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Man awaits extradition to Vt. on sexual assault charges

BENNINGTON— Maine State Police have arrested a man believed to be connected with the New Year's Eve sexual assault at a Bennington motel. John Vautier, 41 of Harmony, Maine, faces felony charges of aggravated sexual assault resulting in serious injury, kidnapping, repeated aggravated sexual assault,


Our opinion: Toward a Vermont where all are welcome

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan confirmed in eight words what many have known all along: "Kiah Morris was a victim of racial harassment." The allegations against Morris' antagonists, however, do not constitute criminal activity under state law, Donovan explained. As a result, authorities have


Weather Blog: Vermont could see 1-2 feet of snow

Today we'll see some scattered light to moderate snow showers through the evening with temperatures climbing into the 30's. In terms of snowfall accumulations were looking at 1-3" with a bit more in some of the higher elevations.


SVMC OB/GYN presents 'Intimacy in the Middle Years and Beyond'

BENNINGTON — Middle age can be one of the most rewarding and exciting times of a woman's life, but many women at this stage experience challenges in their intimate relationships. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center OB/GYN Dr. Themarge Small will share her insights and advice during a special present


State transportation department to present plans for Bennington bridge

BENNINGTON — Members of the public are invited to an information session the N.H. Department of Transportation will hold later this month about a proposed project to renovate or replace the South Bennington Road bridge.


Local history: The Four Corners, circa 1890

Tim Wager is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington in the 19th and 20th centuries, from the Bennington Museum collection. He's publishing them in a six-book series, and has agreed to allow the Banner to publish some of his works. We'll be presenting one a week, in


Advocates promoting bans on plastic shopping bags

BENNINGTON — Advocates for bans on single-use plastic shopping bags met this week with officials on the. town and county levels to promote enactment of ban ordinances. Members of Climate Advocates of Bennington gave a presentation to the Select Board Monday on the environmental damage a ban seeks to


Map: Here’s how much snow to expect in Vermont this weekend

Much of Vermont is predicted to see a foot to 18 inches of snow during this weekend’s storm while some of the southern portion of the state may get 18 inches to 2 feet, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington.


Adams man linked to multiple overdoses sentenced on drug charge

NORTH ADAMS — A man tied to multiple drug overdoses in Adams was sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday after pleading guilty to a drug possession charge. The arrest of Jeremy Vigiard, 50, of Adams, last year was the conclusion of a four-year investigation by the Berkshire County Drug Task Forc


Vermont Garden Journal: Get The Hang Of Kokedama Houseplants

I'm always looking for new plants and growing techniques. That's why I'm fascinated with kokedama hanging houseplants. Kokedama is an ancient form of Japanese bonsai. It's also called "poorman's bonsai" because it is so easy to do.


Chowdhury resigns as community development director

BENNINGTON — The town's community development director has resigned. Town Manager Stuart Hurd said that Zirwat Chowdhury gave her notice "in conversation" on Jan. 14. She will remain in the position until the end of February to finish up outstanding work and help train her replacement.


State Nears Agreement Over Bennington PFOA Contamination

The state is close to reaching an agreement with the company linked to widespread water contamination around Bennington. The Department of Environmental Conservation said a deal with Saint-Gobain could come this spring.


Outdoors: Vermont cat hunting

The soft, dry snow that fell sometime before midnight squeaked under the tires as we drove up the old dirt road that wandered up over Stannard Mountain. The Northeast Kingdom received some three inches of the white powder, but the storm moved on and the clear morning air topped out at about 15-degre


Ham Radio Swap Fest planned for Feb. 2

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — The Hoosick Amateur Radio Club is holding its second Ham Radio Swap Fest on Feb. 2 at the Hoosick Falls Central School, located at 21187 NY Route 22 in Hoosick Falls, New York. The event will run from 8 a.m. until noon. General admission is $2 (under 16 years of age free) with


Patriots win third straight, topping Hoosick Falls

BENNINGTON — The last time the Mount Anthony and Hoosick Falls girls basketball teams met on Dec. 27, each team threw its best punches until Hoosick got the knockout in overtime.


Deal For Former High School Building Falls Through

A deal that would have turned a former Vermont high school into a co-working space has fallen through. Charles Crowell had planned to turn the Bennington High School building into a for-profit incubator but failed to prove occupancy.


Winter Storm Warning Across Vermont This Weekend. Here's What To Know

A winter storm warning is in effect for all of Vermont as we head into the holiday weekend, with snow expected to start late afternoon Saturday and continue through Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington.


British Invasion concert comes to MAU

BENNINGTON — After an absence of seven years, "The British Invasion: A Concert" will be returning to the Mount Anthony Union High School. The concert, scheduled for Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., features a wide variety of songs by artists like The Beatles, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, The Zombies, Herman's Hermi


North Adams park will get $455,000 upgrade

NORTH ADAMS — A popular, neighborhood park in Brayton Hill is slated to receive a walking path, a shaded seating area, and updates to its basketball, baseball and softball facilities.


Former Doctors Building set for move onto North Adams airport

NORTH ADAMS — To those driving on State Road on Thursday morning: Rest assured, your eyes do not deceive you. Yes, that is a 1,600-square-foot building shimmying onto the Harriman-and-West Airport.