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This Week’s Headlines, October 7th, 2010

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This week’s top news headlines and abbreviated articles can be found below. For a complete list of this week’s headlines and the full text please purchase a copy of the Vermont Standard. Click here for a list newsstand locations. Full text articles will appear online on Thursday, October 28th.

Injured Bald Eagle Is Improving At VINS
By Gareth Henderson

Standard Staff
QUECHEE – A young bald eagle that was shot last month in Troy is making good progress in the intensive care unit at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.
The first-year bald eagle’s right-wing fracture has healed, and he is eating normally, according to VINS Lead Wildlife Keeper Meghan Oliver. However, it is unclear whether the bird will be able to return to the wild.
“The true test will be when we move him out to our flight cage,” Oliver said.
That will happen in about two weeks. Before then, other recently healed birds will go into the flight cage first, because of migratory patterns occurring imminently.

Eastender Shuts Its Doors
By Gareth Henderson

Standard Staff
One of Woodstock’s premier restaurants is shutting its doors with no apparent buyer in line to continue the business.
The Eastender halted operation this month, after what had been a sluggish foliage season for the restaurant. Owner David Page is headed to Kerala, India next week to manage a resort there, and he plans to keep his family’s home in Hartland. In the meantime, Page is looking for someone to buy or lease the Eastender. There haven’t been any buyers as of Tuesday.

Motorcycle Accident Takes Life Of Driver
By Eric Francis

Standard Correspondent
TYSON – A New Hampshire woman who reportedly loved to ride her motorcycle around the region with a small group of friends was killed on the Kingdom Road stretch of the Tyson-Reading road Sunday afternoon when she lost control of her bike and slid underneath an on-coming car.
Lucy Myers, 56, of Barrington, New Hampshire was headed westbound from Reading towards the Route 100 intersection by Echo Lake when she and the two male motorcyclists she was traveling with entered a series of S-curves just under a mile from the Echo Lake Inn.

Football Team Wins Overtime Thriller
By David Miles

Standard Correspondent
Woodstock overcame a disastrous second quarter – Winooski scored three times in a little over five minutes late in the period – to earn a 27-20 victory in overtime at home Friday night. Winooski already had overcome a 13-point deficit that occurred in the game’s first six minutes.

Youth Build Solar-Powered Kiln At National Park
By David Cogger

Special To The Standard
They come from all corners of Vermont, working as ski instructors and patrollers when they are not building trail bridges, eradicating invasive plant species, or taking on bigger projects, like the new solar-powered wood kiln at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park. Most have college degrees, and they all share a passion for the woods, sustainable living and educating the public about the environment. They are the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC).

Pomfret Man Accused Of Assault
Distric Court Report, by Eric Francis

Scott Simpson, 24, of North Pomfret pleaded innocent to misdemeanor domestic assault and to violating court-ordered conditions of pre-trial release after the alleged victim came in to the Woodstock Police Department on Saturday evening and reported that Simpson had just taken out a handgun while they were arguing in her car and threatened to kill her.

Cross Country Teams Finish 1st and 2nd at Home
By David Miles

Sports Correspondent
Woodstock hosted five other schools its only home cross country meet of the season last Tuesday and came away with a first place finish for the boys and a second place for the girls. Both team meets were close in the overall scoring.

Sharon Receives 6.7 Inches Of
Rain During Last Weeks Storm

Vivian Moore, Sharon News
The welcome rain really washed this part of the earth with a good fall cleaning. I checked and rechecked the rain gauge finding a final total of 6.7 inches. Not often it overflows and we have to add two figures to measure rainfall.

Dutch Elm Disease Hit Town Hard
By Bob Kelly, Woodstock 60 years Ago
Remember when Elm Street was lined with huge Elm Trees on both sides of the street? Then came the Dutch Elm disease in the late thirties, forties and fifties and practically all Elm trees in Woodstock and throughout the United States were wiped out. They were victimized by deadly beetles that could not
be controlled. The disease also spread through the root systems. Efforts are being made to grow an Elm tree resistant to the disease but so far without a whole lot of luck.

Great Things Happening in Woodstock
By Paul Bousquet

Special To The Standard
It is a truism that a rising tide lifts all boats.
Looking at summer in review, one can’t help but feel a strong undercurrent of activity that is aiding in galvanizing the community.
One of the most conspicuous efforts was that of the Village Business Alliance (VBA), a committee of the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce, in helping to beautify the Village. Sparked by an idea of Elevations Clothing manager and Garden Club member Carolyn Kimbell, Larry Perry initiated in early May a plan of hanging flower baskets on lampposts in front of his Woodstock Home and Hardware establishment.

Editorial Points
Is Broadband Grant a Fair Deal?

On the surface, the huge federal grant made to a private, for profit, company in Springfield which promises to link every town in Vermont with the rest of the world via a modern and inexpensive communications system, seemed like a good idea.
As the facts now become clearer, the federal grant of $116 million – the second largest of 126 such awards made nationally – doesn’t look that great. What many perceived would be a fast, reliable broadband service, long anticipated and needed by Vermont residents and businesses, is actually a combination of an ultra-fast fiber network broadband for a very few plus a separate system of wireless broadband service for the majority of the state.
VTel, the private company receiving the grant, will provide a fast fiber optic service to just its current 18,000 customers and leave the rest of Vermont to be connected by a wireless broadband service. VTel’s customers represent only a small number of the people and businesses in Vermont.

The Winds Of Progress
The Right Side, by Peter Behr

Even in Vermont, money plays a big part in politics. Not like California, where Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor, running against the perpetual hippie, Jerry Brown, has reportedly spent $120 million of her own money on her candidacy so far. Peter Shumlin is a multi-millionaire, but is not about to put a lot of his own money on the line – to his credit, I think.
But his team is busy, with almost daily email appeals for funds. Last week, Shumlin received an offer from Pat Leahy to match Shumlin contributions dollar for dollar, and reportedly raised the targeted amount in less than 48 hours, getting a nice boost from Leahy’s coffers. Whether Leahy’s supporters believed he should use their money to bolster another candidate is apparently not a matter of concern.

Food Shelf Going Strong, But Still Needs Donations
By Cassie Horner

Special To The Standard
In an economy that continues to hopefully inch into better times, many people are still losing jobs and struggling to make ends meet. Everyone who volunteers at the Woodstock Community Food Shelf is aware of this situation in a tangible way, seeing the steady increase in need for food. The month of August showed a significant jump from last year: 179 visits instead of 142 in August 2009. This translates into a 25 percent increase. It includes an important marker of the ongoing impact of a rocky economy — 12 new families came in for food in August.

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