2020

Jan 05

BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Agency of Human Services and the Brattleboro Retreat are in a funding dispute, which led the psychiatric and addiction treatment hospital's board of trustees to plan …

Jan 08

BRATTLEBORO — A former union representative at the Brattleboro Retreat is not sure if he was punished because of his union activities or because of "the sheer incompetence" of his managers, but …

Jan 14

BURLINGTON — An initial $7.5 million offer outlined in bankruptcy court documents could kick off the auction process for former Hermitage Club properties. Rainmaker Mountain LLC is offering $4 …

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BRATTLEBORO — In a letter to the media from the union that represents about 500, or more than 70 percent, of the employees at the Brattleboro Retreat, union reps state "financial problems" at …

Jan 30

BRATTLEBORO — After about 11 minutes of bidding, the Outlet Center was sold for $990,000. Dan Systo of Brattleboro, winning bidder, told the Reformer he was representing a third party at the …

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BELLOWS FALLS — The future of the Bellows Falls Police Department is far from settled, with some Bellows Falls Village Trustees saying they want to explore options, including reducing its size, …

Feb 17

DOVER — A new report finding inequities for students in rural areas has prompted local officials to request changes right away. "We are asking for immediate relief as for almost 20 years, …

Feb 21

BELLOWS FALLS — Nine years of payroll data is missing from the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union's computers, a consultant's report into the payroll problems afflicting the WNESU's business …

Mar 05

As part of the state's response to what Gov. Phil Scott called the inevitable spread of COVID-19 to Vermont, officials have formed a task force, created new testing guidelines and issued guidance on …

Mar 09

WILMINGTON — Several local schools were closed Monday out of concern over the coronavirus. "We have taken the day to gather information, to clean and disinfect our facilities and buses, and …

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MONTPELIER — The Statehouse filled with voices of community members distraught over a component of the state's education funding formula they say has brought about unfairness. "I am not here …

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MONTPELIER — Vermont schools are ordered to shut down as state officials respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Phil Scott announced a "continuity of education plan" for the orderly …

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MONTPELIER — In an effort to limit spread of the new coronavirus in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott on Monday afternoon ordered the closing of all bars and restaurants, beginning 2 p.m. on Tuesday, and effective …

Mar 17

BRATTLEBORO — Taking town staff's recommendation of not holding annual Representative Town Meeting, the Select Board cancelled Saturday's event where decisions on the municipal budget and other …

Mar 20

WILMINGTON — A group of former Hermitage Club members made the highest bid in an auction for properties at an exclusive private ski area that was developed at and around the former Haystack …

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BRATTLEBORO — Those without the security of housing are not being forgotten as restrictions related to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic are expanding and people are being asked to …

Mar 23

Three more people linked to the Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center have died after contracting COVID-19, Vermont's top public health official said Monday. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark …

Mar 24

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott is ordering non-essential businesses and nonprofits to stop in-person operations, and directing residents to stay at home and only to leave for critical reasons …

Mar 25

MONTPELIER — The governor and members of his administration are urging people to leave their homes as little as possible as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Vermont. …

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PUTNEY — A parking lot at Landmark College is the latest site where potential COVID-19 patients can provide samples to be tested for the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Chad Spooner, …

Mar 29

DOVER — Concern over nonresidents heading to the hills of Vermont during the coronavirus pandemic are not going ignored. "Ski area legislators are continually communicating with each other …

Mar 30

MONTPELIER — In a continued effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus-caused disease COVID-19, Gov. Phil Scott has issued new restrictions on travelers, ordering anyone traveling to Vermont …

Mar 30

BRATTLEBORO — School buses seen traveling around town while schools are closed down are part a program put in place to feed local students in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. "It's …

Apr 01

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat is limiting its in-patient clientele to Vermont residents only. This is to make sure that someone in Vermont requiring mental health care can be …

Apr 02

BRATTLEBORO — Local child care programs are open for families with parents considered crucial to handling the coronavirus pandemic. "We haven't had to say to any family, 'There's no spot …

Apr 03

MONTPELIER — The state is now recommending that Vermonters wear face masks when out in public, in light of the fact that infected people can spread the new coronavirus before they show …

