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Bennington Battle monument opens this weekend

A monument to the fortitude of our forefathers will open for the season tomorrow.

The Bennington Battle Monument in Vermont opens Saturday. It commemorates the Battle of Bennington during the Revolutionary War.

The cornerstone for the monument was laid on the 100th anniversary of the 1777 battle.

It rises 306 feet above Bennington.

Bennington Battle Monument to open Saturday

The Bennington Battle Monument will open for the season on Saturday.

It stands 306 feet tall, making it the tallest structure in the state of Vermont.

The observation deck is accessible by elevator and provides scenic views of the green mountains, the Berkshires and Eastern New York State.

And for those seeking family activities this weekend, there will be an Easter egg hunt on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.

Vermont Senate hears challenge of opiate treatment

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers are learning of the challenges of meeting the needs of people in the state who are addicted to heroin and other drugs.

Bill Young, the head of the Maple Leaf Farm residential drug and alcohol treatment and recovery center in Underhill, told the Senate Health and Welfare committee Thursday estimates say 50,000 Vermonters need substance abuse treatment ever year.

And efforts to encourage people to get treatment means there will be more people in the system.

The Vermont Legislature has been working to address a growing problem with addiction to heroin and other opium-based drugs

Committee Chair Sen. Claire Ayer says Thursday's discussion is part of ongoing efforts to learn about the workings of different addiction programs. The committee is not now considering any specific legislation.

Sex offenders arrested for failing to report to police

COHOES - A three month investigation leads to the arrest of seven convicted sex offenders in Cohoes.

Police say the offenders were not checking in with them, failing to report their address, or keeping social media accounts.

Police also say one of the offenders fled to Vermont and then to New York City.

Fred Yearwood, 46, Erik Carpenter, 35, Aaron Castonguay, 30, Almalik Been, 37, John Hope, 37, John Mellon, 28, And Donald Fernet, 51 are now facing charges.

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Two job fairs offer opportunities in the Capital Region

Two upcoming job fairs will offer opportunities to people in the Capital Region. -

There are two upcoming job fairs in the Capital Region.

Aldi's is adding workers to its store in Bennington, Vermont.

The available positions are for store associates.

The starting pay is $12.25 an hour.

The hiring event is Sunday afternoon.

Whole foods is opening a new store in Colonie Center later this year.

They will be accepting applications at the Doctor King Career Fair next Thursday, April 17.

The job fair is at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.