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Woodstock Complex Breaks Ground

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Woodstock — After almost a decade of legal wrangling, ground will officially be broken today on a 28-unit mixed-income housing development on eight acres of land across from Woodstock Union High School. Organizers say the ceremony marks a turning point in the beleaguered project, which faced stiff opposition from abutters expressing concerns that the project off Route 4 could overcrowd …

Hartford Police Eye Possibly Tainted Heroin in Overdoses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hartford — After two deaths and seven other heroin-related overdoses in the Upper Valley this month, police are concerned that drugs being circulated may be …

‘The Dartmouth’: No More Greek

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hanover — No news, no photos, just the words “Abolish the Greek system,” emblazoned in bold letters across the top of student newspaper The Dartmouth …

Young Writers Address Feminism and a Haunting Scenario

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Storm Set to Slam Twin States

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Concord — The snow boots can stay in the closet for at least a few more weeks. A nor’easter making its way southeast from the Great Lakes region is expected to bring some high winds and up to 5 inches of rain in some parts of the state, …

Flaws Found at Brattleboro Retreat

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — The most recent federal survey of the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital found staff failed to follow protocols in three instances in September; in one of them, a patient nearly drowned. On Sept. 22, a 16-year-old patient with bipolar disorder and acute mania who was supposed …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Emerge Family Advocates Board Agrees to Resign White River Junction — The board of Emerge Family Advocates, a nonprofit that provides parental visitation services, has agreed to resign in the wake of accusations that the nonprofit’s executive director, Raymona Russell, overpaid herself to the tune of $5,000 to …

Friendly’s Closes Its Doors

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

After nearly 30 years of operation in West Lebanon’s Route 12A corridor, Friendly’s West Lebanon has closed its doors. Finding Friendly’s closed, Carrie Ballou, of South Royalton, Vt., walks back to her car on Monday after finding the …

Kuster: Garcia Is Not Ready

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cornish — In advance of tonight’s televised debate, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., came out swinging Sunday night against her Republican challenger, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, of Salem, tying her opponent to the Tea Party and criticizing Garcia’s …

$1.5-Million Bond Would Pay for Critical Repairs to Windsor Dam

Monday, October 20, 2014

Windsor — If voters approve a $1.5-million bond at the ballot box on Nov. 4, the town will add the money to a recent state grant of nearly a million dollars and begin critical repairs to the upper dam on Mill Pond next year, Town Manager Tom Marsh …

A Life: Richard “Dick” Piontek, 1937-2013; Bricklayer, Physicist ‘Got the Job Done, No Matter What It Took’

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lebanon — Last year, Richard “Dick” Piontek saw an amusing T-shirt in a catalogue that challenged observers to “find X,” the dimension of one side of a triangle. The shirt designer had circled the “X” and written, in …

Pope Beatifies Paul VI at Synod’s End

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vatican City — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for the Mass, which …

8 on the Ballot For Lebanon’s 4 House Seats

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lebanon — Four Republicans are challenging Democrats’ hold on Lebanon’s four New Hampshire House seats, citing concerns over state spending. In contrast, the four Democrats on the ballot say some spending, which they call “investment,” is necessary to …