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BENNINGTON BANNER LOCALREGIONAL TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 1994 Lawmakers postpone work and play to return to Statehouse SUSAN ALLEN celebrations and Rep. Inge Schaefer was traveling in Germany. But the length of the session it costing more than family, work and vacation time. Lawmakers noted that by June, they are usually well into their re-election fund raising and campaigns. And, they said, recruiting new candidates to run for office gets tougher when sessions run long, discouraging those who cannot take the time off to be in Montpelier.

But it's also costing them respect back home. Noting lawmakers' cars sport special legislative license plates, Canns said, "People are waving at our plates when we go by, but it's the wrong finger they're journ is heating up this week, adding, "More people will stick around when we make the effort and start to push." The implications for lawmakers are real, however. Sen. Elizabeth Ready's son graduates from high school this weekend. Sen.

Cheryl Rivers' husband is holding down his own job while caring for their Morgan horse farm. Rep. Cola Hudson is scheduled to be honored Friday night for his years of service on the Vermont State Colleges board. Some lawmakers chose not to put their private lives on hold, however. Sen.

Robert Ide spent yesterday at his son's high school graduation, while Rep. Walter Freed was in France for D-Day Rep. Judy Dimario, D-Fayston. "You can't go anywhere. You can't make plans.

"Your whole life is tentative," she added. "People have to go out and earn money." The public is clamoring for an end to the session. Everywhere lawmakers go, they say they are bombarded with the same question: "When are you going home?" "You walk into any kind of public place and people say, ''Why are you guys still down said House Republican Leader Richard Westman. Ironically, many lawmakers are asking the same question -their lives on hold while work on property tax reform and other key issues slogs along in For the first time in his legislative career, House Speaker Ralph Wright may celebrate a birthday at the Statehouse, turning 59 on Friday. And Senate Assistant Secretary Steven Marshall has put his private law practice on hold.

"This is absolutely death. I can't schedule appointments," Marshall said yesterday. "It's one thing to put people on hold for three months, but six months is unreal." Leaders hear the cry, but are committed to fighting for key legislation. "There are people who have conflicts and it's getting more difficult for them to make the choice to be here instead of work," said House Democratic Leader Sean Campbell. Campbell said the push to ad The legislative session, the longest since 1965, entered its 23rd week yesterday, which is eight weeks beyond its scheduled mid-April adjournment.

"I was on the tractor yesterday, Saturday, everyday, rushing to see if we can't get our crops in," said Westman, a dairy farmer. "We haven't even started haying. We're late it's wet." Sen. Richard Sears delayed plans to travel to Florida to escort his mother back to Vermont. Sen.

Sara Gear canceled a trip to Hawaii to see her daughter and 6-month-old nephew, Justin. She'll fly the two back to Vermont in August, she said, but added, "He'll be 8-months-old by then." THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTPELIER Sen. Richard McCormack eyed the calender nervously yesterday, his wedding and honeymoon trip to Ireland less than two weeks away. Farmer lawmakers turned haying and harrowing over to families. Rep.

David Deen, a fishing guide, has been losing up to $125 a day since trout season got underway. Contemplating what he was giving up to work toward adjournment of the 1994 Legislature, Sen. Julius Canns quipped, "Christmas is coming and I haven't even started my shopping." "We've got work. We've got jobs. We've got families," said Suspected electrical fire damages home MATT KELLY i AA (SJ -n--: if i ft BANNER STAFF WRITER NORTH HOOSICK, N.Y.

-An apparent electrical fire destroyed part of the Ray Weatherwax residence on Cobble Hill Road yesterday. Fire investigators blamed the blaze on an electrical malfunction near the bathroom in the rear of the house, according to John Lettre, chief of the North Hoosick Fire Department. No one was home at the time of the fire, which was reported by a neighbor at 12:10 p.m. yesterday. Lettre said the fire was starting to go through the roof and could not be contained by firefighters.

