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In more than 50 years after her death, the legacy of author Shirley Jackson lives on with a recent film adaptation based on her book "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," Netflix series loosely inspired by "The Haunting of Hill House" and the new film. "Shirley," starring Elisabeth Moss.

New readers continue to discover this prolific author who is probably best known for her story, "The Lottery." Many of Jackson's novels, memoirs, and short stories were written in North Bennington, Vermont, where she lived with her husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, and their four children. This morning, we meet Barry Hyman, Jackson's youngest son to talk about his mother, his childhood, and the legacy of Shirley Jackson.

Living Room Theatre at the Park McCullough House in North Bennington, Vermont is gearing up for their 8th season this July 17-28th with “Lucy’s Wedding” - LRT's fourth new play and third by a female playwright since its inception in 2012.

The 7-member cast from New York City plays 5 female characters and 2 male characters. “Lucy’s Wedding,” written and directed by LRT co-artistic director Randolyn Zinn, is a comedy about an American matriarchy gone awry.

To tell us more we welcome Producer and Co-artistic Director of Living Room Theater Allen McCullough and actors Kirk Jackson, actor and Karen Trott.

Living Room Theatre is a boutique Equity company of New York professionals entering its seventh season that concentrates on classics (Chekhov, Shaw, Strindberg) and new plays done in intimate settings.

The company looks to explore material deeply before presenting it to the public. This summer they are presenting the U.S. premiere of Lucy Caldwell's Irish adaptation of Chekhov's “Three Sisters,” set in Belfast in the 1990s at the end of the Troubles directed by Christopher McCann.

Performances run from August 2-18 on the grounds of the Historic Park McCullough House in North Bennington, Vermont. To tell us more we welcome Living Room Theatre Founder and Artistic Director Randolyn Zinn, Founder and Co-Artistic Director Allen McCullough, and Director of “Three Sisters,” Christopher McCann.

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Vermont leaders have announced a settlement with Saint-Gobain related to contaminated water supplies in the Bennington area.  As part of the settlement, the company will pay to bring clean, municipal water lines to homes with wells contaminated with the chemical PFOA.

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Vermont officials traveled to Bennington College Thursday night to give residents an update on the effort to bring clean drinking water to people living with contaminated wells. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

Vermont health and environmental officials are reminding residents in the Bennington area about a meeting this evening to address the chemical contamination of local water supplies. 

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s office has announced results from surface water testing in Bennington and North Bennington, as state authorities are hoping to determine the source and extent of a chemical contamination.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch will visit with state and local officials in Southern Vermont Monday to receive an update on the chemical contamination of private wells.

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Bennington College has received a $90,000 grant to study the chemical PFOA, which has been found in surrounding water sources. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with faculty at the college who will be guiding research into a subject with many unknowns.

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Bennington College has received a $90,000 grant to study the chemical PFOA, which has been found in surrounding water sources.

New York State's Department of Environmental Conversation and Department of Health have announced a commitment to install a filtration system in a Rensselaer County community with a water supply tainted with the chemical PFOA.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Southern Vermont native, spent Tuesday morning about town, talking to local residents who have been restricted from drinking their well water.

His first stop on the tour was North Bennington Variety, where locals were gathered, picking up their morning coffee.

In February the chemical PFOA was found in public and private wells. It's the same contaminant at the center of the water contamination issues in the nearby New York village of Hoosick Falls and Town of Petersburgh.

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Private wells in southwestern Vermont are being tested for a substance suspected of causing cancer.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Hoosick Falls says it is working with local, state, and federal officials after the chemical PFOA was found in several wells in nearby North Bennington, Vermont.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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An environmental law firm has filed a class-action suit against two companies connected with the water contamination in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls. Meanwhile, neighboring communities are discovering the presence of the same chemical.