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ST. JOHNSBURY
A REPEAT PERFORMANCE FOR FILM SLAM WINNER
make a short film that somehow
included a rubber band, the theme
“This ain’t my first rodeo,” a specific shooting location, and a specific genre.
They had 48 hours to submit
their completed film.
On Saturday, March 28, the 14
films were screened and the winners were announced in three divisions: elementary school
(including middle school), high
BY LeAH CAReY
Staff Writer
Michael Barata
school, and college. Then an overall winner was announced, a distinction that also offered a $1,000
prize.
The big winner
Last year Jeb Burroughs, then a
high school senior, took the grand
prize for his film “Her.” This year
Jeb, now a college freshman
studying film at Champlain Col-
Jeb Burroughs walked in the
defending champion and walked
out the repeat champion at the 48hour Film Slam on Saturday
evening.
The film slam, hosted by Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, had a
successful second outing this year.
See Film, Page A6
The event began on March 20
PHOTO BY LeAH CAReY
when 14 teams of student film- The winners in the 48-hour film slam take the stage to be
makers got their instructions:
HAVERHILL
DOC OFFICER
FACES HEROIN,
SMUGGLING
CHARGES
recognized for their achievements.
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ST. JOHNSBURY
TRAGIC ACCIDENT KILLS SNOWMOBILER COURTHOUSE RENOVATION
E. Ryegate Man
Loses Job
Following Charges
Thrown After
Hitting Cable
Blocking Camp
Driveway
StAFF RepORt
A Grafton County corrections
officer is facing two felony
heroin charges and has been
fired from his job following a
lengthy investigation
The Grafton County Sheriff’s
Department reported the investigation by the county corrections
department, a drug task force
and the sheriff’s department led
to the arrest of Michael A.
Barata, 29, of Wells River/East
Ryegate, Vt., and Chantelle Paradise, 24, of Woodsville, N.H.
Barata was a corrections officer and is charged with two
heroin-related crimes, one of
which relates to delivering prohibited items to prisoners. The
sheriff’s department reported
that the charges led to Barata’s
immediate termination of employment at the jail.
Paradise faces two charges as
well — one related to heroin and
a felony charge of violating conditions related to bail from a previous charge. She is being held
in jail for lack of $15,000 bail.
Barata and Paradise are schedSee Heroin, Page A6
EXPECTED TO FIND GRAVES
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP)
— Vermont archeologists are
expecting to dig up and move
nine graves during a foundation
repair project at the Caledonia
County courthouse in St.
Johnsbury.
The courthouse was built on
top of an old cemetery in the
1850s and — at the time —
many of the graves were
moved.
“Those that moved it apparently didn’t do a very thorough
job, based on the archaeology,”
John Crock, director of the
University of Vermont’s Consulting Archaeology Program,
told the Burlington Free Press.
“Some of the rows of graves
in the original cemetery coincide with the building footprint,
so there are actually individual
grave shafts that run right up to
the edge of the building,” he
said.
The Burlington Free Press reports the original cemetery was
used from 1790 to 1853.
Tabrena Karish, of the Department of Buildings and General Services, said the
BY DANA GRAY
Staff Writer
A Connecticut man died tragically Saturday afternoon when he
drove his snowmobile into a
cable blocking a camp driveway
in Wheelock.
Keith Whitney, 47, of East
Haven, Conn., was operating a
Polaris snowmobile with a friend
on another snowmobile in the
area of Fall Brook Road when he
decided to turn off a groomed
VAST trail. He rode the sled uphill on a driveway that leads to a
hunting camp. The path was not
groomed and the snow was not
well-packed. It also appears,
based on the time of day, that he
was staring into bright sunshine.
About 35 yards up the driveway
he struck the cable that was
stretched between two trees, one
of which had a yellow “Posted”
sign.
The cable struck Whitney in
the chest area and he was thrown
PHOTO BY DANA GRAY
ABOVE: Vermont State Trooper Jason Haley, left, and Sgt.
Denis Girouard prepare to put a snowmobile helmet in a
bag Saturday evening at the scene of a snowmobile accident in which Keith Whitney, 47, of East Haven, Conn., was
killed. BELOW: Girouard walks toward the cable stretched
between two trees that Whitney hit.
See Accident, Page A6
“Some of the
rows of graves in
the original
cemetery
coincide with the
building footprint,
so there are
actually individual
grave shafts that
run right up to the
edge of the
building.”
— John Crock, UVM’s
Archaeology Program
foundation repairs will require
excavating around three sides of
the courthouse. Any human remains will be moved to St.
Johnsbury’s Mount Pleasant
Cemetery.
Work on the $1.7 million
courthouse repair project is expected to begin in May.
VERMONT
State Police Forms Unit For Big Cases And Old Ones
BY WILSON RING
Associated Press
WATERBURY, Vt. — The Vermont State
Police has a new dedicated squad of six investigators who will take the lead on the biggest
crimes that are committed in the state and they
will look for answers to old, unsolved murders
and missing persons’ cases.
The new major crimes unit began operating
earlier this month with a lieutenant leading it
and five experienced investigators spread
across the state, said Major Glenn Hall, the
head of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
“This unit will provide a focus on the most
serious crimes that we deal with,” Hall said. “It
will provide a group of experienced detectives
that their primary job function is to work on the
most serious crimes we deal with, specifically
homicide, suspicious deaths, (and) officer-in-
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Harry Jeppe, the physical comparison supervisor at the Vermont Forensic Laboratory examines a shell casing on Wednesday in Waterbury. Officials in the forensic
lab will be working closely with the Vermont State Police’s new major crimes unit
that began operations earlier this month.
volved shootings.
Another key reason for forming the new unit
is to have a group of experienced investigators
who can focus on cold cases, which previously
had been handled by local detectives in their
spare time.
“We want to provide the best possible investigative resources on these cases,” said Hall.
“They are essentially the cases that have the
biggest impact on families of victims as well as
the community members that live in the communities where they happen.”
The unit got its first case earlier this month,
a week earlier than its planned launch, with the
See Crime, Page A6
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US calling records exceeded the benefits
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other issues remain
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Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, Bells,
String Ensemble, Hilltones
Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm | Fuller Hall
Free and open to the public.
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Friday and Saturday, April 3 & 4
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THe ReCORD • MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
FOR THE RECORD
OBITUARY
NEWS BRIEFS
SHIRLEY MAE WAGNER
1933-2015
Shirley Mae Wagner, 82, of
Monroe, N.H., died on Friday,
March 27, 2015, at the Cottage
Hospital in Woodsville, N.H.
Shirley was born in Newton,
N.J., on Feb. 3, 1933, the daughter
of Arthur B. and Maude H. (Teel)
Harris.
She graduated from Newton
High School in Newton, N.J., with
the class of 1951. She married
Robert L. Wagner on Nov. 24,
1951. In May of 1988 Shirley and
her family moved to Monroe from
Highbridge, N.J. Shirley was a member of the Monroe Community
Church of Monroe and the Methodist Women’s. She was also a member
of the “Chat’n Chew” of McIndoe Falls, Vt. Shirley worked at the former Kelly’s Market in Woodsville for a time. She loved spending time
with her family and grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Karen Wagner; a grandson, Jordan Wagner; and a sister, Roberta J. Harris.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Robert L. Wagner of North
Haverhill, N.H.; a son, Glenn Wagner and wife Sandra of Monroe; a
daughter, Roberta Higgins and husband Daniel of Lisbon, N.H.; eight
grandchildren: Robert A. Weddermann and wife Dora, Kara Heath and
husband Ryan, Tyler Emerson and girlfriend Mele Bouchard, Ashton
Wagner, Larkyn Wagner, Baylee Wagner, Kennedy Wagner, and Dayton
Wagner; four great-grandchildren: Stefan and Sean Weddermann and
Madison and Owen Heath; a brother, Jack Harris and wife Angie of Andover, N.J..; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and sisters-in-law.
There will be no calling hours.
A graveside service will be on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the North
Monroe Cemetery with Rev. Earl Brock from the Monroe Community
Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity
of one’s choice.
For more information or to offer an online condolence, please visit
www.rickerfh.com.
Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge
of arrangements.
APRIL 1ST - NO JOKE
BY pAt JAUCH
Area towns in Vermont require
dogs to be licensed no later than
April 1st. Now is the time to get your
papers in order and make sure that
you do not miss the deadline. If your
pet has been licensed in the past and
a rabies certificate has been filed you
need to be sure that it is current. If
not, you will need to visit your
veterinarian in order to update the vaccination.
There will also be a
slightly reduced fee if
your pet(s) have been
spayed or neutered
and proof is required
unless that certificate,
too, has been filed previously.
Once you receive the tag and the
licensure certificate, be sure to affix
the tag to the collar. This serves as
proof of rabies vaccination in the
event that your pet gets loose and
also acknowledges that the town has
a record of registration. This can be
an invaluable aid to reuniting you,
the owner, on the chance that your
pet sneaks away from home. It also
provides a method to trace ownership. Having an ID tag on the collar
Hearing
Test Set
for Senior
Citizens
AnnouncementFree electronic hearing
tests will be given from
Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm
at Avada Hearing Care
Centers at 8 locations in
Vermont. Call to find the
location nearest to you. The
test has been arranged for
anyone who suspects they are
not hearing clearly. People
who usually say they can hear
but have trouble with understanding words are encouraged to come in for the tests.
The testing includes newlydeveloped
tests
that
determine your ability to hear
speech in noisy environments. Everyone, especially
those over 55 who have
trouble hearing words clearly,
should have a test annually.
Demonstrations of the latest
devices to improve clarity of
speech will be available, on
the spot, after the tests. You
can HEAR for yourself if the
latest methods of correction
will help you understand
words better.
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with your name and phone number
can also help to reunite you with
your pet in the event that he wanders.
Although cats do not need to be
registered with the town they should
have a rabies vaccination. A collar
with appropriate identification is also
beneficial even for a “house” cat. No
matter how careful an owner may
be, there is always the potential for escape, despite extreme vigilance on the
part of the owner.
Should your cat get
loose, lost, and possibly become injured,
an ID tag can be crucial
in getting emergency
medical care and reuniting
your cat with you.
While on the subject of loose cats,
please remember that Caledonia Animal Rescue, Inc. is not a shelter. We
have a dedicated group of volunteers
who endeavor to assist with the cost
of spay/neuter surgeries and we rely
on community support for financial
contributions to this cause. If more
cats and dogs were spayed or
neutered there would be far less
overpopulation and fewer animals
would face euthanasia in the absence
of permanent homes.
Pat Jauch is secretary of Caledonia Animal Rescue Inc., P.O. Box
4054, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819;
www.caledoniaanimalrescue.com.
SJA’s spring concert features
diverse range of acts
The Academy will present its annual spring concert tonight at 7
p.m. in Fuller Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The Band, Jazz Band, Hilltones, Chorus, Bells Angels, and String
Ensemble will all perform. Featured selections include “Selections
from Annie” by the Band, senior Katherine Keenan performing
“Someone to Watch Over Me” with the Jazz Band, “More Than You
Know,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “Coney Island Baby” by
the Hilltones, and “Seize the Day from Newsies by the Chorus.
Academy music teacher Alan Rowe said, “This program will be
eclectic in the variety of selections. Each ensemble has been working
since January for what promises to be an entertaining evening.”
Fire departments from 2 states
battle lumber mill fire
FAIRLEE, Vt. (AP) — Firefighters from two states responded to a
fire the leveled a lumber mill in Fairlee, Vermont.
The four-alarm fire destroyed the Britton Lumber Mill in Fairlee,
which had been in business for nearly 70 years.
Firefighters from Vermont and New Hampshire raced to the scene
of the fire that was called in just before 9 p.m. Saturday. Within half
an hour, a fourth alarm sounded.
Jay Barrett, the longtime chairman of the Fairlee select board, told
the Valley News of Lebanon, New Hampshire that the last time he’d
seen so much fire equipment in the town was eight years ago, when
the landmark Colby Block burned down.
No injuries were reported. The lumber yard employed about 20
people, the newspaper reported.
Fairlee is a small town in southern Vermont.
Vermont Senate puts off final action on
voter registration
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has delayed a
final vote on a bill to allow voters to register on Election Day.
