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Music Review: UVM Lane Series opens on a spectacular note
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont Lane Series opened its 2016-17 season Saturday at the UVM Recital Hall with a challenging performance by members of the UVM music faculty — challenging for the players and challenging for the audience, but with some real rewards.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Police charge man with license infraction
CABOT — A Cabot man was driving without a valid license when stopped, according to Vermont State Police.

Police say they were monitoring traffic on Main Street in Cabot Sunday evening when Corey Muzzy, 30, was pulled over for suspicion of having a criminally suspended license.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Police seek suspect in groping incident
BOLTON — Vermont State Police are looking for information about an unidentified male who groped a woman on a section of the Long Trail that runs through in Bolton Sunday morning.

Police say a woman reported a man grabbed her in the chest area. She told police she used pepper spray on him to make him stop.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Alleged repeat offender accused of bomb threat
BARRE — Police say a Granite City man, already accused of pulling a knife on someone and smashing eggs against the Barre City police station, falsely reported a bomb at North Barre Manor Sunday.

Edward R. Gauthier, 47, invoked the 24-hour rule in Caledonia County criminal court Monday in St.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Gun theft, attempted sexual assault reported
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre City police in recent days.



Sept. 19

There was a family disturbance on South Main Street.

Items were stolen from a vehicle on Brook Street.

Vandalism was reported on Granite Street.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Solution to waterline system sought
BERLIN — When it comes to the town’s promise to take over a privately run water system that serves a section of the Barre-Montpelier Road, an engineer is said to be searching for a solution to a problem that surfaced after a local nursing home approved an easement to cross its property earlier this year.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Rescued Vt. boater spent week adrift on raft; mom presumed dead
BOSTON — A Vermont man whose boat sank spent seven days adrift on an inflatable life raft before he was rescued off the coast of Massachusetts by a passing freighter, but his still-missing mother was presumed dead, the Coast Guard said Monday.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Minter unveils plan for manufacturing
Both Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott have put economic development at the forefront of their campaign platforms, but they’re offering starkly different paths to prosperity. On Monday afternoon, Minter elaborated on her plan to stimulate the state’s manufacturing sector.  Published on: September 27, 2016
‘Rox-pelier’ school union considered
MONTPELIER — Officials from two school districts that couldn’t be more different and are more than a few miles apart are weighing an unconventional alliance that would enable one of them to preserve some semblance of its elementary school.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Study: Many ineligible young adults enrolled in Dr. Dynasaur
MONTPELIER — More than 2,000 young adults might have wrongly stayed on the state’s health insurance program for children after the state suspended Medicaid eligibility checks.

A report by the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office cited faltering technology that supports the state’s online health insurance exchange.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Study: Many ineligible young adults enrolled in Dr. Dynasaur
MONTPELIER — More than 2,000 young adults might have wrongly stayed on the state’s health insurance program for children after the state suspended Medicaid eligibility checks.

A report by the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office cited faltering technology that supports the state’s online health insurance exchange.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Trump, Clinton battle in first debate
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tangled Monday night over trade, taxes and how to bring good-paying jobs back to the United States as they opened their first face-to-face presidential debate.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Venezuela opposition to push 2016 recall despite ruling
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s opposition vowed Monday to press forward with its bid to recall President Nicolas Maduro this year and promised street demonstrations should the government continue to stymie the vote.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene
HOUSTON — A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Showdown: Congress looks to override Obama veto of 9/11 bill
WASHINGTON — Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom’s alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The showdown is scheduled for Wednesday.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over
WASHINGTON — More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline’s former director.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Bill Nunn, ‘Do the Right Thing’ Star, Dies at 63
Bill Nunn, a versatile actor best known for playing the role of Radio Raheem, the boombox-toting neighborhood philosopher killed by police officers in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” died Saturday in Pittsburgh. He was 63.

His death was announced on social media by Lee.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Black Lives Matter flag stolen
Racism protest

flag stolen

BURLINGTON — The student government at the University of Vermont says a Black Lives Matter flag that had been flying at its Burlington campus has been stolen.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Gun violence protest planned
BURLINGTON — A Burlington ministry group is organizing a vigil against all gun violence following a police officer’s shooting of a suspect during a pursuit.

