Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


Vermont AG Investigation Of Brattleboro Retreat Finds ‘No Criminal Misconduct’

July 16, 2018

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that it found “no criminal misconduct” following a five-year investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat, a mental health treatment facility in southern Vermont.

Proposal To Turn Rock Quarry Into Reservoir Faces Mountain Of Opposition

July 13, 2018

In Connecticut, a debate is underway about what to do with a protected stretch of watershed land between a public drinking water supply and an old stone quarry.

Protecting Land And Storing Carbon: Nature Conservancy Taps A New Market For Conservation Projects

July 12, 2018

A Nature Conservancy project in northern Vermont will store carbon to meet California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. The group says proceeds from the sale of these “carbon credits” will pay for future land protection projects.

Family Over Fortune For The Musical Manzis, But Not Without Dreams

July 12, 2018

Getting ready for a rare appearance, the Manzi Family Band was in full rehearsal on a recent summer afternoon in a basement in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Connecticut Town Ponders Plastic Bag, Straw Ban

July 10, 2018

The town of Stonington is considering a move to ban all single-use plastic bags and straws. It wouldn’t be the first Connecticut town to contemplate bagging the bag — Greenwich recently passed a ban and Westport did away with them years ago.

Maine Lobster Industry Deals With New Tariffs From China

July 10, 2018

Some Maine lobster dealers who have seen sales to China shoot up over the last decade are now suddenly shut out. Late last week, China more than doubled tariffs on lobster from U.S. sources as part of the emerging trade war between the two countries. But the lobster industry as a whole, and lobstermen in particular, are trying to take it all in stride.

Feds: Pot And Guns Don’t Mix

July 10, 2018

In late June, a gun store in Charlemont, Massachusetts, posted a letter on Facebook from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The 2011 letter notified gun dealers that just because someone has a state medical marijuana card, it doesn’t mean it’s legal for them to purchase a gun.

Family Vacationing In N.H. Reeling After Arrest At Checkpoint 90 Miles From The Border

July 6, 2018

Under a Department of Justice rule, the Border Patrol is allowed to conduct these checkpoints 100 miles from a border, and they have been since 1953. What’s harder to know is whether or not these checkpoints are happening more frequently.

Researchers: Acid Rain Success Story Shows Value Of Science Informing Public Policy

July 6, 2018

Remember acid rain? In the 1970s and ‘80s, scientists found that rain 100 times more acidic than normal was harming the mountain forests of New England and New York. The pollution was linked to fossil fuel plants in the Midwest. Now, a new study shows red spruce trees are recovering thanks to tighter pollution laws.

Asylum Seeker In Sanctuary Sells Pierogies To Support Family And Quell Anxiety

July 3, 2018

Kakhtiranova, now 36 years old, is friendly and talkative – often hanging out and laughing with church staff and volunteers in the kitchen. So it’s easy to forget she’s a fugitive from the government.


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