The Senate gave the measure preliminary approval on a 20-7 vote
on Thursday and was scheduled to take a final vote Friday.
But it put that off after an amendment was offered by Sen. Dustin
Degree, a Franklin County Republican. Degree proposed that the law
not be put in force until the secretary of state confirms in writing that
each polling place in the state has Internet access.
Degree argues that same-day registration could increase the risk of
voter fraud.
Sen. Jeanette White, a Windham County Democrat who chairs the
Government Operations Committee, asked that the final vote be put
off until Wednesday so her panel can review Degree’s amendment.
Plymouth State president says
university on a good path
PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Plymouth State University’s president
says she’ll be leaving campus on a high note.
Sara Jayne Steen is stepping down in June after leading the university since 2006. In her annual “state of the university” address this
week, she called the campus vibrant and says it is energetically mov-
Editor’s Note: All information is
from Grafton Superior Court documents.
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. —
A Lisbon man faces charges for
threatening with a gun and a Wells
River man faces multiple riot-related charges for a violent assault
in the March round of indictments
handed up at Grafton Superior
Court.
James Colosimo, 69, of or formerly of Lisbon, was indicted on
two special class felony counts of
criminal threatening and one Class
B felony count of reckless conduct
for incidents that occurred in
Lyman in July 2014.
On July 1 at 26 Wilderness
Road, Lyman, Colosimo is alleged
to have pointed a .22-caliber revolver at Pratt and yelled, “Get off
my property, you f**ker.”
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On July 2, police said Colosimo
placed another person in fear of
imminent bodily injury by firing
out the window of his vehicle
while Betty Colosimo was a passenger in the seat and Pratt was
close to the vehicle.
The reckless conduct count
charges Colosimo with firing the
gun on July 2 just after yelling an
insult at Pratt.
Matthew James Strickland,
26, of Wells River, faces two Class
B felony counts that charge him
with incitement to riot and two
Class B felony counts of seconddegree assault for incidents that
occurred Sept. 13 in Haverhill.
Strickland is accused of assembling with Howard Stevens Jr. and
Donald Smith to commit assault
on Edward Coleman Smith, whom
he believed to be guilty of a violation of the law and who suffered
bruises and bleeding to his head
and torso.
Strickland, Stevens and Donald
Smith “engaged in tumultuous or
violent conduct, specifically,
Local Forecast
Today: Mostly cloudy. Rain or snow
showers likely. Breezy. Highs 37-42.
South to southwest wind freshening
to 10-20 mph and gusty.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Early rain
showers changing to snow showers.
Then snow showers likely. Breezy.
Lows 20-25. Wind becoming west
10-20 mph and gusty. Snow accumulation T-2”.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Highs 3237. Northwest wind 10-15 mph decreasing to 5-10 mph.
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Cookie monster: Thief takes
cash box at Girl Scout sale
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A thief in New Hampshire apparently
had a craving for cash, not cookies.
Rochester police say they are looking for a man who stole a cash
box from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a local drug store.
Police say the theft occurred Saturday evening during a cookie sales
event outside Walgreen’s on South Main Street.
WMUR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1EkPM3A ) that a man wearing a
black winter hat and New England Patriots jacket swiped the cash
box and dashed into a car with New Jersey license plates and two
other people inside.
Police say it’s unclear how much money was stolen.
Anyone with information about the case should call Rochester police at 603-335-6500.
Rockingham County gets
top health rating; Coos is last
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new report once again ranks Rockingham County as New Hampshire’s healthiest, while Coos County
remains at the bottom of the list.
The sixth annual report released this week by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population
Health Institute rates counties nationwide in two categories — health
outcomes and health factors.
Health outcomes are measured by longevity and quality of life.
Health factors include tobacco, alcohol and drug use; access to and
quality of health care; air and water quality; and income, education
and employment among others.
This year’s rankings of the 10 Granite State counties — from
healthiest to least healthy — are Rockingham, Grafton, Merrimack,
Belknap, Hillsborough, Cheshire, Carroll, Strafford, Sullivan and
Coos.
Johnson foundation CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey said that, nationally, the counties that rank as the healthiest have higher rates of college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays and better access to
parks and gyms.
Beginning in 2013, the New Hampshire Department of Health and
Human Services began funding public health advisory councils
statewide to develop and put in place health improvement activities
based on the ranking and needs of each region.
“Having community health improvement plans in place in each of
our 13 public health regions will help to ensure a coordinated, collaborative approach among local agencies whose work impacts the
health of the public,” said Dr. Jose Montero, director of public health
for DHHS.
Grafton Superior Court
The Numbers
$
ing forward.
Steen said the university has received an all-time high number of
inquiries and applications for next fall, and she recounted some recent
achievements. A $4 million renovation has allowed it to expand its
capacity in science, technology, engineering and math programs, and
a new academic and athletic complex is opening next fall. The facility
will be the largest academic building on campus and will provide new
space for classes, research and programs in health, community wellness and athletics.
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Extended Forecast: Tuesday
Night: Fair. Lows in the 10s.
Wednesday: Becoming mostly
sunny. Highs 30-35. Wednesday
Night: Mostly clear evening; increasing clouds after midnight, slight
chance for a flurry late. Lows in the
10s. Thursday: Variable clouds. Isolated flurries early; good chance for
PM showers. Highs in the mid 40s.
Thursday Night: Evening showers
ending; remaining mostly cloudy.
Lows 35-39. Friday: Partly sunny.
Slight chance for a hilltop rain or
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punching and/or kicking and/or
dragging Edward Smith outside of
13 Maple St.,” according to the indictment.
Police said Strickland’s conduct
created a substantial risk of causing public alarm and he acted recklessly and “the bodily injury was
inflicted under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to
the value of human life in that
Matthew Strickland punched Edward Smith in the face three or
four times after he was already
bleeding heavily.”
Strickland is also accused of
fracturing Edward Smith’s rib.
John Welch, 29, of Woodsville,
was indicted on three Class B
felony counts of forgery.
Between Nov. 25 in Haverhill,
Welch is accused of forging the
name of Melissa Howse on a
check to be drawn on the Community National Bank account belonging to Stockade Publishing
Inc.
On Dec. 4, authorities said
Welch forged the name of Howse
on a check to be drawn on a Citizens Bank account belonging to AJ
Promotions LLC and also forged
Howse’s name on a check to be
drawn on a Merchants Bank account belonging to AJ Promotions.
Vincent Whitaker, 29, of Haverhill, was indicted on a Class B
felony count of burglary for unlawfully entering DCI Furniture in
Lisbon on the night of Jan. 5 to
commit a crime.
Louis Demers, 50, of Bethlehem, faces a Class A felony count
of drug possession for having a
quantity of the controlled drug Lorazepam in his possession on Oct.
17, 2013, in Bethlehem after having previously been convicted of
misdemeanor drug possession in
2009 at Hampton District Court.
Deborah Reed, 57, of Littleton,
was indicted on a Class B felony
for unlawfully driving a vehicle
along Highland Avenue in Littleton on Sept. 10 after having been
certified a habitual offender in January 2012 by the N.H. Department
of Motor Vehicles.
Daily Weather Highlights
A breezy, showery day is on tap for
the north country, courtesy of vigorous
LOW pressure and well-marked pacific
cold front starting the day in southwest
Quebec and western New York state respectively. The front will sweep across
us this afternoon, preceded by light rain
and snow showers. Immediately behind
the front there may be some breaks in
the clouds, but a robust mid-level disturbance and pocket of cold air aloft trail
that surface boundary. This will spark
additional snow showers this evening. A
secondary cold front will approach late
tonight and move through tomorrow
morning, accompanied by additional
snow showers primarily over northern
mountainous terrain. HIGH pressure will
build in Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Temperatures will be near seasonal
norms today, then drop back a bit below
normal tomorrow and Wednesday, says
Steve Maleski of the Fairbanks Museum
weather station.
CONDITIONS AT
4 P.M. YESTERDAY
Clear
TEMPERATURE
Temp. at 4 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Maximum past 24 hours . . . . . . . . .40
Minimum past 24 hours . . . . . . . . . .8
Yesterday’s average . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Normal average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Maximum this month . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Minimum this month . . . . . . . . . . .-18
Maximum this date (1998) . . . . . . .79
Minimum this date (2008) . . . . . . . . .5
HUMIDITY
20%
DEWPOINT
1
WINDS
7 mph, 14 max . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SW
BAROMETER
30.03 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Falling
PRECIPITATION
New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.0 in.
Total for Month . . . . . . . . . . . .1.29 in.
Normal Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.35 in.
SNOWFALL
Past 24 Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.0 in.
Monthly Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9.9 in.
Season Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92.8 in.
Season Norm To Date . . . . . . .81.7 in.
Snowpack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6.5 in.
ALMANAC
Sunrise today . . . . . . . . . . . .6:33 a.m.
Sunset today . . . . . . . . . . . .7:12 p.m.
Length of day . . . . . . .12 hrs. 39 min.
DEGREE DAYS
Average temp. difference below 65°
Yesterday* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
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A LONG COLD WINTER
DEMOCRATIC PARTY SPLIT ON ENERGY PROJECT SITING RESOLUTION
Party Rep Wants
Protection From
Energy Projects
BY JAMeS JARDINe
Staff Writer
A Wheelock man who serves as
a Caledonia County representative
to the Vermont Democratic Party
fears the state party is in the grips of
the renewable energy industry and
ignoring community concerns.
Keith Ballek wanted his party at
the state level to adopt a resolution
that calls on Gov. Peter Shumlin and
the Vermont Legislature to “Reassess Vermont’s energy policy to
include appropriate changes to
Statute 248 to account for high elevation, industrial-scale power projects that are attentive and
accountable on issues of environmental destruction, wildlife habitat
and human health impacts.”
Ballek lives near the industrial
wind development in Sheffield.
The resolution calls on the Vermont Democratic Party to “propose
PHOTOS BY ROSIe SMITH
The snowman above was
built on Dec. 27 in East
Burke, and at right, is still
standing (minus his duds)
on March 25. The only
snow added to him was
what came down from the
sky. It’s been a long, cold
winter.
a transparent, sustainable energy
policy that preserves the irreplaceable ecosystems of Vermont’s highest elevations.”
The state committee refused the
resolution on Saturday. It was defeated by a vote of 21 to 7. According to Ballek, some of the opponents
said the committee’s function was to
recruit Democratic candidates and
get them elected. Other committee
reps suggested a Statehouse hearing
held earlier this week would take up
the issue and the committee had no
need to take a position.
Ballek said he started working on
the resolution in 2013 and it has
been passed by Caledonia, Orleans,
Windham and Lamoille county
Democratic committees; Windsor
and Addison County committees rejected it.
“I’m going to keep pushing the
issue and educating people,” he
said. “I’m going to push county by
county.” He believes the State Democratic Party is influenced by “a
small circle of liberal elitists” right
now.
“We’re in the minority now,” he
said.
The Democratic Party, Ballek
said, will lose votes across the state
by siding with the developers of
large scale commercial renewable
energy projects and that the party
should declare its independence.
Judy Bevans, Orleans County
Chair, said she has mixed feelings
on the state committee taking positions on current controversies. She
said Wednesday afternoon that
Ballek’s resolution was submitted
and debated, but was not passed.
She added, “The process is good.”
Sam Swope, County Chair for the
Essex County Democratic Party,
said his County Committee has not
considered the resolution promoted
by Ballek.
Caledonia-Orange County State
Senator Jane Kitchel said Thursday
that 37 towns have supported resolutions calling for a greater community roll in energy facility siting.
Kitchel adds, “The towns have expressed a legitimate concern.”
Kitchel feels the most effective resolution of the conflict is legislative.
She’s talked to Senator Chris Bray,
D-Addison, the Chair of the Senate
Natural Resources and Energy
Committee and said Bray is considering “possible legislation.” Kitchel
PHOTO BY JAMeS JARDINe
Keith Ballek
supports the siting resolution proposed to the Democrats, but feels
new legislation is more effective.