Apr 05

WILMINGTON — Signs with messages such as "Boyd strong" and "local legend" were posted on cars driven by community members honoring Cleon Boyd, who died fighting COVID-19. "It was wonderful …

Apr 06

BRATTLEBORO — One of the biggest events of the year, which draws visitors from all over, has joined the list of cancellations due the coronavirus. The Strolling of the Heifers parade will …

Apr 06

WESTMINSTER — Distant or virtual teaching is nothing new to Lily Hart, a Bellows Falls Union High School language teacher. Or to Susan Swan, a mathematics teacher. Or Anna Macijeski, an …

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MONTPELIER — Don't believe the at-times depleted dairy case, there's plenty of milk coming from Vermont and New England farms. In fact, now there's too much, Vermont dairy leaders said …

Apr 12

DOVER — The Deerfield Valley said goodbye to another good friend whose smile will not be forgotten. Leon Boyd, 64, a lifelong valley resident, died Thursday from complications of COVID-19, …

Apr 15

MONTPELIER — While cautioning that social distancing will likely be part of citizens' lives in some capacity until a vaccine is developed, officials on Wednesday expressed cautious optimism …

Apr 15

BELLOWS FALLS — The annual Bellows Falls village meeting and election have been postponed because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. On a unanimous vote, the Bellows Falls Village …

Apr 16

BELLOWS FALLS — Municipal Manager Wendy Harrison has resigned with a sharply critical letter accusing the Rockingham Select Board and Bellows Falls Village Board of Trustees of interfering in …

Apr 17

MONTPELIER — As COVID-19 continues to trend in a better-than-expected direction in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announced the first loosening of economic restrictions issued in connection …

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MONTPELIER — Vermont has issued $1,200 checks to more than 8,000 people and cleared thousands of issues with unemployment claims, in an effort to get funding to laid-off workers who've gone …

Apr 22

Small business owners are finally starting to see some of the federal bailout money that was included in the $2 trillion CARES Act. And while Vermont did pretty well during the first round of federal …

Apr 22

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat is getting more than $7 million to help stabilize its finances and support operations during the coronavirus pandemic. The state has agreed to provide …

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MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott announced another step to loosen statewide business restrictions on Friday, in light of continued evidence COVID-19 is trending in a better-than-expected direction …

Apr 26

BRATTLEBORO — Town staff are preparing to slowly return to normal operations after shutting down to comply with the state of emergency order aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus and …

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May 01

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has announced a third loosening of COVID-19-related business restrictions in as many weeks, in a move that he said will put thousands of Vermonters back to …

May 03

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, finding hand sanitizer in the local grocery stores is no easy task. Many distilleries have answered the call to help residents in the …

May 04

BRATTLEBORO — In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, compost sales are growing at Windham Solid Waste Management District. "We are selling more compost than ever," said Bob Spencer, the …

May 04

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott announced the state's first loosening of non-business-related restrictions on Monday, in light of continued positive trends in COVID-19 numbers. Scott announced …

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BRATTLEBORO — Police officers have come to "expect the unexpected." But the coronavirus pandemic has brought on a whole new meaning to the phrase. "We deal with people and they're all …

May 08

MONTPELIER — Child care programs and summer day camps will be allowed to reopen this season, subject to to-be-released requirements, as Vermont's COVID-19 data continues to trend in a positive …

May 11

MONTPELIER — With COVID-19 data continuing to trend in a positive direction in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday that the state is planning to allow retail to reopen soon. At a …

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MONTPELIER — As Vermont moves toward a gradual reopening of retail starting Monday, Gov. Phil Scott emphasized the importance of wearing facial coverings, but continued to stop short of …

May 15

MONTPELIER — Saying the last two months have felt more like a year, Gov. Phil Scott expressed how grateful he is to the Vermonters who have followed the state's safety guidelines in response to …

May 17

BRATTLEBORO — Town-owned parks can be used by residents and visitors alike. In an update concerning the coronavirus response shared with media Saturday, Town Manager Peter Elwell said the …

May 18

MONTPELIER — With only partial lodging openings and 14-day quarantine rules for those coming to Vermont for longer than a day, Gov. Phil Scott described himself as being "very concerned about …

May 19

SAXTONS RIVER — Main Street Arts, the small community arts organization that dreams big, announced Monday it would suspend all operations as of July 7. The cause? The economic paralysis …

