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Around 70 people walked up a dark trail at Putney Mountain to celebrate the first day of May by watching the Putney Morris Men and the Putney Mountain Morris dance to the sunrise on Wednesday

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hello, Windham County! May has arrived, and temperatures are expected to climb into the 60s this weekend. It's expected to be cloudy and rainy, but sources tell the Reformer that behind those clouds, there's a large, yellow, bright disc in the sky that provides light and warmth, and it will eventually make an appearance. Apparently it's called "the sun."

More signs that summer is around the corner:

• Strolling of the Heifers is a month away, and the event has a new executive director, Erin O'Connor

• What's summer without a place to swim? The Hinsdale pool schedule says it's closing on August 9, and residents aren't happy about that.

• It was a bit chilly last weekend but that didn't stop local scouts from enjoying their annual Camporee.

• And warmer temperatures have cleared the way for work at the Vernon Dam, leading to a noticable drop in the water level at the Hinsdale boat ramp.

They call public records access laws "sunshine laws," and it's our job to shine a light on local government and the world around us.  A digital-plus weekend subscription to the Reformer will warm your heart and help support our mission.

Have a great week!

Greg Sukiennik
Reformer engagement and opinion editor

The News

CASP volunteers honored as Unsung Heroes

BRATTLEBORO — Compassionate Brattleboro has chosen the volunteers of the Community Asylum Seekers Project, Brattleboro area, as this year's recipients of the 2019 Unsung Hero Award, for their … more

Spofford Hall demolition plan could have fall hearing

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. — The owners of the former Spofford Hall are preparing an application for a demolition permit for the mold-infested, 90,000-square-foot building that was once a substance … more

Compassionate Brattleboro forges connections across three continents

BRATTLEBORO — A signpost pointing toward "sister communities" could show worldwide relationships forged by those living around here. "It would be nice for our kids to pass by the park and have … more

49th Green Up Day set for Saturday

BRATTLEBORO — Vermont's 49th Green Up Day is scheduled for Saturday and an extra special effort will be put on removing old tires from a wetlands on Spring Tree Road."We will be meeting at 8:30 … more

Attorney in Brattleboro Memorial Hospital lawsuit: Plaintiff's death 'preventable'

BRATTLEBORO — A woman who was suing Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for failing to exercise reasonable care in the treatment of a "highly suspicious mass on her left kidney" has died.Cynthia … more

Restructuring company awarded judgment

HARTFORD, CONN. — A Boston group helping the Hermitage Club with company restructuring was awarded default judgment last week. Earlier this month, an attorney for G2 Capital Advisors filed a … more

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The View


Our Opinion: A reason to smile

When the anecdotal and empirical data showed that Windham County was short on dentists and long on need, especially for persons with limited or no insurance, the United Way and Brattleboro Memorial … more

Letter: Action is needed now on drug epidemic

Editor of the Reformer,About 10 years ago I went to see the Town Manager. I had great difficulty getting a meeting with him. I called numerous times to no avail. I finally sent him an email which I … more

Rev. Lise Sparrow: Our bones cry out

Every year the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Leadership Alliance supports the Jewish community in marking Yom Hashoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year it is being observed on Thursday, May … more

The Entertainment

NEYT's 'Dear Edwina' gives advice through song and dance

BRATTLEBORO — New England Youth Theatre presents it's Spring Musical "Dear Edwina JR", by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, directed by Rebecca Waxman and performed at 7 p.m. on May 3, 4, 10 and … more

Come celebrate International Jazz Day

BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Jazz Center honors International Jazz Day 2019 with a concert featuring students from nine VJC ensembles, beginning at 3 p.m. this Sunday.Come enjoy the sounds of the … more

The Score

Rebels win Ultimate opener

BRATTLEBORO — Townshend doesn't have a high school football team, but it is home to an outstanding quarterback.Lucas Newton had six goals thrown, including a bomb to Owen Woodard in the second … more

Colonel girls lax team outscores Amherst

BRATTLEBORO — Tobin Lonergan (6 goals, 3 assists) and Liz Day (2 goals, 5 assists) continually applied the pressure to help the Brattleboro varsity girls lacrosse team to a 23-3 win over … more

Brattleboro, MAU combine for 26 penalties

BRATTLEBORO — About the same time that James Holzhauer began pulling away for his 20th straight Jeopardy victory on Wednesday evening, the Mount Anthony Union varsity boys lacrosse team was also … more

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A Hinsdale baserunner heads for home in the Pacers' 8-7 win over Derryfield on Tuesday.

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