The rally is scheduled for the evening of Oct. 2 in front of the Unitarian Church in Burlington.  Published on: September 27, 2016
George W. Nostrand
KEENE, N.H. — George W. Nostrand, 68, of Andover Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. He was born in Oceanside, New York, on July 6, 1948, the son of George T. and R. Eleanor (Burmester) Nostrand, the oldest of nine children. Mr. Nostrand graduated with a BA (cum laude) from Keene State College. He graduated from St.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Janet E. Santin
BARRE — Janet E. Santin, 80, of Currier Street, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. Her family was at her bedside.

A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of The Times Argus.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of arrangements.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Claire G. Elmer
GRANITEVILLE — Claire G. Elmer, 94, of Graniteville Road, passed away with her loving family at her bedside on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.

A complete obituary will be placed in a later edition of The Times Argus.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St.  Published on: September 27, 2016
David W. Budbill
MONTPELIER — David W. Budbill, 76, poet and playwright of Cityside Drive, Montpelier, died at his home on Sept. 25, 2106.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition of The Times Argus.

Guare & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Burgess: An AG who listens
In the event that voters are asking, “Why should I vote for TJ Donovan?” I have some points that are worth a look. In 2004, I was convicted of a crime. I served my time. The experience had an impact on not only the victim, the victim’s family but to the community to which I belonged.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Duke: Vote responsibly
The thought of Donald Trump as president of the United States terrifies me. I have voted Republican many times in my lifetime, and I will again for some races, but not for president in this election.  Published on: September 27, 2016
McClaughry: Tax prospects for 2017
Four months from now, the 2017 Legislature will hear the new governor’s budget message for fiscal 2017. Each fiscal year over the past five, the Legislature has been presented with an opening general fund deficit projection.  Published on: September 27, 2016
‘So briefly here’
David Budbill was keenly attuned to the world around him — the woods, the animals, the people, the silences. He was also keenly attuned to the contradictions within himself, and he became a poet beloved in part because of his honesty about those contradictions.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Unbeaten Ravens win the close ones against struggling foes
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens won’t apologize for beating three teams that have one win between them, and they make no excuses for an offense that’s produced only four touchdowns in 12 quarters.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Marchand inks extension
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have signed forward Brad Marchand to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension.

The team announced the deal on Monday as Marchand prepares to play for Canada in the finals of the hockey World Cup.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Dolphins looking to overcome struggles on a short week
DAVIE, Fla. — With a road game on a short week, Dolphins coach Adam Gase is dealing with several injuries and the uneven play of his team.

And that’s with the Dolphins coming off their first win of the season.  Published on: September 27, 2016
arlins cope with Fernandez’s death
MIAMI — Jose Fernandez made his major league debut against the New York Mets in 2013 and was scheduled to face them again Monday night.

Instead, Miami mourns and the Marlins must push on without their 24-year-old ace, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Belichick still mum about QB injuries ahead of Bills game
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots coach Bill Belichick remains mum on his team’s quarterback situation ahead of its game against division rival Buffalo this week.

Belichick declined to provide updates Monday on the health of Jimmy Garoppolo or rookie Jacoby Brissett, both of whom may be unavailable.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Arnold Palmer dies at 87
Arnold Palmer charged across the golf course and into America’s living rooms with a go-for-broke style that made a country-club sport popular for the everyman. At ease with presidents and the public, he was on a first-name basis with both.

He never lost that personal touch. That’s what made him the King.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Capital teams jockey for position
A logjam has left this week’s Capital Division girls soccer rankings pretty murky.

Thetford goalie Danielle Robinson and the Panthers (6-0) continued to make waves, earning a 1-0 victory over defending D-III champ Stowe. The U-32 girls enjoyed two solid results to retain their No. 1 position, while No.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Long Trail wins at Werner tourney
ARLINGTON — It was the first game of the season for Arlington standout Tess Belnap who had been sidelined with an injury. She was restricted to about 20 minutes.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Elmore, Sabo help Raiders earn tie
THETFORD – Monday’s rapid-fire, back-and-forth duel ended with a defensive chess match in overtime.

