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Voices for hope: ‘Storytellers on a Mission’

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By Janelle Faignant
Staff Writer

“Setbacks redirect you,” Cindy Pierce says. “From a larger perspective, things that seem like failures are hidden gifts (that) direct you to where you’re really supposed to be going.”

Pierce is one of the storytellers featured in the third installment of The Hatch’s “Storytellers on a Mission” which presents nationally renowned storytellers recounting moving and funny stories to raise money for nonprofit organizations in Vermont. Continue reading

Alleged shooter refuses court appearance

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By Brent Curtis
Staff Writer

A Leicester man charged with attempting to murder four people early Sunday morning, including two Vermont State Police troopers, refused to appear at his court arraignment in Rutland on Monday.
But that didn’t stop Judge Michael Pratt from moving forward with the proceeding. Continue reading

Family of shooting victim wants justice, treatment

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By Brent Curtis
Staff Writer

The children of a paralyzed man shot early Sunday morning as he slept in his bed in Leicester said they hope the man charged with the shooting gets equal measures of justice and help.

Robin Boyea of Moriah, N.Y., and Sadie Mason of Shoreham, said they grew up with Timothy A. Foley Sr., who was raised in a house across the street from their family’s home at 1496 Lake Dunmore Road. Continue reading

Running scared? Not this Vermonter in Boston Marathon

 

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By Patrick McArdle
Staff Writer

Vermont attorney Danielle Fogarty was just steps from the finish line at the Boston Marathon one year ago when the bombs went off.

Fogarty, of North Bennington, had never run in the Boston Marathon before but last year she was the only Vermonter on the team that raises money for the New England Patriots charitable foundation.

Despite her proximity to the explosions, Fogarty wasn’t hurt. She laughs at the idea that she would hesitate to return, but said a recent television program about the terrorist attack did make her reflect on her own experience. Continue reading

Troopers, man shot; suspect in custody

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By Rob Mitchell
Staff Writer

A Leicester man who allegedly shot two Vermont State Police troopers in the head early Sunday morning will be arraigned today in Middlebury criminal court.

Timothy Foley, 47, is also under investigation for a separate shooting earlier Sunday morning, which happened across the road from his home and left a man in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, state police said. Continue reading

Kunin promotes work and family balance

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By Kevin O’Connor
Staff Writer

WESTMINSTER — The special guest came to the school auditorium with impressive credentials — Vermont’s first and so far only female governor in 1984, deputy secretary of the U.S. Education Department in 1993 and ambassador to her native Switzerland in 1996.

But none of the students who welcomed Madeleine Kunin to the Kurn Hattin campus Wednesday were even born before any of those milestones. Sitting down for a question-and-answer session, they might have wondered: What could she say that would matter to us? Continue reading

Economic impacts on Vermont Yankee’s closure examined

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By Susan Smallheer
Staff Writer

PUTNEY — The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant should have put money into a separate economic development decommissioning fund, as well as its $622 million plant deconstruction fund.

That was a suggestion made Wednesday during a conference on how to cope with the socio-economic fallout from the upcoming closure of Vermont Yankee. Continue reading

Ex-coach in jail after sex charges modified

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By Patrick McArdle
Staff Writer

BENNINGTON — Leo Reynolds, who was coach of the Mount Anthony Union High School girls basketball team for more than 20 years, will be held in prison at least until Monday after the state modified charges that he touched a 7-year-old girl at the end of 2013.

Reynolds, 67, formerly of Bennington, was arraigned Jan. 2, on four felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. Wednesday, the charges were amended to add a felony count of aggravated sexual assault on a child younger than 13. Continue reading

Man to return to Vermont for 1986 murder case

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By Patrick McArdle
Staff Writer

MANCHESTER — More than a year and a half after authorities announced plans to charge a man being held in a California jail with the 1986 slaying of Manchester golf pro Sarah Hunter, a California judge ordered the man to return to Vermont.

David Allan Morrison, 54, faces a charge of first-degree aggravated murder in Vermont. Continue reading

Laughing matter: Brian Regan

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By Patricia Minichiello
Staff Writer

Last time comedian Brian Regan was at the Paramount Theatre the 10 of 9 whistle blared through the building, interrupting his act.

That won’t happen again, Regan said during a phone interview from his Las Vegas home Tuesday.

“I’m going to bring all kinds of sound-proofing equipment to keep that horn noise out.” Continue reading