents over a six-week period last fall.
    The Burlington Free Press (http://bit.ly/pdPODt ) says that in exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors reduced and dropped a number of other charges. She pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and two counts of unlawful restraint.
    Sentencing has not been scheduled.

    Meth busts: Too expensive to continue?
    The AP is working on a story today, detailing the hidden costs behind meth arrests. Here's the story outline, datelined St. Louis, Missouri. We'll carry the full story later in the day:
    ST. LOUIS - Police and sheriff's departments in states that produce much of the nation's methamphetamine have made a sudden retreat in the war on meth, at times virtually abandoning pursuit of the drug because they can no longer afford to clean up the toxic waste generated by labs. Despite abundant evidence that the meth trade is flourishing, many law enforcement agencies have called off tactics that have been used for years to confront drug makers. The steep cutbacks began after the federal government in February canceled a program that provided millions of dollars to help local agencies dispose of seized labs. Since then, an Associated Press analysis shows, the number of labs seized has plummeted by a third in some key meth-producing states and two-thirds in at least one, Alabama.

    Ripped from the Wires
    A quick digest of national and world news, breaking this morning around the globe:

    Global stocks higher as global rally continues on Fed low rates pledge, hopes of more easing
    LONDON (AP) — A pledge by the Federal Reserve to keep extremely low interest rates for another couple of years has calmed investors' jitters, sending stock markets around the world higher Wednesday.
    The Fed's surprise announcement Tuesday that it would likely keep its Fed funds rate at near zero percent through 2013 to help the ailing U.S. economy helped Wall Street surge late in the session — the Dow Jones industrial average rallied 6 percent just in the final hour of trading, one of the biggest turnarounds ever seen.
    That continued into the Asian and European trading sessions, although traders remained nervous after the market turmoil of recent weeks, which has sent many global markets officially into bear market territory — falling 20 percent from recent peaks.
    “There is an effect of technical rebound but it is too early to say that the crisis is over, or that's the end of the crash,” said Olivier de La Ferriere, a fund manager at KBL Richelieu in Paris.
    In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 1.3 percent at 5,232 while Germany's DAX rose 2.3 percent to 6,049. The CAC-40 in France was 1.1 percent higher at 3,207.
    Police flood London streets, halt violence, but some rioting erupts elsewhere in England
    LONDON (AP) — Thousands of extra police officers on the streets kept a nervous London quiet Wednesday after three nights of rioting, but looting flared in Manchester and Birmingham, where a murder probe was opened when three men were killed after being hit by a car.
    An eerie calm prevailed in the capital, where hundreds of shops were shuttered or boarded up as a precaution, but unrest spread across England on a fourth night of violence by brazen crowds of young people.
    Scenes of ransacked stores, torched cars and blackened buildings have frightened and outraged Britons just a year before their country is to host next summer's Olympic Games, bringing demands for a tougher response from law enforcement. Police across the country have made almost 1,200 arrests since the violence broke out over the weekend.
    In London, where armored vehicles and convoys of police vans patrolled the streets, authorities said there were 16,000 officers on duty — almost triple the number present Monday night.
    The show of force seems to have worked. There were no reports of major trouble in London, although there were scores of arrests. Almost 800 people have been arrested in London since trouble began Saturday.
    Pakistani intelligence officials: US drone strike kills 20 militants near Afghan border
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — American-fired missiles killed 20 Islamist militants in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, most of them members of a powerful insurgent network fighting the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
    Two missiles slammed into a house close to the town of Miran Shah in North Waziristan, a militant hotspot that lies just across the border from Afghanistan, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
    They said 14 of the dead were Afghan militants belonging to the Haqqani network, a Taliban-linked militant faction fighting the U.S. in Afghanistan.
    Six were Pakistani militants supporting the group, which America regards as one of its deadliest foes in Afghanistan, they said.
    It was not possible to independently confirm the officials' account of the attack because the region is too dangerous for independent reporting.
    U.S. military begins investigation into deadly Afghanistan helicopter crash
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Military investigators are trying to determine what went wrong in the downing of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan last week that killed 30 American troops and eight Afghans.
    Questions remain about why the troops were called in to aid other U.S. combatants engaged in a firefight, what they knew about the situation on the ground and what role the flight path or altitude may have played in the disastrous crash.
    Pentagon officials would not discuss the details of the probe, but it no doubt will include a look at the insurgent threat and the instructions given to the special operations team that crowded into a big Chinook helicopter as it raced to assist other U.S. forces.
    According to officials, the team, which included 22 Navy SEAL personnel, three Air Force airmen, a five-member Army air crew and a military dog, was flying in to help U.S. Army Rangers who were going after insurgents on the ground. Seven Afghan commandos and an Afghan interpreter were also on board.
    The helicopter apparently was shot down by an insurgent armed with a rocket-propelled grenade. It was the single deadliest loss in the decade-long war.
    Wis. GOP's stand against recall effort could reverberate elsewhere as presidential race looms
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A stand by Wisconsin Republicans against a massive effort to oust them from power could reverberate across the country as the battle over union rights and the conservative revolution heads toward the 2012 presidential race.
    Democrats succeeded in taking two Wisconsin state Senate seats away from Republican incumbents on Tuesday but fell one short of what they needed to seize majority control of the chamber.