Connor Brown opened the scoring in the 14th minute on an assist from Arthur Clayton. U-32’s Noah Elmore tied the game a minute later after finishing off a pass from Max Sabo.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Harwood grad earns award
Harwood Union graduate Haley Spittle was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week after leading Castleton University to a 4-2 win over UMaine-Farmington in the Spartans’ first conference matchup of the season. The senior scored the first goal of the game and then added an assist on the second goal to put Castleton up 2-0.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Moody, Raiders silence Solons
MONTPELIER — Jasmine Moody scored twice for the Raiders on Monday and balance was the name of U-32’s game.

Katelyn Morrissette and Natalie Hayes, Sam Fielder, Emma Curchin and Adelaide Hannan all found the back of the cage in spite of a 47-save effort by Montpelier goalie Emily Bashara.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Monties fall in marathon
Two stubborn Bills broke even for eleven innings, coughing up eight runs each, in the Division I championship game of the Vermont Senior Baseball league on Sunday afternoon at the Montpelier Recreation Field.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Harwood grad earns award
Harwood Union graduate Haley Spittle was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week after leading Castleton University to a 4-2 win over UMaine-Farmington in the Spartans’ first conference matchup of the season. The senior scored the first goal of the game and then added an assist on the second goal to put Castleton up 2-0.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Elmore, Sabo help Raiders earn tie
THETFORD – Monday’s rapid-fire, back-and-forth duel ended with a defensive chess match in overtime.

Connor Brown opened the scoring in the 14th minute on an assist from Arthur Clayton. U-32’s Noah Elmore tied the game a minute later after finishing off a pass from Max Sabo.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Solution to waterline system sought
BERLIN — When it comes to the town’s promise to take over a privately run water system that serves a section of the Barre-Montpelier Road, an engineer is said to be searching for a solution to a problem that surfaced after a local nursing home approved an easement to cross its property earlier this year.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Police seek suspect in groping incident
BOLTON — Vermont State Police are looking for information about an unidentified male who groped a woman on a section of the Long Trail that runs through in Bolton Sunday morning.

Police say a woman reported a man grabbed her in the chest area. She told police she used pepper spray on him to make him stop.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Police charge man with license infraction
CABOT — A Cabot man was driving without a valid license when stopped, according to Vermont State Police.

Police say they were monitoring traffic on Main Street in Cabot Sunday evening when Corey Muzzy, 30, was pulled over for suspicion of having a criminally suspended license.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Alleged repeat offender accused of bomb threat
BARRE — Police say a Granite City man, already accused of pulling a knife on someone and smashing eggs against the Barre City police station, falsely reported a bomb at North Barre Manor Sunday.

Edward R. Gauthier, 47, invoked the 24-hour rule in Caledonia County criminal court Monday in St.  Published on: September 27, 2016
Heller: Hubbard Park Tower, a collaboration
In 1962 Mavis Doyle, longtime reporter for the Burlington Free Press Montpelier Bureau, wrote a feature on the tower in Hubbard Park, an idyllic retreat on the hill behind the State House. “Probably the best-known landmark in the Capital City, with the exception of the State Capitol building, it has always been a great local attraction.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Vermont poet David Budbill dies at 76
MONTPELIER — Renowned poet and playwright David Budbill died early Sunday morning from complications of a rare form of Parkinson’s disease.

Susan Walp, a friend of Budbill’s, sent an email about 7 a.m. Sunday saying Budbill died peacefully at 12:30 a.m.  Published on: September 26, 2016
South Burlington writer calls for unity in accepting book award
MONTPELIER — Poet Major Jackson is the Vermont Book Award winner for 2016 and he wants writers to write about values that unify us, not divide us.

The award, given by the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, is in its second year. Jackson, of South Burlington, was given the award at a gala Saturday night on the college’s campus.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Barre Partnership: Community gives back to local artist
Barre has a rich history of immigration in the late 19th century with the influx of granite workers from across Europe and the Middle East.  Published on: September 26, 2016
On the Road: Driver, vehicle services available online
Did you know that there are a number of driver and vehicle services that you can do online without going to the DMV? That’s right — from the comfort of your home, in the doctor’s office, or while watching a sporting event, you can renew your vehicle, ATV, snowmobile or motorboat registration, pay the fee to have your suspended driver’s license...  Published on: September 26, 2016
Chamber Notes: Public policy positions carefully considered


Like most Vermonters, the members of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce have a keen interest in the outcome of the November elections. The Chamber does not endorse or provide contributions to candidates for public office. However, among the activities that we are involved in as an organization is advocacy on behalf of our members.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Driver cited for DUI after crash
MONTPELIER — Vermont State Police say a Shelburne woman drunkenly crashed her vehicle on Interstate 89 in Montpelier Saturday evening.

