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Bobcat struck by vehicle on April 10 released back to the wild

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. — A bobcat that was struck by a vehicle on Route 9 on April 10 was released back into the wild on Wednesday.Ted Walski, a biologist from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and Deb Gode, a wildlife rehabilitator …
Editorials
Our Opinion: Stand up and fight for your national monuments

National monuments might not seem like a local issue, but to quote a great American songwriter — "This land is your land, this land is my land."On Wednesday, the president signed off an executive order requiring the Secretary of the Interior …

Merger will allow groups to continue offering services for local families

There will never be a perfect pot bill

Local Humane Society needs help as it looks to expand

Letters
Letter: Don't let the Trojan Horse enter your town

Editor of the Reformer:Act 46, also known as a Trojan Horse entering every community in Vermont, is still circling each town's square.We are no further along with answers to what Act 46 is all about than we were at Town Meeting Day — in fact, …

Letter: Bears and ticks

Letter: Be thoughtful in your management of Timber Rattlesnakes

Letter: Don't erase history

State news
Vermont health department preparing doctors for opioid changes

RUTLAND — The Vermont Health Department is working to ensure that health care providers are ready for new rules that regulate how opioid painkillers are prescribed while minimizing the risk of misuse.On July 1, Vermont health care providers …

Middlebury grad treks cross-country in search of meaning

MIDDLEBURY — When Andrew Forsthoefel enrolled at Middlebury College a decade ago, he felt like a blunt pencil, he wrote in an application for a historiography course he heard "would change you forever" — or perhaps at least sharpen him …

River Valley Employment Fair set for Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD — More than 40 regional employers are set to be on hand this coming Wednesday with hundreds of jobs to offer.The River Valley Workforce Investment Board has worked for months coordinating this event to match area employers with job …

National News
Colleges confront a new era of protest

MONTPELIER — Fearing a return to violent protests that roiled campuses in the 1970s, colleges and universities are re-examining how to protect free speech while keeping students and employees safe in a time of political polarization.Campus …

Tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit

The Associated PressWASHINGTON — Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals — outlining an overhaul his administration …

GOP budget hawks open to Trump tax plan despite deficit

WASHINGTON — Republicans who slammed the growing national debt under Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday they are open to President Donald Trump's tax plan, even though it could add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.Trump …

Local sports

BUHS boys lax team earns 1st win

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro varsity boys lacrosse team earned its first victory of the season on Tuesday, defeating the visiting Belchertown Orioles 14-4. After finishing the first quarter up 2-0, the Colonels steadily pulled away, scoring …

Colonel girls lose on courts

BRATTLEBORO — Corazon.It's the Spanish word that best describes foreign exchange student Pilar Rivera, who was all "heart" during her battle with Rutland's Erianna Dupres at No. 2 singles during Monday's varsity girls tennis match at …

Putney's Caldwell, Rockwell ski into VSHOF

BRATTLEBORO — Putney Nordic skiers John Caldwell and Martha Rockwell were inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington in South Burlington. Caldwell is known as the grandfather of …

Mount Snow Freeski Competition Team goes big at Nationals

WEST DOVER — Students from the Mount Snow Freeski Competition Team, who went head to head this month with kids throughout the United States who practice and compete full-time, stood out to judges in several contests.This year, a total of 10 …
Lifestyles

What's the secret behind the flavors at SoCo Creamery?

If you work at SoCo Creamery, you start every day with — what else — ice cream. "The first thing we do every morning at 6 a.m. is taste the ice cream we made the day before," said Matt Scott, director of brand integrity and production at SoCo Creamery in Great Barrington, Mass.

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Plant a tree on Arbor Day

A little before my time, 1872, to be precise, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture proposed that the 10th day of April be set aside as a tree-planting holiday, and thereby named it Arbor Day, the first such celebration in the nation.

Could the Henrietta Lacks case happen today?

NEW YORK — What happened in the 1951 case of Henrietta Lacks, and could it happen again today?The story of the woman who unwittingly spurred a scientific bonanza made for a best-selling book in 2010. This weekend, it returned in an HBO film …

Use up your jam with this jammy crisp

Every year, I think to myself, "the weather will definitely be nice by the end of March. Just hold on until the end of March. You'll see." I never see. In my entire life, I don't think I've lived through one spring-settled, sunny March. This year …
Ovation

Author event: Canoes

 Launching Canoes at at Ashuelot Library, on Saturday, April 29The tiny Thayer Library is proud to be launching Canoes. Well, not actual canoes, but an important new book entitled Canoes: A Natural History in North America, by local author …

Theater: 'Babylon'

April 28 and 29, Sandglass Theater presents a work-in-progress "Babylon,"a piece about refugees, at Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill, at 7:30 p.m. $18 general; $16 student/seniors at sandglasstheater.org. On Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29 …

Concert: Piano celebration

Main Street Arts, 35 Main St., Saxtons River. On Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m. Hugh Keelan, Gudrun Weeks, Peggy Spencer, Pedro Pereira, and Doug Cox, for Schubert's Trout Quintet. $15 at 802-869-2960 or info@mainstreetarts.orgMain Street Arts concert …

Opera: 'Eugene Onegin'

Met's Live in HD simulcast, Saturday, April 22, 12:30 p.m. (please not the corrected time) at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro $22, members $20, students $10. For advance tickets: 802-257-5717, sjmpr@comcast.net "Eugene Onegin,"  MET's LIVE in HD simulcast …

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