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From waste to plant food

BRATTLEBORO — Tanks filled with human urine now sit in one of the smaller garages behind the old Estey Organ buildings on Birge Street. The "liquid gold" — as Rich Earth Institute calls it — is collected and then made into …
Editorials
Leave partisan game playing out of health care

We are tempted, today, to paraphrase the late Rodney King: can't they all just get along?"They" are, as ever, congressional Republicans and Democrats. As the experience of recent years has shown, hyper-partisan governance just doesn't work. Nowhere …

Are we alone in the universe?

Policy restricts your right to know

Brattleboro can't afford to lose NECCA

Letters
Letters: Your Thanks

Editor of the Reformer:Like other members of the Putney Community Garden, I was heartbroken after last week's hail storm to see that my garden was largely devastated just as the plants were beginning to thrive. As the word spread, good neighbors …

Letter: A humble salute to firefighters

Letter: We must end the system that creates poverty

Letter: Respect for the President

State news
Vermont finance officials hear revenues projections down

The Associated PressMONTPELIER — Vermont budget experts say the state is expected to take in almost $29 million less in the general fund in the current fiscal year than had been forecast in May, the state's Emergency Board was told Friday.Of …

Says college defaulted on loan while Jane Sanders was president

BURLINGTON — Republican activist and attorney Brady Toensing is challenging an assertion by Jane Sanders that she left Burlington College in good financial standing.In a Boston Globe article published Saturday, Sanders said that before she …

Vermont State Police Public Information Policy

1.0 Purpose1.1 To establish guidelines for the creation and dissemination of press releases and interactions with media and the public1.2 It is the intention of the Vermont State Police to be open and transparent with the public and the media, in …

National News
Fact check: What didn't happen this week

The Associated PressA roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real …

In Senate, ailing lawmakers given plenty of time to recover

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain's treatment for brain cancer could keep him out of Washington for weeks, perhaps months, and yet it's unlikely anyone will challenge his extended leave.Congress has a long tradition in which no one questions …

GOP plans Tuesday health vote

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary …

Local sports

Dumaine, Conkling to perform in Michigan

BRATTLEBORO — Coaches Suzanne McCaughtry and Stacy Chickering will be attending the 2017 State Games of America in Michigan on Aug. 3-6 with eight of their local figure skaters.The skaters have been training since April at Keene Ice and they …

3 area drivers in Monadnock's top 10

BRATTLEBORO — The Christmas in July event will take place at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. on Saturday night at 6. If you bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to a local charity for Christmas, you will receive $5 off an adult general …

Brattleboro CC's Walker finishes 2nd

WATERBURY — Reggie Parker of Green Mountain National Golf Club won her 9th Vermont Senior Women's Amateur Golf championship this week at the Country Club of Vermont. Parker's two-day score of 159 was seven strokes ahead of runner-up Liz Walker …

Wells named co-captain for Spartans

BRATTLEBORO — Bellows Falls Union High School graduate Sarah Wells and Rachel Holland of Bennington were named co-captains of the Castleton University field hockey team.Wells has a total of 16 goals and 10 assists in her first two seasons with …
Lifestyles

Get the most from your primary care visit

With all the talk of health care reform dominating the news and halls of government for the better part of the last decade, much can be done to help wellness without fancy legislation, or costing billions of dollars. Doctors at the grass-roots of …

Keep your kids cool with these sweet treats

We're (finally!) entering the dog days of summer. Those hot, steamy New England summer days when the cicadas can be heard singing, the dog is comatose in the shade in the backyard and even the pool or lawn sprinkler isn't enough to cool your kids …

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Lone mother goose spotted raising brood of ducklings

Q: We have friends who live just off West Center Road in West Stockbridge. The spring started with a pair of ducks (I don't know what kind) and a pair of Canada geese nesting close to a nearby pond. The parents of the ducklings disappeared, as well …

Protecting young bodies, brains from toxic stress

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom.The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for …
Ovation

Author talk: Tim Weed

Today, from 6 to 8 p.m., with Tim Weed and his short story collection, "A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing." Audience will be prompted to write their own story. The Lounge, 4 High St., BrattleboroOn Thursday, July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m., our …

Author discussion: Emily Monosson

An environmental discussion, 6 p.m. on July 28, at Everyone's Books, 25 Elliot St., Brattleboro. 802-254-8160, or everyonesbks@gmail.com.BRATTLEBORO — For more than a century, chemical cures were relied on to keep our bodies free from disease …

Concert: The Seamus Egan Project

Of the seminal Irish-American band Solas, at Next Stage on July 28 at 7:30 p.m. 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. $22 in advance, $25 at the door. For information, 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts.orgTHE SEAMUS EGAN PROJECT at NEXT STAGEPUTNEY — Next …

Theater `Trump's Fifth Avenue'

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A one-act show . harrowing and zany Hooker-Dunham Theatre, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. For reservations, 802-254-9276. $12.Final two Shows Friday & Saturday, July 21 & 22   Everyone at Shoot the Moon has …

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