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Blue-green algae closes Saxtons River Rec

SAXTONS RIVER — The Saxtons River Recreation Area has been closed until further notice because of high levels of blue-green algae, which is usually found along Lake Champlain.Rockingham Health …

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Editorials
Another View: The Trump tax plan report card

When Republicans were pitching a massive tax cut for corporations and wealthy families last year, they promised voters many benefits: increased investment, higher wages and a tax cut that pays for …

Our opinion: Press freedom is a Vermont value

Another View: Progressive insurgency isn't dying, it's just beginning

Another View: Republicans for the end of democracy

Letters
Letter: Possible solution for net population loss

Editor of the Reformer,There are a few ways we can draw more young, productive people to Vermont; handing out subsidies to individuals for moving to Vermont isn't one I would support. The following, …

Letter: Priorities lost in space?

Letter: Keep it cool

Letter: Benefits of being breastfeeding-friendly

Vermont Digger
Scott fundraising continues to outpace Hallquist

After Tuesday's Vermont primary, the major party gubernatorial candidates are down to two, but Gov. Phil Scott continues to out-fundraise Christine Hallquist by a large margin, according to the …

Skeptics release report regarding forced mergers

Power from massive Canadian dams isn't renewable

Ovation
Author event: Eric Rickstad

Author to discuss "What Remains of Her," Friday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m., at Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls. Call 802-463-9404 for book and event reservations. Visit villagesquarebooks.com …

Author event: Rick Winston

Art Exhibit: Ines Zeller Bass

RAFFLE: 'Ice Pond Trail' limited edition

Local sports
Rebel girls coming off 9-7 season Reformer StaffBRATTLEBORO — The Leland & Gray varsity girls soccer team will scrimmage against Rivendell and Brattleboro prior to its Aug. 31 season opener at home against Mill River.The …
Bellows Falls field hockey team seeks 4th straight title BRATTLEBORO — The Bellows Falls varsity field hockey team will put its 40-game winning streak on the line when opening the 2018 season at Burr and Burton on Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.
Colonels preparing for showdown with Raiders The Brattleboro Union High School varsity football team will host Rutland in its Aug. 31 season opener on Natowich Field at 7 p.m.The Colonels' ScheduleAug. 31 — host Rutland, 7 p.m.Sept. 7 …
Recreation Department announces fall programs BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is offering a variety of programs in the fall. The registration for these activities will be held on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 from 1-6 …
Lifestyle
A dinner fit for Julia Child "The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude." — Julia ChildYou wouldn't expect the iconic chef who introduced French cuisine to …
Watermelon, man! Watermelon ...  It's simple. It's easy to prepare. It's the ultimate summer party and picnic people pleaser."It is so much fun and so healthy at the same time," said Megan McKenna, director of …
How to keep working out on vacation It's vacation season, and we all agree we should take a break from work. But that doesn't mean we should take a break from working out. Working out is a great habit that, once broken, can be hard to …
Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: August - a time to reap, a time to sow Though August is the eighth month of the year, it is an odd month for vegetable gardeners. That is because August embraces all of the activities that encompass a growing season. For one, it is a …
National News

Afghan president visits key city, week after Taliban raid

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan president visited the embattled southeastern city of Ghazni on Friday, a week after the Taliban in a surprise attack managed to infiltrate deep into the …

Global shares mostly higher on hopes for China trade talks

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares made moderate gains early Friday after U.S. stocks jumped on news China is preparing to resume trade discussions with the U.S., the first negotiations in more than a …

Bus overturns on German highway, 16 hurt

BERLIN (AP) — A bus headed from Stockholm to Berlin came off a highway in northeastern Germany on Friday and overturned, authorities said. Six people were seriously injured and a further 10 …

Spain remembers terror attacks that killed 16 in Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez are among hundreds of people attending ceremonies in Barcelona to mark the first anniversary of terror attacks …

Large pieces of rubble removed 3 days after bridge collapse

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Excavators have begun clearing large sections of the collapsed highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa in the search for people still missing three days after the …

Teflon Town
Teflon Town: ChemFab's Toxic Legacy

Teflon Town: ChemFab's toxic legacy is a five-part series on the history of the company in Bennington and the impact of water contamination from the factories on local residents.

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