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First big storm: And snow it begins

WINDHAM COUNTY — A lot of snow again this year made Dec. 12 a day to remember for skiers and snowboarders. The date is extra special for Mount Snow, the West Dover-based ski resort which …
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The US military's mystery detainee

Nearly three months have passed since the U.S. military took custody of an American citizen believed to be an Islamic State fighter. Since early September, the Defense Department has detained the man …

Our opinion: Another attack on the Establishment Clause

Defending the indefensible

Thinking about the unthinkable - supervised injection facilities for those addicted to opioids

Letters
Letter: Kudos to Lineberger

Editor of the Reformer:We have a new national female celebrity here in the Deerfield Valley. Julie Lineberger won the Women Entrepreneurs Contest sponsored by Women's Day Magazine. Look at page 58 in …

Letter: In response to an incisive letter

Letter: Industrial wind farms scar the landscape

Letter: Why not the capital for Israel and Palestine?

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Sanderson era begins Wednesday at Poultney

BRATTLEBORO — Brud Sanderson has taken over as the head coach of the Leland & Gray varsity boys basketball team, which went 3-17 last season before losing to Hazen in a first-round playoff …

Brattleboro boys focused on getting stops

BRATTLEBORO — Despite big man Hunter Beebe being sidelined with an injury, two talented players deciding not to participate, and 90 percent of last year's offense having graduated, Brattleboro …

Courchesne is Twin Valley's best weapon

BRATTLEBORO — The Lady Wildcats of Whitingham should be one of the area's most exciting teams to watch, with their style of play being best described as run 'n gun."We will need to create as …

Hescock, Bostrom lead Rebel girls

TOWNSHEND — The Leland & Gray varsity girls basketball team fell to Arlington, 45-28, in the first round of the Tip-Off Classic on Friday. Sydney Hescock and Kelsi Bostrom scored eight and …
Lifestyle

A sweet cookie swap tradition

PITTSFIELD — 'Twas two weeks before Christmas and over at the Eagle,Staff members were gathered, to swap cookies that looked oh, so regal!If it's the second Monday in December, odds are the …

Holiday cookie of the week: Hot chocolate cookies

Our third cookie of the week is a rich, chocolate-y cookie that lives up to its name — and even looks something like a cup of cocoa.Submitted by Associate Features Editor …

Chili for those chilly afternoon hikes

Every daylight savings time, some excited child wakes in me. This is how I know I live in the right place: While some others bemoan the onset of early darkness, I relish it. Plentiful daylight is …

Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Look out for snowy owls arrival

SNOWY OWLS ARRIVAL Although a rare winter visitor, the snowy owl does occasionally visit Western Massachusetts, occurring in Pittsfield, for instance, almost always in the center of the city. Arriving …
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Live music: Sharon and Daniel

Four Columns Inn Tavern, to host duo Sharon Leslie and Daniel Kasnitz who perform acoustic versions of popular hits Dec. 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 21 West St., Newfane. For information, call …

Art talk: Charlie Hunter

Art talkCharlie Hunter"In the Very (Plein) Air" of the Taste of the Arts series, on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at Main Street Arts, 35 Main St., Saxtons River. $25 for adults and $12 for 12 and under. Reserve …

Film: Cult classic

Holiday film "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" at the Bellows Falls Opera House, Dec. 14 at 7 the Square, Bellows Falls. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Free. Call 603-313-0052 for information This sci-fi …

Author event: Richard Lamere

Richard "Skip" Lamere, to talk about his book "Camp Stories From the Backwoods of Vermont" on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls. For reservations, call …
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Teflon Town
Teflon Town: ChemFab's Toxic Legacy

Teflon Town: ChemFab's toxic legacy is a five-part series on the history of the company in Bennington and the impact of water contamination from the factories on local residents.

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