August 2, 2004 – News at a Glance

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Clavelle Ties Douglas to Bush
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Clavelle hopes to link incumbent Republican Governor Jim Douglas to the Bush administration. Clavelle says the administration’s policies have been a disaster for Vermont. Douglas says it appears that Clavelle doesn’t have any substantial issues to raise in the campaign. (VPR)

Terrorism Threat Level
Governor Jim Douglas says Vermonters should remain calm but vigilant in light of new warnings about possible terrorist threats. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge raised the terror threat level for financial institutions in three cities on Sunday. (AP)

Douglas to Meet with Charest
Governor Douglas is scheduled to host Quebec Premier Jean Charest in Burlington this week. The leaders are to discuss environmental partnerships, including joint efforts to manage lakes Champlain and Memphremagog. (AP)

Dog River Chemical Release
A chemical release by the Northfield sewage plant is being blamed for killing a significant number of fish in the Dog River last week. Chlorine was accidentally spilled into the river from the plant as work was being done to upgrade the facility’s chlorinating system. (AP)

Counseling for Compulsive Gamblers
Vermonters struggling with compulsive gambling have a new place to turn for help. An increase in funding from the Legislature will allow the Vermont Council on Problem Gambling to offer face-to-face counseling for the first time in its eight-year history. (AP)

Phish Traffic Management
Vermont State Police have devised a traffic plan to ensure fans don’t try to sneak in to the jam band Phish’s final concert later this month. The two-day festival – scheduled for August 14-15 in Coventry – is expected to draw some 70,000 people. (AP)

Brattleboro Ambulance Service
A Brattleboro-area rescue service has launched a capital campaign to fund its expanding fleet of ambulances. Rescue Incorporated recently bought a new ambulance and plans to buy another one in the months to come. (AP)

Chester Water Treatment
Work is under way to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant in Chester. A design for the plant has been submitted to the state, but requires ultimate approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (AP)

Middlebury Zoning
Planners in Middlebury are discussing putting a temporary halt on the construction of large retail stores in town. The moratorium would remain in effect until the community adopts a new town plan next summer. (AP)

German Beetle Breeding
A family in Athens has taken to raising a different kind of animal: the German beetle. The ladybug-size insect is used to control the spread of purple loosestrife, a wetland perennial that eliminates native plants. (AP)

Jeffords Receives Award
Vermont Senator James Jeffords is getting some recognition for his efforts to conserve Civil War battlefields. The senator was honored with the first-ever Hildene Award Sunday in Manchester. (AP)

Thunder Road Winner
Matt White, a 29 year-old heating contractor from Northfield, won the 20th M&M Beverage Enduro and earned $2,000 Sunday at Thunder Road. White, who had never raced previously, chased Paul Giachero of Barre for over 150 laps before Giachero was forced to pit with a flat. (AP)

Weekend Lake Rescue
A Rhode Island couple is warm and dry after being rescued on Lake Champlain this weekend. Vermont State Police say the two were found about a mile off the shore in South Hero after their boat sank Saturday. (AP)

Body of Missing Woman Found
Police say they’ve found the body of a Burlington woman who went missing last month. Burlington detectives said Saturday that they discovered the remains of what appears to be 25-year-old Ligia Rae Collins. (AP)

St. Johnsbury Robbery
An 18-year-old man is facing charges of assault and robbery after allegedly holding up a St. Johnsbury restaurant. Adam Garand is being held on $10,000 bail. (AP)

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