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Firefighters battle Rutland Plywood blazes

A fire Aug. 20 at the Rutland Plywood Corp. facility, located on Ripley Road in Rutland, kept multiple firefighting crews busy. After the initial fire was extinguised, another blaze broke out and caused extensive damage. According to fire officials on the scene and early news reports, flames were first spotted in a tower situated on the suth end of the plywood manufacturing plant.

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Vermont primary voting takes place Tuesday, Aug. 26

With the Vermont Primary Election a week away, area candidates would like to remind all Vermonters about the importance of voting:

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Remembering Jim Jeffords

Funeral service in Rutland, Aug. 22

James Merrill “Jim” Jeffords (May 11, 1934–Aug. 18, 2014) was a U.S. Senator from Vermont. Sworn in to the Senate in 1989, he served as a Republican until 2001, when he left the party to become an Independent and began caucusing with the Democrats. He retired from the Senate in 2007. Prior to the Senate, he served as the U.S. Representative for Vermont’s at-large congressional district from 1975 to 1989.

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Middlebury author receives National Medal of Arts

Novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez of Middlebury has won a 2013 National Medal of Arts award and will join fellow recipients and the Obama family at a White House ceremony on Monday, July 28. The event will be live streamed on the Middlebury College campus today.

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Searching Lake Champlain for a lost 1971 jet

New search efforts will begin this month for the missing private jet that disappeared into Lake Champlain in the winter of 1971 that was carrying two crew members and three passengers. A new high-tech search using modern techniques, sophisticated side-scanning sonars, underwater vehicles and a submarine will take place.

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UPDATE: Accident victim identified, investigation ongoing

One person is dead and 55 have been taken to area hospitals after a tour bus overturned on Interstate 87 early Friday morning.

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Cure for Cystic Fibrosis: Annual Bristol Stampede, July 25-27

The 21st Annual Three Day Stampede Toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis will be held July 25-27. According to Stampede organizers, this year is shaping up to be a year of record breaking yard sale donations.

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GMP responding to thunderstorm outages

Green Mountain Power is responding quickly to outages caused by thunderstorms and strong winds across Vermont. The company encourages the public to stay safe and to report outages and any down lines they encounter.

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Sawdi’s site becomes new Country House Restaurant

The abandoned building that once housed Sawdi’s Steak and Seafood restaurant will soon open under new ownership, hoping to bring back a piece of the dining scene that has been missing in the area.

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EEE virus detected in Vermont mosquitoes

There are few guarantees in life, but you can be sure that mosquitoes will attend all July 4 festivities in Vermont. Anybody celebrating at outdoor parades, cookouts and fireworks can supply a delicious meal to a hungry mosquito.

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White Pine Needle Disease conspicuous throughout Vermont

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation reports that white pine tree needle damage is widespread in the state again this spring.

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U.S. Route 7 crash under investigation

The Vermont State Police responded to a reported two vehicle crash near residence 6087 U.S. Route 7, Pittsford, Saturday. While enroute, state police were advised that the crash was a fatality.

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Remembering Millicent Rooney

Following a brief illness, Millicent James Rooney, 86, long-time resident of Weybridge, passed away at her home on June 13, 2014 surrounded by her family.

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Happy Birthday! Vermont's oldest citizen is 105 today

Luella Butler is 105 years old today.

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Downtown Middlebury paving today

A portion of Mill Street in downtown Middlebury, from the public parking lot to Weybridge Street-Route 23—will be closed on Wednesday, June 18 until 11 a.m. while a contractor completes necessary paving work.