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Downtown Burlington to get about 100 new signs — Downtown Burlington is going to become less confusing next spring, when the city plans to install about 100 new signs, the mayor's office announced Thursday. The signs will point people toward parking and various downtown destinations. Some will be specifically installed for bicyclists and pedestrians, according to a news release.

A fresh look at Vermont's birthplace of mass production — When six Vermont-made rifles went on display in 1851 at the first world's fair, in London's Crystal Palace, British engineers were impressed. They'd never seen guns quite like these. The rifles had been manufactured by a factory in Windsor called the Robbins and Lawrence Armory.

Hear This: Blues and a little extra in Stowe — The Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela might open your eyes to the idea that the acoustic guitar is not just for strumming. Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero will rock from the Flynn Center stage in Burlington at 7:30 p.m. Monday in a show presented by Higher Ground. $43-$61.75. 652-0777,

Shacksbury Cider brings back old-fashioned flavors — Back in the spring of 2013, Colin Davis and David Dolginow toasted the launch of their business partnership at a Middlebury restaurant with Miller draft beers. After a recent fall walk through a new cider apple section of Sunrise Orchards, they were pouring a beverage of a different kind.

Breath tests to be public in South Burlington — South Burlington Police say they are resuming the release of breath test results from suspects arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Police Chief Trevor Whipple said Thursday he issued the directive to officers this week requiring them to include in news releases the preliminary breath test results in DUI cases or whether the suspect refused the test.

Brad Cole shines in second stint with UVM soccer — Sixteen hundred Binghamton fans were there last Saturday, singing and chanting, hanging on every twist and turn, reacting to every contentious call. Ninety scoreless minutes gave way to one overtime, then another, and a penalty kick awarded to the University of Vermont less than 90 seconds from the final whistle.
Oct 24, 2014

South Burlington's Brad Cole shines in second stint with @UVM soccer via @bfp_news #btv @uvmathletics

Richmond’s Bridge Street Cafe closing — Marvin Carpenter, owner of Bridge Street Cafe in Richmond, cooked two burgers and a Bridge Street wrap Wednesday afternoon. With the lunch rush over, Carpenter was able to talk about his future while he cooked. Sunday, Carpenter will close the restaurant he has owned and operated for 14 years.

The spiny waterflea has arrived - What's next? — The following "Lake Look" column raises questions Mike Winslow, staff scientist at Burlington-based Lake Champlain Committee, weighs in: we might mull over the winter: To what extent can we hope to understand the impact of non-native species? and can we do anything to keep more from piling into our lakes and ponds?

Burlington students to pay for bus fares — Burlington schools will no longer cover the cost of bus rides to and from school for many middle and high school students, School Board Chairman Patrick Halladay said. The Burlington School District planned to share details of the change with parents Thursday evening, according to the district office.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @CloverW: #BTV parents told last night bus fare no longer covered by school district. $150/yr/kid @CCTA_ride

Oct 24, 2014

#BTV parents told last night bus fare no longer covered by school district. $150/yr/kid @CCTA_ride

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