May 22

WILMINGTON — Before the town approved an emergency order requiring face coverings inside all public establishments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Select Board Vice Chairman John …

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BRATTLEBORO — A week after approving an order requiring masks in public establishments, the Select Board assessed the situation by inviting feedback at a special meeting on Tuesday. "There …

May 29

BELLOWS FALLS — Democrats in two northern Windham County legislative districts - Windham-3 and Windham-4 - will have a decision to make in the August 11 primary. Three women filed for the …

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MONTPELIER — Despite an outbreak of COVID-19 in Winooski, Gov. Phil Scott said on Friday that the state is still safely on its way to reopening. "The cases are confined to one social network …

Jun 05

BRATTLEBORO — Claiming she was fired from the Brattleboro Retreat after filing a complaint about jokes of a sexual nature made about a male nurse, who is also a union representative, a former …

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TOWNSHEND — The West River Education District will be presenting another budget after the elementary school portion failed in a 221-218 vote. Even though the high school portion passed …

Jun 12

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat could be getting $10.2 million from the state in financial relief as it starts tackling items on a "sustainability plan" developed with the Vermont Agency …

Jun 12

MONTPELIER — A decade ago, as Curtiss Reed Jr. explained Friday in online testimony before the state Senate Judiciary Committee, he disagreed with state Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham, on …

Jun 15

BRATTLEBORO —  In recent weeks, Retreat employees have protested the firing of two union officials and called for the termination of Chief Nursing Officer Meghan Baston and CEO Louis …

Jun 16

BELLOWS FALLS — Bellows Falls village trustees got some complaints Monday night during the annual Village Meeting about their decision last month to eliminate the position of the police …

Jun 17

BRATTLEBORO — Community members urged the Select Board to reject the fiscal year 2021 budget and "defund the police." Not everyone speaking about the issue at Tuesday's Zoom meeting wanted …

Jun 17

MONTPELIER — As part of Vermont's reopening efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, long-term care facilities will be able to offer outdoor visitation for up two guests per resident each day …

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BRATTLEBORO — With uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic, school officials are encouraging community members to support the approximately $51 million Windham Southeast School District …

Jun 27

BRATTLEBORO — There were a couple of minor scuffles and some heated words thrown back and forth between Trump supporters and counter-protesters in downtown Brattleboro today. But for the …

Jun 28

MARLBORO — Even though the purchase and sale agreement for the Marlboro College campus hasn't been finalized, the founder of the nonprofit organization that hopes to set up shop there said he …

Jun 29

MONTPELIER — As other states struggle, Vermont officials applauded efforts aimed at reopening the economy and preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the Green Mountain State. "We feel …

Jun 29

HINSDALE, N.H. — The bridges connecting Hinsdale to Brattleboro will need a lot of work to keep them safe for pedestrians when the new bridge over the Connecticut River is open to traffic in …

Jul 01
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WESTMINSTER — A law firm that represented abuse survivors of Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics national team doctor, is representing men and women who say they were physically and sexually …

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BRATTLEBORO — During the weeks after the first local protest held downtown in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at police hands in Minneapolis, town officials and community members are …

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Select Board took a look Tuesday at two proposals on how the town should proceed in its review of the Brattleboro Police Department. At its June 16 meeting, the …

Jul 10

MONTPELIER — As the economic toll of COVID-19 intensifies longstanding concerns about housing insecurity in Vermont, the state is poised to disburse $25 million to renters and homeowners that …

Jul 12

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of Vermont's controversial school merger law, Act 46, rejecting an appeal by about 30 state school districts who said the …

Jul 14

MONTPELIER — Cards sent by the Vermont Secretary of State's office to every registered voter in the state have produced a dramatic increase in interest in voting by mail in the Tuesday, Aug. 11 …

Jul 14

MARLBORO — Marlboro College's Board of Trustees intends to go ahead with the sale of the campus to Democracy Builders Fund Inc., a nonprofit hoping to "re-imagine" higher education in Marlboro. …

Jul 16

BRATTLEBORO — Words of gratitude are nice to hear but, as the saying goes, money talks. "A handful of us were quite determined to create what we call the Hazard Pay Grant Program," Senate …

