July 7, 2003 – News at a glance

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Temporary workers on farms
What happens when a farmer becomes sick or injured and can’t milk the cows? An effort is underway to provide good temporary help in such situations. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Saint Michael’s College literary gift
Renowned literary critic Harold Bloom has donated his extensive collection of books, correspondence and papers to Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. It’s one of two major gifts the college has received this year. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Vergennes police shooting
Vermont State Police plan to provide more information Monday about a fatal police shooting over the weekend. A trooper fatally shot a 37-year-old Vergennes man Saturday evening who authorities say had aimed a shotgun at the officers. (AP)

Amber Alert system
Law enforcement officials are marking the official start of the Amber Alert system in Vermont today. The program will be used to send an emergency alert to the public when a child has been abducted and his or her life may be in danger. (AP)

Catholic Church lawsuit
A man suing Vermont’s Catholic diocese is headed to court this week seeking church files granted to him by a judge. Michael Bernier says he wants paperwork on all sexual misconduct charges against Vermont priests past and present. (AP)

“Do not call” registry
Vermonters bothered by telemarketers can make a call of their own starting Monday. People across the country have been able to register online for the national “Do Not Call” list since late last month. Now Easterners can call to sign up for the first time by phone. (AP)

Canoe waterways
Hikers looking for a challenge have the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Now canoeists are trying to create a similar trail of rivers and streams across Vermont and surrounding states and they hope to complete the project by 2005. (AP)

Curtis Pond dam
Vermont officials say they have concerns about a dam on Curtis Pond. The dam requires some $300,000 in repairs and is on the verge of collapsing, but there are questions about who is responsible for paying for those repairs. (AP)

Airport lighting in Lydon
Lyndon officials say they want a demonstration of the proposed airport lighting project before making a decision. Some neighbors of the Caledonia County State Airport have objected to the plans calling for expanded lighting saying they could affect property values. (AP)

Minor league hockey at UVM
The University of Vermont says it’s no longer interested in having a minor league hockey team play home games at the school’s field house. UVM officials have cited a combination of scheduling difficulties and financial concerns for their decision. (AP)

Missing hikers found
Two adults and two children are safe this morning after spending a day lost in a remote part of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. State police say the group spent more than 21 hours in the woods. The four walked out of the woods unharmed at about 1:30 a.m. Monday. (AP)

Hay crop
Vermont farmers are reporting a heavy hay crop this year. But they say what the rain brought in quantity, it may have cost in quality. Farmers are reporting that a delay in cutting this spring because of the weather affected the hay’s nutritional value. (AP)

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