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A Life: Marianne Peterson, 1924 — 2014; ‘She Loved to Entertain, Whether It Was in Her Home or On Stage’

Monday, December 22, 2014

Charlestown — For Marianne Peterson, life was to be lived full speed ahead. Whether belting out a show tune in a local variety show, entertaining, cooking one of her signature dishes, selling advertising or organizing and working numerous activities for her church and community, doing things half-heartedly was not Peterson’s style. “All of her life she worked hard and had …

Norwich Man Integral in Cuba Release

Monday, December 22, 2014

Norwich — An influential U.S. Senate aide who helped to free an American imprisoned in Cuba and restore diplomatic relations with the communist country tracks …

Enfield Gives Dog Park Final OK

Monday, December 22, 2014

Enfield — After more than a year of organizing and planning, supporters say they have cleared all of the red tape required of them to …

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 over that time, the character of the area has remained the same. Merrill …

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 a lawsuit filed earlier this year on the student’s behalf. The town’s insurance …

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 …