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An independent newspaper dedicated to conservation and progress in public and humane affairs since 1913. This daily southern Vermont newspaper covers Windham County and the surrounding areas.
An independent newspaper dedicated to conservation and progress in public and humane affairs since 1913. This daily southern Vermont newspaper covers Windham County and the surrounding areas.

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Interstate 91 West River Bridge project update

BRATTLEBORO >> Night work on the new bridge will resume at Route 30, Monda, Jan. 26 through Friday, Jan. 30. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone. The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.

FULL STORY: http://www.reformer.com/news/ci_27384658/interstate-91-west-river-bridge-project-update
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BRATTLEBORO >> A Long Island man who spent 18 years in a Vermont prison for murdering his wife in Dover only to be released by a judge after DNA evidence cast doubt on his guilt, died Friday in a one car accident, just minutes away from his home in Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island.

John Grega, 52, of Campus Lane, Lake Ronkonkoma, crashed his 1999 Chevrolet van after losing control of the vehicle at around 5 p.m. , Jan. 23, according to the Suffolk Police Department. Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating the crash, which occurred on Oaklake Lane, just five minutes from his home.

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BRATTLEBORO >> While there may not be consensus on how to fund public education in Vermont, there is widespread agreement on one issue: Education taxes are too high, causing financial strain among property owners statewide.

That's the basic idea behind a new House bill that would impose "a moratorium on legislation increasing education property tax rates." And it's no surprise that six Windham County representatives are among a large group of lawmakers whose names were listed as supporters when the bill was introduced Thursday.

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BRATTLEBORO >> A request by a Town Meeting Representative to have an article placed on the March 21 Town Meeting Warning has set up a showdown between the Selectboard and Representative Town Meeting.

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BRATTLEBORO >> The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration has assessed two fines totaling $4,250 against a rebar-installation company for an accident that injured four workers on the West River Bridge project on Sept. 17, 2014.

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Chesterfield to review application for fireworks store on Route 9

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. >> The first quarter-mile of Route 9 in New Hampshire could get a little more congested if the Planning Board approves a site application next month.

According to documents submitted to the town, Area 51 Fireworks hopes to build a "superstore" on a three-acre lot just east of Gulf Road on the right side of Route 9.

FULL STORY: http://www.reformer.com/state/ci_27383108/chesterfield-review-application-fireworks-store-route-9
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Another eagle finds a home on Hogback

MARLBORO >> The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum is welcoming a new bald eagle to its animal family on Hogback Mountain.

This will be the museum's second eagle. After the first eagle arrived in May 2013, an event to name the bird was organized.

"We thought it was worthwhile doing the same with this guy," said Assistant Museum Director Michael Clough.

FULL STORY: http://www.reformer.com/news/ci_27383148/another-eagle-finds-home-hogback
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HALIFAX >> The Broadband Committee was hopeful a Vermont Telecommunications Authority grant opportunity would put in fiber optics to connect more people to broadband.

But after a recent VTA Board meeting, those plans were abandoned.

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WILMINGTON >> An initiative aimed at 'Aging in Place' will receive $5,000 in start-up funds so a newsletter and resource directory could be created for elderly residents.

"We're happy to give you any data we can pull out of it," Wilmington Town Nurse told the Selectboard on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

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Castles made of ice at Stratton Mountain

STRATTON >> Anyone can build sand castles.

But, castles made of ice? That's a different story.

"We need consistent water," said Ice Castles lead artisan Cory Livingood, standing at Sun Bowl at Stratton Mountain in front of his creation. "I got here at the end of October and started putting up the sprinkler system. We hand placed ice around the sprinklers and ice accumulates on them from the sprinklers."

FULL STORY: http://www.reformer.com/news/ci_27375418/castles-made-ice-at-stratton-mountain
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