    Republicans saw it as a big win for Gov. Scott Walker and a confirmation of his conservative agenda, the hallmark of which was a polarizing proposal taking away most collective bargaining rights from public workers.
    “Republicans are going to continue doing what we promised the people of Wisconsin — improve the economy and get Wisconsin moving back in the right direction,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a prepared statement after the victory.
    Walker attempted to strike a bipartisan tone in victory, saying that he reached out to leaders in both parties.
    Gadhafi son shown on Libyan TV, testing rebel claims of his death as opposition faces strains
    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan state television on Wednesday broadcast images of a man it said was Moammar Gadhafi's youngest son, footage that looks to undercut rebel claims of his death at a time when the opposition is showing signs of strain and disarray six months into its battle with the Libyan leader.
    The images of Khamis Gadhafi, who commands one of the best trained and equipped units in the Libyan military, come as the rebel leadership, known as the National Transition Council, grapples with fallout from the killing of its top military chief, Abdel-Fattah Younis, possibly by other rebels.
    The rebels had claimed on Friday that the younger Gadhafi was killed in a NATO airstrike on the western front-line town of Zlitan — a report that Tripoli dismissed as an attempt to deflect attention from Younis' killing. Younis' body was found two weeks ago, dumped outside the rebel's de facto eastern capital, Benghazi, along with the bodies of two colonels who were his top aides. They had been shot and their bodies burned.
    Tensions over Younis' death spurred the leaders to sack their own Cabinet late Monday and on Tuesday order the movement's various armed factions to integrate in hopes of imposing some order.
    “One good thing that could come of Younis' assassination is that the rebels will try to get the groups together and develop a coherent military force,” said Libya expert Ronald Bruce St John. “Then they will have a better chance to overthrow Gadhafi.”
    Polygamist leader sentenced to life in prison for assault of young follower he took as “bride”
    SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs recorded everything he said. Thousands of pages, written with Biblical flourish, about God wanting him to take 12-year-old wives. About those girls needing to sexually please him. About men he banished for not building his temple fast enough.
    Facing his last chance to keep his freedom, Jeffs didn't say a word.
    He was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting one of his child brides — among 24 underage wives prosecutors said Jeffs collected — and received the maximum 20-year punishment on a separate child sex conviction. Jeffs, 55, will not be eligible for parole until he is at least 100 years old.
    The head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints made no plea for leniency. He ordered his attorneys not to call witnesses during the sentencing phase, and forbade them from making a closing argument Tuesday.
    Less than half an hour later, jurors returned with the harshest punishment possible.
    A lot of circus and politics in Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll
    AMES, Iowa (AP) — There's a hefty dose of circus mixed with deadly serious politics in the Iowa Republican straw poll.
    The event Saturday will mark the first time Republicans in Iowa indicate publicly whom they want as their 2012 presidential nominee. It's a test vote of sorts that comes months before the precinct caucuses that kick off the party's presidential nomination fight. And it could send an early signal about who is showing potential in the race — or it could mean nothing at all.
    Despite its name, however, the “straw poll” is not a poll at all — and it's certainly not scientific.
    Rather, it's a fundraiser for the state GOP and a daylong political festival at Iowa State University. Presidential candidates make speeches and try to lure the most supporters to the event — with promises of food, live music and, sometimes, a lift to the site — in hopes of getting their backing in a nonbinding vote. The labor-intensive exercise gives candidates a chance to test their campaign operations and turn out supporters ahead of the winter caucuses.
    “It's the first test of organizational strength,” said Steve Scheffler, a Republican who leads the Iowa Christian Alliance.
    Ill. officials seek new hearings for inmates who claim they were tortured by Chicago police
    CHICAGO (AP) — Fifteen incarcerated men who claim they were sent to prison by confessions that were beaten, burned and tortured out of them by convicted Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge and his officers are getting some high-profile help — including from a former Illinois governor.
    In a friend-of-the-court brief to be filed Wednesday with the Illinois Supreme Court, ex-Gov. Jim Thompson and more than 60 current and former prosecutors, judges and lawmakers are asking for new evidentiary hearings for inmates who say their convictions were based on coerced confessions.
    The brief marks the first effort on behalf of alleged Burge victims as a group and not separate individual cases, attorneys said.
    Burge's name has become synonymous with police abuse in the nation's third-largest city, and more than 100 men — most of them African-American and Latino— have alleged Burge and his men tortured them from the 1970s to the 1990s.
    Burge was convicted last year of lying about whether he ever witnessed or participated in the torture of suspects. He's serving a 4 1/2-year sentence at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.
    Abreu hits 2nd HR of game, connects in 9th inning off Rivera and Angels trap Yankees 6-4
    NEW YORK (AP) — That ol' fake-to-third, throw-to-first pickoff play that never, ever works? Trying telling that to the Los Angeles Angels.
    Rookie closer Jordan Walden pulled the much-maligned trick and trapped Curtis Granderson for the final out, and the Angels rode Bobby Abreu's two-run homer in the ninth inning off Mariano Rivera to beat the New York Yankees 6-4 Tuesday night.
    “I haven't seen anyone do it since Little League,” Angels veteran Torii Hunter said. “Nope. But I'm standing out there in right field and whoa!”'
    Abreu connected with two outs for his second home run of the game. The Yankees then began to rally in the bottom half, putting runners at the corners with Mark Teixeira up.
    Walden bluffed toward third a couple times. The only thing that did was draw boos from the crowd.

