The Greeting

Members of the Brattleboro Fire Department and other agencies line up on sections of Interstate 91 to salute a 9/11 monument as it makes its way from Barre to New York City’s 9/11 Museum on six flatbed trailers on April 5.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hello, Windham County! Spring seems to have finally taken hold, with temperatures in the 70s expected Saturday -- the first day of trout season. Grab your pole and go!

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has big plans for an addition. The Ronald Read Pavilion is expected to cost $22 million and add more than 27,000 square feet, including new operating rooms.

When did you figure out what you wanted to do for a living? Local high school sophomores were encouraged to think about that, and to experiment.

In Putney, new volunteers are being sought to purchase and operate the town's beloved general store, as volunteers Betsy MacIsaac and Lyssa Papazian are looking to step aside.

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Greg Sukiennik
Reformer engagement and opinion editor

The News

'Faith in experimentation' learned at SIT event

BRATTLEBORO — Exploration was highly encouraged Wednesday at the third annual Sophomore Summit, where high school students got a glimpse of job opportunities in the community. "First of all, … more

Public to get preview of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital addition

BRATTLEBORO — State officials will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a plan to bring a four-story, 27,875-square-foot addition to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. more

Volunteers seek new owner for Putney General Store

PUTNEY — Putney loves its general store and the town recently honored Betsy MacIsaac and Lyssa Papazian, the Putney Historical Society super volunteers who have been running the store for the … more

Reworked West River Education budget saves $100,000

TOWNSHEND — This month, the West River Education District will get another swing at passing a fiscal year 2020 budget for schools along the Route 30 corridor. On Monday, the school board … more

'Robbie Paper' demolition progressing

BELLOWS FALLS — Demolition crews from Adams Trucking and Excavation are making progress in tearing down one of the village's most iconic but derelict and contaminated paper mills.Work began on … more

Grafton votes to sell school to town

GRAFTON — Grafton residents ignored last-minute advice from the Vermont Agency of Education and its supervisory union lawyer and voted unanimously to sell Grafton Elementary School to the … more

Brattleboro police aren't panhandling undercover

BRATTLEBORO — Local police officers are not panhandling as part of an undercover operation. "The Brattleboro Police Department does not deploy undercover officers; we do deploy officers in … more

Trooper cleared in March 9 Rockingham shooting

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Attorney General has cleared a Vermont State Trooper in a shooting incident that occurred in Rockingham on March 9. According to a news release from Attorney General … more

The Weather

The View


Our Opinion: Economic summit worth your time

If you're someone who cares about Southern Vermont's regional economy, then circle Thursday, May 23 on your calendar. That's the date of the third annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit, at the Mount … more

Letter: Stop giving voice to climate-change deniers

Editor of the Reformer,This is in response to the April 8 Opinion Page "Commentary" entitled, "Humans have no effect on climate whatsoever," by professional engineer Phil Savoy. It is a very enticing … more

Peter 'Fish' Case: Cancer doesn't care if you are liberal or conservative

Here's another head scratching sentence for you: "Republicans are warning drug companies not to cooperate with a Congressional Investigation." Why on earth would they do such a thing? After all, … more

The Entertainment

Raising Our Voices Together

NEYT's Theatre Adventure will present an original musical, "Raising Our Voices Together," today through Friday at the West Village Meeting House, 29 South St., West Brattleboro.The songs, written by … more

Photos: Artist's new address

Steve Redmond hangs his month-long show at 118 Elliot Street on Wednesday. The show opened to the public during Gallery Walk on Friday. Redmond built a boat in the 1970s, sailed it down to the Gulf … more

The Score

Rebels are talented, hungry

BRATTLEBORO — The Leland & Gray varsity baseball team is attempting to reach the Division 3 Final Four for the sixth time in eight years."We have a good crew. We bring back a decent-sized … more

BUHS boys lax team has a deep midfield

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys lacrosse team, which tied Pittsfield 8-8 in Thursday's season opener, will next host McCann Tech (1-0) on Friday at 5 p.m."Right now … more

9 starters return for Colonel girls

BRATTLEBORO — Midfielders Liz Day, Tobin Lonergan and Mollie Patenaude were named tri-captains for the Brattleboro varsity girls lacrosse team.The Colonels will host Kearsarge, N.H. in Monday's … more

The Plan

The Snap

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Brenden Gilbeau and Zachary Dunbar, seniors at Brattleboro Union High School, check the levels to make sure the stud is level while building a tiny house on Monday.

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