People of all ages participated in Out in the Open’s Liberation March on June 9.
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‘All of our liberations are connected’

Out in the Open leaders organize a Liberation March for Palestinians in Gaza — a cause they see as intertwined with the LGBTQ+ community’s own journey

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.

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For Brattleboro, a team approach to town’s economy

BRATTLEBORO-Emmett S. Dunbar has started work as the first economic development director for Brattleboro Thrives, a committee of the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance (DBA), the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC), and the Brattleboro Planning Services Department. "It's exciting," said Dunbar on June 3, his first day in the new job for the organization, which was created to support economic development, attract new business, and foster a vibrant community in town. "It's about convening and bringing people together," he said. Kate...

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At BFUHS, a flurry of construction on a building with ‘lots of life’

WESTMINSTER-As the school year ends and summer break begins, Bellows Falls Union High School (BFUHS) has $9 million in major projects in the works over the coming months. Four of the projects on the 53-year-old building are interrelated, and coordinating them for the best use of time and resources will require deft planning. Windham Northeast Superintendent Andrew Haas says the supervisory union is up to the task and is blessed with an experienced construction manager in Steve Horton, who has...

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Races emerge in region in state primary election

While the party primaries in Vermont are lacking in drama on the statewide level, Windham County will have many contested races for House seats this year. Election Day for the primary vote is Tuesday, Aug. 13. Vermont law permits early voting to begin as soon as ballots are available, not later than 45 days before the election (June 29). The filing deadline for the party primaries was May 30, and the Secretary of State's office has released the candidate lists...

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They lived and died for the love of their country

BRATTLEBORO-On this damp and gray Memorial Day, the traditional service in front of the town's war memorial at the Town Common was moved indoors to American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. For incoming Post 5 commander Jay Mills, it was the first Memorial Day service he was in charge of, and he said that a lot of changes had to be made on the fly, starting with a last-minute cancellation by the keynote speaker. Instead, Post 5 Chaplain and...

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Putney fire services return after turmoil, two-month hiatus

PUTNEY-Nearly two months after the fire department collapsed, the town has a plan - and the department is back in action. On May 24, the Selectboard held a special meeting to discuss the strategies outlined by the town and the interim fire chief and voted unanimously to un-suspend the fire department side of services at noon on May 25. The town has been without an active fire department since the Selectboard voted on April 3 to suspend activities of the...

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Highest honors

TOWNSHEND-Local veteran Richard Jackson's World War II stint in Europe was 80 years ago and 3,500 miles away. And yet, it's still on the top of his mind. "I became the gunner on a mortar squad, which by definition is not on the front line and instead 100 yards behind, so I felt blessed," Jackson said in a recent interview. "But of course, whenever you got shelled, you knew the potential of getting hit." Jackson, who celebrated his 100th birthday...

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June events will draw hundreds to Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS-This June is going to be quite a month for Bellows Falls, and it starts off with a bang. Bellows Falls has been chosen to host Vermont's Downtown and Historic Preservation Downtown Project Conference of 2024 on Wednesday, June 5, and on Thursday, June 6, the village will host the Vermont Arts Council's Creative Convening Summit. The two conferences will bring hundreds of visitors to the village. Also on Wednesday, June 5, at 5 p.m., there will be a...

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A vital project for kids, an investment in their future

BRATTLEBORO-The more than 80 children who live at Ledgewood Heights, a 41-unit neighborhood for low- and moderate-income families run by Brattleboro Housing Partnerships (BHP), now have a new state-of-the-art playground. On May 16, BHP celebrated that milestone with a grand opening party that featured ice cream, face painting, and lots of smiles and laughter. The playground was the culmination of several years of work, with some help from an unexpected source. The original playground was installed in 1982, when Ledgewood...

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