Police say they responded to the crash in the southbound lane. Their investigation showed that the driver, Rebeca Thibault, 29, was driving under the influence at the time of the crash.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Voter signup day is Tuesday
MONTPELIER — The League of Women Voters of Vermont will be taking part in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday.

According to a news release, the League will be out in force in locations around the state and available to assist voters who want to register or update their registrations if they have moved.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Barre flood mitigation bid process delayed
BARRE — Under different circumstances, City Manager Steve Mackenzie would have been alarmed when Friday’s planned bid opening for the Gunners Brook flood mitigation project finally rolled around and he had no envelopes to open.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Montpelier This Week: Police compile roadside stop data report
MONTPELIER — In his weekly report, City Manager William Fraser wrote that the Division of Property Valuation and Review of the Vermont Department of Taxes Annual Sales Study has been completed. This data will be incorporated into the calculation of the 2017 CLA (Common Level of Appraisal) which will be released in January.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Humane Society taps new leader
MONTPELIER — The board of directors of the Central Vermont Humane Society recently named a new executive director. They announced the appointment of Laurie Garrison earlier this month. The appointment of Garrison follows the departure of previous executive director Mary Taylor, who announced her retirement in May.  Published on: September 26, 2016
A moment of truth for presidential debate moderators
If this hasn’t been the worst year ever for truth in politics, I can’t think of what was. Nor can anyone tell me.

The Republican presidential nominee has produced more falsehoods than the major fact-checking sites have identified from a major presidential candidate since they came into existence.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Aho, Saxtons River painter, selected for Vermont’s top arts award
MONTPELIER — Artists from Windham County have been honored by Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Arts Council.

Eric Aho of Saxtons River will receive the state’s top arts award, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Aho, a landscape artist whose work tends toward the abstract, was selected by Shumlin.  Published on: September 26, 2016
‘Seven’ has magnificent opening weekend
NEW YORK — Movie stars don’t open movies anymore? Tell that to Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks.

The pair, once co-stars in “Philadelphia,” have together dominated the last three weeks of the box office.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Syria UN meets, at least 23 killed
BEIRUT — At least 23 civilians were killed in renewed government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria.

At the start of that meeting the U.N.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Mall shooter’s motive sought
OAK HARBOR, Wash. — Investigators on Sunday tried to piece together information on the 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shootings who was apprehended after a nearly 24-hour manhunt.

Washington State Patrol Sgt.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Iowans evacuate ahead of flooding
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Residents are leaving low-lying areas of Cedar Rapids, adhering to a request by authorities to clear out by 8 p.m. Sunday due to the risk of flooding from the rising Cedar River.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Charlotte police release video of shooting but doubts remain
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nightly protests have shaken the city of Charlotte since the shooting death of a black man by police last week, but Sunday’s NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings managed to open without interruption.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Heartsick
The body of our nation is strong, but its heart is unwell.

By many measures, the United States is moving forward again after the September 11 attacks, a recession, the housing meltdown and the near-catastrophic Great Recession.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Gram: Carl Etnier for House
Carl Etnier is running for House as a Progressive, seeking to represent Middlesex and East Montpelier. He has a broad educational background which underpins his knowledge of, and passion for, strengthening local economies and making communities more sustainable.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Pekol: Pipeline ruling unjust
The Sept. 13 ruling of the Public Service Board which granted Vermont Gas approval to drill underneath wetlands on public park land in Hinesburg has left me deeply saddened.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Condos: Responding to allegations
Dear Mr. David Sunderland, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party:

I am replying today, in the strongest possible terms, that the allegations and innuendo in your letter about how my Elections Division distributes the official ballots for this and every election are baseless, uninformed, and frankly, offensive.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Blue Jays rally in 9th, hold wild-card lead, beat Yankees
TORONTO — The New York Yankees finally scored again. They still couldn’t come up with a win in Canada.

