Brattleboro

As Ringling Bros. announces it will close, New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro is keeping the art of circus performing alive. The group's co-founder Elsie Smith (left) works with Cherie Jacque and Miranda Kent on the trapeze.
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It's big news when a group like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announces that it will close after 146 years. But at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, aspiring circus performers continue to train. And in many ways, the staff there say the future of circus arts has never been brighter.

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British-born Brattleboro resident Denise "Jane" Ashworth has been defying expectations her whole life. She was a translator in World War II, she was among the first women to work the trails for the U.S. Forest Service — and now she's self-published her first children's book.

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Developers who want to build one of Vermont's largest solar projects in Brattleboro have filed for a their state permits.

Mark Shaw

If the vulgar presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has you pining for simpler times, a new photo exhibit on the John F. Kennedy presidency might be just the medicine to help make it through to Election Day.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin has issued an executive proclamation re-naming this year's Columbus Day holiday as Indigenous People's Day.

Artist, Ellen Tumavicus

A writer and an illustrator from Brattleboro have written a new picture book aimed at kids that asks them to put aside fears of our differences and embrace them instead.

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The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closed in December 2014, and now the plant is auctioning off decades worth of accumulated inventory.

Eric Aho

The Vermont Arts Council gave out five statewide awards this week, and every recipient is from Windham County.

On the morning of Aug. 22, the Brattleboro Fire department discovered their computer system had been hacked and that files were stolen and encrypted.

The hackers demanded a ransom of about $2,600 to be paid in bitcoins.

Marcin Szczepanski

A Windham County research institute will get $830,000, as part of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue to explore ways to turn human urine into fertilizer.

Book-lovers have the opportunity to mix and mingle with authors, poets and other readers at Brattleboro's The Lounge every Thursday night. 

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Far too often when we need to make a run to the store for groceries or other goods, we hop in the car or truck. But wouldn't be great to use your bike for a chore like that? If only your bike had the capacity to hold all those bags of stuff. In Brattleboro, there's an organization working to get more people on electric-assisted "cargobikes" to fill this need.

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A Brattleboro early education center is all moved into its new home in the former Austine School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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The Vermont State Police officially raised the flag at its new $6.2 million barracks in Westminster Thursday.

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Across Vermont, organizations are experimenting with new models to combat homelessness. In some communities they're being welcomed, but in others, there's been push back.

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The Brattleboro Retreat has reclaimed a historic cemetery that was a burial place for patients who died while being treated at the psychiatric hospital.

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A ruling by the Vermont Supreme Court could change the legal landscape for mental health care in Vermont. The high court ruled that mental health professionals should provide more information about potentially dangerous patients who are leaving treatment.

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The Vermont Jazz Center recently purchased a Steinway D grand piano. The Steinway D is the gold standard for concert pianos, and it ups the game at the Brattleboro nonprofit music organization.

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The town of Brattleboro will move ahead with a plan to purchase the Brattleboro Reformer building as the new site for the town's police department.

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The global trade of secondhand clothing is valued in the billions. Locally, clothes that don’t sell in thrift shops are often gathered up and offered for sale to consumers around the world. But as that market falls apart, secondhand shops are taking an unexpected financial hit.

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