The Greeting

A bald eagle soars around Spofford Lake, in Spofford, N.H., on Tuesday.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Greetings from Windham County! Spring is in the air, so pack your winter jacket and your sunscreen, because you might need both! (And some tick repellent, too.)

With the end of winter comes the end of ski season, and boy did Winhall's Mac Forehand close out his year in style, winning the World Cup Crystal Globe in slopestyle. He's the first Stratton Mountain School student to win a title while still in high school, and his coaches credit his passion and devotion to the sport.

Have you thanked your local volunteer firefighter lately? In Newfane on Tuesday and in Jamaica on Sunday, fire crews doused the flames and limited damage.

Also in public safety news, Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark has decided to retire effective June 30, just months after he was re-elected to the post.

Should Bellows Falls go it alone? James Mitchell says yes, and he's launched a petition drive to have the village secede from the town of Rockingham.

A deeper look at the latest state health statistics showed Windham County had the highest per-capita overdose death rate in the state.

Meanwhile, at the Hermitage:  A judge has ruled the shuttered resort and founder Jim Barnes owes the state more than $1 million in sales taxes. And a judge has ordered the resort and Barnes to pay a Massachusetts man $2.1 million. 

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Greg Sukiennik
Reformer engagement and opinion editor

The News

Windham County leads state in opioid deaths

BRATTLEBORO — Prudence McKinney said when the 2018 state Department of Health report on opioid-related fatalities came out last month, there was more than disappointment that Windham County had … more

Judge orders $2M payment to Hermitage Club member

NEWFANE— Hermitage Club founder Jim Barnes and Hermitage Club LLC are ordered to pay about $2.1 million to a club member unable to sell back 20 memberships he bought as an investment in 2015. … more

Commission, state to ask feds for Vt. hearing

VERNON — The Windham Regional Commission and the state of Vermont want the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to come to Vermont to discuss the future of citizen advisory panels for nuclear power … more

Board member defends stance on Jamaica school

WEST RIVER VALLEY — School Board member Ken McFadden worries articles of agreement approved by voters in 2017 would make it difficult to close the right school if it ever comes down to that. … more

Barnes ordered to pay state taxes

NEWFANE — In a case involving lack of sales tax payments to the state for Hermitage Club business, a judge has granted a motion for summary judgement. "Based upon the plaintiff's motion for … more

Additional Greenfield trains coming in June

BRATTLEBORO — Advocates for expanded rail travel to Brattleboro and eventually to Montreal will be watching closely a two-and-a-half year program running two trains a day from Springfield, Mass. to … more

Firefighters save house in Newfane

NEWFANE — Crews responded to a two-alarm fire at 35 Browns Road around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The fire was contained to the garage, and no injuries were reported. more

The Weather

The View


Our opinion: Ditch the plastic, hold the fee

The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill banning single-use, carryout plastic bags (i.e., grocery bags), foam containers and plastic straws, with some exceptions. That's bound to … more

Letter: Vermont needs paid family leave program

Editor of the Reformer, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, in his Feb. 12 op-ed ("Building prosperity for families"), calls for a state paid family leave policy as one way to promote a stronger, more … more

Becca Balint: A New Zealander leads the world by example

I approached the gathering in front of St. Michael's Episcopal Church and thought: Here we are again — at another vigil, another event to commemorate and honor those who'd been lost to horrible … more

The Entertainment

Stone Church lineup includes film, music

BELLOWS FALLS — Stone Church will offer two programs this weekend at The Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.On Friday, at 7:30 p.m., Stone Church Film will present "Painting the … more

Williamsville dog show aims to be a 'howling success'

WILLIAMSVILLE — Janine Rose thought it would be fun to have a dog show open to anyone and everyone. Hence, the first ever Williamsville International Dog Show, which flyers say will be "a … more

The Score

Stratton Mountain's Mac Forehand wins Crystal Globe

SILVAPLANA, Switzerland — As he approached the winner's podium, Stratton Mountain School junior Mac Forehand couldn't help but smile.Taking his place at the top of the podium, he high-fived and … more

BF's Lockerby pleased with attitude, pitching

BRATTLEBORO — The Bellows Falls varsity baseball team will play host often right out of the gate, welcoming Mill River, Brattleboro, MAU and then Leland & Gray to begin the season.The … more

Brattleboro baseball team to debut April 10

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity baseball team, which reached the Final 4 in the 2018 postseason, will open up at Bellows Falls on April 10 at 4:30 p.m.The Colonels will … more

Brewer takes over as BUHS coach

BRATTLEBORO — Ben Brewer, who played for the 2007 and 2008 Division 1 state tournament runner-up Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys tennis teams, is now the head coach for the … more

The Plan

The Snap

Trainees practice the rope rescue during Swift Water Rescue Training in the West River.

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