Marissa Miller of Lost Barn Farm in East Putney — the unofficial historian of the Putney Farmers’ Market — makes a sale.
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‘You will find a lot at this little market’

Putney Farmers‘ Market celebrates 15 years of connecting community to local food, crafts, and more

PUTNEY-The Putney Farmers' Market - "a localvore marketplace, located in the heart of downtown Putney," as described by its manager, Jill Green - celebrates its 15th season as a place for customers to connect directly with food producers and farmers from the region.

Green, who has sold goods at farmers markets for 14 years and has served as an assistant manager and co-manager of the Brattleboro markets, describes her role in Putney as "truly my dream job."...

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Region’s beech trees vulnerable to invasive roundworm

Residents of Guilford have discovered the aftermath an invasive species of roundworm that devastates beech trees, the latest indication that the leaf gall nematode has reached southeastern Vermont and inflicting beech leaf disease (BLD) in its wake. The presence of Litylenchus crenatae mccannii was first confirmed in Vernon last October by staff at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, and then in Dummerston, after locals submitted pictures of ravaged beech leaves to the agency's website. The microscopic nematode...

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Vendors offer produce, crafts, other products

Morse Brook Farm This is our third year at the Putney Farmers' Market. We like it because it is truly local and we are vending next to our neighbors. It has a very relaxed and welcoming feel and we have a very pleasant group of vendors who support the market and each other. We are a hill farm on the eastern slope of the highest ridge in Westminster, with a view of the Connecticut River Valley. We have 80 open...

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Grace Cottage welcomes new chief executive

TOWNSHEND-As fundraising continues for a new rural health clinic, Olivia Sweetnam has been named the new chief executive officer at Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital. On July 1, Sweetnam will replace Doug DiVello, who announced plans last December to retire when a replacement was hired. A graduate of Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, Sweetnam received her master of nursing science and master of public health degrees from Yale University. The chief...

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Vermont Declaration of Inclusion initiative reaches new milestone

-To date, 149 Vermont cities and towns, home to about 77 percent of the state's population, have adopted the Vermont Declaration of Inclusion to ensure all residents, visitors, and people considering moving to their communities feel welcome, safe, and that they belong. Begun as a grassroots initiative by community members in the Rutland area, the Declaration of Inclusion has gained momentum with the help of Vermont Interfaith Action, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns,

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‘Every day is still a triumph to have come this far’

BELLOWS FALLS-How do you handle growing older with a deadly disease that has killed dozens of your friends, but that you have survived, so far, for nearly four decades? That is what author and blogger Mark S. King will discuss in "Aging with Grit & Grace," a free event presented by Senior Solutions and Bellows Falls Pride at the Bellows Falls Opera House on Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. Growing older with a chronic illness presents not only physical,

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‘All of our liberations are connected’

BRATTLEBORO-On a wet and gray June 9, amid a range of Pride Month celebrations and activities throughout the region, a diverse array of people of all ages congregated in the High-Grove parking lot to prepare for a Liberation March in support of the people of Palestine. The march was organized by Out in the Open, with the LGBTQ+ nonprofit encouraging participants to make themselves visible. Raven Rae, of Brattleboro, gave voice to the spirit of the march in simple terms:

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Draft zoning bylaws go to a hearing June 17

LONDONDERRY-Following a row, a resignation, and a passel of accusations, the Selectboard will host a public hearing on Monday, June 17, at 5 p.m. to take public comments about the proposed revision of the town's zoning bylaw to establish Unified Development Regulations (UDRs), including a zoning map. Proposed changes in the 218-page document would affect all properties in town. The Planning Commission has prepared a report, also available on the website, that summarizes the proposed bylaw changes. Residents and property...

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Brattleboro plans move to meterless parking

BRATTLEBORO-Changes about how folks pay for parking downtown are in the works after the Selectboard agreed on June 4 to transition to an all-kiosk, pay-by-plate system. "This is a significant body of work; it's really important," said Selectboard chair Daniel Quipp of the recommendations presented by Assistant Town Administrator Patrick Moreland, which followed a May 29 staff review of the fiscal year 2025 parking fund budget. Moreland said the total parking system improvement budget - including the removal of meters,

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