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White River Junction Discount Grocer Set to Close

Saturday, December 20, 2014

White River Junction — After 21 years of operating White River Discount Foods off Sykes Mountain Avenue, Dan and Marcia Nelson are moving on. The store’s last official day will be Wednesday, though the Nelsons expect to continue to make some final sales as they clean everything up in the days after Christmas. “It was one of those decisions that …

City Takes Stock On Crafts Avenue

Saturday, December 20, 2014

West Lebanon — Bob Merrill has lived on the corner of Beyerle Street and Crafts Avenue for 35 years, and while the neighbors have changed …

Ex-Police Chief Settles Lawsuit

Saturday, December 20, 2014

New London — Former New London police Chief David Seastrand and a Colby-Sawyer student who accused him of asking her to pose nude have settled …

Claremont’s Finances in Check

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Claremont — The city’s financial health and record-keeping received high marks in the latest independent audit by the firm Melanson Heath of Nashua. “It is a clean opinion (from the auditors),” Frank Biron, president of the auditing firm, told the City Council Wednesday night. “That is the best …

Lebanon Names Superintendent

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lebanon — After turnover of top leadership earlier this year in School Administrative Unit 88, the Lebanon School Board appears to have found some stability in the Upper Valley educator who has been serving as interim superintendent since …

Life at an Impasse: FairPoint Worker Misses Job But Supports Strike

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — In a sense, the job of a telephone line worker begins with what industry insiders call the “pole test.” That’s the exhilarating moment when, after their first week of training, new recruits are asked to …

Cornish Considers Its Options Related to School Administrative Units

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cornish — The committee charged with studying the possibility of withdrawing from the town’s current school administrative unit has asked neighboring Plainfield’s superintendent to crunch the numbers to see what it would cost Cornish if those towns’ schools banded together. Cornish Elementary, the town’s lone school, is part …

Renovations at Claremont's Stevens High School Near End

Friday, December 19, 2014

Claremont — The $12.6 million Stevens High School renovation project, begun more than a year ago, is about six weeks away from completion, and a community open house is being planned for early April. Todd Thompson of Trumbull-Nelson, the construction manager on the project, told the renovation committee …

In the Upper Valley, Restoring Diplomatic Relations With Cuba a Welcome Development

Friday, December 19, 2014

West Lebanon — Maricel Lucero was at work when she got word of news she’d been hoping to hear for decades. On Wednesday, President Obama announced that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, opening new doors for economic and cultural exchange between the two nations. …

City Council Approves Lebanon Budget

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lebanon — Despite a last-ditch effort to increase city funding for outside nonprofit agencies, the Lebanon City Council unanimously approved level-funding the groups as part of its 2015 budget. “We have to take care of our own business first,” said councilor Nicole Cormen. “Human services are ... not …

Vatican Report Soothes American Nuns

Friday, December 19, 2014

Chicago — The Benedictine sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when the Vatican released its long-awaited report on American nuns. Two Vatican investigators had spent two days at the Benedictine monastery in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood in May 2010 as part of an …

Shumlin Ends Single-Payer Push

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward …

Shumlin's Single-Payer Decision Draws Mixed Response

Thursday, December 18, 2014

White River Junction — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s announcement Wednesday that he would not ask the Vermont Legislature to pass taxes and fees to pay for universal, publicly financed health insurance pleased some business leaders, disappointed and shocked some …