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BRATTLEBORO — The yearly lighting of the holiday tree will happen a week later this year and will be a part of Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 2,…

WEST DOVER — Katherine Martin, owner of The Sheep Shed, makes about 200 bears by hand each year.

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Floor cloth and collage painter Jeanette Staley and wood turner Tom Goldschmid were among th…

WEST DOVER — Katherine Martin, owner of The Sheep Shed, makes about 200 bears by hand each year.

PUTNEY — The 44th Putney Craft tour, the oldest continuous craft tour in the country, took p…

BRATTLEBORO — The annual Craft Fair returns to Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, …

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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…

MONTPELIER — To relieve some of the pressure on Vermont hospitals caused by a combination of factors, including COVID-19, the state is opening 80 beds at long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, said Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith.

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A program offering cash and free outdoor adventures to remote workers to move to West Virginia with the hope of offsetting population losses has welcomed 143 new residents since its launch. The public-private program Ascend West Virginia on Tuesday added a fourth destination where out-of-state workers can apply to live. Applications are being accepted immediately for the Elkins area in the northeastern part of the state, as well as three other previously announced areas. Successful applicants will receive $12,000 along with free passes to indulge in whitewater rafting, golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, skiing and ziplining. The 2020 census found that West Virginia lost a greater percentage of its residents than any other state in the past decade.

Forecasters are warning of severe weather across several southern states. The National Storm Prediction Center says there's potential Tuesday for strong tornadoes that could stay on the ground for long distances, as well as flooding rains and hail the size of tennis balls. More than 25 million people are in the path of the storm system moving from Texas to Indiana and Georgia. The center's latest storm outlook says parts of Louisiana and Mississippi will be at the highest risk for strong storms. The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches due to what it calls a “particularly dangerous situation.”

A senior Russian diplomat says Russia and the United States repeatedly came close to reaching agreement on a prisoner exchange and a deal remains possible before the year’s end. The Biden administration has been trying for months to negotiate the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and another American jailed in Russia, Paul Whelan, Asked Tuesday whether a swap was possible before the end of the year, Russia's deputy foreign minister responded that “there always is a chance.” He reiterated Moscow’s call for the U.S. to discuss the issue discreetly. Earlier this month, Griner began serving a nine-year sentence for drug possession at a  penal colony about 350 kilometers (210 miles) east of Moscow.

A woman who family members believe was the toddler who was kidnapped 51 years ago has been reunited with her family in Fort Worth. Melissa Highsmith was 22 months old when she was abducted by a purported babysitter in 1971. Her family says that she lived in Fort Worth most of her life as Melanie Brown and didn't know she was kidnapped, until her father submitted DNA to 23andMe and learned that he was related to Brown's children. Brown reunited with her biological parents and two siblings this weekend. The family says they never gave up hope. Police are conducting official DNA tests to confirm Melissa Highsmith's identity.

Maine's highest court has delivered a victory to developers of a $1 billion electric transmission corridor, upholding a lease for a small portion that crosses state land. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands acted within its authority in leasing a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) stretch of the 145-mile (233-kilometer) power transmission line. The New England Clean Energy Connect remains in limbo pending the outcome of another legal case focusing on the constitutionality of a referendum in which Maine voters rebuked the project. The power line would serve as a conduit for up to 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to reach the New England power grid.

A program offering cash and free outdoor adventures to remote workers to move to West Virginia with the hope of offsetting population losses has welcomed 143 new residents since its launch. The public-private program Ascend West Virginia on Tuesday added a fourth destination where out-of-state workers can apply to live. Applications are being accepted immediately for the Elkins area in the northeastern part of the state, as well as three other previously announced areas. Successful applicants will receive $12,000 along with free passes to indulge in whitewater rafting, golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, skiing and ziplining. The 2020 census found that West Virginia lost a greater percentage of its residents than any other state in the past decade.

Forecasters are warning of severe weather across several southern states. The National Storm Prediction Center says there's potential Tuesday for strong tornadoes that could stay on the ground for long distances, as well as flooding rains and hail the size of tennis balls. More than 25 million people are in the path of the storm system moving from Texas to Indiana and Georgia. The center's latest storm outlook says parts of Louisiana and Mississippi will be at the highest risk for strong storms. The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches due to what it calls a “particularly dangerous situation.”

Stocks edged lower in unsteady trading on Wall Street as investors closely watch developments in China and economic data amid worries about stubbornly hot inflation. The S&P 500 fell 0.2% in afternoon trading Tuesday. The Dow and the Nasdaq also slipped. Small-company stocks were mostly higher. Energy stocks rose as U.S. crude oil prices climbed 1.2%. Technology stocks were the biggest drag on the broader market. Hong Kong's benchmark index jumped overnight and other Asian markets also rose. Treasury yields rose. A business group reported that consumer confidence remained strong in November.

A celery stalk sighting and a little luck came together to help a New Hampshire man find his wife’s wedding rings in a 20-ton trash trailer, wrapped in a napkin that he had accidentally thrown away. Kevin Butler took the trash to a transfer station in Windham last week. He had tossed the napkin into the trash, not realizing that his wife had cleaned the rings and wrapped them in the napkin to dry. Several hours later, Dennis Senibaldi and staff at the transfer station reviewed surveillance video and used an excavator to go through the bags. Senibaldi said they zeroed in on one with a celery stalk. The napkin with the rings was at the bottom.

A Walmart employee who survived the mass shooting at a store in Virginia has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the company. Employee Donya Prioleau claims in her lawsuit that Walmart continued to employ the shooter “who had known propensities for violence, threats and strange behavior.” The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Chesapeake Circuit Court. Walmart,  which is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, didn't immediately respond to a request seeking comment. Prioleau’s suit alleges that she has experienced post-traumatic stress disorder from witnessing the rampage in the store’s breakroom. Police said that store supervisor Andre Bing fatally shot six employees and wounded several others. Police said he died at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

BRATTLEBORO — Chris Mays, Jessie Brown and Jill Sachs perform at Tine as part of the Local Music Showcase that takes place at the Brattleboro restaurant every Thursday. For more information, follow @LMSBratt on Facebook and Instagram. Mays and Sachs perform as the duo Jill & Chris. Brown…

PUTNEY — The 44th Putney Craft tour, the oldest continuous craft tour in the country, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and features a diverse group of artists sharing a passion for creativity. Some made the decision early in life to pur…

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.

Imagine being a college student who’s trying to get ahead but faces obstacles at every turn. Maybe it was a late phone bill, an unexpected closure of a child care center, or a failed vehicle inspection that prompted skipping class because there weren’t enough dollars for essentials. Would yo…

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