Weston Playhouse reimagines the theater experience with “An Iliad”

David Bonanno stars in "An Iliad" at Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm. Photo provided by Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

WESTON, Vt. – “An Iliad,” starring David Bonanno in what is essentially a one-man show, combines the actor’s gripping intensity, effectively simple lighting and set design, and an open-sided tent locale, for an incredibly unique and intimate theatrical experience to … Continued

Amtrak returns to Bellows Falls after pandemic suspension

Amtrak’s southbound Vermonter arriving in Bellows Falls for the first time since its suspension due to the pandemic in March 2020

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – There’s an old Linda Ronstadt song with the line: “The train don’t go by here no more.” Well Linda, our train is back. After being suspended March 26, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Amtrak’s Vermonter … Continued

Local History by Ron Patch: Allie Hawkes

Chester Boot Shop showing the intersection of Main, Depot and Grafton streets. Photo provided

Allie Hawkes was born in Chester in 1884, living ‘til 1970. Allie had been Chester town manager. Thankfully, he recorded some of his early Chester memories. In 1987 Martha Bessey made notes in the margins of Allie’s typewritten histories. Martha’s … Continued

Policing discussion sparks outburst from Chester Board member

policing policy at Chester Selectboard meeting

CHESTER, Vt. – Sparks flew during Chester Selectboard’s July 7 meeting when discussion turned to Chester’s proposed police department assessment, after Board Chair Arne Jonynas read aloud a letter submitted by Chester resident Leslie Thorsen. The letter included her recommendations … Continued

Rockingham Selectboard makes decision on Depot Street Bridge

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – On Tuesday, July 7, the Rockingham Selectboard passed the motion 3-2 to choose the option for an off-alignment bridge with removal of existing concrete Depot Street Bridge and an added pedestrian bridge. Elijah Zimmer, Rick Cowan, … Continued

Route 131 construction is the focus of Cavendish meeting

CAVENDISH, Vt. – The Cavendish Selectboard dealt largely with construction issues during their July 12 meeting, with the conditions of Route 131 during the ongoing paving project, as well as the fix to the sagging sewer line happening in Proctorsville. … Continued

Divided Sky Foundation gets DRB approval for addiction rehab facility

LUDLOW, Vt. – Divided Sky Foundation’s proposed 40-bed substance use treatment facility, at the former Green Mountain at Fox Run location, has been granted approval by Ludlow’s Development Review Board, confirming that the facility has satisfied current zoning regulations. Phish … Continued

Van Diemen’s Land

1843 Whig Standard on Van Dieman's Land. Photo provided

Frank Bidwell found this article in the Dec. 14, 1843 Whig Standard at the Library of Congress. The Whig Standard was a daily newspaper in Washington, D.C. I suggest you read the Whig newspaper article from Frank first, and then … Continued

Featured Pet: Cats

Springfield Humane Society has cats! Photo provided

  Now is the time to add a cat to your home as we just took in 44 cats and kittens from some very full shelters in Georgia. These felines are all sweet and ready to be yours. We have … Continued

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