Orleans-Essex State Senator
Bobby Starr, North Troy, said
Thursday he supports Ballek’s efforts to get the State democratic
Party to take a strong position. Starr
said he strongly supports legislative
efforts to increase opportunities for
communities and individuals to participate in siting hearings for large
scale energy construction. Starr says
presently, towns have to let energy
project developers tell them where
the new project will be built.
CAP ON VERMONT TAX DEDUCTIONS HAS NONPROFITS WORRIED
BY DAVe GRAM
Associated Press
ST. JOHNSBURY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
REVIEWING ECONOMIC DATA
The St. Johnsbury Chamber of
Commerce is assessing options to
revitalize the economy.
To begin the process, the Chamber’s Economic Restructuring
Committee is looking at a 2014
Market Survey compiled by the
University of Vermont Extension
program that includes data about
the resident market primary trade
area and demographics. This survey also includes data collected
from business owners and operators as well as residents.
The committee includes representatives of area businesses, nonprofits, town offices, development
agencies and residents. Ann Hare,
president of the St. Johnsbury
Chamber, stated, “The data in this
survey is so important in planning
our investments and guiding our
priorities.” As the owner of The
Frame Dames, an art supply and
frame store on Railroad Street,
Hare is interested in learning more
about supporting St. Johnsbury’s
merchants.
Seleem Choudhury, Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President at
Northeastern Vermont Regional
Hospital, is the chair of the committee. He summarized the most
recent meeting, which included a
review of the UVM report: “We
had an open discussion on issues
destabilizing our economy. It was
an honest assessment of the current
condition in our community.”
The outcomes of these discussions are still in development. A
number of priorities have been
identified in areas that concern
economic issues, quality of life,
natural/physical landscape, cultural life, and political and social
realms. These conversations will
also support community efforts to
renew St. Johnsbury’s Town Plan.
Within each category, Choud-
hury asked the group to identify
some “low-hanging fruit” that
could be prioritized. “This work
will enable the St. Johnsbury
Chamber of Commerce to use
valuable data and engagement
with our community to accomplish
shared goals,” said Mark Clough,
a board member of the St. Johnsbury Chamber and vice president
at Community National Bank.
The committee will look at the
survey to assess the needs for attracting new businesses and supporting existing businesses. The
committee is also considering innovative ideas to inventory properties and attract new owners or
renters, creative solutions to public
safety concerns, and essential enhancements that make it easier to
navigate around St. Johnsbury.
Committee members brought up
ways to celebrate the natural, cultural and historic assets that already exist. “Celebrating the
opening of the Lamoille Valley
Rail Trail and guiding people to
the trailhead would do a lot to encourage a greater appreciation of
this amazing new feature,” said
Anna Rubin, vice president of the
chamber and Director of External
Relations at the Fairbanks Museum.
“The information in the UVM
survey that has been reviewed by
this committee helps our community develop a vision for sustainable growth,” said Hare.
The chamber will continue these
discussions and work with select
board members, town officials and
interested volunteers to accomplish the priorities that come
through the study. To learn more
about the St. Johnsbury Chamber
of Commerce, go to www.discoverstjohnsbury.com.
MEADOW LEASING
Littleton, N.H.
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont
lawmakers looking to raise $35 million in new revenue to help close a
budget gap are proposing to raise part
of that money by putting a new cap
on the itemized deductions taken by
some income tax filers.
But many of Vermont’s charitable
and nonprofit groups are hoping the
deduction cap passed by the House
this past week can be reversed in the
Senate.
The agencies say they are on the
front lines of providing many of the
human services that the state supports while years of tight state budgets have forced them to scour the
landscape for charitable contributions — efforts that could be hurt by
the tax changes.
“Vermonters are relying on the
nonprofit sector to provide services
that government would otherwise
have to provide,” Martha Maksym,
executive director of the United Way
of Chittenden County, told the Senate
Finance Committee this past week.
From transportation and other aid
for people with disabilities to substance abuse programs, the United
Way supports many of the same
services the state has been struggling
to fund. Any cap on tax deductions
should spare those for charitable contributions, Maksym said.
The charitable gift deduction is
“distinctly different than a mortgage
or property tax deduction because the
charitable tax deduction results in a
benefit that goes beyond the taxpayer
and really serves the greater good,”
Maksym told lawmakers.
Lauren-Glenn Davitian, executive
director of an organization that provides training and services to other
nonprofit groups, Common Good
Vermont, told the senators that “even
in this very dire budget year, you
have to be very mindful of decisions
we make on capping these deductions, because they will have a sec-
ondary impact.”
The plan that passed the House on
Friday would cap itemized deductions at 2.5 times the standard deduction, meaning that when filing state
income taxes, a taxpayer could declare deductions of up to $15,500 for
an individual or $31,000 for a married couple filing jointly. That total
would include mortgage interest and
property taxes, work-related expenses and a host of others in addition to charitable contributions.
Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais and
chairwoman of the House Ways and
Means Committee, said she was
sympathetic to the nonprofits’ arguments about their partnership with
the state in providing human services. She said her committee tried to
strike a balance between the state’s
need to raise revenues for many of
those same purposes and the nonprofits’ fears.
Just 6.4 percent of taxpayers take
deductions higher than the cap, Ancel
said, meaning that most of those who
up to
itemize would not be affected. And
only 27 percent of Vermont filers
itemize, so most taxpayers won’t be
affected at all, she added.
She added that the federal deduction is where the real money is, providing two to three times the benefit
to the taxpayer that the state one
does.
Ancel said she itemizes, but,
“When I am making a charitable
contribution, first of all, I do it because I believe in the mission of the
organization I’m giving to … But if
I’m thinking about the deduction,
I’m thinking about the federal deduction.”
Davitian, citing information from
the National Council of Nonprofits,
said some other states had moved to
cap deductions in recent years, but
some — she pointed to Hawaii in
particular — had reversed course
when they saw the negative impacts.
She urged that lawmakers gather
more data before changing Vermont’s policy.
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Dana Gray, Executive Editor
Editorial Comment …
Thanks Doc
Last month Rice Memorial High School Girls’ Basketball Coach
Tim Rice collapsed on the sideline during the final minute of a semifinal game against Champlain Valley Union.
The 59-year-old coach suffered a heart-stopping cardiac arrhythmia.
Within seconds three doctors, all of whom were watching the game,
were at his side. They got his heart re-started with CPR and an AED.
Their quick action, everyone agrees, saved Coach Rice’s life.
That is, of course, what doctors do best. They save lives. And when
they aren’t busy doing that in dramatic fashion, they’re patching us up
and trying to keep us healthy.
People sometimes joke that doctors are great, as long as you don’t
need them. Unfortunately, of course, we all need them – To care for us
(or our loved ones) in our most vulnerable hours.
Then they’re more than plain great … they’re as Cicero described
– “In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving
health to men.”
That’s among the reasons why, in 1991, George Bush signed a
proclamation making March 30 National Doctors’ Day to celebrate
the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its
citizens.
President Bush said, “More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling, and those who have chosen this
vocation in order to serve their fellow man understand the tremendous
responsibility it entails…. There are countless {doctors} who carry on
the quiet work of healing each day in communities throughout the
United States — indeed, throughout the world. Common to the experience of each of them, from the specialist in research to the general
practitioner, are hard work, stress, and sacrifice. All those Americans
who serve as licensed physicians have engaged in years of study and
training, often at great financial cost. Most endure long and unpredictable hours, and many must cope with the conflicting demands of
work and family life.”
Above all else, these valiant professionals are committed to making
their communities healthier. We are all blessed to have so many of
them in our midst. We encourage everyone to take a moment today to
drop their doctor a line, just to say thanks for being here, ready and
able to care for us.
Amy Goodman
The costs of war,
the price of peace
What price would you pay not to kill another
human being? At what point would you commit
the offenses allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe
Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday with desertion and “misbehavior before an enemy.” Bowe
Bergdahl was a private when he left his post in Afghanistan, under circumstances that are still unknown to the public, and was captured by
the Taliban. They imprisoned him for five years, until he was released
in a controversial prisoner swap negotiated by the Obama administration. Five Taliban members who were held for years at Guantanamo
Bay were released to house arrest in Qatar in exchange for Bergdahl.
He now faces a court-martial and potentially life in prison. Meanwhile,
the architects of the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan remain untried, while a new report asserts that up to 1.3 million people have been
killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the first 10 years of the socalled war on terror.
The report is called “Body Count” and is published in the U.S. by
Physicians for Social Responsibility. “It has been politically important
to downplay Allied forces’ responsibility for the massive carnage and
destruction in the region,” writes San Francisco doctor Robert M. Gould
in the report’s foreword. He told me: “We need to take full responsibility
for the true cost of war as we are preparing to continue our involvement
in Afghanistan and deepen our involvement in Syria and Iraq. There’s
great anger throughout the region about our involvement and the underplaying here of what the true costs are in terms of death and destruction.”
This report was released just as Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf
Ghani, was welcomed at the White House by President Barack Obama.
Obama announced that he is slowing the planned departure of U.S.
troops from Afghanistan, leaving 9,800 soldiers at least through the end
of 2015. “It is my judgment, it’s the judgment of General [John] Campbell and others who are on the ground, that providing this additional
time frame during this fighting season for us to be able to help the
Afghan security forces succeed is well worth it,” Obama said. America’s
longest war continues, with no end in sight. Ghani visited the Pentagon
during his time in Washington, as well as Arlington National Cemetery,
where he laid a wreath of flowers to honor the fallen U.S. soldiers.
“Body Count” provides a startling update to the previously widely
accepted estimate of casualties from the war on terror in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Pakistan. “The figure is approximately 10 times greater
than that which the public, experts and decision makers are aware. …
And this is only a conservative estimate,” the report stated. “The total
number of deaths in the three countries … could also be in excess of
two million, whereas a figure below one million is extremely unlikely.”
The report, writes former U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Hans von
Sponeck in its introduction, “must be seen as a significant contribution
to narrowing the gap between reliable estimates of victims of war, especially civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and tendentious,
manipulated or even fraudulent accounts. These have in the past blurred
the picture of the magnitude of death and destitution in these three countries.” Von Sponeck — who, in 1957, was one of West Germany’s first
conscientious objectors — also served as the U.N.’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq at the time when crushing sanctions were killing thousands of people in that country. He resigned in protest of the sanctions.
We have not heard former POW Bowe Bergdahl explain, in his own
words, how or why he left his post that June night in 2009. If he is subSee Goodman, Page A5
Letters to the Editor…
A lawless
President
Taming the beast
To the Editor:
I would like to comment on a
letter that appeared in the Littleton
Courier last week entitled “Opposed to Iran letter”.
The writer of this letter attempts
to disparage U.S. Senator Kelly
Ayotte and 46 other Senators who
signed a letter entitled “An Open
Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic
Republic of Iran”.
The letter in question, attempts
to explain to the leaders of Iran just
how our Constitutional Republic is
intended to function. In particular,
the letter explains the role of Congress in ratifying international
agreements and points out that any
agreement not so ratified would be
“a mere executive agreement” between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. The letter also
informs the leaders of Iran that “the
next president could revoke such
an executive agreement with the
stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of
the agreement at any time”.
Such a letter would perhaps not
have been necessary if we did not
have a lawless president who has
repeatedly demonstrated himself to
be dismissive and/or hostile toward
the United States Constitution and
the liberty it has engendered and
protected in this great country.
We owe a debt of gratitude to
Senator Ayotte 46 and other Senators for standing up for New
Hampshire and for the U.S. Constitution.
Russell T. Cumbee
Franconia, N.H.
(Google New York Court of Ap- tainable. Senator Morse is correct in
peals fracking.)
my opinion.
To the Editor:
Howard Fairman
Commissioner Clements did it
Act 250 (1970) and the Quechee
Putney, Vt.
last year and now both DOT Deputy
analysis (1986) did not envision nor
and the Acting Commissioner are
consider aesthetic impacts of ridgethreatening the Legislature that if
line and hillside developments of inyou don’t pass an 8 cent per gallon
dustrial wind turbines and solar
or a 36% increase in the Gas/Diesel
To the Editor:
panels certified as public goods
tax we will have to lay off 400 to
I did not support the last 700 employees. If this Gas/Diesel
(“Beauty and the Beast - How Vermont’s Public Service Board is De- “Gas/Diesel Tax” and I certainly do tax were to pass it would cost the
grading Vermont’s Landscape,” not support this “Gas/Diesel Tax” taxpayers $130 million dollars (over
which will be an added burden on a two year period) with no public
Caledonian-Record, March 24).