Paul Davendonis, chief of the Hoosick Falls Fire Department, was injured when he fell in the house and cut his right hand. The Hoosick Falls department was brought in by Mutual Aid to assist. Lettre said it was a small cut, but Davendonis was brought to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Other firefighters were treated at the scene by the town of Hoosick Rescue Squad. The main fire damage was restricted to the back of the house, which was heavily damaged.

Firefighters wearing air packs brought water into the house to knock down the blaze. Lettre said the front half of the house survived, but there was extensive smoke damage. Several fire departments ferried water to the scene, drafting water from the White Creek stream. Among the area departments called either to the scene or to stand by for other -1 1 Mm Kelly -J Matt! N.Y- rMnc la NofUi HoMfc-a, ri utn aiMirv Mai at th Ra WaaUMrwax ytrdy. Ffcv aiVMtlgatoM Mam Um Mai a toctitel wlfrtlia EARLY WALKING Charli LohnM of HoosJcfc, N.Y, take Pooh Boar for a walk on Saturday.

LohnM oporato tha Varmont Viaw Oama Farm on tha Now YorkVarmont border. Ha had Pooh Baar, a four-month old American black baar, on exhibit. Tha baar, which likes to climb trees, look cuddly, but Lohne warned people not to pet tha baar, for fear they would be bit. selaer County Fire Investigators malfunction. Leo Frachetti and Jack Cronin came to the scene from Troy Lettre said that firefighters and, after an investigation, de- were released from the scene termined it was an electrical about 3:30 p.m.

departments were Hoosick, Hoosick Falls, White Creek, Pe-tersburgh, Buskirk and North Bennington, Vt. According to Lettre, Rens House takes testimony on proposals to curtail bingo, gambling ANNE WALLACE It also imposed other limits. "Those clubs have signed off on this in the Senate," MacDonald said. day and one $5,000 prize per month. In addition, the measure allowed groups to award one $50,000 motor vehicle per year.

would not only go out of business, but they would lose their building," Babcock said. "Bingo is what is keeping their post alive." Supporters of the legislation said nonprofit organizations had agreed to the measures when the bill passed in the Senate earlier this spring. The Senate-approved measure limited to $400 per game the prize money allowed, with the exception of one $1,000 pot per MT. ANTHONY COUNTRY CLUB Burlington, said the limits, especially on prize money, were so low that they would curtail legitimate gambling and force some schools and charities to shut down their bingo games and cut off a vital source of funding. Babcock said she knew of at least one American Legion post that depended on the popularity of its large pot to draw players.

"If that organization through this legislation was forced to cut back on their jackpots, they 2. Bank Street. Bennington, Pat 's New Super 7. 95 Real Decade-long search ends in cemetery EXETER, N.H. (AP) -Police dug in a cemetery yesterday looking for evidence that might solve the case of an 8-year-old Exeter girl who has been missing for a decade, but found nothing.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Bill Lyons said the tip that led to the excavation was the latest of countless leads on Tammy Belanger, who disappeared Nov. 13, 1984, while walking to school. Assistant Attorney General Cynthia White would not say who gave police the tip or what they were looking for in the fcemetery. She said no further digs are planned. "At this point it's fair to say this particular lead has been pursued completely," she said.

White said state and town police dug up a grave holding Eva Miskinis, who was buried in November 1984. She said there was no apparent connection between Miskinis and the Belanger family. Victor Wonyetye was the only suspect named THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTPELIER A proposal to set stricter limits on bingo games in Vermont drew fire yesterday from opponents who said curtailing prizes and salaries would hurt legitimate charities without helping to curb professional gambling. Amendments to a Senate-passed bill now before the House Appropriations Committee would limit prize money and other aspects of running games and would require gambling operations to report their takings. In testimony yesterday.

Rep. Mark MacDonald, D-Williamstown, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said most non-profits should be able to pay workers or less per year with a cap of $10,000 per organization to run gambling games. MacDonald said this would help prevent professional gambling organizations from running bingo games and ensure that the only groups that gained were the recipients of the money raised for charity. "The more room you allow for earnings, the more wiggle room you allow the professional operators," MacDonald said. But Rep.

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