    Shumlin, Welch comments from Winter in August
    Governor Peter Shumlin and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., both addressed the crowd at Winter in August Tuesday
    “However bad you think it is in Washington, it's worse, and I am glad to be home,” Welch said.
    Welch praised Rutlanders for their ability at “getting the job done,” something he said nowhere was better than in Rutland County.
    Tom Donahue, executive vice president of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce and organizer of the event, noted that Howard Dean never missed a Winter in August when he was governor and this was Shumlin's first time at the event since taking office.
    “I just hope you give me a chance to come back eight or nine years in a row,” Shumlin said. “I'll be here if you'll be here with me.”
    Shumlin praised the Vermont ski industry — the event honors the industry for its impact on the local economy — again repeating a favored quote of former Governor George Aiken.
    “He said only Vermont could take 10 below and 10 feet of snow and turn it into economic opportunity,” Shumlin said. “That guy had it right.”
    Shumlin closed by holding up a smart phone and declaring it would work everywhere in Rutland County by 2013 and repeating his commitment to extending rail service northward from Rutland.
    “We, as a team, care about making this the beginning of the economic renaissance in Rutland, not the end,” he said.
    Lt. Gov. Phil Scott was also on hand. He told the crowd the event reminded him of his youth in Barre and spoke on the value of local food.

    Woman seriously injured in Route 2 crash
    MARSHFIELD – A Burlington woman is in serious condition after a head-on car crash on Route 2 in Marshfield Tuesday afternoon.
    Emina Ibragic-Burak, 61, had to be airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center from the scene of the crash, which occurred just before 3:30 p.m.
    Ibragic-Burak had to be removed from her heavily damaged Toyota Prius by fire and EMS personnel.
    According to police Ibragic-Burak was driving west on Route 2 when she crossed the center line, colliding with a large Chevy utility truck traveling west and driven by John Simple of Massachusetts.
    Simple was transported to Central Vermont Medical Center for injuries to his lower body.
    The crash closed Route 2 for approximately two hours causing heavy traffic delays.
    State Police are investigating the accident.
    -- Jenna Pizzi / Staff Writer

    Flash Papi, the human rocket, blazing down the baseline
    Like the idea of Big Papi legging out an infield single? Want to see it for yourself? Here's video of last night speedster blazing down the line. He was so fast, the pitcher fell down and couldn't make the play.
    Generous scoring call since it should have been an out, but Ortiz's blinding speed must have caused the pitcher to fall down.


    Burlington mayor stands firm on climate deal with defense firm
    BURLINGTON - The mayor of Vermont's largest city is standing behind a plan to seek ways to reduce greenhouse gases by working with a giant defense contractor despite concerns by the Burlington City Council about doing business with an arms manufacturer.
    Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss says "discussions are ongoing" with specialists from Lockheed-Martin about ways to find mutually advantageous carbon-reduction policies.
    On Monday, the City Council approved, 8-6, a nonbinding resolution to subject large-scale climate partnerships to "community standards" criteria, which include a rejection of arms manufacturers. Kiss hasn't decided whether to veto the measure.
    Kiss tells the Burlington Free Press (http://bit.ly/nht8Xq) he's always sought partnerships that can be replicated in larger cities.
    Kiss says Lockheed could help the city find private money for public-private initiatives for energy and efficiency upgrades.
    ---- Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

    Good Morning!

    Shaping up to be a pretty good looking day. So if you're not up yet, better hit the coffee and get on with it. Sun is mostly up. Are you?

