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‘I’m not doing anything to make somebody hate me’

BRATTLEBORO—Peter Rizzo is 60 years old, a tall, imposing man, well-built but with a gentle style and charisma. He was born in the Bronx, grew up in New Rochelle, and lived in Manhattan for 27 years, where he had a yoga practice for more than a decade. About 14 years ago he relocated to Windham County and founded Bhava Yoga.... Continue reading story

Voices

LETTERS FROM READERS

BMH whistleblower earns debt of public gratitude

LETTERS FROM READERS

Writer’s proposed steps for carbon reduction will help, but not fast enough

LETTERS FROM READERS

If Dollar General stores are inevitable, can we negotiate their appearance?

LETTERS FROM READERS

Theft of memorial bench robs community

ESSAY

Most likely to succeed

This generation is fighting not only for their future but for a future. We should let them lead the way.

VIEWPOINT

End of the line?

Amtrak’s new CEO will shut down private vintage rail cars on its routes — a shortsighted strategy, as this small but vital segment of the travel and tourism industry attracts travelers and money

LETTERS FROM READERS

Hebert served in proud, bipartisan tradition

VIEWPOINT

To solve school shootings, we first need to make a connection

Each of us has the power to pull our noses out of our screens and make somebody a star in the real world

LETTERS FROM READERS

Stop the war in Afghanistan — now!

VIEWPOINT

Our hospital — and our money — at risk

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s CEO and board chair must take responsibility for a huge financial error

ESSAY

‘For 30 days, I wore black’

To lose a young person in your family one time in your life is one time too many. To lose two is unthinkable.

LETTERS FROM READERS

Grant opportunity for skatepark

LETTERS FROM READERS

Grappling with a class issue

LETTERS FROM READERS

Brattleboro meeting memebers endorsed Cow Power

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

A change of plans

‘I once again ask for your support. This time, I ask for your support of my decision not to seek re-election.’

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Sports

WINDHAM COUNTY

Bigelow, Colonels shut out BF in opener

WINDHAM COUNTY

Colonels win Unified home opener

WINDHAM COUNTY

Spring sports season ready to begin in Vermont

WINDHAM COUNTY

Too many deer? A local forester thinks so.

WINDHAM COUNTY

Local ski areas enjoy a snowy March

WINDHAM COUNTY

Local teams knocked out early in boys’ tournament

WINDHAM COUNTY

Boys’ hoop teams begin playoff journey

WINDHAM COUNTY

Playoffs begin for hockey, girls’ hoops

WINDHAM COUNTY

Brattleboro skiers dominate at MVL meet

WINDHAM COUNTY

Wildcats run out of gas against Proctor

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Life and Work

WEST TOWNSHEND

Gerda’s Equine Rescue seeks homes for horses

WINDHAM COUNTY

Applicants sought for 2018 Governor’s Institutes

Health and medicine added to summer learning programs for Vermont high schoolers

WESTMINSTER

BFUHS receives donation of surplus U.S. Senate computers

PUTNEY

HollyRod Foundation to fund new Landmark College scholarship program

DUMMERSTON

Sharing Housing becomes a nonprofit organization

DUMMERSTON

Landmark Trust USA receives Thompson Trust challenge grant

WINDHAM COUNTY

Vermont Health Connect enrollment now underway, ends Dec. 15

WINDHAM COUNTY

Senior Solutions receives grant from Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

WINDHAM COUNTY

VSAC hosts workshops on filling out college financial aid forms

BRATTLEBORO

SIT Study Abroad expands 2018 summer offerings with new programs and internships

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Business Monthly

BRATTLEBORO

Brattleboro Retreat program gets OK’d as ‘Leading Practice’ from Joint Commission

WINDHAM COUNTY

Business growth program open to 20 Vermont entrepreneurs

BRATTLEBORO

Downtown Brattleboro Alliance offers development grants

BRATTLEBORO

When you take your password to the grave

A new law and an online tool help you help your heirs make sense of your financial affairs after you’re gone

BRATTLEBORO

Banks, credit unions caught between state and federal marijuana laws

Brattleboro Savings and Loan President and CEO Dan Yates discusses his work in Montpelier to hash out the details of regulation and taxation in a world where recreational marijuana is legal

BRATTLEBORO

SIT Graduate Institute launches degree program in youth leadership

WILMINGTON

Wilmington Works offers class in business succession planning

STRATTON

Stratton is now part of 12-resort conglomerate

Parent company's acquisition by investment firms is one component of larger deal

BRATTLEBORO

Credit union expands membership to surrounding counties

BRATTLEBORO

A conversation with Mary Giamartino, owner, the Hotel Pharmacy

A couple of fledgling pharmacists from New York and New Jersey set up shop in Brattleboro. Thirty-five years later, their landmark enterprise continues to offer the best pharmaceutical care love can provide.

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SPECIAL FOCUS

BRATTLEBORO

The not-so-fine line between free speech and defamation

More than half the states, including Vermont, have statutes designed to discourage legal intimidation

BRATTLEBORO

‘I’m not doing anything to make somebody hate me’

Peter Rizzo denies assertions of local women, describing himself as an innocent victim of disgruntled former students and business competitors

BRATTLEBORO

#ThemToo

Last December, more than 50 women weighed in on a Facebook discussion, and many claimed injury and inappropriate conduct by a Brattleboro yoga instructor. When #MeToo hits a small town, nobody is left unscathed.

