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The Greeting

Democratic presidential Candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks about her stance on health insurance and the need to address climate change to a room full of people at Keene State College on Tuesday.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hello Windham County, where spring has surely sprung. And Wednesday brought a regular sign of spring: The annual Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual governor's luncheon, featuring Gov. Phil Scott.

During his visit, the Governor promoted his proposal for paid family leave as more affordable than the state House version. He also pledged to approach New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu about the long-closed Vilas Bridge, which used to connect Bellows Falls with North Walpole, N.H. until it was deemed unsafe. 

Lots more to report:

• SEC filings show the Sackler family now owns a controlling interest of Mount Snow's parent company.

• Brattleboro is pondering whether to hire a sustainability coordinator.

• Parting is such sweet sorrow and we must bid a fond farewell to the Vermonter Candy Co.

• But you don't have to say goodbye to the Reformer on Friday! A digital-plus weekend subscription to the Reformer can help you stay informed and entertained all weekend long.

Have a great week!

Greg Sukiennik
Reformer engagement and opinion editor

The News

Getting to the root of the problem

BRATTLEBORO — For nearly a decade, the United Way of Windham County has held an annual Adult Dental Care Day during which Windham County residents who have no way of paying for care could get … more

State's attorney: Murder case highlights gaps in legal system

Windham County State's Attorney Tracy Shriver said the April 11 murder of Neal Bolster and Aaliyah Jacobs highlights problems in communications between states. more

Walgreens replaces Rite Aid

WILMINGTON — Say goodbye to Rite Aid and say hello to Walgreens. "Walgreens is actually buying Rite Aid out nationwide," said Andrew Gault, account manager for Anchor Signs, Inc. "So they're … more

'Significant problems' meant no charges in 2017

BRATTLEBORO — Ever since two people were discovered murdered in a Hinsdale, N.H., home just over a week ago, questions have been circulating about why the suspected murderer was not already in … more

Rockingham plans paving projects

BELLOWS FALLS — The "worst heavily-travelled road" in Rockingham will get some attention this summer. Pleasant Valley Road, which connects the village of Saxtons River to Route 103, will not … more

Bellows Falls lifts bedbug health order

BELLOWS FALLS — The Rockingham Select Board has lifted the health order against a Williams Street apartment house after the owner provided the town with "sworn testimony" the house had been … more

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The View


Our Opinion: Vermont gets smart on youth smoking

In a victory for public health and common sense, the Vermont House of Representatives has approved raising the legal purchase age for buying and using cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other … more

Letter: Cheers for the happy heifers!

Editor of the Reformer,Cheers for the happy heifers! More pampered pets, blessed with tender loving care, have never been seen. The pride and joy of the strollers and their guardians is matched by … more

Carolyn Partridge: Indigenous Peoples' Day should honor those who were here before

Committees continue to work hard with the goal of ending the 2019 Session in mid-May. We are focusing on bills that came from the Senate and have, fortunately, had more time to work in committee … more

The Entertainment

Clay makers' vision opening next week

BRATTLEBORO — Wheelhouse Clay Center, a clay makers space in downtown Brattleboro, officially opens to the public at Gallery Walk on Friday, May 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m., with an all-studio … more

NECCA student wins at international circus competition

BRATTLEBORO — The New England Center for Circus Arts is making its mark on the international performing arts scene. NECCA, the Brattleboro circus school with a professional training program, … more

The Score

Terriers outscore Wildcats, 23-22

WESTMINSTER — Abby Joslyn stole home in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bellows Falls varsity softball team a wild, 23-22 victory over Twin Valley on Monday."It was an exciting game and a … more

Pelton voted athlete of the week

BRATTLEBORO — On April 1, Sammantha Pelton did what the Harlem Globetrotters have been doing for years.She put on a show.The Leland & Gray guard scored a game-high 16 points — often … more

Leland & Gray softball team trounces Presidents

LUDLOW — The Leland & Gray varsity softball team drew 20 walks and pounded out 23 hits during a 41-2 rout of Black River on Monday.Erin Cutts went 6-for-6, including three doubles, and … more

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The Snap

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Makenna Cassavaugh, a senior at Hinsdale Middle High School, and her fellow classmates sign the board during the annual Senior Singing Day on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. .

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