Some news highlights in 2012
-- The communities of Whitingham and Wilmington voted to consolidate their schools.
-- Pedestrian safety in Brattleboro got a hard look after a series of vehicle-versus-pedestrian accidents resulted in death.
-- Crowell Lot on Western Avenue was chosen as the location for a skatepark.
-- Fields in West River Park on Route 30 were opened for use.
-- Bellows Falls Union High School and National Grid got into a dispute over a right-of-way to access powerlines.
-- Eric Pratt, a Vernon teen, was killed by a train while crossing railroad tracks.
-- Brattleboro Town Meeting Representatives approved a bond to pay for renovations to the town's but voted against a 1-percent sales tax increase to help pay for the project.
-- Wilmington approved a 1-percent local sales tax.
-- The Brattleboro Police Department admitted mistakes were made involving the shooting of a stray dog at a local school.
-- The Brattleboro Retreat was authorized to take patients that were formerly in the Vermont State Hospital, which was washed out by Tropical Storm Irene.
-- Ron Stahley, the superintendent of Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, was named the superintendent of 2012 for the state of Vermont.
-- Brattleboro Union High School Principal Jim Day announced he was stepping down after being diagnosed with cancer.
-- Field lights were donated to Bellows Falls Union High School but were shut off shortly after they were installed due to irregularities in the permitting process.
-- The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont celebrated its 25th year.
-- The state announced it was planning to tear down and rebuild the I-91 bridges over the West River in Brattleboro.
-- An international wind company announced it was considering land in Windham and Grafton for a wind farm.
-- Wayne Gallagher stepped down as police chief in Hinsdale, N.H., and Todd Faulkner was appointed as his replacement.
-- Jim and Shirley Twitchell retired after 47 years of service as town clerk and assistant town clerk in Londonderry.
-- Brattleboro Town Clerk Annette Cappy was named Vermont's town clerk of the year.
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