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A day fit for a parade ... and a 'thank you barbecue'

BELLOWS FALLS — After a year of change for the Bellows Falls Fire Department, on Sunday the department celebrated with a parade and a barbecue. The 131st annual Firemen's Parade, one of the …

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Editorials
Another View: The Fed isn't 'crazy,' it's just responsible.

ECONOMICS QUIZ: Which of these individuals or groups is most likely to have "gone crazy," gotten "ridiculous," or behaved "a little too cute" in recent days: a) The Federal Reserve; b) stock market …

Another view: Journalism matters in your community

Our opinion: Secrecy comes at a high price

Another View: If we don't soon combat climate change, there may be no tomorrow

Letters
Your Thanks: Putney Foodshelf

Editor of the Reformer,Once again, the Putney Foodshelf thanks the Putney community for the bountiful response to our fifth Top the Truck food drive on Wednesday, Sept. 26. We collected 2,767 pounds …

Your Thanks: Dr. Bob Fagelson

Your Thanks: State Sen. Jeanette White

Your Thanks: A beautiful flowery 'face-lift'

Vermont Digger
New statue for top of Statehouse is taking shape

BARRE — A new sculpture of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, is taking shape and is expected to be installed on top of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier next month.It will be the …

Sanders: Trump 'lying' in Medicare op-ed

Museum celebrates Coolidge, ties to Vermont

Ovation
Concert: Missa Gaia

Susan Dedell leads a chorus and a swinging jazz band celebrating animals in Paul Winter's Missa Gaia Saturday, 4:30 p.m,, the Pole Barn, Retreat Farm, Route 30, Brattleboro. Tickets are $12 adults; …

Art studio: Readsboro Glassworks

Author events: Archer Mayor

Concert: Solium Fatalis

Local sports
Forkin voted athlete of the week BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Union High School varsity field hockey player Natalya Forkin received 117 votes to earn Reformer Athlete of the Week honors for Sept. 30 to Oct. 6.She was nominated …
Colonel girls fall short BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro varsity girls soccer team fell to Rutland, 3-1."Brattleboro took the initiative in the first half and created some good scoring opportunities in the first 20 …
Colonels retain Elwell Trophy BENNINGTON — Jack Price drilled a 26-yard field goal with 2:21 remaining in the game to give the Brattleboro varsity football team a 10-7 victory over rival Mount Anthony Union on Friday …
Slaters top Terriers in D-2 thriller WESTMINSTER — After catching six passes on Friday night at Hadley Field, Aubrey Ramey didn't have to worry about whether or not he would be targeted again.The game ball was clearly going his …
Lifestyle
Great-tasting options for gluten-free guests No more bread, pasta, cake, beer and junk food?No more going out to eat?A celiac disease diagnosis, marked by a severe, negative reaction to gluten, can feel like a part of your life is ending, said …
Pick too many apples? Use up your apple haul with puff pastry treats The internet is buzzing with apple-picking photos this time of year. People, what are you doing with all those apples after the adorable selfies have been taken and you're back at home with 25 pounds …
Turn up the comfort with no-fuss dumplings There is nothing like a pot of fragrant soup or stew simmering all day in a Dutch oven on the stove top or slow cooker to warm you up on a cool, crisp fall day. Soups and stews …
Treating phobias: New era in virtual reality therapy Dick Tracey didn't have to visit a tall building to get over his fear of heights. He put on a virtual reality headset.Through VR, he rode an elevator to a high-rise atrium that looked so real he fell …
National News

Another death of rare whale confirmed off Massachusetts

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the third death of a rare North Atlantic right whale this year has been confirmed.NOAA and conservationists are …

US: Cuba's political prisoners are "affront" to democracy

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States says Cuba is jailing 130 political prisoners in a "blatant affront" to fundamental democratic freedoms, but the Cuban ambassador to the United Nations …

Judge declines to punish student who poured ink on statue

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge declined Monday to punish a black University of North Carolina graduate student who admitted to pouring red ink and her own blood on a Confederate statue in …

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at 65

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at 65.

Mega Millions prize up to $654M, 4th largest in US history

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After nearly three months without a winner, the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to an estimated $654 million jackpot.Unfortunately, even as the big prize for …

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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