• Cancellation doesn't damper celebration - 02/05/2016 11:04 PM EST
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    (Kristopher Radder — Reformer Staff)
    Hinsdale, N.H., bridge to be started two years ahead of schedule

    Hinsdale to Brattleboro bridge project two years early?
    02/06/2016 10:29 AM EST
    HINSDALE, N.H. — The historic Vilas Bridge linking Walpole to Bellows Falls is crumbling into the Connecticut River, closed in 2009 with no real plan to replace it. Meanwhile, traffic across the Anna Hunt Marsh and Charles Dana bridges, which link Hinsdale to Brattleboro, Vt., continues unabated. 
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    Today's Calendar
    02/05/2016 08:27 PM EST - Please submit calendar items to news@benningtonbanner.com at least seven days in advance of the event. We accept listings from non-profits and for events with free admission. Today, Feb. 6 Bennington Chili cook-off: First Baptist Church, 601 Main Street, 9:30 a.m. Registration for the cook-off is five dollar and chili samples will sell for a dollar a piece. Full Story

    Arlington School budget, tax rate to decrease
    02/05/2016 08:26 PM EST - ARLINGTON >> The Arlington School Board has officially warned its budget for Town Meeting Day, which represents a decrease from this year. Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union Superintendent Judy Pullinen presented the warning to the board for approval at the regularly scheduled meeting last week. Full Story

    Schumer: Saint-Gobain must be transparent
    02/05/2016 08:26 PM EST - HOOSICK FALLS, NY >> A U.S. senator is calling for more transparency from the current owner of a manufacturing facility suspected of contaminating the village water supply. U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer is urging Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics to agree to an "aggressive and comprehensive testing regime" to determine how far a toxic chemical has spread underground and "not to drag out Full Story

    Vermont Gun Shop Project addresses firearm-related suicides
    02/06/2016 10:32 AM EST - BRATTLEBORO — Gun-owner groups in partnership with the Center for Health and Learning are mobilizing to launch the Vermont Gun Shop Project in an effort to reduce firearm-related suicides in the state. Gun Owners of Vermont, the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and others involved say the effort is designed to open communications about suicide education and prevention among the Full Story

    Snow? Yes, snow: Berkshires, Southern Vermont see a couple inches
    02/05/2016 10:36 AM EST - Surprise! Winter still has some bite to it. But a light to moderate snowfall in western New England on Friday morning is expected to taper off quickly, said John Quinlan, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y. No winter weather advisories are being issued for Berkshire County and southern Vermont, he explained, because snowfall totals are expected to be no more than two Full Story

    Manchester woman accused of embezzlement
    02/05/2016 10:08 AM EST - BENNINGTON — A Manchester woman is accused of embezzling from the convenience store where she worked. Ashley Rafus, 27, pleaded not guilty Jan. 25 to a felony count of embezzlement. She was released under conditions, among them that she not go to Jolley's Short Stop Deli in Manchester where she worked. Full Story

    Free Clinic to host "Ski for the BFC" at Prospect Mtn.
    02/04/2016 11:10 PM EST - WOODFORD >> If the Super Bowl isn't your thing, head up to Prospect Mountain on Sunday for "Ski for the BFC," a fundraiser for the Bennington Free Clinic. Despite the lack of snow, folks will flock to the mountain from 1 to 5 p.m. for some chili, hot chocolate, raffles and frisbee games, Executive Director Sue Andrews said. Full Story

    December, January see new Paddington Award winners at Molly Stark
    02/04/2016 11:10 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> A kindergartner and a fourth-grade student are the winners of the Paddington Bear Award at Molly Stark Elementary School for December and January. The award is given monthly to the Molly Stark student whom the teachers and staff feel deserves recognition for their reading ability or improvement. Full Story

    Bennington School Board begins search process for new Molly Stark principal
    02/05/2016 10:08 AM EST - BENNINGTON — The Bennington School District Board has begun the process of finding a new principal for the Molly Stark School after current principal Donna Mackenzie-King submitted her retirement letter last month. "The committee has been formed," said Southwest Vermont Superintendent Jim Culkeen. Full Story