Ezequiel Carrera drove in the tying run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a winning single and the Toronto Blue Jays held their AL wild-card lead, rallying past the Yankees 4-3 Sunday.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Harvick wins at New Hampshire to advance to 2nd round
LOUDON, N.H. — Kevin Harvick won Sunday at New Hampshire to earn a spot in the second round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs, pulling away off a restart a year after a late loss at the track.

Harvick ran out of fuel late last year to lose and faced a win-or-elimination race the next week at Dover.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Bills bounce back with 33-18 win over Cardinals
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Hopkins’ 5th field goal gives Redskins 29-27 win over Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Dustin Hopkins kicked a 37-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter for his fifth of the game and the Washington Redskins avoid a near-disastrous 0-3 start with a 29-27 win over the penalty- and error-prone New York Giants on Sunday.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Werner soccer event spices up the week
This is your week, John Werner. This is the week that soccer comes alive in Arlington. The John Werner Tournament spices up the week with games today, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Voter signup day is Tuesday
MONTPELIER — The League of Women Voters of Vermont will be taking part in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday.

According to a news release, the League will be out in force in locations around the state and available to assist voters who want to register or update their registrations if they have moved.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Montpelier This Week: Police compile roadside stop data report
MONTPELIER — In his weekly report, City Manager William Fraser wrote that the Division of Property Valuation and Review of the Vermont Department of Taxes Annual Sales Study has been completed. This data will be incorporated into the calculation of the 2017 CLA (Common Level of Appraisal) which will be released in January.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Humane Society taps new leader
MONTPELIER — The board of directors of the Central Vermont Humane Society recently named a new executive director. They announced the appointment of Laurie Garrison earlier this month. The appointment of Garrison follows the departure of previous executive director Mary Taylor, who announced her retirement in May.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Barre flood mitigation bid process delayed
BARRE — Under different circumstances, City Manager Steve Mackenzie would have been alarmed when Friday’s planned bid opening for the Gunners Brook flood mitigation project finally rolled around and he had no envelopes to open.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Driver cited for DUI after crash
MONTPELIER — Vermont State Police say a Shelburne woman drunkenly crashed her vehicle on Interstate 89 in Montpelier Saturday evening.

Police say they responded to the crash in the southbound lane. Their investigation showed that the driver, Rebeca Thibault, 29, was driving under the influence at the time of the crash.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Barre Partnership: Community gives back to local artist
Barre has a rich history of immigration in the late 19th century with the influx of granite workers from across Europe and the Middle East.  Published on: September 26, 2016
Feldman planning return to ‘Today’
LOS ANGELES — After being widely ridiculed for a music performance on the “Today” show last week, Corey Feldman didn’t seek solace from drugs or alcohol. He didn’t speak with a therapist. The former child star got down on his knees and prayed to God.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Jensen Afield: The hunt of October
Whitetail deer have evolved into pure survivors. There are more deer in the United States today than there were at the time when the first white settlers arrived here.

One big key to their astounding numbers today is their uncanny ability to adapt to a changing environment.  Published on: September 25, 2016
movie Review ‘The Magnificent Seven’ rides again, with more guns
Deciding to remake “The Magnificent Seven “ with a fresh batch of movie stars is certainly no sin.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Brody: Don’t take osteoarthritis lying down
I have what may be the most common disease among middle-aged and older adults: osteoarthritis. But unlike many similarly afflicted, I don’t take it lying down. And neither should you.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Ken Burns says new Nazi documentary evokes refugees’ plight
KEENE, N.H.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Kiefer Sutherland rises to power as ‘Designated Survivor’
NEW YORK — Wherever she was, Natascha McElhone’s ears must have been burning thanks to Kiefer Sutherland, who stars as her devoted husband and the inadvertent president of the United States in ABC’s much-anticipated new thriller “Designated Survivor.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Critics pick favorites at upcoming Met Opera season
NEW YORK — Two tragedies of love and death, along with the inspiring story of a patriot who leads his people against foreign oppressors, top the critics’ picks for the upcoming Metropolitan Opera season.

