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TODAY’S FEATURE/NEWS

‘I had nothing left’

The closing of Hotel Pharmacy marks the end of family-run drugstores in Brattleboro — thanks, its owner says, to insurance and pharmaceutical industry pricing practices that made it impossible not to lose money

BRATTLEBORO—The closing of the 83-year-old Hotel Pharmacy on Elliot Street on Jan. 17 marked the end of so many eras like a Shakespearian tragedy without the poetry.

Much sadness. Many tears. Emptying shelves. Emptying space. A sense of emptying lives.

The end of family-run pharmacies in Brattleboro. The end of owner Mary Giamartino’s long-held desire to help people. The end of 20 important, well-paying jobs.... Continue reading story

TODAY’S FEATURE/NEWS

‘I had nothing left’

The closing of Hotel Pharmacy marks the end of family-run drugstores in Brattleboro — thanks, its owner says, to insurance and pharmaceutical industry pricing practices that made it impossible not to lose money

BRATTLEBORO—The closing of the 83-year-old Hotel Pharmacy on Elliot Street on Jan. 17 marked the end of so many eras like a Shakespearian tragedy without the poetry.

Much sadness. Many tears. Emptying shelves. Emptying space. A sense of emptying lives.

The end of family-run pharmacies in Brattleboro. The end of owner Mary Giamartino’s long-held desire to help people. The end of 20 important, well-paying jobs.... Continue reading story

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NEWS

BRATTLEBORO

Brattleboro Retreat to ramp up inpatient care and transport capacity

Hospital adds more beds, signs contract with Rescue Inc. to provide patient transport

Legislature extends towns’ flexibility for Town Meetings

If signed by governor, bill would continue with pandemic-inspired measures like ballots and online information sessions

ROCKINGHAM

A ‘magical hub’ emerges in Rockingham

In a sprawling former inn, a new nonprofit offers artistic education and community, with dance and performance at its heart

BRATTLEBORO

‘I had nothing left’

The closing of Hotel Pharmacy marks the end of family-run drugstores in Brattleboro — thanks, its owner says, to insurance and pharmaceutical industry pricing practices that made it impossible not to lose money

BRATTLEBORO

What is the government we need, and how do we pay for it?

Brattleboro representative savors new role as chair of Ways and Means, the committee that asks the big questions about state government and how to fund it

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TOWN & VILLAGE

• Around the Towns

• DVFiber connects first customers in Readsboro: Halifax, Marlboro, Stamford, and Whitingham are next on the list

• Free Tax-Aide service begins on Feb. 2

• Scholarships available for older students

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MILESTONES

• Milestones

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SPORTS

• BUHS defeats Harwood for third straight win

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VOICES

BRATTLEBORO

Biden administration puts asylum seekers in harm’s way

We work with 20 people seeking safety here in Brattleboro — people facing torture, government persecution, gang violence, or rape in their countries of origin. Under new rules, three quarters of them would not have been permitted to do so. VIEWPOINT by Kate Paarlberg-Kvam

CHESTER

We need zoning for the Vermont that we are

Our look should be protected — but so should the possibility of at least being able to rent, if not buy, a place to live VIEWPOINT by Nicholas Boke

BELLOWS FALLS

‘He touched a lot of lives. He changed mine.’

Gary Smith ‘was smarter, funnier, and more talented at almost everything than pretty much everybody, but he never held that over anybody’s head’ MEMORIAM by Mark Piepkorn

BRATTLEBORO

Brattleboro Selectboard: Reconsider making Representative Town Meeting in-person only

LETTERS FROM READERS by Eli Coughlin-Galbraith

LETTERS FROM READERS • Emergency housing in RVs: a good, simple plan

LETTERS FROM READERS • ELL teachers supported Afghan family’s children educationally, culturally, and personally

LETTERS FROM READERS • No legitimate argument in favor of trapping

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ARTS

COLUMN • Art comes to life: Artists Judy Hawkins, Carol Keiser, and MC Noyes, whose work is exhibited in ‘Life,’ discuss their creative process and inspirations

• Storytelling returns to Main Street Arts

• Marco Yunga Tacuri to speak at VCP

• Hayward to discuss art, gardening

• Auditions planned for Ten Minute Play Festival at Actors Theatre Playhouse

• Canal Street Art Gallery presents ‘Heroes & Villains’ art show

• Northern Roots Festival is back — live and in-person for first time since 2020 : Concert, pub sing, and full slate of workshops planned for Jan. 28, 29

• Artists appearing at this year’s festival

• Life, death, and cake: Preparing for a good death

• Epsilon Spires presents free organ concert in its Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series

• Latchis Arts announces return of Movies for Kids series

• Brooks Memorial Library celebrates GennaRose Nethercott’s debut novel

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