Rio Daims wearing a hat standing in front of a wall at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.
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Brattleboro voters will decide on Town Meeting Day if 16- and 17-year-olds should be able to vote in local elections. For the teenager who’s been working on the ballot question, there have been some lessons learned about how the slow-turning wheels of democracy move forward.

Abstract artist Emily Mason stands in front of some of her new work hanging on the walls in New York City.
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Many years of work by Emily Mason, an abstract painter who splits her time between southern Vermont and New York City, is the focus of a retrospective show going on now at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.

Ben Keating, who works at Superfresh! Organic Cafe, offer gluten-free cupcakes to anyone who walks in with an "I Voted" sticker.
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Brattleboro voters have extra incentive to make sure their voices are heard on Election Day.

A hand holding up an I Voted sticker with an American flag.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

In 2014 — the last non-presidential election year — roughly 17 percent of Vermonters used the early voting system, according to the Vermont Secretary of State's Office. But this year, it's believed the number will double on a statewide basis and in some communities the rate will be considerably higher.

The Starving Musicians' Fund performs at BrattRock in Brattleboro.
Jess Weitz / Submitted

Nobody’s born a rock star.

Making the big time takes practice, commitment and a lot of good luck.

But in Brattleboro an annual youth rock festival is trying to help aspiring artists by giving teenage musicians a place to come together, learn a little bit, and rock out.

Nurses from the Brattleboro Retreat stand outside the hospital to bring attention to recent changes made to their schedules.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Nurses at the Brattleboro Retreat have been holding informational pickets in front of the southern Vermont psychiatric hospital to bring attention to what they say are radical schedule changes enacted by the administration that violate their union contract.

A Brattleboro Retreat sign.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

The Vermont Attorney General's Office announced Monday that it found "no criminal misconduct" following a five-year investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat, a mental health treatment facility in southern Vermont.

Single-use plastic bags hang on a wall.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR File

Businesses in Brattleboro can no longer give out certain kinds of single-use plastic bags. And so far, according to Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell, no residents have reported any violations of the ordinance that took effect July 1.

Barbara George, a volunteer at the Estey Organ Museum, looks over a pile of broken organs at the museum's storage facility.
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A southern Vermont museum dedicated to organs has found itself with a surplus of the instruments.

An aerial shot of a pop-up tiny house village
Liz Lavorgna, Core Photography / Courtesy

For the third year running, Brattleboro will be the site of a festival dedicated to tiny houses.

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The Brattleboro school district wants to develop a new protocol for what visitors invited to speak at student assemblies can address after a recent discussion on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict upset some community members.


Vermont State Police continue to investigate the police shooting of a robbery suspect in Brattleboro Friday night.

courtesy, Herve Pelletier

It was a busy morning in Windham County, as two communities tackled the issue of guns in schools.

Victoria Banerjee checks on a tank of wort, or unfermented beer, at Hermit Thrush Brewery in Brattleboro.
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Vermont's craft brewers are asking lawmakers to update the state's franchise law because they say it unfairly benefits beer and wine distributors.

Zach Stephens / Brattleboro Reformer

Former Speaker of the House Timothy O'Connor of Brattleboro has died.

Dr. Kyle Hagstrom, left, a psychiatrist at the Brattleboro Retreat, talks via computer with Dr. Jarred Zucker, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Zucker is the one of the Retreat's newest telepsychiatrists.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Rural communities across the country face a shortage of doctors of all kinds, and Vermont is no different.

But as technology advances, and patients get more comfortable with video conferencing, health care officials say telemedicine might be one way to address the shortage.

Ignat Solzhenitsyn, seen here as a child with his piano teacher Chonghyo Shin, will return to Vermont to perform in honor of Shin in Brattleboro on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Chonghyo Shin, Courtesy

This weekend, a one-time Vermonter returns to the state to perform in honor of the woman who helped launch his career as a pianist and conductor.

Guatemalan citizens carry an empty coffin in front of Guatemala's National Palace. The coffin symbolizes what demonstrators called the death of democracy following their president's attempt to expel the head of the CICIG.
Gabriel Wer / for VPR

Guatemalans in Vermont are among many within the Guatemalan diaspora in the United States dismayed by an attack on political reform but buoyed by the response of thousands of their countrymen and women inside Guatemala.

The New England Center For Circus Arts' summer camp has been proceeding through the turmoil. About 6,000 people take lessons over the year.
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The executive director and president of the board of directors agreed to step down from the leadership of New England Center for Circus Arts.

Serenity Smith Forchion, left, and her twin sister Elsie Smith started the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro. A volunteer board fired them this week.
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The New England Center For Circus Arts board of directors has fired the organization's founders, and supporters are rallying to their defense as the group faces an uncertain future.