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West Rutland to receive firetruck donation

Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
Members of the West Rutland Fire Department pose Monday for a photo with Martha Alexander, who recently donated $500,000 that the department will use to replace one of their current fire engines.


By Darren Marcy
Staff Writer

WEST RUTLAND — Martha Alexander and her twin brother Alex Alexander — better known as Al — grew up right behind the West Rutland Fire Department and had a lifetime of appreciation for the work of the volunteer firefighters.

For 71 years, the siblings watched the volunteers race to the station at all times of the day and night, in good weather and bad, to dash off to save a house or respond to a car crash.
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Summer series announces well-known musical acts

By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer

Sophie B. Hawkins, Darryl Worley and Flock of Seagulls will play in the streets of downtown Rutland this summer.

The musical acts each headline a separate night in the Downtown Rutland Summer Series.
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Reputation powers Weston’s new season

Jim Lowe
Staff Writer

Weston Playhouse’s 2014 season may well represent a coming of age of sorts for the 77-year-old theater company. Vermont’s oldest professional theater has earned a reputation for intimacy and excellence — and it’s starting to pay off.

Not only is the season marked by one of the great classics, Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” and one of the great musicals of all time, “A Chorus Line,” it will open by introducing a new musical comedy in its world-premiere production.

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The Lloyds: Love, theater ‘Love Letters’


Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
Sam Lloyd and his wife Barbara Lloyd, right, began acting at the Weston Playhouse in 1954 — long before they were married. Sixty years later they are still acting together. They will appear in a one-time only production of “Love Letters” Saturday in Ludlow.

By Patricia Minichiello
Staff Writer

Walking to the theater across the road in the daylight takes about five minutes. A trip back uphill to the house after the sun has set takes about seven. 

That’s how close Barbara and Sam Lloyd live to the place they met, fell in love and built a life around. 

“We made a choice,” says Barbara Lloyd, a slim woman with short, stylish hair and a captivating smile. “We live a life and we have the Playhouse.” 
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‘Under 30’: Chaffee showcases tomorrow’s artists

By Janelle Faignant
Staff Writer

Six young artists. Four of them Castleton State College graduates. Three of them Vermont residents.

Under 30 opens Friday with a public reception, 5 to 7 p.m., and runs through May 30 at Chaffee Downtown, the Rutland art center’s downtown location. A collection of young artists’ work, including anthropological photography, oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, monoprints and mixed media will be on exhibit.

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House, Senate OK cell ban compromise

By Neal P. Goswami
Vermont Press Bureau

MONTPELIER — House and Senate negotiators signed off on a deal Wednesday to ban the use of cellphones and other electronic devices while driving.

The House wasted no time ratifying the conference committee’s report, voting 129-6 to accept the new compromise plan that will make it illegal to talk on a phone or use other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle beginning Oct. 1.
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City to celebrate U.S. rail travel


By Gordon Dristchilo
Staff Writer

Children’s games and a unique rail car will roll into Rutland on Saturday as part of a national celebration of America’s rail system.

Rutland joins 16 other municipalities around the country from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in celebrating National Train Day, an event promoted by Amtrak for the past six years. The passenger rail service chooses depots to host the event each year, and Rutland was picked along with such landmark stations as New York City’s Penn Station and Union Station in Chicago.
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Youth revel in whimsy-inspired Seuss

By Patricia Minichiello
Staff Writer

In this show there’s a cat, there’s a hat and some birds. 

There are songs that are sung and some spoken words.

Oh, and there’s dancing! There’s dancing in this act.

Fifty-six pairs of dancing feet, to be exact.
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Police accuse offender in copper thefts

By Eric Francis

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A White River Junction man had his furlough suspended Monday and was returned to jail for allegedly stealing copper grounding wire from 20 utility poles around the village of Wilder. 

Calvin Therrien, 33, who has a history of convictions for minor thefts and drunken driving, pleaded innocent Monday to misdemeanor charges of petty larceny, unlawful mischief and providing false information to law enforcement.
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Headlines for Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Click here for our headlines show: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rutland Herald News Editor Alan Keays, staff writer Brent Curtis and sports reporter John Shramek discuss some of the stories for the Tuesday, May 6, 2014, edition of the newspaper: Local group launches 100-mile walk challenge, Vt. Senate favors drugged driving legislation, Alex Spanos murder trial hears change of venue and suppression of evidence motions.