Brattleboro

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School districts in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union could be voting on a consolidation proposal at town meeting this year under the Act 46 accelerated merger plan.

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Artists don't often begin a new project with a problem statement but that is just how Brattleboro photographer Liz LaVorgna got the inspiration for Coffee & Conversation: Stories Of Homelessness.

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Ronald Read's story went viral earlier this year when it was reported that the thrifty Vermonter left an estate of more than $8 million when he died.

Brattleboro's Brooks Memorial Library received part of it, and now the library is starting a renovation project thanks to Read's gift.

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Consumer demand is driving farmers to grow and sell more produce, even as the days grow shorter and colder.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital was the victim of a recent national cyber attack
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Federal regulators have accepted a plan of corrections from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital following an unannounced site visit from the Division of Licensing and Protection.

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A Brattleboro company that was talking about moving to New Hampshire to expand will receive $1 million from the state of Vermont to encourage it instead to stay.

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The Brattleboro Selectboard has approved an option agreement to purchase the building that is currently occupied by the Brattleboro Reformer.

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The Brattleboro Fire Department is now saying that the fire that displaced 45 people last weekend is suspicious, and the department is asking the public's help in tracking down who might have started it.

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Work continues in Brattleboro to find housing for about half of the residents displaced by a weekend four-alarm fire at an affordable housing apartment building.

Monday, officials held a meeting at the Brattleboro Fire Station to discuss the situation. 

Aimee Harrison attended the meeting, and the news wasn't good.

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More than 40 people, including many children, were evacuated from a Brattleboro affordable housing building early Saturday when a four-alarm fire tore through two apartments.

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An early education center in Brattleboro is moving ahead with its bid to purchase the former Austine School for the Deaf campus.

The Winston Prouty Center has submitted a purchase and sale agreement for the 177-acres campus, which is in bankruptcy court.

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The Vermont Council on Rural Development wants the state to become a leader in growing the green economy as scientists, governments and entrepreneurs confront the effects of climate change.

The council is going around the state to gather input on these issues, and held a forum in Brattleboro.

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It's been four years since the rain from Tropical Storm Irene flooded Melrose Terrace, a public housing complex for seniors and people with disabilities in West Brattleboro. And now crews have broken ground on a long-awaited apartment complex to replace the storm-damaged units.

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An early learning center in Brattleboro says it wants to make a bid for the 177-acre campus of the former Austine School for the Deaf.

The campus has been largely vacant since the Austine School closed abruptly at the end of the 2014 school year. The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which ran the school, declared bankruptcy five months later. 

Loren Kiyoshi Dempster

In the foothills of Vermont, artists are given the space, support and resources to really push limits and think beyond typical performance venues.

A street corner in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
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A unique effort in Brattleboro is using town funding to help local homeowners become landlords.

More than 1,000 of copies of the weekly newspaper The Commons are missing from stands in Brattleboro, the paper’s editor said.

Editor Jeff Potter said the distributor brought copies of the latest issue to vending boxes in Brattleboro Wednesday afternoon, then doubled back to the beginning of the route “and noticed that one of the vending boxes that she had stocked an hour before with a week’s worth of newspapers was completely empty.”

That wasn’t the only place the papers were taken from.

The editorial staffs at a number of small-town newspapers in Vermont and Massachusetts are getting smaller still.

New England Newspapers Inc., has laid off 10 editorial employees at papers it owns including the Brattleboro Reformer, the Bennington Banner and the Manchester Journal.  The layoffs leave skeleton crews at the three Vermont newspapers.

Against The Grain

Eating gluten-free has quickly become a part of mainstream society. Many with Celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder, can’t process gluten, and others have started to eliminate gluten in their diet for various health and lifestyle reasons.

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Not long ago, farmers market fanatics had to wait patiently for the market to start in late April or early May, and rued the moth of October, when the markets finished for the year.

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