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Amid a Rise in 'High-Risk Conflicts' With Black Bears, Officials Urge Vermonters to Take Precautions

One evening earlier this summer, Carin Roberts and her husband, Jack, were sipping beers on the porch of their North Ferrisburgh home. As they sat unwinding to the sound of chirping crickets in rural Addison County, something startled their dog, Pretzel. The "all-American mutt," as Carin described her, bounded off the porch and around the back of the house, barking wildly.
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Police make arrest in Burlington parking garage shooting incident

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Police have arrested an Essex Junction man believed to be involved in a parking garage shooting in Burlington in June. Burlington Police said they arrested Badal "Polo" Khadka, 19, on August 5. Khadka has been charged as the primary aggressor in a gunfire incident that took place during the early morning hours of June 18 in the Market Street Parking Garage.

Arrest in gunfight at Burlington parking garage

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington Police have made an arrest in a June gunfire incident. Friday, Burlington police and other agencies arrested Badal Khadka, 19, also known as Polo, of Essex Junction. They say he was the main aggressor in a gunfight that happened at the Marketplace parking garage back...

Suspect in Burlington vandalism spree ordered to undergo mental health evaluation

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A Burlington man accused of a vandalism spree in the city’s South End faced a judge on Wednesday. Mbyayenge “Robbie” Mafuta, 21, pleaded not guilty to causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage to South End homes and the city bus terminal early Tuesday morning. Police say he has a long rap sheet with more than 100 involvements with officers prior to Tuesday.

Residents of Burlington’s Old North End battle a vermin incursion

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Since May, more than a dozen Old North End residents have documented run-ins with rats. Neighbors have reported seeing them scurry into hidey-holes and cavort across lawns in broad daylight. One Washington Street resident trapped 13 in just three days. City Councilor Joe Magee (P-Ward 3),...

Mystery Is the Seductress in Bill Brauer's Paintings

Mystery is the seductress in a Bill Brauer painting. The Warren artist, who died in 2019, was known for his lush depictions of willowy women in enigmatic settings. As with French impressionist Edgar Degas a century earlier, Brauer's muse was the graceful female form, including that of dancers — though Brauer's women are more likely to be swept into a tango by a not-quite-seen partner.

Police: Man goes on vandalism spree, damages 33 homes in Burlington

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Police arrested a man this morning after he vandalized 33 homes in Burlington and caused estimated thousands of dollars in damages. Burlington Police said Mbyayenge “Robbie” Mafuta, 21, of Burlington, was arrested after police received more than 20 calls from residents on Tuesday beginning at 5:02 a.m. that a male suspect was throwing objects through home windows near Golden Place and Locust Terrace.

Burlington man charged with vandalism spree

Becca Balint prevailed over Molly Gray to win Tuesday’s closely watched Democratic U.S. House primary to replace Congressman Peter Welch. Charity Clark has won the Democratic nomination in the race for Vermont’s next attorney general. Zuckerman wins packed Democratic race for lt. governor. Updated: 5 hours ago. David...

Burlington's sidewalk sale provides boost for local businesses

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Wednesday is the first day for the sidewalk sale in Burlington at the Church Street Marketplace. The annual sale event has been going on since 1970 and will continue until Aug. 14. “It is a way for us to highlight some of our summer deals, move...

Church St. lemonade stand serves up workforce training

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The King Street Center Lemonade Stand has been serving up refreshing drinks during the summer for more than two decades, but the business venture is providing more than just some spending cash for the kids who staff it. The main goal is to prepare them for jobs that will pay the bills down the road.

Letters to the Editor (8/10/22)

Funny, I didn't see a category for "best imaginative, quasi-political, excellently executed drawings for a special edition of the Seven Daysies." Had I seen such a category, and were I prescient, I would have voted for illustrator Jeff Drew. I might compare his drawings for All the Best last week...

From the Publisher: Cat Tale

When my beloved cat Frankie died unexpectedly in March, I described the experience in this column. One minute a handsome gray tiger was luxuriating on the warm tiles of the sunroom. The next he was dragging himself across the floor, as though hit by a car. My significant other, Tim,...

Sick Westport boy gets big welcome home

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - There was a big welcome home Wednesday for a North Country kid who’s battling cancer. It’s not every day you see swarms of bikers, police, and other EMS officials standing together. But when it comes to North Country kids, many say there is no place they would rather be.

A beautiful paddle hiding in plain sight

Plenty to learn in Lake Everest trip on the Ausable River. Lake Everest is wilderness, cleverly disguised. Never mind that it’s in the heart of the hamlet of Wilmington. Overlook the lifeguard and the kayak concession. That concrete boat launch and pavilion? It’s all in your mind. For...

Ryan Sweezey, 'Out Searching'

Singer-songwriter Ryan Sweezey, from South Burlington via Lynnfield, Mass., sat on his latest album for two years. Recorded at Burlington's Studio 150 with local producer Chris Hawthorn, Out Searching represents the clearest, most concise offering of Sweezey's wares. So why the delay? Like many other artists who completed records during the pandemic, Sweezey didn't want to throw his new music into a void.

Kenny Dale’s Uncommon Portraits Immortalize Beloved Pets

Kenny Dale did not anticipate that his art career would include pet portraiture, even if he did think of his family's dogs and cats as de facto siblings. But when he was about 13, his mom asked him to paint a memorial image of their dog Lucifer. "That's how it started," he said over coffee at Scout on North Avenue in Burlington last week. "I never thought it would come back around."