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The Greeting

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Greetings from Windham County, where spring has definitely sprung. Whether you're celebrating Easter or Passover or just gathering with family and friends, we bid you safe travels -- and be on the lookout for magical rabbits with candy.

Police news dominated the headlines this week. Alaw enforcement surge produced multiple arrests on drug related charges, and officials told out-of-town dealers to go home. And the search for the suspect in two shooting deaths in Hinsdale ended with his death.

Orange cones ahead: Bridge work on I-91 will take longer than expected. But water main repairs in Brattleboro are on target for completion in time for the Strolling of the Heifers.

Speaking of Heifers: Organizers are defending the parade's treatment of animals.

Flood of complaints: Some property owners in Wilmington are questioning regulations proposed to protect buildings from flood damage.

When the weekend comes, how do you take time out to recharge? A digital-plus weekend subscription to the Reformer can help you stay informed and entertained.

Have a great weekend,

Greg Sukiennik
Reformer engagement and opinion editor

The News

Law enforcement authorities to drug dealers: 'We are coming after you'

BRATTLEBORO — The message Tuesday from Thomas Anderson, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety, to addicts who deal drugs to sustain their habits was clear: Get help or go … more

Double murder suspect found dead in Vernon

HINSDALE, N.H. — A former Brattleboro man accused of killing two people in Hinsdale Thursday was found dead in Vernon, Vt., Friday.According to a press release from the New Hampshire Attorney … more

Strolling of the Heifers staff defends annual parade

BRATTLEBORO — Strolling of the Heifers senior staff members defended the parade that sees cows, farmers and other community members marching up Main Street. "We're celebrating animals in the … more

Commission hears details for hospital expansion

BRATTLEBORO — A vocal critic of how the operation of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital affects her neighborhood toted a banker's box of what she called evidence to an Act 250 hearing in the … more

Interstate bridges behind schedule

ROCKINGHAM — The $44 million twin-bridge construction project over the Williams River on Interstate 91 is behind schedule, with a new completion date set for late August 2020.No specific causes … more

Maple Leaf Tavern set to reopen in early May

WILMINGTON — When the Maple Leaf Tavern reopens during the second week of May, 13 months will have passed since it closed and went into foreclosure. About 25 years have elapsed since the new … more

Alliance benefits Brattleboro Retreat employees, patients

BRATTLEBORO — Every dollar the Brattleboro Retreat can shave off its operating expenses is a dollar more it can use to fulfill its mission of providing mental health services to some of the … more

Proposed flood regulations not so welcome

WILMINGTON — Updated flood and fluvial erosion hazard regulations have worried some members of the community. "What some people are claiming is this will negatively affect their land value," … more

Judge says no to Act 46 challenge

WINDHAM COUNTY — A Franklin County Superior Court judge dealt another blow Friday to about three dozen Vermont school districts and towns that are fighting the forced mergers of school … more

Hermitage business issues blamed in bankruptcy filing

HARTFORD, CONN. — About half of the debt cited in the Hermitage Club founder's wife filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy is connected to judgments in Hermitage-related lawsuits. Donna J. Barnes … more

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The Weather

The View


Our opinion: Supply, demand, and the law

The participants in Tuesday's news conference in Brattleboro laying out the results of a local, state and federal drug enforcement "surge" last week made clear that their announcement of arrests and … more

Letter: Support BAAH to help those with housing needs

Editor of the Reformer,Hello Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing supporters,With your support we helped dozens of individuals and families cope with major housing-related dilemmas in their lives. We … more

Chloe Learey: The benefits of early intervention

Benjamin Franklin's axiom "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" can be applied to child development. Policymakers who developed the Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities … more

The Entertainment

The Garcia Project returns to Stone Church

BRATTLEBORO — It is highly unusual to have two full moons under the same sign in a row, but that is what's happening early Friday morning. And coinciding with that second Libra full moon comes … more

Abrams, Scherer to talk 3D collaboration

BRATTLEBORO — Jackie Abrams and Deidre Scherer will discuss their collaborative work in the exhibit "Connections" at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The talk is … more

The Score

BUHS girls lax team bounces right back

BRATTLEBORO — After losing to Kearsarge 10-9 in the season opener on Wednesday, the Brattleboro Union High School varsity girls lacrosse team bounced right back with a 17-15 win over Woodstock … more

Brattleboro softball team improves to 3-0

BRATTLEBORO — In the fantasy sports world, Hailey Derosia would be known as "a steal."The senior scored an impressive 41 points, based on ESPN's standard league rules, when leading the … more

Colonel girls lax team clobbers Northampton

BRATTLEBORO — Lucy Szpila scored her first varsity goal, on a left-handed drive, to help the Brattleboro Union High School girls lacrosse team to an easy 21-5 win over visiting Northampton on … more

The Plan

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The Snap

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Molly Xiao Hua Hodsden and Sydney Marie Bazin, sophomores at Bellows Falls Union High School, make a cut while building a tower during the Sophomore Summit at SIT on April 10.

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