The Associated Press asked music reviewers and writers around the country which single production they were most looking forward to.  Published on: September 25, 2016
The Outside Story: An abundance of caution: wild food and risk
“I’ve got a botanical question for you,” my friend said as he came into my classroom the other day. “Is black nightshade edible?” He’d found some growing near his chicken coop. “I took the tiniest bite,” he said. “I’m not sure if I felt funny because of what I ate, or because I was nervous.  Published on: September 25, 2016
First with Kids: Your fall sports goal
With back-to-school season here, many parents have been tackling me with questions about the safety of their children playing a fall sport. I get my kicks from questions like this, so let’s see if I can touch down with some answers.  Published on: September 25, 2016
William Shatner's 'Zero-G' is inconsistent sci-fi novel
"Zero-G" (Simon & Schuster), by William Shatner and Jeff Rovin



Imagine someone similar to actor William Shatner as an FBI deputy director running a space station in the year 2050. That premise jumpstarts "Zero-G," an inconsistent sci-fi novel by Shatner and co-author Jeff Rovin.

 Published on: September 25, 2016
Behind the scenes at GAME NIGHT
As the first game of the Josh Cole Soccer Tournament begins on the evening of September 16, the field at Dorsey Park in Ludlow smells of freshly cut grass, and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” plays over the loudspeakers. Because it’s a town park, Howie Paul, Ludlow town recreation director, prepared the field.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Robert Caro to receive honorary National Book Award medal
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Caro is this year’s winner of a National Book Award medal for lifetime achievement, given for “Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Review: ‘Home’ by Harlan Coben is suspenseful & twisty tale
“Home” (Dutton), by Harlan Coben



By JEFF AYERS

The Associated Press

Fans of Harlan Coben will be thrilled to learn that he brings back his iconic series character Myron Bolitar to tackle a mystery over 10 years old in “Home.  Published on: September 25, 2016
New book brings Atlas Obscura site’s wonders to printed page
NEW YORK — An elf school in Iceland. A hospital for falcons in the Middle East. A museum in Independence, Missouri, for artwork made from hair.

These are the types of attractions featured on the Atlas Obscura website, a fan favorite among curiosity-seeking travelers.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Colson Whitehead is finalist for Kirkus fiction prize
NEW YORK — Colson Whitehead is up for another literary honor, the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Whitehead’s acclaimed “The Underground Railroad,” a novel set during the Civil War, is among six nominees announced Tuesday for the $50,000 award.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Bestsellers
HARDCOVER FICTION

1. A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny, Minotaur, $28.99.

2. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $26.95.

3. Razor Girl, by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $27.95.

4. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles, Viking, $27.

5. The Girls, by Emma Cline, Random House, $27.  Published on: September 25, 2016
The Lowe Down: Is the Wood Gallery finally taking its rightful place?
Over the last couple of weeks, important visual art exhibits have been opening across Vermont.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Golden milk is a sweet treat
With fashion week swirling from New York to London, Milan and Paris, one can’t help but think about ingredients that are in vogue.

Turmeric, the day-glow Indian spice, is one of the hottest ingredients around at the moment — and turmeric latte, or “golden milk,” is a delicious recipe for incorporating it into your diet.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Get up and Go!
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things that you can do for your health.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Nut trees deserve another look for yards and gardens
Nut trees make great additions to yards and gardens. They provide multi-purpose crops, have attractive blooms and can protect as wind buffers.

Yet, fruit trees overshadow them in popularity.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Indoor plant displays: built-ins, wall pockets and more
Imagine stepping into a bathtub, and instead of bathroom tiles lining the wall next to you, there’s a fresh vertical garden, lush with bright green ferns, lavender, baby’s tears, mint and other fragrant plants.

San Francisco-based design studio Siol created just that a few years ago for one home.  Published on: September 25, 2016
Fresh Take: Apples are here
Apple season is rolling in, and with the lower yields expected this year, anticipate an early rush to Vermont’s pick-your-own orchards. (Find one at the Vermont Tree Fruit Association’s website, vermontapples.org.) The good news is that with a lower water content, this season’s apples should be crunchier, with even more flavor.  Published on: September 25, 2016


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