A young carnivalgoer enjoys sugar on snow, served just as it has been served for 68 years.
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Marking midwinter

Brattleboro Winter Carnival continues apace — and evolves — after 68 years

A tradition carries on this week with the start of the Brattleboro Winter Carnival's 68th year.

Since 1993, Carol Lolatte has brought her organizational talents to the committee organizing the celebration, and Lolatte, who by day works as recreation and parks director for the town, has served as president for the last three years.

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WSESD board approves its FY25 budget at $65.8 million

The Windham Southeast School District (WSESD) school board has approved a proposed $65,846,891 budget for fiscal year 2025. That represents a 3%, or $1,927,036, increase over this year's budget. A public informational meeting is set for Tuesday, March 12. The warrant article had to be approved by the school board at its Feb. 13 meeting in order to post the warrant in time for the March 19 annual meeting, when voters from Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Putney will cast their...

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Ski jump offers giant leap for women

Before the late Fred Harris unveiled his namesake ski jump in this town a century ago, the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame inductee shared a test run with his less publicized but more prized adviser. His sister, Evelyn. Ever since the latter Harris tried out what's now Vermont's sole Olympic-size hill in 1922, women have flown off the 90-meter slope - the only one of its height in New England and just one of six of its stature in the...

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Owners plan pharmacy opening in June

Ever since it closed on Sept. 29, 2023, due to a bankruptcy, former Greater Falls Pharmacy owners Gina and Marc Cote have stated that their goal was to reoccupy the building and reopen. "As soon as we get our building back," they told The Commons this past September, "we will get ready to reopen, with a new name, a new business model, and with serving our community with optimal pharmacy care at the heart." Those plans have started to fall...

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Meal sites feel pressure as need from hungry Vermonters doubles

At Loaves & Fishes, one of the region's enduring meal services for those in need, volunteer cook David Treadwell says that "the demand has doubled." The number of meals prepared and distributed every Tuesday and Friday out of the vast kitchen, prep, serving area in the basement of Centre Congregational Church (CCC) has gone from 100 per day a year ago to 250 every Tuesday and 200 on Fridays, says Loaves & Fishes facilitator and volunteer coordinator Ruth Tilghman of...

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A new generation says it’s ready to step up

To save the democratic process, people need to become involved - and the earlier the better. Brattleboro has become the first municipality in the state - and one of only a handful of cities and towns in the country - to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to participate in local elections and, if elected, to serve on the Selectboard. But as the high school students who filled an auditorium at Brattleboro Union High School heard on Feb. 12, the importance of...

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Brattleboro veterans group chapter disbands

After 23 years, Brattleboro Chapter 843 of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is disbanding. Its final meeting is set for March 14. Leonard Derby of Brattleboro, who has been the chapter's president for the past 22 years, said he recently decided to step down, and "no one was willing to take over the chapter. Our membership is aging and several members are [disabled]. That makes it tough to carry out our mission." Derby said VVA Chapter 843, which also has...

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Slovenes sweep Harris Hill events

The 102nd Harris Hill Ski Jumping competition came to a close on Feb. 18 with the Fred Harris Memorial Tournament. The jumper who wins the Fred Harris Memorial Tournament three times retires the famed Winged Trophy, unique to Harris Hill Ski Jumping. The winner in the Men's Open class was Uhr Rosar of Slovenia, with a jump of 98 meters. On the women's side, the Open class was won by Nejka Zupančič of Slovenia. Additional winners of the day included...

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If you are hungry...

Where meals are served and groceries available for Brattleboro's food insecure: • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: St. Brigid's Kitchen, 38 Walnut St. Bagged lunches and pantry items are available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 802-254-6800 for more information. • Tuesday and Friday: Loaves & Fishes, 193 Main St. (Centre Congregational Church). Bagged lunches and pantry items are available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Sunday groceries are available at Agape Christian Fellowship, 30 Canal St., and, supported...

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