They also did not envision nor our hard working men and women hearings; this alone is shocking to
consider aesthetic impacts of as well as our many businesses who me!
telecommunications towers, though run on gas and or diesel, such as our
The peoples Representatives
similar towers have been parts of Trucking, Forestry and Ag Indus- should not fall for this; instead vote
Vermont’s landscapes since the ad- tries to name a few. After many at- NO for any increase in a Gas/Diesel
tempts over the years to impose a tax.
vents of radio and television.
A recent decision by the New Gas/Diesel tax on our citizens, Gov.
Tom Thomson
York Court of Appeals (equivalent Hassan signed into law a 23% inOrford, N.H.
to the Vermont Supreme Court) af- crease; (4.2 cents per gallon) or over
firming that municipalities may use two years a $65 million increase for
zoning to ban hydrofracking for nat- the DOT. This happened July of last
ural gas is instructive: home rule year. Only nine months later the
there, local control here (Wallach, House is looking to pass another
etc. v. Town of Dryden, et al. Coop- Gas/Diesel tax that would double
To the Editor:
erstown Holstein Corporation v. last years tax.
According to WHDH, a LexingInstead of the Legislature backing
Town of Middlefield, June 30,
any kind of increase they should de- ton High School, Lexington, MA
2014).
“We are asked in these two ap- mand a total over haul of the De- school administrator buckled to obpeals whether towns may ban oil partment of Transportation (DOT), jections by some students on the
and gas production activities, in- which has increased its budget more theme of a dance event, and in
essence, suppressed Americanism.
cluding hydrofracking, within mu- than any other state department.
It was originally scheduled to be
Just a year ago on Feb. 18th at a
nicipal boundaries through the
an
“American Pride” themed dance
hearing
in
the
Senate
Ways
and
adoption of local zoning laws. We
conclude that they may because the Means Committee, Senate President with students wearing red, white
supersession clause in the statewide Chuck Morse pointed out to the now and blue clothing. Evidently, some
Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law former Commissioner Clements students thought promoting Ameridoes not preempt the home rule au- that the budget of his department can patriotism was not politically
thority vested in municipalities to (DOT) had gone up by 20% per correct due to the diversity of the
year for the last five years for a total student population. The school adregulate land use.”
ministrator suggested changing the
Could Vermont municipal zoning increase
theme to a “National Pride” dance,
of
$100
million.
He
also
said
he
similarly ban telecommunications
towers, and industrial wind turbines knows of no other state department wherein students would wear
and solar panels? How about a test or agencies whose budgets have in- clothes depicting their “individual
case possibly establishing a similar creased with as large a percentage as nationalities”.
the DOT budget and it is not suslegal precedent here?
See Letters, Page A5
Vote no on a
gas/diesel tax!
High school
suppresses
Americanism
Michael Reagan
Republicans
Versus
Republicans
When Ted Cruz officially
stepped into the 2016 presidential
ring this week the boo-birds attacked immediately.
But it wasn’t just the liberals of
the mainstream media who threw
bottles and chairs at the conservative Texan.
It was Cruz’s fellow Republicans.
Is he qualified after only three
years in the Senate? Where was
he born again? Isn’t he too aggressively Christian?
Isn’t he too conservative to win
the general election? Shouldn’t
we nominate someone more moderate, someone who isn’t hated by
the MSM and wouldn’t scare independents?
Unfortunately, we’re already
heard lots of negative chatter —
from Republicans — about the
political weaknesses and ideological imperfections of candidates
like Cruz, Bush and Christie.
There will be more.
It’s a shame. Thanks to Obama
and his failures at home and
abroad, Republicans are
in a great position to retake the presidency next
year.
Almost anyone who’s
thinking of running in
2016 — Walker, Bush,
Paul, Rubio, Christie, Huckabee,
Jindal, Santorum, Kasich, Carson,
Fiorina, Pataki, Bolton, even
Donald Trump — has a decent
chance of winning the keys to the
White House.
But America’s most consistently conservative institution,
talk radio, has already started stirring up trouble among Republicans the way it did in 2008 and
2012.
Talk radio is already taking
sides and trying to tell conservatives which potential nominee is
most worthy to wear the mantle of
Ronald Reagan.
When my father ran in the 1980
primaries he was lucky. He was a
lone conservative in a sea of moderate and liberal Republicans. The
moderates split the moderate vote
and he won the nomination.
Today the situation is reversed.
Conservatives are splitting the
conservative vote in the primaries
and moderates like McCain and
Romney are winning the
GOP nomination.
Conservatives better
watch out. If what happened in ‘08 and ‘12 happens in ‘16, we are going
to blow our chance to regain the White House once again.
We need to decide early who
we want to lead the GOP ticket in
2016. Unfortunately, we probably
won’t do that because we all have
our favorite contenders.
When I tweeted that Cruz said
something I agreed with in his
speech, I got a flurry of tweets
from Rand Paul people.
“Why do you hate Rand Paul?”
When I tweeted something nice
about Rand Paul, I got a flurry of
tweets from Cruz’s people. “Why
do you hate Ted Cruz?”
This is one of the worst problems with conservatives. Liberals
are led by ideology and they’ll always support their nominee in the
general election because of that.
Conservatives are always looking for their next leader — their
next Ronald Reagan. But conservative nominees are all over the
ideological map and each one has
too many spiteful followers.
If Rand Paul gets the GOP
nomination, the Cruz people will
stay home in November. If Cruz
gets it, the Paul people will stay
home. Ditto for the followers of
Huckabee and others.
Barack Obama is president of
the USA today because too many
conservative Republicans didn’t
show up to vote for Romney in
2012, not because too many Democrats voted to reelect Obama.
The GOP should nominate a
strong conservative for 2016. I
prefer ex-governors, but Cruz,
Paul, Walker, Perry, Rubio and
Kasich all come to mind as good
candidates.
It’ll take a miracle for Republicans to get their act together this
time.
They should follow “The Buckley Rule” and choose the best
conservative who has the best
chance of winning the general
election. In other words, not a
Goldwater of 1964 but a Reagan
of 1980.
But no matter who Republicans
nominate, to win back the White
House they’ll all have to follow
my father’s 11th Commandment
and fully support their party’s
presidential nominee — no matter
who it is.
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Vermont ag agency reminding farms
to spread manure with care
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is reminding farmers to spread manure with care after April 1 — the end of the
winter manure spreading ban.
Even though the Accepted Agricultural Practice Regulations allow manure spreading after April 1, the agency is reminding farmers that they
should carefully assess their individual situation to make sure they do not
violate the regulations if they choose to spread manure.
The regulations require that all agricultural waste be managed to protect
water quality, which means manure must not runoff to surface water or
across property boundaries.
Among the suggestions being offered are waiting to spread manure until
snow is off fields or, if manure must be spread, farmers should choose fields
that are relatively flat and far away from rivers and streams.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife:
it’s time to remove birdfeeders
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and
Wildlife is urging people to bring in their bird feeders so they don’t become
targets of bears.
The department recommends that Vermonters bring in their feeders from
April 1 to Nov. 30
Officials say bears are attracted to suet and bird seed, especially black oil
sunflower seed. Bringing feeders in at night doesn’t work, because bears
will feed on seed that is spilled on the ground.
And it is illegal to purposely feed a bear.
Other common things around the home that can attract bears are pet food,
barbecue grills, garbage, household trash containers and campsites with accessible food and food waste.
Rutland officials say water leak fixed
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A water leak that bedeviled Rutland officials
for a week, spilling millions of gallons of water, was fixed Saturday after a
sudden drop in pressure at an aircraft parts factory provided the clue needed
to focus the search, said Rutland Public Works Director Jeffrey Wennberg.
“It’s fixed, it’s stopped, it’s done,” Wennberg said shortly after it was verified the source of the leak was in a connection between the city water system and a car dealership south of the city.
Wennberg said the line that served the dealership “let loose” and was discharging water along an embankment and into a wetland.
City officials had been searching for the source of the leak for a week,
but it worsened on Friday causing the General Electric Aviation plant to lose
water pressure, which forced the plant to suspend operations. A recording
at the facility said operations would resume on Sunday night.
The clues provided by the drop in pressure at the GE plant helped engineers determine the leak was in the south of the city, near the busy business
area that includes a number of hotels. They later determined it was off the
system’s 16-inch main, Wennberg said.
Saturday morning crews went south down U.S. Route 7 “block-by-block
and valve-by-valve” to isolate the leak until they found it, he said.
“We’ve got a lot of people able to take showers in hotels,” Wennberg said
early Saturday afternoon.
safety and usage issues so that more ranges can be developed for the public.
The public may weigh in on the proposal at a public hearing on April 23
at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A public informational meeting also will be held on April 29 at the Hartland Recreational Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The proposed changes would prohibit firing more than six rounds per
magazine and prohibit the use of any fireworks, pyrotechnics, or any other
explosive targets. They also would require that all users 15 or older to have
a valid Vermont hunting, fishing or combination license unless attending a
department-sponsored event or training.
Deadline for removing bobhouses
in New Hampshire nears
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Sunshine and warmer weather may help remind Granite State fishermen that aIl bobhouses must be removed from the
ice by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 1, according to state law.
New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Heidi Murphy of the agency’s law
enforcement division says the law is designed to ensure that bobhouses and
their contents do not fall through the ice and become a hazard to boaters, or
get left behind on shore.
Failure to remove a bobhouse from public waters, public property or private property by the deadline can result in a fine and a one-year loss of the
owner’s fishing license. The department can seize a bobhouse that hasn’t
been removed in cases where it can’t identify the owner.
The Fish and Game Department advises anglers that once they move their
bobhouses to the shoreline, they then must move the structure to their own
property. Leaving a bobhouse on public or private property without permission also is a violation.
The department also advises that burning a bobhouse on the ice is illegal
Wednesday also marks the opening of fishing season for open water land
locked salmon and lake trout.
Woman attempting to use
median emergency lane hits car
NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire state police say
they issued a citation to a woman who crashed into another car while attempting to reverse direction using a crossover that is restricted to emergency vehicles only.
Police say 51-year-old Ann Caron of Raymond was traveling northbound
on Interstate 95 in North Hampton when she attempted to make a left turn
into the crossover lane just north of the open road tolling lanes.
Authorities say when Caron attempted to make the maneuver Sunday
morning she turned into the path of a car driven by 63-year-old Thomas
Robinson of Newburgh, Maine.
Caron was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Robinson and a passenger were treated at the scene.
Caron was cited for making an unsafe lane change. Two lanes were
blocked for over an hour.
Colby-Sawyer College starts
tuition-graduation promise plan
NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — Colby-Sawyer College has started a program for students who live in campus housing to maintain the same tuition
and room and board rates for four years.
It promises students they will graduate in four years or take any remaining
classes at no additional tuition.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
The college says the program asks students to enroll upon admission and
says it wants to strengthen rules for public shooting ranges to address noise, meet with an adviser to create a four-year curriculum plan.
Students would have the ability to pay fall 2015 tuition and room and
board fees for their consecutive remaining academic years at Colby-Sawyer.
Merit scholarships awarded by the college at the time will also remain
the same throughout consecutive terms, as long as the student continuously
fulfills the requirements.
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Letters
Goodman
After a huge public outcry the
Lexington Superintendent of
Schools went before the Lexington
School Committee and said the
“American Theme” of the dance
will remain.
What is going on in Lexington,
MA, a cradle of American liberty?
Since when do school administrators suggest elevating ancestral nationality above our own American
nationality? Aren’t we all Americans first and foremost? Isn’t that
our nationality?
If these immature students care
more about their ancestral heritage
than their U.S. citizenship, maybe
they should move to their countries
of ancestral origin.
Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, N.H.
jected to the same military “justice”
that Chelsea Manning received, we
may be denied access to Bergdahl’s
voice completely through the trial. In
Manning’s court-martial, his voice
was only heard because of a leaked,
clandestinely made recording. The
late Rolling Stone journalist Michael
Hastings reported on Bergdahl, quoting emails from Bowe to his parents,
before he was captured, that were
harshly critical of the U.S. occupation. Bowe wrote, “I am sorry for
everything here.”
Afghan President Ghani honored
thousands of U.S. military dead at
Arlington National Cemetery. Will
his gesture inspire President Obama,
or his successor, to travel to the many
cemeteries swollen with war dead in
Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan?
New Hampshire police investigating
3 ‘suspicious’ deaths
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities say they are investigating three suspicious deaths at a residence in the affluent town of
Bedford.
Assistant Attorney General Jay McCormack says the Bedford police received a 911 call Saturday regarding a deceased woman at the home on
McAfee Farm Road. He says when officers arrived, they found two more
people dead.
McCormack didn’t release any other details and said the names of the
three people wouldn’t be released, pending notification of the family and
autopsy results.
The AG’s office says there’s no threat to the public.
The investigation was announced in a news release from Attorney General Joseph Foster, State Police Col. Robert Quinn and Bedford Police Chief
John Bryfonski.
The town in southern New Hampshire has a population of more than
21,000 and is about 18 miles from Concord.
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Carl Potter chips ice off poplar logs before they are cut at the
family sawmill in Gilmanton, N.H., March 23. The Potters
started up the family mill to cut planks for a barn they plan to
build later this spring, because it’s been too cold, and the sap
hadn't started running yet for maple syrup on the family farm.
Family keeps small-time sawmill
buzzing in New Hampshire
GILMANTON, N.H. (AP) — On Bob Potter’s farm, the whine of a
saw is heard over the grumbling of a diesel-powered engine as he and
his boys carry on a family practice begun nearly half a century ago.
Moving back and forth through the blade on a motorized carriage, long
poplar logs that the guys harvested off their Gilmanton farm are cut into
planks that they’ll use this spring to build a new 30-foot-by-40-foot barn
for some of their 85 head of beef cattle.
New Hampshire has deep connections to timber that go back to the
1600s when the state sent white pine trunks to England to make ships’
masts. Forests cover almost 85 percent of the state and the timber/forest
industry pumps millions of dollars into the economy.
It’s not unusual to find homestead mills like Potter’s.
Potter’s father, also named Bob, started milling his own lumber in the
late 1960s on the 250-acre farm, converting a massive heavy equipment
motor to power his blades. It was a moneymaker for a while but when
the economy turned sour in the 1980s, the younger Potter largely shut it
down.
The family mostly uses the milled lumber for repair and construction
projects on the farm that goes back eight generations to 1781. They’ll occasionally cut for outside jobs but keep the income flowing through an
excavation and land-clearing business, the cattle and maple syrup. Potter
and two of his three sons, 22-year-old Carl and 18-year-old Sam, worked
on the sawmill this week because the sap hadn’t started running yet.
The saw will spin on but Potter won’t try to make a living off it.
“I love sawing lumber but if you can’t make any money at it, you have
to go where the money is,” he said.
New Hampshire 7th grader heading
to national championship
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 7th-grader from Kearsarge Regional
Middle School in North Sutton has won the New Hampshire geographic
bee and will head to the national championship in Washington.
WMUR reports (http://bit.ly/1Nr3Ckt ) that Isaac Stearns bested 101
other Granite State students to win the state title at Keene State College
on Friday. Students in grades four through eight were eligible.
The National Geographic Society says that more than 4 million students from across the United States and its territories competed to reach
the state finals this year.
For winning, Stearns will receive $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip
to Washington to compete in the national competition held at National
Geographic’s headquarters May 11-13.
On the first day of the championship, contestants will be narrowed
down to 10 finalists. Those finalists will then vie for first place and its
award of a $50,000 college scholarship and an expenses-paid trip for two
to the Galapagos Islands. The student who places second will receive a
$25,000 college scholarship and whoever takes third place will get a
$10,000 scholarship.
The National Geographic Society began sponsoring the competition
in 1989, out of concern that school students were lacking skills in geography.
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NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND
REGION STEELS FOR EPIC MUD SEASON
BY pAtRICK WHIttLe
Associated Press
WESTBROOK, Maine — New
England’s own Nathaniel Hawthorne
once wrote, “Life is made up of marble and mud.” In the region’s northern reaches, life will soon be made
up of mud, mud and more mud.
Mud season is a rite of spring in
Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, when the snow and frozen
ground melt, dirt roads turn into a
mucky morass and potholes gape
through paved roadways.
PHOTO BY LeAH CAReY
This year, it might stretch into the
A frame from the film “rubber,” a comedy that won the award for best high school film at the middle of May because of a brutal
48-hour film slam.
winter that froze the soil and left
heavy snow on top of it, forecasters
said.
The season typically begins in late
March
— March 20 was the first day
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of spring — and carries through
lege, took the $1,000 prize with his
April, but this year’s mud season is
latest masterpiece, “In Due Time,”
starting late because of the cold tema love letter from a widower to his
peratures and threatening to stick
late wife.
around until past Mother’s Day, Na“It’s a film about loss, it’s a film
tional Weather Service meteorologist
about marriage,” Jeb explained.
Tony Mignon said.
“But more than that, it’s really a film
The big question is how much rain
about human nature and coming to
the states will see in April and May,
terms with the inevitable fear of
he said.
death, because everybody thinks
“When you’re getting used to all
about it.”
that snow being gone, the thing to
The second time wasn’t easier
look at is how wet is it going to be,”
than the first. “It’s wicked stressful,”
Mignon said. “That can make for a
he said. “To be fair, it’s not enough
horrendous mud season.”
time – but that’s what makes it fun.
Officials in the three states said
It’s fun and stressful and rewarding
they are already steeling for a bad
over all.”
season in which thick mud could
Jeb worked with his brother Andrew, a student at St. Johnsbury
Academy, on the film.
Andrew said that working with
his older brother has changed some
since Jeb entered college. “It was interesting to see the change in our
process since Jeb went to school for
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film making,” he said. “Everything
David
Johnston
congratulates
Jeb
Burroughs
for
his grand
was a lot smoother because he’s had
prize
win
at
the
48-Hour
Film
Slam.
classes. This is now his realm of expertise. He knew exactly what he
BY ROBeRt BLeCHL
wanted and I was just there to help
Staff Writer
him out.”
Division winners
LITTLETON, N.H. — A few
In the elementary division, a team
years ago, it was a town gem in
from Barnet won for their film “Life
rough shape.
After Life,” an exploration of reinNow, the Littleton Community
carnation. The team said that the
House is being upgraded and re“This ain’t my first rodeo” theme
stored, with the aim to get it up to
didn’t affect their choice of topics,
snuff
by 2019, the 100th anniversary
but it was a useful coincidence.
of
its
conversion from a private
They used the rubber band to illushouse to a town community center.
trate the nature of reality.
In early March, J.A. Corey ElecIn the high school division a
tric,
of Littleton, began the life-safety
comedy titled “Rubber” took the
upgrades
and electrical work on the
prize. Produced by a team from St.
Queen Anne mansion built in 1884.
Johnsbury Academy, the film was a
“It entails fire and smoke detection
surreal take on the confusion befrom
the basement all the way to the
tween a cell phone and a rubber
attic,”
George Mitchell, member of
band.
the community house’s board of diPHOTO BY LeAH CAReY
Honors in the college division
went to a film from Emerson Col- The Barnet team behind the film “Life After Life,” a documen- rectors, said Friday.
The plans began nine years ago in
lege titled “Bernie’s Beard.” Ac- tary that took the prize for best film in the elementary school
consultation
with the Littleton fire
cording to director Liam division, accept their award from David Johnston as Alex Shea
chief. To keep the community center
O’Connor-Genereaux, the film was looks on at the left.
safe in the short term, battery operinspired by cast member Nathan
High
School
for
the
best
drama
film,
“Hide
and
ated smoke detectors were used.
Colpitt’s need to shave his beard off
Seek”;
and
Tom
Condon
for
his
best
Filmmakers
Showcase
But last year, town meeting voters
during the course of the weekend
Also screened and celebrated on comedy film, “Mime Goes To A Job approved $30,000 for the Littleton
for another show he’ll be performSaturday evening were the winners Interview.”
Community House Capital Reserve
ing in.
The
“Best
of
Fest”
award
went
to
of
Catamount’s
sixth
annual
High
Improvement
Fund for phase one
During a question and answer pethe
documentary
“A
Harmonious
School
Filmmakers
Showcase.
The
wiring
system
upgrades
and this year
riod after the film screenings, an audience member asked how many of showcase received 60 entries from Cacophony” by Marielle Boland of approved another $30,000 for phase
two upgrades.
the participants planned to return around the country and internation- San Francisco, Calif.
All
of
the
films
will
be
available
ally.
The work being done will also renext year and at least three quarters
online
in
the
coming
days.
Check
Two
of
the
winning
filmmakers
place
some of the substandard elecof the students’ hands went up.
were in attendance: Zack Dickenson with Catamount Arts for more infor- trical work completed in the early
mation.
2000s, said Mitchell.
Part of it also involves connecting
the Littleton Community House fire
alarms directly to the Littleton Fire
Station.
Making sure the historical integrity is retained, Mitch Greaves,
owner of Littleton Millwork, who
Mitchell said has a deep knowledge
Film
FILe PHOTO
Mud season in northern New England is expected to be a bad
one this year.
heavily impact rural communities
that rely on dirt roads. All three states
still have close to three feet of snow
on the ground in some areas, and
parts of Downeast Maine have more.
The frost was still seven feet deep
into the ground earlier this month in
some areas of Vermont, which will
cause a lot of moisture when the
thaw begins, said Scott Rogers, director of maintenance and operations
for the Vermont Transportation
Agency. The state is also informing
residents to be careful on roadways
because expansion and contractions
of frost in the ground will cause potholes.
“This is the kind of year when
we’re going to get potholes and it’s
going to be a particularly bad sea-
son,” Rogers said. “We really need to
drive home the message of slowing
down.”
The muddy season is likely to cut
into some of the states’ traditional
springtime outdoor activities. Fifteen
of New Hampshire’s 18 multi-use
recreational trails will be closed to
motorized traffic such as all-terrain
vehicles until May 23, said Amy
Bassett, spokeswoman for the state’s
division of parks and recreation. Golf
course operators also said they are
waiting to see how bad the season is
before they decide when they will
open.
“You can’t rut up the golf course,”
said John Paul, golf pro at Burlington
Country Club in Vermont.
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After it became the town community
center, the first tenant was the American Legion, which had sought a facility for returning soldiers and
sailors.
Today, rooms in the community
house are rented out and dozens of
groups use the building. Private functions have included weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and baby
showers. It is also the location of selectmen’s meetings and zoning and
planning board meetings.
Since the center’s opening in
1919, it is estimated that more than
two million people have walked
through its doors, either for events or
town government functions.
The town currently makes an annual contribution of $35,000 for
maintenance.
The community house is a nonprofit corporation run by a board of
directors, who have also been exploring ways the community center can
generate income in the future.
Inside, the community house
looks spectacular, said Mitchell, and
the goal in the next few years is to get
the outside, which is in need of new
paint, looking just as good.
That includes making better use of
the lawn, which slopes up from a
town information booth open during
the summer.
As the Littleton Community Center steps into a new era, its mission to
serve veterans has not been forgotten.
Today, there are veterans of the
Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars, said
Mitchell.
“Our intent is to find new and
other ways to serve those veterans,”
he said.
Fire Department went to the scene.
An ambulance from Lyndon Rescue could get no closer than about
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¾ of a mile to the crash location.
from the snowmobile.
CPR was performed at the scene
Whitney’s friend called 911. Re- and on the trip to the hospital.
mote access vehicles and person- Whitney was pronounced dead at
nel from the Sheffield-Wheelock
Northeastern Vermont Regional
Hospital.
The crash is still under investigation. Sgt. Denis Girouard and
troopers Seth Loomis and Jason
Haley were at the scene for Vermont State Police.
Crime
lists of the state’s unsolved homicides and missing person cases.
There are more than 30 missing
persons cases and more than 50
unsolved homicides, some of
which date back decades, Hall
said.
