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New photography group forms

MANCHESTER — The Green Mountain Photography Club will be holding its first meeting in January.

The inaugural meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15 on the second floor of Equinox Village, 49 Maple St. in Manchester.

The Green Mountain Photography Club is a group of novices, professional and interested photographers.

Anyone wanting to learn, share or develop their photographic skills is welcome.

Find the GMPC's Facebook group at Green Mountain Photography Club.

Manchester Library

to close for holidays

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Library will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25. The library will resume regular hours Wednesday, Dec. 26, when it will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Man held without bail in infant death

A Ludlow man has pleaded not guilty to killing his girlfriend's infant son nearly a year ago and is being held without bail. Tyler Pollender-Savery was arrested Monday in the death of 11-month-old Karsen Rickert.

Prosecutors say the child's mother found that the baby wasn't breathing on Jan. 18. The child was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities say the infant was strangled and/or smothered. WCAX-TV reports that police say Pollender-Savery was jealous that his girlfriend was looking for another place to live and thought she was rekindling a relationship with the baby's father. Pollender-Savery's attorney says the baby's mother was home when the incident took place and it's a case of he said, she said.

Emergency agencies struggle to recruit staff

Emergency service agencies in Vermont are looking to legislators to help recruit and retain staff.

Putney Fire Department Chief Tom Goddard tells Vermont Public Radio he has about three or four full-time firefighters. The town's staffing struggles reflect problems throughout the state.

Karen Horn, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Vermont League of Cities and Towns, says police departments, ambulance services and fire departments are all "having a tough time recruiting people."

Goddard says funding issues and the state's aging population have contributed to staffing gaps.

Horn believes lawmakers should help support the state's public safety network. Grant funding and regionalization plans have been considered. The Legislature's Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee is currently working on a system report.

— Staff and wire reports


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