07/28/2016 12:06 PM EDT - BARNSTABLE, MASS. >> Charles Bilezikian, who founded the Christmas Tree Shops discount retail chain with a single store on Cape Cod, has died.   Full Story
 
Police: Teen shot, robbed on Springfield street
07/28/2016 12:05 PM EDT - SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> Springfield police are investigating after a 16-year-old boy turned up at the hospital with a gunshot wound and told investigators he was robbed of his cellphone. Full Story

07/28/2016 10:43 AM EDT - BROCKTON, MASS. >> A Brockton man has been convicted of fatally his stabbing his father and punching his mother in the face in a dispute over loud music.   Full Story
 
Sanders drops in on Mass. DNC breakfast
07/28/2016 05:51 AM EDT - PHILADELPHIA — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made a surprise appearance before Massachusetts Democrats Wednesday, rallying delegates around the goals of defeating Donald Trump for the presidency in November and ushering in a new wave of Democrats to lesser offices around the country. Full Story

07/28/2016 05:54 AM EDT - BOSTON — Count Rep. Harold Naughton among the lawmakers on Beacon Hill questioning Attorney General Maura Healey's recent action to crack down on the sale of copycat assault weapons in Massachusetts.   Full Story
 
 
Kristopher Radder Reformer Staff
07/28/2016 01:00 PM EDT - GUILFORD >> Fire safety officials are investigating what has been described as a "massive explosion" early Wednesday morning at a house on Great Blue Heron Drive. "We are working with the Division of Fire Safety and arson investigators to help determine the cause and origin of this explosion," said Lt.   Full Story
 
First PFOA personal injury suit filed
07/28/2016 07:20 AM EDT - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — The first lawsuit that claims water contaminated with PFOA led to an illness has been filed by a New York City firm. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a village resident by attorneys with Weitz & Luxenburg in federal court on Wednesday. The complaint alleges that exposure to the man-made chemical through drinking water directly caused resident James Donovan to Full Story

Edward Damon - Bennington Banner
07/28/2016 07:21 AM EDT - BENNINGTON — A proposal for a new shelter home on Main Street is now in the hands of the Development Review Board. The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless aims to purchase property at 966 Main St. for a transitional shelter, a move the executive director said could double the number of people the organization serves.   Full Story
 
Bennington's Northshire Brewing launches line of canned beers
07/28/2016 07:22 AM EDT - BENNINGTON — Northshire Brewery is expanding to add cans of beer to its lineup of products. The Bennington-based company currently has beers on tap at restaurants around the state, offers tasting of their brews at the brewery itself three days a week, and has had a limited bottling operation that provides 22 ounce containers for retail sale. Full Story

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07/27/2016 06:58 AM EDT - READSBORO — On top of a mountain in Readsboro, lives a very special little boy and his family. Asa Frost is a 7-year-old artist, who loves to paint, be outdoors, grow vegetables and flowers, explore nature, search for insects and frogs, and most especially anything to do in, and around, water.   Full Story
 
 
Kristopher Radder Reformer Staff
07/28/2016 07:15 AM EDT - BRATTLEBORO — Securitas USA will be providing security to local courthouses after an agreement could not be struck with the Windham County Sheriff's Office.   Full Story
 
Brattleboro hosts JerkFest Aug. 5, 6
07/28/2016 07:16 AM EDT - BRATTLEBORO — "Eat, Drink and Be Irie" at Vermont JerkFest, Vermont's 2nd annual jerk food festival on Aug. Full Story

07/27/2016 09:24 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> For the third consecutive year, FreshTracks Road Pitch will take place during the first week in August.   Full Story
 
Stratton ramps up concert series
07/28/2016 07:16 AM EDT - STRATTON — A mountain known for its skiing and snowboarding is turning into a destination for music enthusiasts. Full Story

Kristopher Radder — Reformer Staff
07/27/2016 07:04 AM EDT - BRATTLEBORO — Emma Davis knew her name was on the list for Senior Awards Night at Brattleboro Union High School but not why.   Full Story