Vermont Briefs

Saturday November 24, 2012

Shoppers out and about on Black Friday

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Crowds of shoppers are heading to the stores in the Burlington area for some Black Friday deals

Crowds were heavy at the Kmart in South Burlington at 5 a.m. By 6:30 a.m., the traffic had lessened after the door-buster deals were grabbed. Some shoppers were out and about for some of the big retailers on Thanksgiving. The Sears store at the University Mall opened to a crowd at 8 p.m.

FEMA to re-examine Bennington river restoration money

BENNINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning to take another look at a reimbursement request from Bennington, for money spent on river restoration after Tropical Storm Irene.

The town spent about $4.2 million on protective flooding measures after the storm left debris on the Roaring Branch river. The town had been denied a reimbursement; FEMA said the work should be funded by another agency.

The Bennington Banner reports the offices of Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch took up the case on behalf of Bennington, Woodford and Rockingham, and met with FEMA officials in Washington. FEMA now says its assessment about the other agency was wrong. It’s seeking more information about Bennington’s repair efforts.

Plymouth offers special postmark

PLYMOUTH (AP) -- The post office in the Vermont town of Plymouth is offering a special stamp cancellation to mark the town’s 2012 annual Coolidge holiday open house.

The pictorial postmark reads "Holiday Station, Plymouth, Vt." It’s dated Sunday, Dec. 9 and is designed by John Lutz, a local artist who has designed the postmark for over 10 years. By request, it will be applied for free to postcards and letters bearing postage on Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., inside the Florence Cilley General Store at the old Plymouth Post Office.

Norwich police dept. gets loaners after cruiser fires

NORWICH (AP) -- The Norwich police department is getting loaner cruisers other Vermont law enforcement agencies after all three of its cruisers were destroyed in a Thanksgiving Day fire.

A Vermont State Police fire investigator says the cause of the fire that destroyed the three Norwich cruisers early Thursday is unknown, but it is not considered suspicious.

Norwich Police Chief Doug Robinson says the total loss is estimated at $100,000, but the vehicles and their contents were insured. The cruisers were parked side-by-side when the fire was reported at about 2:40 a.m. Thursday.

Police: Woman tried to push car into river

ST. JOHNSBURY (AP) -- Police in St. Johnsbury say 21-year-old Sara Foley tried to push the car of another woman into the Passumpsic River early Thursday because the woman was at the house of Foley’s former boyfriend.

Police stopped Foley while she was driving away from the house. They said she registered a blood alcohol level of .158 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. She was cited for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of the accident.


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