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Across the Northshire this past week, high school students donned polyester robes and odd-looking hats and marched across a stage while family and friends took snapshots. Waiting for them across the stage was a principal or headmaster with a … more
This is shaping up as a blockbuster arts and culture summer for the Northshire. Please forgive us if we left anyone out, because it's a long list: Dorset Theatre Festival and Weston Playhouse Theater Company both have promising seasons lined up … more
Rock vocalist Chris Cornell's death two weeks ago seems a long way from us in everyday Vermont. But there's a connection worth exploring, discussing, and most importantly, action.Cornell's apparent suicide in a hotel room in Detroit may have … more
Bob Dylan was right: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. You only need to listen to who's complaining the loudest. Over the past few years, there were numerous complaints that wind power developers and the various lobbying … more
Last week's story on the ripple effect in Manchester from the retail industry's national decline spells out the issues we're facing locally. That industry has been and remains an important economic engine for Manchester, providing jobs and tax … more
We're glad to see that Gov. Phil Scott has announced the 21 members of his Opioid Coordination Council, putting one of the first executive orders of his administration into action. But we're befuddled that a 21-member council with representation … more
May 28 is a special day around here. It was on Tuesday morning, May 28, 1861, that a new weekly publication calling itself The Manchester Journal printed Volume 1, Issue 1 and distributed it throughout town. On that occasion, publisher Charles A. … more
After watching some phenomenally talented students sing and dance their way through "Pippin" at the Riley Center for the Arts this past weekend, we got to thinking that it's been a remarkable year for Burr and Burton Academy — even by the … more
The state Legislature's move to decriminalize marijuana possession under one ounce on Tuesday adds a new chapter to what has been a long, strange trip for efforts to legalize the drug and its various modes of consumption in Vermont. Whether it's … more
There's a downside to springtime in Vermont. All the crud leftover from winter, hidden for months by the snow — what little there is these days — becomes readily apparent. Before the green leaves come out, the view from our highways … more
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