Panelists for “The Economic & Social Impact of the Arts in Vermont,” hosted by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility on April 23 at The Stone Church in Brattleboro were, from left, Susan Evans McClure, executive director of the Vermont Arts Council; Robin Johnson, founder/owner and general manager of The Stone Church; moderator Tom Bodett; Danny Lichtenfeld, director of the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center; and Kate Trzaskos, executive director of the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance.
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Creative vision

Two conferences and a new planning grant take a deep dive into the importance of art in creating a vibrant and prosperous state

In so many aspects of Vermont living, the arts - photography, ceramics, woodworking, printing, dance, circus, fine art, theater, puppetry, literary arts, and music from classical to jazz to eclectic - figure in.

The greater Brattleboro area itself is a microcosm of the Vermont scene with its high concentration of arts activity.

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Fossil fuel friendly political groups shift focus, and money, to state

DOVER-When your money comes from fossil fuels, the last thing you want is a state trying to go "net zero," or fossil fuel free. That is why a network of political nonprofits funded by the Koch family acts all over the United States to protect its fossil fuel interests from things like heat pumps, solar panels, and greenhouse gas emissions controls. Koch Industries Inc. is the second largest privately owned company in the United States, according to Forbes, As described...

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In Brattleboro, big doings on the riverfront

BRATTLEBORO-After years of big plans for the downtown riverfront without much follow through, local residents are seeing two big projects take shape along the Connecticut River. The bigger project - the new $61.2 million General John Stark Memorial Bridge that will link Hinsdale, New Hampshire to Brattleboro, is in the homestretch. If all goes well, the bridge will be open to vehicular traffic by the end of November. It will replace a pair of century-old steel truss bridges. The newer...

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Keeping the wheels turning

DUMMERSTON-Maybe you knew Joe Cook as a local banker at Vermont National Bank during his 18 years there. Perhaps you knew him when he started a second career as a lawyer at his firm, Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell & Secrest in Brattleboro. But more than likely, you've recognized Cook on the road on his bicycle wearing his helmet and bright cycling shirts. "I bought my bicycle 30 years ago. It's a touring bike, made for long-distance travel," the 70-year-old...

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‘Going Fourth’ in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO-Under mostly sunny skies, the 51st annual "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth" Independence Day parade made its way through downtown. The parade's theme was a salute to area volunteers, and many organizations were well-represented. The largest contingent in the parade were protesters of U.S. support for Israel in the war on Gaza, complete with an effigy of President Biden and an oversized cruise missile. Local politicians campaigning ahead of the Aug. 13 party primaries were also out in force.

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The making of a candidate

NEWFANE-Primary season is upon us. But how many people know what it takes to put their name out there on a lawn sign? It might surprise some to know that recruiting candidates for the House of Representatives is part of the job of the House majority and minority leaders. Rep. Emily Long, of Newfane, the House Majority Leader, is leading the effort to introduce Democrats into the state political pipeline. Her Republican counterpart, House Minority Leader Patricia McCoy, of Poultney,

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Retreat Farm unveils new community spaces

BRATTLEBORO-At its annual Farm Festival on June 15, the Retreat Farm unveiled its new North Barn and Retreat Farm Market - two additions to the agricultural complex designed to foster economic and community growth by offering platforms for local businesses, entertainment, and community-centered programming throughout the year. The Farm Market building, funded by a $3 million Senate appropriation secured by retired Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, involved acquiring and renovating the former Grafton Village Cheese Company facility. The 2,300-square-foot market space...

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19-year-old man held in transit center stabbing

BRATTLEBORO-Police said Friday afternoon they had arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with a fatal stabbing in front of the Brattleboro Transportation Center late Thursday. Lavadus J. Williams, of Brattleboro, was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge later Friday in Windham County Superior criminal court in Brattleboro in the death of 25-year-old Aaron J. Colburn, according to charging documents. He pleaded not guilty to the charge during that arraignment and was ordered held without bail, Windham County State's Attorney Tracy...

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Brattleboro raises parking rates, will still accept cash

BRATTLEBORO-Selectboard members have decided to raise parking rates to achieve full recovery for the town parking fund and cover capital needs. The board voted on June 18 to raise the rates and add a charge for Sunday parking. Board members Peter Case, Daniel Quipp, Elizabeth McLoughlin, and Richard Davis voted to adopt the plan; Franz Reichsman abstained. Expenses for fiscal year 2025 are anticipated to be $1,015,866, and a budget had to be determined by July 1. Ultimately, the board...

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