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Children's book explores questions of death

MIDDLEBURY — When Addison County writer Julia Alvarez was translating for Spanish-speaking migrant farmhands and their families a decade ago, she saw how locals and Latinos struggled to understand each other."Everyone was befuddled," she said …
Editorials
There's still hope for legalizing marijuana

It was a bit of a buzz kill when Vermont's House Judiciary Committee missed a key deadline last week on a bill that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.Fortunately, H.170 was granted an extension, approved by the committee …

Vermont has a problem with lawsuits

Our Opinion: Cost of cutting public broadcasting greater than realized

Our Opinion: ICE crackdown is a waste of resources

Letters
Letter: Support H.422

Editor of the Reformer:I am writing in support of H.422, currently heading to a vote on the Vermont House floor, particularly urging my representatives, Carolyn Partridge and Matthew Trieber to vote in its favor.This bill gives law enforcement …

Letter: Support social justice

Letter: The better budget battle

Letter: Impeach Donald Trump

State news
Calif. news service sues Vt. over access to court records

BRATTLEBORO — Courthouse News Service, which bills itself as "a nationwide news service for lawyers and the news media," has filed a First and Fourteenth Amendment lawsuit against clerks of the court for the state's 14 county superior courts …

Revenue loss threatens bill that raises legal tobacco age

MONTPELIER — The future of a Vermont measure that would raise the legal age for selling and using tobacco to 21 could be hampered by potential loss of tax revenue.A legislative analysis released Tuesday showed that Vermont could lose more than …

Most Interesting Man judges beard contest

MONTPELIER — A man who helped pitch Dos Equis beer as the Most Interesting Man in the World turned his attention from his favorite beer to his favorite beard by judging a competition called Vermont Beardies.Actor Jonathan Goldsmith, who lives …

National News
Death rates up for middle age whites with little education

WASHINGTON — A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses and …

Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'

RICHMOND, Va. — Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are struggling to …

Republicans rebelling against health care risk Trump's wrath

NEW YORK — Hard-line House Republicans considering voting against the House GOP health bill are bracing for payback from a president who claims his favorite biblical passage is "an eye for an eye." Many appear ready to risk it.The scheduled …

Local sports

Go Colonels!

BRATTLEBORO — Joe Meyer will make his head coaching debut for the Brattleboro Union High School varsity girls tennis team, while Chris Sawyer (boys lacrosse), Sarah Clark (girls lacrosse), Kelly Markol (softball), Chris Groeger (baseball), …

Thank you coaches, photographers

BRATTLEBORO — The Reformer sports department wants to thank varsity coaches Paul Freed, Amanda Dixon, Terry Bonnette, Joe Goodhue, Buddy Hayford and Chris Brown for reporting their results throughout the winter season.The photos submitted by …

Spring Training

The Bellows Falls varsity baseball team is preparing for its April 10 opener at Brattleboro at 5 p.m. The Terriers went 8-8 during the regular season in 2016, were seeded No. 6 in the Division 2 Tournament and eventually lost to Mount Abraham 11-1 …

Pacers open April 10

HINSDALE, N.H. — After four consecutive winless seasons, the Hinsdale varsity baseball players understand what the Bad News Bears and the New York Knights were going through on the big screen.Pacer fans have been waiting for someone like the …
Lifestyles

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Time to give your houseplants some love

Tired of looking out onto a snow-covered or soggy landscape? Then look in ... no, I don't mean self-reflection; that's always depressing for someone with all of my short comings, which includes questionable writing skills. I mean look at your …

This this drug worth the cost?

A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost.Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor are cheap …

How to help children with autism make — and keep — friends

Matthew rarely was invited to birthday parties or play groups as a young child. On the few occasions he was included, his mother said a prayer and "hoped nothing bad would happen," she recalls.

Pile your plate high with pie - host your own pie contest

Does anyone really need an excuse to eat pie?We don't, here at The Berkshire Eagle, but sometimes we like to celebrate random holidays — such as Pi Day (March 14) by holding a pie contest.
Ovation

Book Launch: Reading Party

On Friday, April 7, 7 to 9 p.m. at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Hosted by Green Writer's Press to bring out the best of Vermont literature, and new books. authors read including Chard deNiord, Tim Weed, Sydney Lea. $10 or sliding scale.This …

Theater: 'The Designated Mourner'

Hooker-Dunham, Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Shoot the Moon Theater Company presents a reading of the Wallace Shawn's play. Admission is $15 ($12 for BMAC members) reservations at 802-254-9276. 139 Main St., Brattleboro. Information at …

Art Talk: David Rohn

Watercolors: 1974-2016. Meet the artist and learn more about his process and inspiration.on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-251-8290 or info@mitchellgiddingsfinearts.comDavid Rohn's extraordinary …

Music: Nomad vs. Settler

Next Stage Arts Project to present the young band at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Information at nextstagearts.orgNomad vs. Settler at Next Stage PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project …

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