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Deal reached on pot, but fate unclear

MONTPELIER — Vermont Senate negotiators have reached a deal with the governor's office to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state, but the fate of the proposal still rests with Republicans in the House, a state senator said …
Editorials
Wind noise should be overseen by state, not developer

Several years ago, a company based in Maine wanted to build a biomass/wood pellet manufacturing facility in Pownal at the former Green Mountain Race Track. What followed was more than a year of public hearings, permit applications, and …

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Managing the fossil fuel transition

Letters
Letter: No excuses

Editor of the Reformer:According to polls, Donald Trump's approval ratings run from the subpar upper 30 percent range to the lower 40 percent. How come - unless many who voted him into the presidency are now having second thoughts? And why now, …

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Letter: Complicity at the highest level

State news
Teacher health deal considered in Vermont

MONTPELIER — A compromise agreement on teacher health insurance was debated in the state House on Wednesday, part of revised state budget that needs to be passed so Vermont doesn't begin the next fiscal year without a fiscal plan. The …

Immigrant farmworkers arrested after march

MONTPELIER — More than two dozen protesters on Monday showed support for two immigrant dairy farmers arrested after marching to a Ben & Jerry's factory to call for better pay and living conditions on farms that provide milk to the ice …

Resorts 'bounce back' with 3.9 million skier visits

KILLINGTON — Skier visits jumped at resorts in Vermont this past season to 3.9 million statewide, a roughly 21 percent increase over a previous season hampered by dismal snowfall, the Vermont Ski Areas Association announced Thursday.Parker …

National News
Google promises YouTube crackdown

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is promising to be more vigilant about preventing terrorist propaganda and other extremist videos from appearing on its YouTube site amid intensifying criticism about the internet's role in mass violence. Its crackdown …

Trump makes case for apprenticeships to fill jobs gap

PEWAUKEE, Wis. — The man who parlayed a run on TV's "The Apprentice" into a winning presidential campaign said Tuesday the nation needs a stronger system of apprenticeship to match workers with millions of open jobs."I love the name …

Comey: Fired because of Russia investigation

The Associated PressWASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey asserted Thursday that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump campaign."It's my …

Local sports

BF Legion team trumps Pirates

WESTMINSTER — Kendall Heath's ninth-inning single plated Jacob Streeter to give the Bellows Falls Legion baseball team a 7-6 victory over the Saxtons River Pirates on Wednesday.Streeter paced the winners with three hits and Joe Corey chipped …

Snide repeats as decathlon state champ

BURLINGTON — Twelve Bellows Falls Union High School track and field athletes competed in the Vermont State Decathlon Championships on Monday and Tuesday at the University of Vermont. Senior DJ Snide successfully defended his title from 2016 …

4 area tennis players are MVL stars

BRATTLEBORO — After helping the MAU varsity girls tennis team to the Final 4 and a 13-1 record, Anna Salem, Ally White and coach Steve Cogenshall were all named to the Marble Valley League's First Team.Joining them are area standouts Nora …

Post 5 wins in extra innings

BENNINGTON — Ben Nelson-Betz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to give the Brattleboro American Legion baseball team a thrilling 5-4 victory over Bennington on Tuesday.The winners got multiple hits from Jeremy Rounds and Leif Bigelow. …
Lifestyles

Ripe for the picking: Everything you need to know about strawberry season

There is nothing like biting into one of the first strawberries of the season, perhaps still warm from the sun in the field of a pick-your-own farm. The sweet, strawberry scent as you hold it by the crown to bring it to your mouth ... and then the …

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: V-a-c-a-t-i-o-n for your houseplants

With summer arriving on Wednesday, June 21, I'm sure many folks are already thinking of summer vacation. Everyone loves a vacation, even your houseplants. Huh? Oh, yeah, plants suffer from the same winter blahs as we non-chlorophyll-laden type of …

Health Matters: Ticks and tick-borne diseases

New England states are experiencing a high prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. In 2015, Vermont experienced the highest incidence of Lyme disease per population (CDC, 2015 and 2016). This year, the anticipated rate of tick …

Wait, is that black frozen yogurt?

PITTSFIELD — Have you ever tried black frozen yogurt? The choice is now yours. Ayelada's newest flavor, Coconut Ash, is as black as the midnight sky and quickly gaining notoriety in Berkshire County.
Ovation

Music: Kevin Parry

Classic blues, folk and rock on acoustic, electric and slide guitars at Ricks Tavern, Rte. 30, Newfane, on Saturday, July 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. Information at kevinparrymusic.com or 802-365-4310kevinparrymusic.com

Theater: Main St. Arts

"Little Shop of Horrors," June 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m. ; July 1 at 2 p.m. $18 adults, $8 youth 12 and younger in advance or $20 and $10 at the door, 36 Main St., Saxtons River. mainstreetarts.org, 802-869-2960 SAXTONS RIVER — What do you do when …

Film `Diabolique'

The Hooker-Dunham Theater's French Film Friday at 7 p.m., June 30. Clouzot's "Diabolique." Two women hatch a revenge plot against a headmaster. In French with English subtitles. $5 at door, 139 Main St., BrattleboroBonjour mes amis francophones and …

Book Review 'Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida' Wisdom from a life well lived

BRATTLEBORO — After more than five years in the making, "Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida" by Tom Namaya, is ready for public consumption. With a premier presentation at Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier last month, the book is now available …

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