Police from Vermont and New Hampshire fail to keep man from jumping

WINDSOR (AP) -- Vermont State Police say a New Hampshire man wanted in connection with a domestic incident in his home state jumped to his death from an Interstate 91 bridge while troopers tried to make contact with him.

Vermont police say they were called at about 11 a.m. Thursday after receiving a report that 37-year-old Joseph Sylvester, of Claremont, might be near an interstate bridge in Windsor.

Troopers from Vermont and New Hampshire and officers from the Windsor police and fire departments responded.

When the first trooper arrived Sylvester was standing at the edge of the bridge in the southbound lane. He jumped before contact was made.

He was found below on Vermont Route 44. He was declared dead at the scene.

Vermont town to apply for grant to clean dam

POWNAL (AP) -- The town of Pownal plans to apply for an Environmental Protection Agency grant of $200,000 to clean up a former tannery hydroelectric dam.

The dam is on the Hoosic River and the town took "involuntary ownership" of it in 2002 for non-payment of taxes.

Acotton print cloth manufacturer at the site in 1866 eventually became a tannery in 1935. The dam was built in 1907 and rebuilt in 1955. The company shut down in 1988.

The company became an EPA Superfund site; the dam did not. Developers have looked at making the dam run again, but PCB contamination in the sediment behind it has thwarted those efforts.


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Vermont Fish and Wildlife benefits from woman's estate

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says it's going to use a $500,000 bequest from the estate of an East Montpelier woman to support programs that protect non-game species like the bald eagle or Canada lynx.

The department says that when Mamie Thurston died last winter at age 87 she left her home, property, belongings, and financial assets to the department.

Steve Parren, director of the Wildlife Diversity Program, says Thurston's bequest will be used to fill budget gaps and her legacy will long be reflected by the species and lands that her donation will help protect.

The Nongame Wildlife Fund is paid for with private donations and federal State Wildlife Grants, which have been hard hit by recent federal budget cuts.

Vermont National Guard unit to receive award

BURLINGTON (AP) -- About 600 members of the Vermont Army National Guard will be honored Sunday for their bravery while fighting insurgents in Afghanistan in 2010.

The 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain) is being recognized for extraordinary heroism in Paktya province in Afghanistan.

The guard unit is receiving the Valorous Unit Award, the second-highest unit award given by the Army, below only the Presidential Unit Citation.

The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. at the Shapiro Field House, Norwich University.

Sunday's ceremony also will honor combat medic Sgt. Michael Mulcahy, who will receive the Bronze Star Medal for Valor for his service while stationed at Combat Outpost Herrera.

The infantry units were made up mostly of Vermonters but included soldiers from New Hampshire and Maine.

Vermont's Sugarbush celebrates 50 years of Mount Ellen

WARREN (AP) -- Sugarbush ski resort is celebrating 50 years of Mount Ellen.

The celebration kicked off Thursday with $6.50 lift tickets for Mt. Ellen, previously called Glenn Allen, based on lift ticket prices in 1963. Friday is the Ski & Ride with the Point aprhs celebration in the afternoon and a Warren filmmaker will premiere his new movie, "The 50th Anniversary of Glen Ellen" in the Gate House at 8 p.m.

Saturday includes the Sugarbush Celebrity Ski Race and the Gelandesprung Championship, a long jump competition.

The day concludes with a torchlight parade and fireworks display followed by a costume party with live music.