Hundreds March to Close Valley Nuke

About 350 people marched seven miles from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to downtown Brattleboro March 11. The march was organized to commemorate the one year anniversary of the nuclear crisis in Japan, and to advocate the permanent shut down of Vermont Yankee. Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

Photo: Snowy Forest Near Brattleboro

This photo was taken on March 1 in Dummerston, Vermont, near Brattleboro. About a foot of snow fell that day, after a winter of very little snow. To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full-size image." photo by Eesha Williams

Photo: Hadley Hayfield

This photo was taken in Hadley, Massachusetts, near Northampton, on February 22. Hay fields like this one are usually mowed a few times a year, depending on the weather. A cow that isn't grazing on pasture usually eats about half a "square" bale of hay daily. (So-called "square bales" are actually rectangular. Round bales have become more common in recent years and are much bigger than square bales.) To make the photo bigger, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full-size image." photo by Eesha Williams

Road, Sewer Workers Win; School Crossing Guards Organize

Workers at the Amherst Department of Public Works voted last week to sign a two year contract with the town. They maintain Amherst’s sewer and drinking water systems, run the garbage dump and recycling center, fix the town’s roads and traffic lights, and take care of the parks and trees. They belong to the AFSCME union www.afscme.org local 1725. They will get 1.3 percent annual raises.

Photo: Winter Sunset

This photo was taken on December 10 in Dover, Vermont, near Brattleboro. After a mild autumn in the Valley, temperatures are dropping as winter approaches. To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image." photo by Eesha Williams

15 Activists Arrested in Springfield

On November 21 in Springfield, 15 activists were arrested for protesting Bank of America's decision to force poor people out of their homes. Hundreds of supporters cheered at the downtown action. Protesters were arrested for blocking the entrance to a Bank of America branch, and for refusing to leave the bank's lobby, where they held signs and chanted, "Bank of America, bad for America." Outside, people inspired by Occupy Wall Street chanted, "We/ are/ the 99 percent."

(To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "See full size image." photos by Eesha Williams)

Photos: Farm Workers

Unless noted, these photos were taken by freelance photojournalist Ellen Kreitmeier. They show workers on a vegetable farm in southeast Vermont. In winter, most of the workers live in Jamaica, where their families live year round. These photos were taken this summer. The fifth, sixth, and seventh photos are by Eesha Williams. To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "See full size image."

Photos: October Snow

These photos show the record amount of snow that fell on the Valley on October 29 and October 30. Rowe, Massachusetts, near Greenfield, got about two feet of snow, according to Rowe resident Deb Katz. She is the director of www.NukeBusters.org

Global warming caused by cars, coal and nuclear power plants and other human sources results in more severe droughts, floods, blizzards, and heat waves. That's according to the new book Eaarth by Bill McKibben of Vermont. Time magazine said McKibben is "the planet's best green journalist."

Former Senate Leader, a Woman, Wants To Be N.H. Governor

When will the first woman be elected president? Experts say a good way to make that happen soon is to elect more female governors and members of Congress. On October 25 former New Hampshire senate majority leader Maggie Hassan www.MaggieHassan.com announced she is running for governor. She is a Democrat and a lawyer. The election is about a year from now.

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photo of Maggie Hassan from www.MaggieHassan.com

Photo: Brattleboro Occupy Wall Street Solidarity Rally

On October 15 in downtown Brattleboro, hundreds of people attended an Occupy Wall Street solidarity rally. They held signs calling on Congress to raise taxes on rich people to help poor people, in support of closing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, and other issues. The event was organized by the Vermont Workers Center www.WorkersCenter.org

Similar rallies are planned around the Valley. Details are at www.ValleyPost.org/node/601

To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "See full-size image." photo by Eesha Williams