    The day supposed to be mostly cloudy through mid-day with temps not rising much above the low 70s. By afternoon, however, the weather guessers are suggesting that the sun just might decide to show up so they're calling it partly cloudy. I prefer partly sunny, but they can be negative if they want to. It's a free country. Temperatures should rise to about where they were yesterday in the upper 70s and low 80s. Chance for yet another afternoon rain storm? About 40 percent.

    Papi puts away thunder stick, uses wheels for infield hit
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An upper-deck homer from spray hitter Darnell McDonald to get things started and an infield single from big bopper David Ortiz to finish things off.
    Just the way the Boston Red Sox drew it up, right?
    “Go tell him that,” McDonald said, nodding at Ortiz's locker. “See, I should be in the home run derby next year.”
    McDonald's soaring two-run homer landed in the upper deck in left field and Ortiz's squibber down the first baseline proved too difficult for lefty Phil Dumatrait to handle, propelling the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
    It was a big role reversal for McDonald, who was hitting .165 with three homers when the day began, and Ortiz, the hulking captain of the AL home run derby team this year.
    One night after joking that catcher Joe Mauer heard “the big elephant” coming down the third baseline when Ortiz scored in the eighth inning, Big Papi said he was “light stepping” on his infield single in the seventh on Tuesday night.
    “So they don't know I was coming,” Ortiz said.
    Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 26th save and Erik Bedard gave up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts in five innings in his second start since coming to Boston in a trade with Seattle.
    Tsuyoshi Nishioka had a double and an RBI for the Twins, who lost their sixth straight game. Francisco Liriano walked a career-high seven and allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts in six innings.
    Matt Albers (4-3) gave up one run in one inning of relief for the win, helping the Red Sox move to 2½ games up on the Yankees in the AL East after New York lost at home to the Angels.

    Montpelier City Council meets tonight; agenda posted
    City Council meeting in Montpelier tonight. Go to http://bit.ly/eXpEV1 for the agenda. It's looking pretty quiet, although the council will review contracts for services worth well over $100,000, and consider two applicants for service on the Development Review Board - there have been vacant seats on that board for some months now.

    Missed the Phish concert at Lake Tahoe?
    You can hear it live, well, sort of.
    Via the Web, that is. The recording of Phish's Lake Tahoe concert of Aug. 9 is available online at: http://bit.ly/q7yfid

    Then check out the pig roast coming to Applecheek Farm in Hyde Park: http://www.applecheekfarm.com/pigroast

    U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in Rutland today
    Our reporter, Brent Curtis, will have a story about Sen. Sanders and his visit to Vermont. The following is Sanders' release about his events in Rutland today:
    Sanders will take part in two events today in Rutland - the opening of woman's unit for homeless veterans and a press conference to announce expanded dental services at a community health center facility.
    At the press conference on dental care, Sanders will be joined by Grant Whitmer, executive director of the Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region. They will announce that Community Dental has expanded operations by moving into a larger building and doubling the number of dental chairs from two to four.
    The earlier event is at the Dodge House Women's Unit for Homeless Veterans. Sanders helped secure $30,000 for renovations of the building.
    First Event:
    Who: Sen. Bernie Sanders
    What: Opening of the Dodge House Women's Unit for Homeless Veterans
    When: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2011
    Where: Dodge House, 95 Crescent St., Rutland, Vt.
    Second Event:
    Who: Sen. Bernie Sanders
    What: Expansion of Community Dental
    When: 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2011
    Where: Community Dental, 69 Allen St., Suite 10, Rutland, Vt.

    Bypass Ruckus
    Representatives of the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services got some harsh words from a local state representative on Monday over a state welcome center they confirmed would not be open until at least a year after the road it's designed to serve is finished.
    Rep. Timothy Corcoran II, D-Bennington, the ranking member of the House transportation committee, said he was unhappy that he learned about the delay from the media.
    “I find it very disheartening when there's some kind of break in communication there that I'm trying to understand. It's something that when I get back up to Montpelier, we're going to have to address, there's no two ways about that. It's just uncalled for. If there's something that we can do to the process to make sure this doesn't happen again, I'm going to make sure that happens,” he said.

    Fire destroys dugout, building
    WILLIAMSTOWN -- State police are investigating a fire that destroyed a dugout and concession stand at Saldi Field in Williamstown.
    Officials say in recent weeks, vandals have been targeting the facility, including breaking lights, equipment and causing damage.
    Area fire departments were called to the field, which is located near the industrial park, where firefighters found
    the structures engulfed in flames. Eyewitnesses said youths on bicycles were seen in the area just an hour or so before.
    State police will continue to investigate the incident.
    Read more about this story online today at www.timesargus.com.
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