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‘The Lottery’ celebrates its 70th birthday

Vermont author Shirley Jackson’s famous short story The Lottery, which details a lottery and prize you wouldn’t want to win, officially has been creeping out high school students for 70 years.

Originally published in The New Yorker on June 26, 1948, readers across the globe commemorate “Lottery Day” on the date that Jackson’s story takes place: June 27.

According to The Bennington Banner:

In Bennington, those celebrations have become known as “Shirley Jackson Day” in an effort to continually engage local readers with both the author’s work and their own history.

Pretty neat. And great timing!

Read more about Jackson and The Lottery here.

It’s Town Meeting Day in Vermont!

Don’t be like this guy. Read up on the issues in your town via the link below.

It’s a beautiful day for some municipal elections! We’ll be keeping track of all results in our coverage area and will have full deets for you in Wednesday’s Valley News.

You can read up on the issues in each town — and the outcomes — here. (You also can follow up on results from around the state on Twitter by using the hashtag #TMDVT.)

Wacky winter weather affects animals, too

You know how weird it feels when temperatures are in the teens one day and then up near the 50s the next? How awful it is to see homes and property destroyed by freak flooding caused by unseasonably warm temps? Well, turns out animals also suffer the consequences of such weather whiplash. Bears in particular have woken up early from their hibernation, something they’re not due to do for months. As Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Tom Rogers explained in a WCAX-TV video, winter flooding has taken a toll on the state’s animals. Watch the full video above.

Vermont Electric Coop chief says she will launch a campaign for governor

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, says she intends to challenge Gov. Phil Scott.

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, says she intends to challenge Gov. Phil Scott.

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, has announced she plans to run against Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November.

Hallquist said she will run as a Democrat, making her the third such challenger. Environmentalist James Ehlers and Ethan Sonneborn, a 13-year-old middle school student, also plan to run, according to VtDigger. The three will compete for the right to take on Scott, who has said he will seek a second term.

(Can we take a moment to appreciate that a 13-YEAR-OLD is running for governor?! Holy cow. He means business, too: Check out his Twitter account, where he regularly posts statements related to the race. He even issued a statement on Hallquist’s candidacy. P.S.: If you’re wondering how he’s able to run, it’s because Vermont does not have a minimum age requirement for gubernatorial candidates. See the full requirements here.)

If elected, Hallquist would become the first openly transgender governor in the country — and American history.

With such a diverse pool of candidates, it’s clear this race will be one to watch.

Vermonter thanks doctors who saved his life at UVM basketball game

Thanks to the quick actions of some attendees of Wednesday night’s University of Vermont basketball game, a 64-year-old Essex Junction, Vt., man was spared from certain death.

WCAX reports David Watson was watching the game with his son when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest and collapsed. Three UVM doctors who also were in the stands rushed to his aid and began performing rescue efforts. They were eventually joined by emergency responders, and together they were able to get Watson’s heart beating again.

The die-hard UVM basketball fan remains hospitalized as staff members perform ultrasounds of his heart ahead of a surgery next week. He says he’s incredibly lucky and credits the doctors who happened to be there for giving him a new outlook on life.

Read the full story here.