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Town officials say disgraced circus clown not suspected of misconduct in Norwich

FILE- In this Dec. 1, 2005, file photo, Barry Lubin, star of the Big Apple Circus’ “Grandma Goes to Hollywood,” applies powder after applying his clown makeup in his trailer at Damrosch Park in New York’s Lincoln Center. Lubin resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos. The circus’s chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, that Lubin offered his resignation on Friday shortly after the alleged victim came forward. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

First, see this excerpt from a story that appeared in the Valley News on Wednesday:

A beloved circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos.


The circus’ chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday that Barry Lubin, 65, offered his resignation on Friday, shortly after the woman came forward.


The allegations “are true. What I did was wrong, and I take full responsibility for my actions,” said Lubin, who apologized in a statement released by his lawyer.

Read the full thing here.

Now, here is a press release the town of Norwich put out at 3:47 this afternoon:

The news release notes that “if there are individuals that believe Mr. Lubin acted inappropriately, despite the Town’s assurance, those individuals are encouraged to contact the Norwich Police Department (802-649-1460).”

Watch: The Pilgrims have a new music video!

Hot on the heels of the Hartland remix of “I’ve Been Everywhere,” we have another tune for y’all, this one from some Upper Valley favorites, The Pilgrims.

Bonus: It’s SUPER FUN.

From an email today from the music collective, What Doth Life:

Choreography is the newest single by The Pilgrims, recorded by Jer Coons of Future Fields in Burlington.


Over 2018, The Pilgrims will be releasing an album song by song. Choreography is the first of these singles.

Valley News staff writer David Corriveau wrote a piece about The Pilgrims just about a year ago, when they were releasing another album, No Focus.

You can read it here.


Vocalist Chris Rosenquest of The Pilgrims belts out a song during a rehearsal in Hanover, N.H. on Feb. 1, 2017. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

19-year-old Austin Colson is still missing

Austin Colson in an undated photograph. Colson was last seen Jan. 11, 2018. (Courtesy Katie Grizzaffi)

Austin Colson, 19, of Royalton, last seen Jan. 11, is still missing. The trailer he was believed to have been using to collect scrap metal was later found on a rural road in Sharon. Anyone with info should call Vermont State Police at 802-234-9933.

Police also want to know where this scrap metal came from:

From Vermont State Police: “Police are seeking assistance with identifying any locations where this metal may have been collected from. The scrap most likely was collected during the day on January 11 in the Royalton, Sharon, or immediate surrounding areas. Anyone who can identify some of this material, recalls interacting with Austin Colson that day, or has information about his disappearance is urged to contact the Vermont State Police Royalton Barracks at 802 234-9933.” (VSP photograph)