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N.H. Man Charged With Child Porn

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lebanon — A former day care center director has been charged with four felony counts of possessing child pornography. Michael Whelton, 53, of Enfield, told police the illicit images were sent to him through an online messenger account and he in turn shared them with others, all while using a laptop computer connected to his position at the Children’s Center …

Hanover Medicare Reform Summit Mixes Optimism, Alarm; Urges Change

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hanover — Medicare spending can be brought under control even as the health and satisfaction of seniors covered by the program improve. At least that …

Proponents, Detractors Satisfied With Rieseberg’s Contract

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hartford — The final two-year contract of longtime Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg has brought together two opposing camps: Those who wanted him to continue as …

Springfield Strives To Keep Streets Safe

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — The town of Springfield has been considering an anti-loitering ordinance to help keep drugs and criminal activity off the streets. Those efforts have led to a broader discussion of the town’s problems. Sitting in the Jenny Wren Café on Springfield’s Main Street, Kimberly Bombria said …

Forum Held On Improving Moody Park

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Claremont — A forum on improving and enlarging the trail network at Moody Park was held Monday evening where the public recommended improved drainage, better trail markers, more connecting trails and a greater variety of trail terrain. Sinuosity, a trail design and building company from Morrisville, Vt., is …

Advocates Want Prisoners in Vt.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A criminal justice reform group is working on a plan to bring out-of-state prisoners home in the next three years by reducing the prison population by 10 percent each year. Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, led by state Rep. Suzi Wizowaty, wants to eliminate the state’s reliance on …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dartmouth College Fraternities Do Away With Pledge Initiation Terms Hanover — Fraternities at Dartmouth College voted on Sunday to end the long-standing tradition of pledge terms, the initiation periods for new members that in the past have drawn negative attention for including binge drinking and hazing. In a …

School Notes: Ledyard Charter School’s New Leadership

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lebanon — Between trips toting furniture to the Ledyard Charter School’s new digs on the third floor of the Whipple Block one day this past summer, John Higgins indulged in some people watching on and around the mall …

Page-Turner

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jason Cilley reads Game Informer magazine during a break from his work at Pete’s Tire Barn in Hartford last week. “I work with my hands all day, so I go home and play video games,” he said. Valley …

Climate Summit Begins Tuesday: Upper Valley Residents Join March for Climate Change Awareness

Monday, September 22, 2014

New York City — For 28-year-old Sharon resident Nicole Antal, the reasons for trekking to the People’s Climate March in New York City were clear. “Why? Because I have a 3½ year old son, and I think it’s …

A Life: Robert D. Nutting, 1945 — 2014; ‘He Did So Much for Everyone’

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sharon — When the pews inside Sharon Congregational Church could hold no more, men in blue jeans and women in sleeveless dresses took to standing on the church steps. Others headed for folding chairs under two large white …

Area Schools Aim For Consolidation

Monday, September 22, 2014

Woodstock — Consolidation talks will continue in the Windsor Central Supervisory Union without the pre-K through sixth grade Barnard Academy, which has decided that it will keep its doors open for the foreseeable future. After a year of study, the supervisory union’s joint elementary study committee will present …

Proliferation of Service Dogs Leads to Conflict

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Elroy Litchfield, a Vietnam War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, recently acquired something that he believes will prove a tremendous help in coping with his condition: a five-month-old dog named Mischief who’s being trained …