05/28/2016 04:00 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Recriminations boiled up in the Senate late Thursday night after lawmakers rejected a $300,000 earmark for bulletproof vests to protect police officers, and then quickly changed their minds.   Full Story
New England beachgoers warned: Don't take selfies with seals
05/28/2016 03:24 PM EDT - BOSTON >> The feds have a warning for beachgoers in New England during Memorial Day weekend: Don't take selfies with the seals. Full Story

John Love — The Sentinel & Enterprise via AP
05/28/2016 02:53 PM EDT - LEOMINSTER >> What started as a science-fair project became much more for three Leominster High School students.   Full Story
The cost of an overdose in Massachusetts
05/28/2016 02:39 PM EDT - FRAMINGHAM (AP) >> It all starts with a $20 to $30 purchase. That's the average street price of heroin today, according to Framingham Police. Full Story

Elise Amendola — The Associated Press
05/27/2016 05:36 PM EDT - CHARLTON >> A police officer shot and killed during a traffic stop was remembered Friday for his dedication, professionalism, willingness to help anyone and sense of humor during a funeral attended by officers from across the state.   Full Story
05/28/2016 05:09 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Police will be setting up checkpoints and increasing traffic patrols to coincide with Memorial Day weekend. The Bennington Police Department announced Thursday at that starting the week of May 30 it would be conducting a "safety checkpoint" somewhere in town. "An aggressive effort will be made to identify impaired drivers and safety violations on our highways," police said   Full Story
More new businesses on the way in Bennington
05/27/2016 09:11 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Multiple new businesses have opened in recent months and more are on the way. It signals good news, economic development leaders say, after several years of a difficult national economic climate. "Overall, the business vibe in Bennington has been improving, and I think the opening or expanding of businesses in town is evidence of that," Economic and Community Development Full Story

Derek Carson — Bennington Banner
05/27/2016 09:10 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Grace Christian School in Bennington recently completed a Race for Education fundraiser to raise $10,000 for the new playground and athletics fields. Students from all grade levels were sponsored to run or walk for an hour on Friday. The middle and high school level students went first, said principal Shawn Smith, followed by the elementary school students.   Full Story
Benmont Ave bridge to close two weeks in June
05/27/2016 09:09 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The Benmont Avenue bridge will be closed for about two weeks in June, a move the contractor says is necessary while concrete hardens and strengthens. Crews are tentatively scheduled to close the bridge to all through traffic on Monday, June 13 at 7 a.m., according to Natalie Boyle, project outreach coordinator for Greenman-Pedersen Inc. Full Story

Kristopher Radder — Reformer Staff
05/27/2016 07:03 AM EDT - WEST DOVER — Mount Snow is one step closer to getting funds to complete construction on a snowmaking pond near its ski resort and build a new lodge. "We are almost there!" Mount Snow General Manager Kelly Pawlak said Tuesday. "We're excited to have approval of our EB-5 business plan and we look forward to the approval of our first EB-5 investor.   Full Story
05/27/2016 07:46 PM EDT - GRAFTON >> Some members of the Select Board and meeting attendees snapped at each other Thursday night.   Full Story
Rockingham board refuses to discuss 'personnel issue'
05/27/2016 07:38 PM EDT - ROCKINGHAM >> A personnel matter was brought up by a village trustee at Tuesday's Select Board meeting, and the chairman responded by saying the question was "inappropriate. Full Story

Holly Pelczynski - Bennington Banner
05/27/2016 07:38 PM EDT - POWNAL >> Two schools in the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union were named winners in the Breakfast After the Bell Challenge, with Pownal Elementary School taking home the top prize.   Full Story
Dorset conserves 247 more acres for Owl's Head Town Forest
05/27/2016 07:38 PM EDT - DORSET >> More land has been added to the Owl's Head Town Forest, along with a historic quarry. Full Story

makayla mcgeeney — bennington banner
05/27/2016 07:38 PM EDT - DORSET >> Vermont, rich in many natural resources, is also home to art, farming, recreation, and more.   Full Story