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This Week’s Headlines, July 1, 2010

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This week’s top news headlines and abbreviated articles can be found below. For a complete list of headlines and the full text please purchase a copy of this week’s Vermont Standard. The full articles will appear online on Thursday, July 15.

Drag Race Leads to Police Pursuit
By Eric Francis

Standard Correspondent
BETHEL – An Army National Guardsman who was supposed to be under house arrest while waiting to resolve several outstanding criminal charges allegedly blew past a state police cruiser at 83 mph late Saturday evening, touching off a brief pursuit that resulted in his arrest the next day.

Debate Swirls Over Golf Course
By Gareth Henderson

Standard Staff
KILLINGTON – Municipal debt from the Green Mountain National Golf Course has sparked some debate in Killington in recent weeks.
Some residents would still like to see the money from the town’s Economic

Development and Tourism Department (EDTD) go toward the golf course debt, which now totals $4.8 million and is currently projected to increase by more than $300,000 per year.

Hate-Crime Injunction Overturned
By Gareth Henderson

Standard Staff
The Vermont Supreme Court reversed a hate-crime injunction against a Woodstock man last month, about four years after the harassment case that prompted the initial order.

The June 22 decision reversed the 2009 injunction issued by Windsor County Superior Court against Daniel Madden, who was convicted in 2006 of harassing his neighbor, Kaveh Shahi.

New Side Judge Race Heats Up
By Gareth Henderson

Standard Staff

Former police officer Ron Walker has launched his second campaign for Windsor County Assistant Judge, and he is already clashing with an incumbent over alleged communication issues.

Walker, a 63-year-old Baltimore resident who ran for this office four years ago, last week became the third candidate to vie for the county’s two side judge seats. Incumbent David Singer of Hartland and candidate Jack Anderson of Woodstock had also filed, while longtime incumbent William Boardman let the deadline slide with no filing or public comment.

Reading Town Clerk Leaves After 16 Years
By Gareth Henderson

Standard Staff
READING – Reading recently bid farewell to a longtime town official and is now in the process of hiring for the position.

Reading Town Clerk and Treasurer Barbara Acuna stepped down earlier this month, after 16 years of working for the town, and moved to Virginia Beach. The resignation followed a two-month voluntary leave of absence. Assistant Town Clerk Amy Harkins is now the interim town clerk and treasurer.

Wardwell Shines Brightest of Woodstock Senior Stars
By David Miles

Sports Correspondent
Several of Woodstock’s stellar high school athletes played “one more time” this past weekend, competing, for the most part, in the annual Vermont vs. New Hampshire All-Star games for their respective sports. Local seniors represented their school and their state on the field hockey, lacrosse and baseball fields as well as on the track.

New Woodstock Film Has Very Local Roots
By Gareth Henderson

Standard Staff
A new film meant to promote Woodstock’s beauty and historic nature has some deep local roots.

2006 WUHS graduates Colin Doyle and Tim Buttner, and Woodstock native Connor Shillen, are making a film about Woodstock, under their independent company One Forest Films. The feature includes pictures of Woodstock village, area businesses and stunning aerial shots. By the time this article runs, all the footage should be available on the website,

Cribbage Wisdom: The Points All Count
By David Cogger
Standard Corespondent
WOODSTOCK – You could say without hesitation that Harold Robinson is an old pro when it comes to cribbage. On July 11, he will be 96 years old. And he has been playing the game since he was about six or seven, as far as he remembers. Harold has blue eyes set in sockets that sag like a bloodhound’s and a handshake like a Vise-grip that belies his road-weary eyelids.

Budding Roots-Reggae Star Plays For ‘Summer At Six’
By Gareth Henderson

Standard Staff
POMFRET – People get ready.

A hot reggae vibe is building for the second year of the “Summer at Six” concert series at Suicide Six in Pomfret.

International reggae star Jimmy Cliff, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars – discovered by Woodstock filmmaker Zach Niles, and special guest Trevor Hall – whose music was featured in Shrek III – will all rock the mountain on Friday, July 16. Renowned Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster and Great Big Sea will hit the stage Aug. 21.

Top Authors to Speak in Woodstock
Peter Rousmaniere

Special to the Standard
Widely sought-after authors will be speaking at Bookstock, Woodstock’s literary festival, on Saturday, July 31.

A profile of all nineteen presenters is posted at Here is a run-down on four of them.

David Macaulay, this year’s keynote speaker, is an international bestselling author and illustrator. Macaulay lives in Norwich, is a MacArthur Fellow, and is the author/illustrator of sixteen widely popular books for both children and adults.

GMHA Chef’s Night to Feature a Jumping Extravaganza
SOUTH WOODSTOCK – This year’s GMHA Chef’s Night equestrian event will be a Jumping Extravaganza incorporating team stadium jumping. Teams of 3 riders will compete on a 12 jump course designed by Sue Berrill. Jumps will begin at 3’6″ with the final round being 4′. Teams will be made up of several accomplished local riders competing for bragging rights and honors.

Insults Never Ceased
To the Editor:

Reading David Singer commenting on “a lack of acrimony” (Standard, June 24) in this year’s side judge campaign should be enough to make anyone with a memory laugh out loud.

In 2006, Singer ran for side judge as part of the nastiest, most dishonest, and, yes, acrimonious campaign in living memory. He was recruited to make personal and vituperative attacks, and he was successful to the point of slandering me.

Not As Much Time As It Seems
To the Editor:

I had just purchased up a cup of coffee at Maplefields and on the way out I went over to the newsstand to peek at the headlines of the new Vermont Standard. I was immediately shocked with the headline, ” Kevin Forrest ‘A Newsman’s Newsman’ Dies at 58′!

Kevin, I can hear your voice, see you sitting in your office, relaxed and open.

Standard Will Be Closed Friday
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, The Vermont Standard will be closed on Friday, July 2.
We wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.

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