“These cold cases are really
about a tremendous amount of investigative time that needs to go
into going through each case, each
document in the case, each piece
of evidence,” Hall said.
Much of the evidence is contained in 3-ring binders or on cassette tapes that need to be
converted to digital formats so
they can be preserved.
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of the historical construction done on
the community house, is assisting the
project to ensure that everything
matches and nothing looks out of
place.
In 2013, a new roof was installed
on the community house, funded in
part through a grant from the N.H.
Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).
Because the community center received the LCHIP loan, it must seek
approval from LCHIP for the current
work as well as future work to ensure
that the Littleton Community House,
on the N.H. Register of Historic
Places, meets the agency’s guidelines
for historical preservation.
Structurally, the community house
itself is in good shape, said Mitchell,
but the annex behind the house remains closed because of a foundation
issue, one that will be costly to repair.
In October 2012, because of the
partial deterioration and deferred
maintenance and the limited money
to correct them, the Littleton Community House and Annex was put on
New Hampshire’s ‘Seven to Save’
list.
“We decided it would be best to
get the house in shape first,” he said.
“Our goal is that by 2019 we will
have everything back in as good a
shape as when the town took it over
in 1919.”
In 1919, the mansion that became
the Littleton Community Center was
bestowed to the town as a respite
center to serve those military veterans returning from the First World
War.
It had been built as a home for
Charles F. Eastman, a North Country
lumber magnate, and his family.
Heroin
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uled to be arraigned today in
Haverhill Circuit Court. Barata
was jailed Friday after his arrest
and was being held on $10,000
bail. The sheriff’s department reported that there will be additional arrests as part of the
investigation.
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Westminster stabbing death of a
37-year-old Bellows Falls man,
said state police Lt. Kraig LaPorte,
the commander of the new unit. A
Westminster man is facing
manslaughter charges in that case.
Now members of the unit are
looking through the old cases,
checking to see which ones they
should focus on first.
“It’s exciting work,” LaPorte
said.
“We’re interested in all of them,
but obviously we can’t take every
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case first,” LaPorte said.
The idea of a major crimes unit
has been around for years. No new
people have been hired; instead the
criminal division was restructured.
When big cases arise, the major
crimes detectives won’t be the
only troopers working on those
cases. As needed the major crimes
detectives will work with other
branches of the state police, such
as local detectives, the crime scene
search unit, the forensic laboratory,
local detectives, the narcotics division, computer crimes and the intelligence center.
One of the first chores of the
unit will be to compile accurate
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NATION & WORLD
AP Exclusive: Some at NSA
thought costs of collecting US calling
records exceeded the benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency considered
abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling
records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials
believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits.
After the leak and the collective surprise around the world, NSA leaders strongly defended the phone records program to Congress and the
public, but without disclosing the internal debate.
The proposal to kill the program was circulating among top managers
but had not yet reached the desk of Gen. Keith Alexander, then the NSA
director, according to current and former intelligence officials who
would not be quoted because the details are sensitive. Two former senior
NSA officials say they doubt Alexander would have approved it.
Still, the behind-the-scenes NSA concerns, which have not been reported previously, could be relevant as Congress decides whether to
renew or modify the phone records collection when the law authorizing
it expires in June.
The internal critics pointed out that the already high costs of vacuuming up and storing the “to and from” information from nearly every
domestic landline call were rising, the system was not capturing most
cellphone calls, and program was not central to unraveling terrorist plots,
the officials said. They worried about public outrage if the program ever
was revealed.
WORLD BRIEFS
Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor
demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as
the count started for a presidential election too close to call.
Two electoral workers were killed Saturday in Boko Haram’s campaign to disrupt the elections, chairman Attahiru Jega of the Independent
National Electoral Commission told reporters.
Voting continued in certain areas on Sunday after technical glitches
with new biometric card readers prevented some people from casting
ballots on Saturday.
The high-stakes contest to govern Africa’s richest and most populous
nation has come down to a critically close contest between President
Goodluck Jonathan, a 57-year-old Christian from the south, and former
military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, 72, from the predominantly Muslim north.
Results are expected by late Monday. If there is no clear winner, a
runoff must be held.
Harsh Saudi response to
Swedish criticism tests Europe’s
willingness to promote rights
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sweden’s foreign minister is
hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia’s human
rights record, but when she used the word “dictatorship” in a speech last
month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional
turmoil, igniting a diplomatic crisis.
The harsh response from Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies jolted Stockholm’s standing in the Arab world, threatened its Gulf business interests
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran is considering demands for and may have imperiled its bid for a rotating seat at the U.N. Security
further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on
how long it must limit technology
it could use to make atomic arms,
Western officials involved in the
nuclear talks said Sunday.
Iran’s potential movement on
enrichment reflected the intense
pressure to close a deal. But substantial differences between the
sides may prove too difficult to
bridge before Tuesday’s deadline
for a preliminary agreement,
which is meant to set the stage for
a further round of negotiations toward a comprehensive deal in
June.
The goal is a long-term curb on
Iran’s nuclear activities. In return,
Tehran would gain relief from the
burden of global economic penalties.
Foreign ministers and other representatives of Iran and the six
powers in the talks have said there
is a chance of succeeding by the
deadline despite significant obstacles.
White House spokesman Josh
Earnest said it was up to Iran to
make that happen.
Officials: Iran nuclear talks progress
on enrichment, other issues
remain as deadline nears
Indiana governor:
Religious
objections law not
a mistake; critics
say it allows
discrimination
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the
new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it
could foster discrimination against
gays and lesbians and said Sunday
it wasn’t a mistake to have enacted
it.
Pence appeared on ABC’s “This
Week with George Stephanopoulos” to discuss the measure he
signed last week prohibiting state
laws that “substantially burden” a
person’s ability to follow his or her
religious beliefs. The definition of
“person” includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.
Since the Republican governor
signed the bill into law Thursday,
Indiana has been widely criticized
by businesses and organizations
around the nation, as well as on social media with the hashtag
(hash)boycottindiana. Already,
consumer review service Angie’s
List has said it will suspend a
planned expansion in Indianapolis
because of the new law.
Pence did not answer directly
when asked at least six times
whether under the law it would be
legal for a merchant to refuse to
serve gay customers. “This is not
about discrimination, this is about
empowering people to confront
government overreach,” he said.
Asked again, he said, “Look, the
issue here is still is tolerance a
two-way street or not.”
Sexual orientation is not covered under Indiana’s civil rights
law. Pence has said he “won’t be
pursuing that.”
Nigerians vote
Sunday, after
technical hitches
and despite
extremist violence,
protests
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Council. The crisis also underscored the perils of promoting reform four
years after the Arab Spring, particularly in Gulf monarchies that rode
out the ensuing unrest by clamping down on dissent.
The dispute began when Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom stood in
Sweden’s parliament Feb. 11 and said the Al Saud family, for which the
Gulf nation is named, held “absolute power” and presided over a “dictatorship.” Days earlier she had described the court-ordered flogging of
a Saudi blogger as “medieval.”
Wallstrom’s comments came four years to the day that Egypt’s longtime autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak was overthrown by a popular uprising. As similar revolts have engulfed much of the Arab world, the
Gulf monarchies have grown even more averse to any talk of democratic
reform.
Germany, the U.S. and other close Saudi allies had also spoken out
against the flogging of Raif Badawi, who was found guilty of insulting
Islam. But only Wallstrom criticized the royal family.
Authorities: 2nd body found in rubble
3 days after apparent gas explosion
in Manhattan
NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency workers found a second body Sunday in the mass of rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion three
days earlier in Manhattan’s East Village, police said.
The names of the two dead were not immediately released; a medical
examiner was to determine the identifications.
Authorities had been looking for signs of two missing men, both believed to have been inside a ground floor sushi restaurant at the time of
the explosion: 26-year-old Moises Lucon, who worked at the restaurant,
and 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa, a bowling alley worker who had
been there on a date.
During the day, workers raked through piles of loose brick and wood;
rescue workers sent search dogs over debris where three apartment
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Dear Abby
By Abigail Van Buren
©2011, Universal Press Syndicate
Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or
P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069
MONDAY, MARCH 30
On March 30, 1945, during World War
II, the Soviet Union invaded Austria with
the goal of taking Vienna, which it accomplished two weeks later.
In 1822, Florida became a United
States territory.
In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State
William H. Seward reached agreement
with Russia to purchase the territory of
Alaska for $7.2 million.
In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution, which prohibited denying citizens the right to vote and hold office on the basis of race, was declared in
effect by Secretary of State Hamilton
Fish. Texas was readmitted to the Union.
In 1909, the Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened.
In 1923, the Cunard liner RMS Laconia became the first passenger ship to circle the globe as it arrived in New York.
In 1959, a narrowly divided U.S.
Supreme Court, in Bartkus v. Illinois, ruled
that a conviction in state court following
an acquittal in federal court for the same
crime did not constitute double jeopardy.
In 1964, John Glenn withdrew from
the Ohio race for the U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall. The
original version of the TV game show
"Jeopardy!," hosted by Art Fleming, premiered on NBC.
In 1975, as the Vietnam War neared
its end, Communist forces occupied the
city of Da Nang. James Ruppert, 41,
killed 11 members of his family at his
mother's home in Hamilton, Ohio, on
Easter Sunday.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan
was shot and seriously wounded outside
a Washington D.C. hotel by assailant
John W. Hinckley Jr.
Ten years ago: Under heavy protection, U.S. first lady Laura Bush visited the
capital of Afghanistan, where she talked
with Afghan women freed from Taliban repression and urged greater rights. The
Supreme Court ruled that federal law allowed people 40 and over to file age bias
claims over salary and hiring even if employers never intended any harm.
Five years ago: President Barack
Obama signed a single measure sealing
his health care overhaul and making the
government the primary lender to students by cutting banks out of the process.
The world's largest atom smasher, the
Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, threw
together minuscule particles racing at unheard of speeds in conditions simulating
those just after the Big Bang.
One year ago: Four hours of talks in
Paris between U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense
East-West deadlock over the crisis in
Ukraine.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31
On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41,
died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida,
NOTICE
The Coventry School
District Vote scheduled
for March 31st has
been CANCELED.
A new warning and
date for a vote will be
available soon.
13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.
In 1814, Paris was occupied by a
coalition of Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces; the surrender of the French
capital forced the abdication of Emperor
Napoleon.
In 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop
the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which created the Civilian
Conservation Corps.
In 1949, Newfoundland (now called
Newfoundland and Labrador) entered
confederation as Canada's tenth
province.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson
stunned the country by announcing he
would not seek re-election.
In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme
Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, who
was in a persistent vegetative state, could
be disconnected from her respirator.
(Quinlan, who remained unconscious,
died in 1985.)
In 1995, Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 23, was shot to
death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the
founder of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar,
who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Ten years ago: A damning report by a
presidential commission concluded the
United States knew "disturbingly little"
about nuclear and biological threats from
dangerous adversaries. The World Bank
approved Paul Wolfowitz as its new president.
Five years ago: President Barack
Obama threw open a huge swath of East
Coast waters and other protected areas
in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska to oil
drilling.
One year ago: In a flood of last-minute
sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of
Americans rushed to apply for health insurance as deadline day for President
Barack Obama's overhaul brought long
waits and a new spate of website ills.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
On April 1, 1945, American forces
launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II. (U.S. forces
succeeded in capturing the Japanese island on June 22.)
In 1789, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New
York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House
speaker.
In 1865, during the Civil War, Union
forces led by Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan
routed Confederate soldiers under the
command of Maj. Gen. George Pickett in
the Battle of Five Forks in Virginia.
In 1924, Adolf Hitler was sentenced to
five years in prison for his role in the Beer
Hall Putsch in Munich. (Hitler was released in Dec. 1924; during his time behind bars, he wrote his autobiographical
screed, "Mein Kampf.")
In 1933, Nazi Germany staged a daylong national boycott of Jewish-owned
businesses.
In 1954, the United States Air Force
Academy was established by President
Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon
signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take
effect after Jan. 1, 1971.
In 1975, with Khmer Rouge guerrillas
closing in, Cambodian President Lon Nol
resigned and fled into exile, spending the
rest of his life in the United States.