Jul 17

BELLOWS FALLS — Taxes are going down in Bellows Falls. The village trustees this week formally adopted a new tax rate for the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year, and it's the lowest tax rate in more …

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MARLBORO — The sale of the Marlboro College campus was finalized Wednesday but higher education is anticipated to stay. The new owner, Democracy Builders, bills itself as "an education …

Jul 24

MONTPELIER — Citing the rise of COVID-19 cases nationally and indications that the virus is spreading back to the Northeast, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Friday ordered the wearing of masks in …

Jul 27

WARDSBORO — Library staff resigned after being at odds with the board of trustees over whether to open for in-person service during the coronavirus pandemic. "In a nutshell, the three of us …

Jul 29

BRATTLEBORO — Town officials are preparing to host annual Representative Town Meeting virtually after months of exploring the best way to proceed since the March event was cancelled due to the …

Jul 31

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott said retail businesses can double the number of customers in their stores, starting on Saturday. During his twice-weekly press conference on Friday, Scott said …

Aug 02

BRATTLEBORO — A month-long program is aimed at propping up local restaurants, food producers and people struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. "We're really excited about it," said …

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MONTPELIER — While announcing the start of a hazard pay program, Gov. Phil Scott thanked legislators and frontline workers but said the best way to support those workers is to continue to slow …

Aug 05

BRATTLEBORO — At a meeting abbreviated out of concern over lack of access because of a large-scale power outage and held remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest disruption came by …

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BELLOWS FALLS — Rep. Kelley Tully, D-Rockingham was denied a possible return to the State House Tuesday, with Democratic voters opting for Rep. Carolyn Partridge, D-Windham, and challenger …

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MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott wants to send a $150 debit card to every household in Vermont, with the requirement that they "buy local" at a Vermont business. Scott unveiled his "Buy Local" …

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Communities and municipalities around Windham County have responded to national and local events with a clear message: They will fight racism and stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. "We …

Sep 01
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BRATTLEBORO — At a meeting where the need for affordable housing was addressed in several ways, the Select Board asked town staff to look into the legality of an ordinance that would limit how …

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BRATTLEBORO — School buses will be disinfected with a new fogging system twice daily, in the morning and in the afternoon, to protect against the spread of COVID-19 among students.

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Schools restarted across Vermont on Tuesday after the Labor Day weekend with a mix of in-person and remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, along with rules and procedures to prevent the …

Sep 10

PUTNEY — Town leaders promised activists and residents Wednesday night that they will do a better job fighting racism in their small Vermont town and in their town hall. Town Manager Karen …

Sep 10

MONTPELIER — The Vermont House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $7.15 billion fiscal 2021 budget on Thursday on a second reading, setting the stage for final passage as early as …

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MONTPELIER — The Vermont State Senate passed its version of the fiscal 2021 budget on Friday, making a number of changes from the state House of Representatives' version of the $7.15 billion …

Sep 20

Brattleboro Reformer VERNON — The Vernon Selectboard announced Sunday that it is suspending operations of the Vernon Volunteer Fire Department, with arrangements made for coverage by the …

Sep 21

WESTMINSTER — Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has voluntarily surrendered its license to provide residential treatment to children. After receiving reports of recent sexual abuse at the …

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MONTPELIER — The Vermont State Senate passed the Global Warming Solutions Act into law on Tuesday, overriding Gov. Phil Scott's veto of the climate change policy bill. By a 22-8 roll call …

Sep 24

BRATTLEBORO — Human services agencies will receive more support than initially proposed this year after Town Meeting representatives bumped the funding up by more than $20,000. The original …

Sep 24

MONTPELIER — A package of bills addressing systemic racism and criminal justice reform was passed by the state House of Representatives on Tuesday and is now under consideration by the state …

Sep 25

MONTPELIER — The Vermont General Assembly on Friday completed its business for 2020, giving final passage to a $7.15 billion fiscal 2021 budget, a limited update of Act 250, and criminal …

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WHITINGHAM — Water taps were taken offline at Twin Valley Middle High School until they have lower lead levels. "We take our responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for the …

Oct 02

MONTPELIER — A golf tournament at the Mt. Anthony Country Club last month has sparked a small number of COVID-19 cases, state officials said Friday. Dr. Mark Levine, the Vermont commissioner …

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