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Cement plant’s plan to burn recycling waste raises

A proposal to burn recycling waste as fuel at a local cement plant has raised concern among local elected officials and environmental advocates in recent weeks, prompting calls for a more detailed state review of the proposal. The Lehigh Cement Co. plant is seeking state approval to burn a mixture of plastic and paper left over from the process of recycling paper and cardboard. The cement company says this alternative fuel would supplement the coal and natural gas it now burns to fire its cement-making kilns -- without exceeding its current air emissions limits. But critics question whether plastics can safely be burned without yielding toxic compounds.

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Self-portraits for a digital age

Exhibit puts Instagram ‘selfies’ among art exploring gender, identity.
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Great Barrington community radio set for revival

After several years without a home, the nonprofit community radio station of the southern Berkshires is setting up a new studio and preparing to resume a full schedule of locally produced programming
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Downtown theater’s second act

The Park Theater in downtown Glens Falls began its life in 1911 as a cinema and vaudeville house. But by the late 1930s, its role as a performance space gave way to other business uses, and its original interior was largely gutted. Now, after a $5 million renovation, the building has returned to its original role as a place for the community to entertain and be entertained

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A month in the hills

Green Mountain College announces plans to shut down by summer and turn over its 155-acre campus in Poultney to creditors; and Vermont’s attorney general declines to pursue any criminal charges in connection with a campaign of racial harassment against former state Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Bennington

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