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Peter Clark, mechanical engineer at Omega Optical in Brattleboro, Vt., works on optical filter produced in one of Omega's High Volume Production machines on Monday, April 6, 2020. These coating machines are in 24-hours/seven-days-a-week production to recreate fluorescence filters used in COVID-19 testing. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

3 workers infected at prison; foreign ski workers stranded

Apr. 7, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

One inmate at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton is being monitored with symptoms of COVID-19, and the prison is under a complete lockdown after three staff members tested positive for the illness, the Department of Corrections said Tuesday. Meanwhile, some foreign seasonal workers at Jay Peak...

Camp director steps down in wake of child sexual abuse probe

Apr. 7, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

FAIRLEE, Vt. (AP) — A clinical psychologist who led a Vermont-based foundation through an investigation into decades-old allegations of sexual abuse has stepped down. Christopher Overtree, the executive director of the Aloha Foundation, announced his decision to resign last month, the Valley News reported...

Owner of beloved Cambridge bookstore dead at 73

Apr. 6, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The owner of a Massachusetts bookstore frequented by patrons from all over New England died at the age of 73. Kate Mattes, owner of Kate's Mystery Books, died March 26 in Bennington, Vermont, of cardiac arrest, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. Mattes' Cambridge store had 10,000...

Artist appointed as Vermont's fourth cartoonist laureate

Apr. 6, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

WEST TOWNSHEND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont artist who has worked on famed cartoon characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been appointed as the state's fourth cartoonist laureate. Rick Veitch, 68, of West Townshend, was appointed as Vermont's cartoonist laureate during a live stream event Thursday,...

This October 1962 photo released by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office shows Winston

'Old school' technique helps expert ID remains from 1969

Apr. 6, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thanks to an old-fashioned fingerprint-matching technique, the remains of a shooting victim found alongside a New Hampshire highway 50 years ago have been identified as a Vermont man who had been released from prison three months earlier, authorities said Monday. The body of Winston...

People get some exercise on a sunny day at the West River Trail, in Brattleboro Vt., as they try to keep some distance during the COVID-19 outbreak on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont governor predicts bleak time, but there is hope

Apr. 6, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

Vermonters need to prepare for what could be a bleak time over the next several weeks as the state continues its efforts to control the outbreak of COVID-19, but there are glimmers of hope, Gov. Phil Scott said Monday. Scott reiterated that Vermonters need to stay home and stay isolated from others as most...

Law school receives $3M grant for restorative justice center

Apr. 6, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Law School received a $3 million federal grant to establish a national center examining ways to advance restorative justice education. Dean and President Thomas McHenry said the South Royalton school is the only law school in the country that awards a master's degree in...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, faces reporters as Mass. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, center left, looks on during a visit to a coronavirus testing site in a parking lot at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. The site that opened Sunday, is designated specifically for police officers, firefighters and other first responders who may have been exposed or are showing virus symptoms. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Pats open virus testing site; Boston mayor calls for curfew

Apr. 5, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots’ home stadium has became a coronavirus testing site while a Vermont fairground has transformed into a field hospital. Connecticut is wrestling with unrest at one of its jails and some Maine hospitals are cutting salaries despite the pandemic. A look at those...

New Hampshire principal moving to Vermont school

Apr. 5, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A New Hampshire high school principal is taking a new job at Vermont's Middlebury Union High School. The Valley News reports Justin Campbell is ending his eight-year tenure at Hanover High School to take the job at the Vermont school, which recently received approval to offer...

Hartford moves ahead with $3.3 million pool project

Apr. 5, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — The town of Hartford is moving forward with its $3.3 million pool project after officials considered whether to postpone the effort so that staff could focus on response to the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The Selectboard decided this week to continue with design and engineering...