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BRATTLEBORO — For a handful of people gathered in front of the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center Friday morning, seeing the flag that hung over the destruction of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and the days after was incredibly heart-touching.

BRATTLEBORO — This year’s annual Backpack Giveaway was the most attended since the event started six years ago.

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The Reformer-Ukraine connection

Vermont News & Media's three newspapers have a direct connection to people there who continue to work in Ukraine while under siege: Owner Paul Belogour has information technology teams based in Dnepr and Kyiv, Ukraine, which support the online operations of his other businesses, such as Vermont Innovation Box, Vermont Beer Makers and Vermont Real Estate and Development. Send your photos, videos and English-language reports from Ukraine to news@reformer.com to share them with Vermonters and other American readers.

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• The following area students were named to the dean’s list for the 2022 spring semester at College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass.…

PUTNEY — The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf co-sponsor a monthly food drop of free produce and some non-perishables on the fourth T…

I study the dynamics of endurance sports. What stops us? Turns out that the brain is what stops us. When our core temperature goes up, it is t…

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Health officials on Tuesday encouraged Vermonters to get COVID-19 booster shots right up through Wednesday to protect themselves and others as they travel and visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. Testing for the virus is also recommended, Health Commissioner Mark Levine sai…

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New York's inspector general says a state trooper should have been disciplined for being romantically involved with a daughter of Andrew Cuomo while he served on the former governor’s security detail. The watchdog report released Friday comes more than two years after the relationship was discovered by top police brass and former Trooper Dane Pfeiffer was transferred to a post about 150 miles north of the governor’s mansion in Albany. The inspector general's report does not conclude Cuomo did anything wrong but faults state police for not following their own procedures after finding out about the relationship.

A federal judge has dismissed a complaint from a group of workers who said they were unfairly discriminated against by Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care personnel. The plaintiffs sued Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and other Maine officials along with a group of health care providers in the state. They argued that the vaccine mandate violated their right to free exercise of religion because it did not provide an exemption for religious beliefs. Jon Levy, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, wrote that the vaccine mandate was rationally based. He dismissed the suit Thursday.

A woman who says she was sexually abused hundreds of times by R. Kelly before she turned 18 has testified that she agonized several years ago about whether to cooperate with federal investigators who were looking into child abuse allegations involving the singer. The woman, who is now 37 and going by the pseudonym “Jane” at Kelly's Chicago trial, told the court Friday that she ultimately did cooperate with the investigation because she didn't want to “carry his lies.” During cross-examination, she conceded that she lied at one point when she told federal agents that she wasn’t sure if Kelly had abused minors other than her. She said she lied because she didn’t want to get others in trouble.

A large fire at a Massachusetts marina has destroyed several boats, buildings and vehicles. Aerial video taken by WCVB-TV on Friday showed much of the boatyard in Mattapoisett engulfed in flames. The fire generated a plume of black smoke so thick it was picked up by weather radar. Tim Price, a mechanic at the boatyard, told WJAR-TV that a vessel caught fire in one of the sheds, and the fire spread quickly. He said he knew of one person who was injured, but did not elaborate. The cause of blaze is under investigation. Fire and police officials said no one was available to comment.

New York's inspector general says a state trooper should have been disciplined for being romantically involved with a daughter of Andrew Cuomo while he served on the former governor’s security detail. The watchdog report released Friday comes more than two years after the relationship was discovered by top police brass and former Trooper Dane Pfeiffer was transferred to a post about 150 miles north of the governor’s mansion in Albany. The inspector general's report does not conclude Cuomo did anything wrong but faults state police for not following their own procedures after finding out about the relationship.

A federal judge has dismissed a complaint from a group of workers who said they were unfairly discriminated against by Maine’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care personnel. The plaintiffs sued Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and other Maine officials along with a group of health care providers in the state. They argued that the vaccine mandate violated their right to free exercise of religion because it did not provide an exemption for religious beliefs. Jon Levy, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, wrote that the vaccine mandate was rationally based. He dismissed the suit Thursday.

A woman who says she was sexually abused hundreds of times by R. Kelly before she turned 18 has testified that she agonized several years ago about whether to cooperate with federal investigators who were looking into child abuse allegations involving the singer. The woman, who is now 37 and going by the pseudonym “Jane” at Kelly's Chicago trial, told the court Friday that she ultimately did cooperate with the investigation because she didn't want to “carry his lies.” During cross-examination, she conceded that she lied at one point when she told federal agents that she wasn’t sure if Kelly had abused minors other than her. She said she lied because she didn’t want to get others in trouble.

A large fire at a Massachusetts marina has destroyed several boats, buildings and vehicles. Aerial video taken by WCVB-TV on Friday showed much of the boatyard in Mattapoisett engulfed in flames. The fire generated a plume of black smoke so thick it was picked up by weather radar. Tim Price, a mechanic at the boatyard, told WJAR-TV that a vessel caught fire in one of the sheds, and the fire spread quickly. He said he knew of one person who was injured, but did not elaborate. The cause of blaze is under investigation. Fire and police officials said no one was available to comment.

GUILFORD — The annual Write Action Potluck Picnic will be held Saturday from noon to 4 at 640 Melendy Hill Road in Guilford. A highlight is the open reading, with five-minute slots for poems or short prose.

BURLINGTON — William Clarence Matthews, who broke several color barriers in baseball in the early 20th century including playing professionally in Burlington, will be honored at historic Centennial Field prior to the Vermont Lake Monsters game on Thursday. Jeff Schulman, UVM director of athl…

MANCHESTER — On what was just about a perfect night to be outside at Judy McCormick Taylor Field, the Burr and Burton Bulldogs were nearly perfect, as well. The BBA girls raced out to an early lead and never looked back, overwhelming Brattleboro for a 20-4 victory at home.

After growing up on the Gulf Coast, I have packed up my husband, dog, and three cats to embark on our new adventure. I am trading in homestyle Cajun cooking for the world-renowned maple creemee. We are moving from Louisiana to the great state of Vermont.

Our communities are still struggling through the pandemic and its harmful impacts on mental health, substance use and affordable housing. It’s clear that we still need to do far more to support one another and to build healthy, safe and vibrant communities.

To the editor: I was pretty maddened to read the transcript of an interview with Liam Madden of Bellows Falls after his win in the Republican Primary. The interview was with Vermont Public Radio.

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