News

BRATTLEBORO

Late-week wintry storm to be followed by sunnier days

PUTNEY

Two organizations mull merger into one agency for all ages

Move would unite one nonprofit aimed at seniors with another focused on children and families

PUTNEY

Conference touts impact of creative economy

Cultural professionals gather to find ways to boost the financial reach of the arts in Windham County

BELLOWS FALLS

A dead subject

In her podcast ‘The Secret Life of Death,’ Gail Golec delves into the forgotten and obscure stories that lie beneath the stones in the graveyard

BELLOWS FALLS

Slow spring onset continues

Showery Thursday, stormy Sunday

BRATTLEBORO

‘A freaking shame’

Former Melrose tenant laments the loss of a close-knit community

BRATTLEBORO

A new era for a legendary coffee roaster

Mocha Joe’s buys Cultural Intrigue building for $1 million, a blend of public and private funding

BRATTLEBORO

Advance directives leave a gift in the end

Brattleboro Area Hospice to host series of events for National Healthcare Decision Week, Apr. 16-23

BRATTLEBORO

Two area groups join to study waste and waterways

WRC, Rich Earth Institute explore how village centers can reduce wastewater usage

BRATTLEBORO

High winds cause widespread power outages

WEST BRATTLEBORO

Housing nears return to flood plain

Brattleboro Housing Partnership will apply for FEMA funding to take down Melrose Terrace

WEST BRATTLEBORO

Wintry weather pattern is stubbornly sticking around

VERNON

Hebert won’t seek fifth term in Statehouse

A family illness prompts the Vernon Republican state representative’s decision to retire

BRATTLEBORO

Dedicated to diversity

Brattleboro’s Community Equity Collaborative works to address town concerns about insularity, inclusion; Southern Poverty Law Center takes notice

BRATTLEBORO

Keeping it local

Food Connects hosts trade show to help stores, eateries buy more products close to home

BRATTLEBORO

Milder weather, with some showery periods, as spring is slow to arrive

BRATTLEBORO

Meeting takes on a gentle tone — but with some surprise moves

Town Meeting members approve additional funds for skatepark, fire truck, and a sidewalk snowplow

BRATTLEBORO

Local lawmakers offer legislative update

Guns, education funding, and the economy top current session’s agenda

BRATTLEBORO

Town, firefighters work out new labor contract

Deal includes retroactive raises

BELLOWS FALLS

A new place for performing arts in Bellows Falls

Stage 33 Live is a homegrown showcase for local talent

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Town and Village

BRATTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church plans special Earth Day service

BRATTLEBORO

Stroll presents home improvement and garden expo

NEWFANE

Newfane schedules Town Plan hearings

DUMMERSTON

Selectboard works on yearly goals

BRATTLEBORO

Spring water-main flushing begins April 26

TOWNSHEND

Gov. Scott, AT&T team up to ensure Grace Cottage Hospital keeps its wireless service

WINDHAM COUNTY

Around the Towns

BRATTLEBORO

Selectboard schedules public hearings on Town Plan

BRATTLEBORO

Selectboard approves Downtown Improvement District application

BELLOWS FALLS

Garden fundraiser will benefit Parks Place

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Arts

BRATTLEBORO

Young ambassador

National Student Poet Juliet Lubwama visits Windham Southeast schools to spread the joy of reading, writing, and creating poetry

BRATTLEBORO

Mitchell-Giddings to host artist talk with Matt Brown

PUTNEY

Next Stage will present Cantrip with Lindsay Straw

BRATTLEBORO

Arts Council forum takes up the need for creative space

BRATTLEBORO

Open Music Collective says goodbye to Brattleboro

DUMMERSTON

Keepers of the flame

New England Dancing Masters marks 30 years of documenting, promoting traditional American community dance

ROCKINGHAM

‘Pansy Tea Party’ will benefit refugee family

BRATTLEBORO

Gift shines light onto a different era

Brooks Memorial Library receives an edition of the ‘Brattleboro Hydropathic Messenger,’ a newspaper published in the heyday of the water cure

BRATTLEBORO

Classic Dylan for the Age of Trump

The Same Thing Band performs ‘Dylanophrenia’ at Hooker-Dunham

PUTNEY

A celebration of Vermont poetry and prose

Green Writers Press assembles an all-star lineup of writers for Earth Day event

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Food & Drink Monthly

BELLOWS FALLS

Sushi without all the fuss

This deconstructed salad is even better with the help of locally grown ginger

WINDHAM COUNTY

Make your own candied orange peel

WILLIAMSVILLE

Come the revolution, there’s gonna be better beer

Books for the beer-lover on your shopping list

BRATTLEBORO

Hot from the oven

Baking at the crossroads of taste and tradition, holidays and heritage

BELLOWS FALLS

Easy treats from a busy kitchen

You can make these gifts in minutes, but they are still special

BRATTLEBORO

Spontaneous fermentation

By letting nature take its course with natural microbial yeasts, a winemaker can open up new possibilities for intriguing wildness and unexpected magic

WEST BRATTLEBORO

Gleaning at the orchard

A community gathering rounds up the last of an abundant apple crop to share with local food shelves

WEST BRATTLEBORO

Nancy Miller's recipe for quick baked apples

BELLOWS FALLS

Thanksgiving meal makeover

Some family favorite side dishes deserve a fresh approach for the holidays

BELLOWS FALLS

A fall treat for the rest of the year

The perfect way to preserve the bounty of vegetables available this time of the year? Ratatouille.

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