Ten years ago: The Vatican reported
that Pope John Paul II was near death,
his breathing shallow and his heart and
kidneys failing. President Bill Clinton's former national security adviser, Sandy
Berger, pleaded guilty to sneaking classified documents out of the National
Archives; he was later sentenced to two
years' probation.
Five years ago: Roman Catholic cardinals across Europe used their Holy
Thursday sermons to defend Pope Benedict XVI from accusations he'd played a
role in covering up sex abuse scandals.
One year ago: Mocking his critics,
President Barack Obama boasted that
7.1 million people had signed up for his
health care law, and said "the debate over
repealing this law is over."
THURSDAY, APRIL 2
On April 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his
Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of
Richmond, Virginia, because of advancing Union forces.
In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce
de Leon and his expedition landed in
present-day Florida. (Some historians
say the landing actually occurred the next
day, on April 3.)
In 1792, Congress passed the
Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint.
In 1800, Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 1 in C Major,
Op. 21, in Vienna.
In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson
asked Congress to declare war against
Germany, saying, "The world must be
made safe for democracy." (Congress
declared war four days later.)
In 1932, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh
and John F. Condon went to a cemetery
in The Bronx, New York, where Condon
turned over $50,000 to a man in exchange for Lindbergh's kidnapped son.
(The child, who was not returned, was
found dead the following month.)
In 1968, the science-fiction film "2001:
A Space Odyssey," produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, had its world
premiere in Washington D.C.
In 1982, several thousand troops from
Argentina seized the disputed Falkland
Islands, located in the south Atlantic, from
Britain. (Britain seized the islands back
the following June.)
In 1986, four American passengers
were killed when a bomb exploded
aboard a TWA jetliner en route from
Rome to Athens, Greece.
In 1995, baseball owners accepted the
players' union offer to play without a contract, ending the longest and costliest
strike in the history of professional sports.
Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II,
who'd helped topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp
on the church that he'd led for 26 years,
died in his Vatican apartment at age 84.
Five years ago: President Barack
Obama, visiting a factory in Charlotte,
North Carolina, hailed a new government
report showing the most jobs created in
nearly three years, saying, "We are be-
ginning to turn the corner." Gunmen
seeking to pass themselves off as U.S.
and Iraqi soldiers raided a Sunni village
outside Baghdad, killing at least 24 people in an execution-style attack.
One year ago: The Supreme Court's
conservative majority voted 5-4 to free
wealthy individuals to donate to as many
political candidates and campaigns as
they wanted, further loosening the reins
on giving by big contributors.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3
On April 3, 1865, Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
In 1860, the legendary Pony Express
began carrying mail between St. Joseph,
Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
(The delivery system lasted only 18
months before giving way to the
transcontinental telegraph.)
In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was
shot to death in St. Joseph, Missouri, by
Robert Ford, a member of James' gang.
In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, New Jersey, for the
kidnap-murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.
In 1946, Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma,
the Japanese commander held responsible for the Bataan Death March, was
executed by firing squad outside Manila.
In 1948, President Harry S. Truman
signed the Marshall Plan, designed to
help European allies rebuild after World
War II and resist communism.
In 1965, the United States launched
the SNAP-10A nuclear power system into
Earth orbit; it was the first nuclear reactor
sent into space.
In 1968, the day before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, civil
rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "mountaintop" speech to
a rally of striking sanitation workers.
In 1974, deadly tornadoes began hitting wide parts of the South and Midwest
before jumping across the border into
Canada; more than 300 fatalities resulted
from what became known as the Super
Outbreak.
In 1990, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan
died in suburban Los Angeles at age 66.
In 1995, former United Way of America President William Aramony was convicted in Alexandria, Virginia, of 25 counts
of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering for stealing nearly $600,000 from the
charity. (Aramony ended up serving six
years of a seven-year prison sentence.)
In 1996, an Air Force jetliner carrying
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and
American business executives crashed
in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard.
Ten years ago: A day after the death
of Pope John Paul II, the body of the pontiff lay in state. Millions prayed and wept
at services across the globe, as the Vatican prepared for the ritual-filled funeral
and conclave that would choose a successor.
Five years ago: The leader of the Anglican church, Archbishop of Canterbury
Rowan Williams, said in remarks released by the BBC that the Roman
Catholic church in Ireland had lost all
credibility because of its mishandling of
abuse by priests.
One year ago: The Associated Press
reported that the U.S. government had
masterminded the creation of a "Cuban
Twitter" designed to undermine the communist government in Havana.
LAWN CARE SERVICES
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RuralEdge is seeking Lawn Care Services at properties in
Caledonia, Orleans and Essex counties for the 2015 season. Bids should be presented on or before Friday, April
3rd, 2015 as an annual contract to include Spring/Fall
Clean-up services. Scopes of Work are available upon
request by contacting Joni or Diana at 802-535-3555.
Bids may be submitted to either of our offices located at
48 Elm Street, Lyndonville, VT & 26 Compass Drive,
Newport, VT; via fax at 877-689-5772; or email
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DOG LICENSES ARE DUE
ON OR BEFORE APRIL 1, 2015
NOTICE OF TAX AND
SANITATION SALE
The resident and non-resident owners, lien holders and mortgagees of lands in the
Town of Lyndon, in the County of Caledonia are hereby notified that the taxes and
sanitation assessed by such town for the years 2013 and 2014 (taxes) and 2014 (sanitation) remains either in whole or in part, unpaid on the following premises in said
town, to wit:
Being all of the same land and premises as conveyed to Johanna Donaldson, Sally
Canning, and Rocky Donaldson by Quit Claim Deed of Johanna Donaldson dated
May 6, 2004 and recorded in Book 161 at Pages 273-274 of the Lyndon Land
Records. Also Quit claim Deed of Rocky Donaldson to Johanna Donaldson and Sally
Canning dated August 26, 2013 and recorded in Book 219 at Pages 476-477 of the
Lyndon Land Records.
“A taxpayer may be able to receive an abatement of their taxes in the event that any
of the criteria of 24 VSA, Sec. 1535 are met (copy enclosed).”
“A taxpayer may also be able to request in writing that a portion only of their property may be sold at tax sale according to the provisions of 32 VSA Sec. 5254 (copy
enclosed).”
So much of said lands will be sold at public auction at LYNDON TOWN CLERK’S
OFFICE, a public place in such town, on the 14th day of April, 2015, at 11 o’clock in
the forenoon, as shall be requisite to discharge such tax, sanitation, with costs, unless
previously paid.
Dated at Lyndon, Vermont, this 10th day of February, 2015
Linda C. Lee,
Delinquent Tax and Sanitation Collector
Males & Females - $12
Spayed & Neutered - $8
All dogs six months of age or older shall annually
on or before April 1st be licensed.
• A valid rabies certificate must be presented if not already on file.
• Neuter/Spaying certificate must be presented if not already on file.
• If you no longer own a dog(s) please contact the Town Clerk.
• To license by mail: PO Box 66 – Orleans, VT 05860
For information call 754-8401
Cheryl Perry, Brownington Town Clerk
Office Hours: Mon., Wed. & Thurs. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF
ANNUAL RETURN FOR
PRIVATE FOUNDATION
PURSUANT TO INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
You are hereby notified that the annual return for the calendar
year 2014 for the Keniston and Dane Educational Fund is available for inspection within one hundred eighty (180) days from the
date of this Notice. Such inspection may be made at the Sheffield
Town Clerk’s office, Sheffield, Caledonia County, Vermont with
forty-eight (48) hours prior notice by telephone (802-626-8862).
Dated at Sheffield, Caledonia County, Vermont, this 26th day of
January, 2015.
Sheffield Selectboard, Trustees
Wheelock Selectboard, Trustees
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Wife Who Doesn’t Enjoy Sex
Got Bad Wedding Day Advice
DEAR ABBY: I’ve been married more than 20 years and
have three children. What I
haven’t had is a real desire for
sex – nor have I ever had, as far
as I know, an orgasm. Before my
wedding, my mother warned me
that sex was overblown, uncomfortable and messy, but she said
I had to put up with it if I wanted
kids and a good marriage.
Movies, TV shows and ED ads
all suggest that “normal” women
are just looking for the next opportunity to jump into bed with
their man. Am I a freak? Are
there others like me? What do I
tell MY girls as they grow up?
– WAITING IN WICHITA
DEAR WAITING: Your
mother did you no favor by
saying what she did about sex.
Sex can be “messy,” but it is
also supposed to be pleasurable, and both parties should
be able to enjoy it. If sex is
painful, then something is
wrong.
I would never label you a
freak. However, you may be
asexual, because some people
are. If you have never experienced an orgasm, you may
have married a man who was
also sexually inexperienced.
It’s a mistake to judge what
sex is supposed to be like
from media and/or advertising.
People pitching products can
be notoriously unreliable, and
some television shows and
movies strive for shock value.
Your gynecologist would be a
far more reliable information
resource.
As to what to tell your
daughters, there are many
books on the subject, and
your gynecologist may be able
to recommend some literature.
But please do not give your
daughters the same message
your mother gave to you, because it was wrong.
DEAR ABBY: I have two
daughters, “Mary Beth,” 48, and
“Anne,” 50, who do not talk to
each other. The last time we were
all together was a family vacation
in 2010. They live in different
states, and I travel to visit them
for the holidays. They have similar lifestyles – married, children,
work outside the home – but they
don’t reach out to each other.
When Mary Beth wrote her
feelings to Anne, they were
viewed as hurtful and vindictive.
I received a copy of the letter, but
I didn’t think they were. That was
two years ago, and Anne never
sent a reply. She said, “Oh, Mom,
I don’t know what to write. Can
you help?”
Frankly, I think Anne prefers
the lack of contact with her sister,
and that even though they are
sisters there is no bond between
them. What do you suggest? The
silence is unbearable. I want to
hear the “noise” again.
– DISAPPOINTED MOM IN
RENO
DEAR
DISAPPOINTED
MOM: Nowhere in your letter
did you mention how Mary
Beth feels about the fact that
her letter may have caused an
estrangement. As an adult,
Anne should have responded
to that letter. It isn’t unusual in
families that are geographically separated for sibling
bonds to loosen. Work, marriage and children can be profoundly distracting.
I’m advising you to continue
to see both daughters, but not
involve yourself in their relationship. I’m not sure what
kind of “noise” you’re looking
for, but if you poke into this, it
could be an explosion.
Dear Abby is written by Abigail
Van Buren, also known as
Jeanne Phillips, and was
founded by her mother, Pauline
Phillips.
Your Horoscope
By Eugenia Last
©2010, Universal Press Syndicate
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS
DAY: Katy Mixon, 34; Celine Dion,
47; Eric Clapton, 70; Warren Beatty,
78.
Happy Birthday: You can accomplish anything you set your mind to
this year if you are dedicated and
focused. Don’t let anyone lead you
astray. This year is about investing
in your skills and your future, not
someone else’s. Self-improvement
and bringing greater satisfaction
and happiness into your life will set
the stage for years to come. Your
numbers are 8, 12, 15, 23, 28, 37,
44.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Keep
life simple and you can reach your
goals. A new job or an opportunity
to make extra money is within
reach. Express your ideas clearly,
and interest in what you are doing
will follow. You will impress someone influential. 5 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Keep
a low profile. Don’t be too vocal
about the changes you want to
make. Work behind the scenes instead of trying to present your ideas
before they are ready. Timing is
crucial. Trying to take on too much
will lead to disappointment. 2 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take
care of unfinished business before
beginning something new. Stick to
what you do best, and the rest will
fall into place. Make changes at
home that are more conducive to a
project you want to pursue. Strive
for greater financial security. 4 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t
let what others are doing distract
you. Do your own thing and let your
imagination and originality take
over, and you will come up with a
unique contribution. A change in a
relationship will turn out to be beneficial. 3 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Go about
your business and make changes
that suit you and promise greater
success or happiness. Following
through persistently will pay off. The
experience you gain now will help
you out in the future. Invest in yourself, not someone else. 3 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Put
your time and effort into self-im-
provements, learning and enhancing your skills. Don’t let anyone discourage you from following through
with plans that will lead to a better
you. Demanding individuals must
be kept at a distance. 3 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You can
make things happen. Join forces
with people trying to make the
same improvements or changes
that you are, and you will make new
friends and accomplish your goals.
