The Greeting

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Greetings from Windham County! Spring has officially arrived but winter's chill still lingers and there's a threat of snow (or at least cold rain) in the forecast.

Sometimes you have to take the bad with the good, and early spring offers plenty of both here in southern Vermont. We're talking about mud - lots of it  - making for miserable driving conditions and overtime work for road crews.

But the conditions are sweetened by the arrival of maple sugar season, a wonderful Vermont tradition that reporter Susan Smallheer and photographer Kris Radder examined through the eyes of one venerable local sugarhouse. 

By the way, Vermont's annual Maple Open House weekend is this Friday and Saturday, and several Windham County sugarhouses will be open to the public for tours, samples and sales. For more information, consult

We also published an important and timely story about how one local property owner and landlord is dealing with the scourge of drugs in his Brattleboro neighborhood

We've also had a vigorous discussion on the opinion pages about a new 1 percent sales tax, designed to generate tax relief for residents, but which some community leaders say will be bad for local businesses. It's a hot issue that will be voted on during Saturday's annual Representative Town Meeting.

Links to these and more great stories and photos can be found below.

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Django Grace, 13, a seventh-grader at Brattleboro Area Middle School, stands in front of the entrance of Brattleboro Union High School, in Brattleboro, Vt., to protest government inaction on climate change as part of a global effort on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Click on the picture for a full gallery of photos from the student climate change protest. And click here for more award-winning photography from the Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal.

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