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Snowmobilers found after 7 hours on trail — Seven hours later near 1 a.m two snowmobiliers were located by members of the Mount Holly Snow Drifters. Two persons on snowmobiles were located in the Green Mountain National Forest after family members called and said they had failed to return from an outing, the Vermont State Police reported.

Inmate in Rutland found with 47 pouches of suspected heroin — Inmate in Rutland found with 47 pouches of suspected heroin An inmate at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland is facing charges of possessing and smuggling heroin into the facility. Vermont State Police arrested 30-year-old Charles J. Keefe of Rutland on Friday.

Lyme disease seen in more parts of VT — Lyme disease seen in more parts of VT Environmental factors and improved reporting methods led to another year of high Lyme disease totals in Vermont and other states in northern New England. Reported cases are expected to be on par with or even top recent records set in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

From field to table: A hunter's most satisfying meal — Our Paddle regulars know I have three German wirehaired pointers that are trained (or being trained) to bird hunt. So, at least once a night, I am asked if the quail or duck on the special menu is something that I shot.

Man arrested for 55 suspected pot plants — Bridgewater VT man arrested for suspect pot plants Vermont State Police say a Bridgewater man has been cited to appear in court after police say they found an indoor marijuana growing operation. Authorities say they went to the residence after getting a tip. State police say while meeting the occupants outside they were able to smell marijuana.

Police: Fugitive arrested in Vernon — Police: Fugitive with handgun arrested in Vernon Authorities say an escaped inmate from New Hampshire has been arrested in Vermont four days after police say he walked away from a transitional housing unit where he was finishing his sentence. New Hampshire State Police say 47-year-old David Ward was arrested in Vernon on Friday.

S.C. man wins VT lifetime hunting, fishing prize — S.C. man born in Rutland wins Vermont lifetime hunting, fishing prize A South Carolina man born in Rutland has won a lifetime hunting and fishing license in Vermont The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says 60-year-old Gary K. Robertson of Loris of South Carolina is the winner in a drawing of 4,474 lottery tickets bought this year.

Finding special views of Vermont — Richard D. Cole was born and raised in eastern Long Island. The Cole family spent many weekends, most holidays and every summer in Vermont. Cole followed his heart and moved to Vermont full time in 1998. He was first introduced to photography by his father who was an advanced hobbyist.

Tristram Coffin resigns as Vermont US attorney — Vermont's U.S. attorney, Tristram Coffin, says he will step down next month for a job in private practice. His departure after more than five years as the state's chief federal prosecutor paves the way for a deputy, Eugenia Cowles, to take over the post until a successor is named.

Workers’ Center apologizes for Shumlin nose image — The Vermont Workers' Center, upset by Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision to sideline efforts for a single-payer health insurance plan, offered an apology on Friday for an unflattering depiction of the chief executive during a rally.
Dec 20, 2014

Workers’ Center apologizes for perceived anti-semitic image of #Gov.Shumlin's nose via @bfp_news #vtpoli #btv #vt

Vermont Gas announces another pipeline cost increase — Friday morning Vermont Gas said the new estimate for Phase 1 expansion is now $154 million, up from $121.6 million, and would be asking the Public Service Board to put review of Phase 2 on hold. The company said it would be "hitting the reset button" on the planned pipeline extension from Colchester to Middlebury.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @MichaelTownsend: Challenged VT Gas 'resets.' Another big pipeline cost increase. How much higher can it go? via @bfp_news #vt #btv

Dec 20, 2014

Challenged VT Gas 'resets.' Another big pipeline cost increase. How much higher can it go? via @bfp_news #vt #btv

Dec 19, 2014

Video: Vermont Gas CEO says pipeline cost increases, Phase 2 on hold via @bfp_news #vt #btv

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Otley, CVU pull away to top Rice — Sadie Otley scored all 13 of her points in the second half and the Champlain Valley Union High School girls basketball team pulled away from Rice Memorial on Friday night in a rematch of last year's Division I state final.

Crazy-snake worm versus NE forests — There is an unwelcome earthworm in our midst. This comes as no surprise to folks with an aversion to slime. But to gardeners and farmers who rightfully tout the contribution of most wrigglers to soil health, this is hard news indeed.

University of Vermont men's basketball falls to Yale, 57-56 — Catamounts forward Ethan O'Day, right, leaps over Yale's Matt Townsend (42) to take a shot during the men's basketball game between the Yale Bulldogs and the Vermont Catamounts on Thursday night in Burlington.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @bfp_news: ICYMI: Photo gallery from last night's exciting men's basketball game between Vermont & Yale. http://t…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @bfp_news: ICYMI: Photo gallery from last night's exciting men's basketball game between Vermont & Yale. http://t…

A Christmas tree farmer’s year in review — Walking through a large chain store this past October - at least a week before Halloween - I stumbled upon a display of decorations. Not witches and pumpkins, but trees and bells. There's no question that retailers are intent on pushing the start of the Christmas season earlier and earlier, but we Christmas tree growers still have them beat; for us, it's a nearly year-round endeavor.

H.S. roundup: Harwood’s Marino delivers in double OT — Caitlyn Marino's putback with 38 seconds remaining proved the winning basket in Harwood's 47-45 double-overtime victory over Randolph in high school girls basketball action Friday night. Harwood (3-0) faced a nine-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, but clawed back to force overtime and win behind strong games from Jennifer James (12 points, nine rebounds, seven steals, five blocks) and Lauren Harper (10 points).

This classic MG is no 'cookie cutter' car — GRAND ISLE - At age 61, Eliot is just as handsome, exciting and spritely as the day he left London for the United States. True, the years have taken a bit of a toll, but Eliot's classic looks are all the more eye-catching when so many of his modern-day counterparts lack individualism.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @TedRyanVT: My December auto story for the Free Press: This classic MG is no 'cookie cutter' car via @bfp_news

Suspect wearing Santa hat robs pharmacy — Police say a man wearing a Santa Claus hat has robbed a pharmacy in Burlington. The robbery happened Thursday evening at Lakeside Pharmacy. Police say a man entered the store, approached the pharmacy counter and demanded opiates. Authorities say he ran off after getting the drugs. No injuries were reported.

Friday's scores and Saturday's schedule — Massena Tournament BFA-St. Albans at Massena, N.Y. High school boys hockey Missisquoi at Lake Placid, N.Y., TBA Doc Tulip Holiday Classic Essex vs. Spaulding at BFA-St. Albans, 5:30 p.m. Canton, N.Y. at BFA-St. Albans, 7:30 p.m. BHS-Burchard Tournament Harwood vs. Mount Mansfield at Leddy Park, 5:30 p.m.