Good fortune will be yours if you follow through. 4 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Someone will get in your way or
cause problems if you neglect your
responsibilities. Use unusual methods to get around a situation that
has the potential to be costly. Put
time aside to do something enjoyable with someone special. 2 stars
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Look over contracts or personal
documents and you will find a way
to save some cash. A home improvement project or using your
place as a source of income will ensure a stable financial future. A
competitive challenge will motivate
you. 5 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Don’t rely on anyone for anything.
Stick close to home and avoid getting involved in disputes with
friends, relatives or neighbors. Personal improvements will bring the
highest return as long as you don’t
go over budget. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Look around, size up your situation
and take action. Making a move will
ensure that you stay ahead of the
competition. Don’t fall for a sales
pitch offering a product that claims
to work miracles. Use your skills to
increase your income. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Question what you are being told.
Don’t make any plans without doing
your homework. Changing your appearance shouldn’t cause anxiety.
Do what makes you feel comfortable and don’t worry about what
someone else thinks you should
do. 3 stars
Birthday Baby: You are sensitive,
outgoing and popular. You are selfsufficient and sympathetic.
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ARAB LEAGUE UNVEILS JOINT FORCE AMID YEMEN CRISIS
AP PHOTO
The German, left, and Japanese flags are deployed during an homage ceremony with family
members of Japanese victims in front of a stele, a stone slab erected as a monument, set up
in memory of the victims in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French
Alps, in Le Vernet, France.
PASTOR SAYS COMMUNITY STANDS BY CO-PILOT, FAMILY
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP)
— The pastor of the Lutheran
church in Andreas Lubitz’s hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family,
despite the fact that prosecutors
blame the 27-year-old co-pilot for
causing the plane crash that killed
150 people in southern France.
The town of Montabaur has
been rattled by the revelation that
Lubitz, who first learned to fly at
a nearby glider club, may have intentionally caused Tuesday’s crash
of Germanwings Flight 9525.
“For us, it makes it particularly
difficult that the only victim from
Montabaur is suspected to have
caused this tragedy, this crash —
although this has not been finally
confirmed, but a lot is indicating
that — and we have to face this,”
pastor Michael Dietrich said.
He spoke to The Associated
Press after holding a church service Sunday to commemorate the
crash victims and support their
families.
“The co-pilot, the family belong
to our community, and we stand
by this, and we embrace them and
will not hide this, and want to support the family in particular,” Dietrich said.
He added that there is no direct
contact with the family at the moment, but that he believes they are
receiving good assistance.
French prosecutors haven’t
questioned the family yet “out of
decency and respect for their
pain,” Marseille prosecutor Brice
Robin said.
Authorities are trying to understand what made Lubitz lock his
fellow pilot out of the cockpit and
ignore his pleas to open the door
before slamming the plane into a
mountain on what should have
been a routine flight from
Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
French officials refused to confirm or deny a partial transcript
that German newspaper Bild am
Sontag said it had obtained of the
cockpit recording. The paper reported Sunday that the pilot left
for the toilet shortly before 10:30
a.m. and was heard trying unsuccessfully to get into the cockpit
again a few minutes later, then
shouting “for God’s sake open the
door.”
After several more minutes in
which the pilot could be heard trying to break open the door, the
plane crashed into the mountainside, according to Bild am Sonntag, which didn’t say how it
obtained the report.
Brice, the Marseille prosecutor
said that none of the bodies recovered so far have been identified,
denying German media reports
that Lubitz’s body had been found.
Tests on the body of the co-pilot
may provide clues on any medical
treatment he was receiving. Germany prosecutors said Friday that
Lubitz was hiding an illness and
sick notes for the day of the crash
from his employer.
Dietrich, the pastor, said he
knew Lubitz as a teenager, when
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he attended religious education 13
years ago, and his mother, who
worked as a part-time organist in
the community.
“When I worked with her or
talked to her, it was very good and
very harmonious. We had good
conversations,” Dietrich said. “I
know her and her family. This
does not make sense. It is incomprehensible for me, for us, for
everyone who knew her and the
family.”
“From what I’ve heard, there
were no obvious signs that there
is anything in the background
that could lead to this,” he added.
In Rome, Pope Francis on
Sunday prayed for the victims of
the plane crash, citing in particular the 16 German students returning from an exchange trip to
Spain.
Francis offered the prayer after
Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s
Square at the start of Holy Week.
In Le Vernet, a town near the
crash site, families and friends of
those killed were still coming to
terms with what had happened.
“Members of the family shed
tears as they went to see the site,”
said Ippei Yamanaka, co-worker
of Japanese passenger Junichi
Sato who died in the crash. “It
was particularly moving to see
Mr. Sato’s father asking the leader
of the Kempeitai (a Japanese military rescue team), with many
tears in his eyes, for them to continue the search operation and for
it to finish earlier even by just one
day.”
“His wife says she still she cannot believe what has happened,
saying that it almost feels like her
husband is away on his business
trip and that it still feels like he is
going to return soon,” Yamanaka
said.
———
Frank Jordans in Berlin,
Philippe Sotto in Paris and
Frances D’Emilio in Rome, contributed to this report.
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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt
(AP) — A two-day Arab summit
ended Sunday with a vow to defeat
Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in
Yemen and the formal unveiling of
plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between
U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran
over influence in the region.
Arab leaders taking turns to address the gathering spoke repeatedly
of the threat posed to the region’s
Arab identity by what they called
moves by “foreign” or “outside parties” to stoke sectarian, ethnic or religious rivalries in Arab states — all
thinly-veiled references to Iran,
which has in recent years consolidated its hold in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon
and now Yemen.
The summit’s final communique
made similarly vague references, but
the Arab League chief, Nabil
Elaraby, was unequivocal during a
news conference later, singling out
Iran for what he said was its intervention “in many nations.”
A summit resolution said the
newly unveiled joint Arab defense
force would be deployed at the request of any Arab nation facing a national security threat and that it
would also be used to combat terrorist groups.
The agreement came as U.S. and
other Western diplomats were pushing to meet a Tuesday deadline to
reach a deal with Iran that would restrict its nuclear program in exchange
for the lifting of economic sanctions.
The Saudis and their allies in the
Gulf fear that a nuclear deal between
Washington and Tehran will free
Iran’s hands to bolster its influence in
places like Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and
in Sunni-ruled Bahrain, which has a
Shiite majority. They believe the air
campaign in Yemen and a joint Arab
force would empower them to stand
up to what they see as Iran’s bullying.
The United States has sought to offer
reassurances that a nuclear deal does
not mean that Washington will abandon them, but they remain skeptical.
The Houthis swept down from
their northern strongholds last year
and captured Yemen’s capital, Sanaa,
in September. Embattled Yemeni
President Abed Rabbo Mansour
Hadi, a close U.S. ally against a powerful local al-Qaida affiliate, first fled
to the southern city of Aden before
fleeing the country last week as the
rebels closed in.
Speaking at the summit on Saturday, Hadi accused Iran of being behind the Houthi offensive, raising the
specter of a regional conflict. Iran
and the Houthis deny that Tehran
arms the rebel movement, though
both acknowledge the Islamic Republic is providing humanitarian and
other aid.
On Sunday, the Saudi ambassador
to the U.S., Adel al-Jubeir, said the
Lebanese Hezbollah militia was also
supporting the Houthis. The Saudiled campaign, he said on NBC’s
“Meet the Press,” is to protect
Yemen’s “legitimate government
from a group that is allied and supported by Iran and Hezbollah.”
A Saudi-led coalition began
bombing Yemen on Thursday, saying
it was targeting the Houthis and their
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allies, which include forces loyal to
Yemen’s former leader, Ali Abdullah
Saleh. Yemeni military officials have
said the campaign could pave the
way for a possible ground invasion,
a development that Egyptian military
officials say would likely commence
after the airstrikes significantly diminish the military capabilities of the
Houthis and their allies.
Yemen’s foreign minister, Riad
Yassin, said the air campaign, codenamed Operation Decisive Storm, had
prevented the rebels from using the
weaponry they seized to attack
Yemeni cities or to target neighboring
Saudi Arabia with missiles. It also
stopped Iran’s supply line to the rebels,
he told a news conference Sunday.
Military experts will decide when
and if a ground operation is needed,
Yassin said. “This is a comprehensive operation and (any ground offensive) will depend on the
calculations of the military,” he said.
Iran has condemned the airstrikes
against its Yemeni allies but so far
has not responded with military action, though diplomatic and military
officials said Iranian retaliation could
not be ruled out.
“Iran for the first time in a very
long time is basically seeing a counterattack. The Iranians were not expecting that Gulf monarchies, like
Saudi Arabia, would be so bold as to
confront this head on,” one Gulf official said.
The Saudi-led airstrikes “tore to
pieces their game plan with regard to
the Houthis, and they are not going
to accept that,” said the official, who
spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak
to the media.
At the summit’s closing session,
Elaraby said the Saudi-led air campaign would continue until all Houthi
militias “withdraw and surrender
their weapons,” and a strong unified
Yemen returns.
“Yemen was on the brink of the
abyss, requiring effective Arab and
international moves after all means
of reaching a peaceful resolution had
been exhausted to end the Houthi
coup and restore legitimacy,”
Elaraby said, reading from the final
communique.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah
el-Sissi said the leaders from 22 nations also agreed to create a joint
Arab military force whose structure
and operational mechanism will be
worked out by a high-level panel
under the supervision of Arab chiefs
of staff.
Elaraby said the chiefs of staff
would meet within a month and
would have an additional three
months to work out the details before
presenting their proposal to a meeting of the Arab League’s Joint Defense Council. Preparations for the
force will be under the auspices of
Kuwait, Egypt and Morocco — the
former, present and next chairs of the
Arab League.
“It is an important resolution given
all the unprecedented unrest and
threats endured by the Arab world,”
Elaraby said.
“There is a political will to create
this force and not to leave its creation
without a firm time frame,” Egyptian
Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri told
a news conference.
The Egyptian military and security officials have said the proposed
force would consist of up to 40,000
elite troops backed by jet fighters,
warships and light armor and would
be headquartered in either Cairo or
Riyadh, the Saudi capital.
However, it is unlikely that all 22
member nations of the often-fractious Arab League will join the proposed force. Creation of such a force
has been a longtime goal that has
eluded Arab nations in the 65 years
since they signed a rarely used joint
defense agreement.
Iraq, whose Shiite government is
closely allied with non-Arab and Shiite Iran, has said more time is needed
to discuss the proposed force.
Now in its fourth day, the Saudiled air campaign has pushed Houthi
rebels out of contested air bases,
Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed bin Hasan
Asiri told reporters. Airstrikes hit
Houthi targets throughout Sunday,
including air defenses, ammunition
depots, and heavy weapons and vehicles the rebels had taken from government forces.
“The coalition operations in the
coming days will increase pressure
on the Houthi militias by targeting
them. Whether it’s individual or
group movement, there will no
longer be any safe place in Yemen for
the Houthi militias,” he told a news
conference in Riyadh.
Air Canada plane
skids off runway
after hard landing
in Halifax; 25
taken to hospitals
and five crew members. Air
Canada said the aircraft landed in
stormy conditions at 12:43 a.m.
Sunday.
“It came down pretty hard and
then skidded off the runway,” airport spokesman Peter Spurway
said. He said he didn’t know
whether runway conditions at
Halifax Stanfield International
Airport played a role.
Air Canada Chief Operating
Officer Klaus Goersch said 25
people were taken to local hospitals and all but one of them were
released.
“All of us at Air Canada are
greatly relieved that there have
been no critical injuries as a result of this incident,” he said.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP)
— An Air Canada plane made a
hard landing in bad weather at the
Halifax airport, skidding off a
runway, shearing off its nose and
crumpling an engine. The airline
said Sunday that 25 people were
taken to hospitals for observation
and treatment of minor injuries.
The airline said Flight AC624,
an Airbus 320 that left Toronto
late Saturday, had 133 passengers
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