Black Lives Matter Juneteenth protest in Springfield

Joe holding sign. Photo by Jo Robbins

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – “We are ready, we are moving, peace will set us free. We are waking from this dream. We are dangerous.” This was the music heard on Friday at the Black Lives Matter protest held on Main Street … Continued

Chester Recreation opens pool, board reviews policing policies

CHESTER, Vt. – At the June 17 meeting, the Chester Selectboard heard the latest on the Chester Recreation Department opening of the town pool at Pinnacle Park as of June 22. According to Chester Town Manager Julie Hance, Chester Recreation … Continued

Railroad covered bridges


Below are three entries from the Yo-Semite Firehouse ledger belonging to the Chester Historical Society. Tom Hildreth was helpful ferreting out information for this article. Tom reached out to the Rutland Railroad Historical Society for information. Tom learned very few … Continued

Bellows Falls Trustees searching for municipal manager

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – On Tuesday, June 9, the Bellows Falls Village Trustees discussed the Police Department, the Wastewater Department, and the municipal manager search. Interim Police Chief Sergeant Bemis requested another full-time officer be hired. Currently, there are only … Continued

Community theater, poised and waiting in these uncertain times


REGION – There have been five regularly performing community theater groups in the Bellows Falls-Springfield area for the last few years. They are all currently “on hold” because of COVID-19, and one may wonder what their plans are for coming … Continued

Local author and contributor Bill Lockwood publishes fourth book

Bill Lockwood

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Local author and The Shopper contributor Bill Lockwood recently published his fourth book titled “The Monsignor’s Agent,” released in April by The Wild Rose Press located in Adams Basin, N.Y. Bill’s previously published titles include “Buried … Continued

The raven


This past Thursday about 6:30 p.m., I was sitting on my sofa watching Channel 3 News. I noticed through the skylight a black object near my barn. I got up to see it was a large raven. I see ravens … Continued

Graduation Guide 2020

Congratulations to all of our Graduating Seniors of 2020! Bellows Falls, Black River, Fall Mountain, Green Mountain, Leland and Gray, and Springfield Class of 2020, we are proud of you! View the full Graduation Guide 2020 here

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