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The Eddy nursing home article

As list of towns with tainted water grows, so do worries

Relying on bottled water for drinking and cooking is a new and unwelcome experience for Jim Sullivan and about 100 other homeowners in North Bennington. The village is one of four communities in the region that lately have been struggling with water contaminated by perfl uorooctanoic acid, which in past decades was widely used in manufacturing Tefl on and a variety of other products.

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Equine Advocates

In Vermont, art from high-tech tools

Museum show explores how digital advances are reshaping design.
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VT School merger

Will a bus lead to a train?

Bennington County could soon be linked to the national passenger rail system, closing a public-transportation gap that has persisted for nearly half a century. But the new link would come in the form of a bus, rather than the train service some citizens and local government officials have been pushing for in recent years.

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County fair to vendors: No more Confederate flags

The board of the Washington County Fair has asked vendors not to sell Confederate flags and related merchandise at this year’s event. The nonprofit group that runs the fair, after first announcing in early February that it wouldn’t prohibit sales of the controversial fl ags, reversed itself a couple of weeks later, telling vendors in a letter that it considers sale and display of the fl ags to be “disruptive” to its mission of celebrating local agriculture.
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Caffe Lena developer

Quest for perfect cup of coffee leads to family business

When Shelley and Alan Monder began roasting their own coffee nearly a decade ago, there were merely trying to satisfy their craving for a quality cup of java. Their experiment led the creation of Lucy Jo’s Coffee Roasters, a home-based business that now sells its products at area specialty shops and two large farmers markets.

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Art and race, Black Lives Matter

Behind pop-art splash, shades of darkness

Behind pop-art splash, shades of darkness The colorful work of the artist Alex Da Corte has the bursting presence and aesthetic immediacy of pop art, but it’s what lies underneath that matters. Da Corte’s new exhibition opened March 26 at Mass MoCA.

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