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Hanging Out

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jon Gover, 13, relaxes in a tree at dusk in East Bethel on Thursday. Valley News — James M. Patterson …

Developer Proposes Solar Field

Friday, April 17, 2015

Woodstock — Some of the energy contained in the sunlight shining down on the grass of a pasture off Route 4 in Taftsville might soon …

Committee Makes Pick for New Lebanon High Principal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lebanon — The committee searching for a new Lebanon High School principal has selected the dean of students at Hanover High School as the sole …

Norwich Tries to Shore Bond Support

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Norwich — Much of Wednesday night’s Selectboard meeting passed as board members who voted in favor of an upcoming bond request unsuccessfully attempted to unify the town’s governing body behind the capital facilities plan that voters will address next month. The Selectboard last week voted to move the …

Dartmouth Frat Appeals Punishment

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College’s Alpha Delta Fraternity has announced it will appeal a recent decision by a college judicial committee to “derecognize” the student organization, which would effectively kick it off campus. College officials penalized the fraternity after determining it had harmed its members last fall when new …

Police Charge 2 In N.H. Thefts

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Claremont —Two men from Claremont were arrested earlier this week and charged with breaking into storage trailers in the Upper Valley and stealing thousands of dollars worth of power tools and equipment, police said in a news release. Russell Anderson, 39, and his stepbrother Michael Cote, 44, allegedly …

6 Acres Scorched on Hartford Hill

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hartford — About 40 firefighters battled a fast-moving brush fire on Wednesday afternoon that left six acres of land off Jericho Street scorched. Hartford Fire Chief Steven Locke said the fire, which started outside Zachary and Martha Bryan’s …

Gun Rights Groups Cry Foul on Bill Changes

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that puts new limits on gun ownership. The 7-4 vote broke along party lines with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. The bill would make it a crime for people convicted of certain violent or drug-related offenses …

Blue Cross Could Bill Vt. Millions

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont is prepared to bill Vermont Health Connect for millions of dollars in past-due premiums, according to a letter the company sent to state officials last month. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vermont’s largest health insurer, has more than 90 percent of …

Bidder Buys Defunct Claremont Incinerator for $1.63 Million

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Claremont — The shuttered Wheelabrator incinerator on Grissom Lane was sold at auction Tuesday for $1.63 million, with the buyer saying he plans to use it to burn municipal waste. As several bidders stood outside the plant hoping …

Hartford Grapples With Ongoing Budget Woes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hartford — It wasn’t supposed to go this way. When the Hartford Selectboard drafted a $15.7 million municipal budget two months ago, members saw it as the beginning of a two-step process that would first restore a handful of municipal staff positions that had been cut, to be …

No Raises For Geisel Workers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hanover — Most non-union employees of Dartmouth College will receive a 1.5 percent pay increase for the upcoming school year but faculty and staff at the Geisel School of Medicine will have to settle instead for shots at one-time payments that would leave their base pay unchanged. “I …

Shumlin Supports Sick Leave Bill

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Montpelier — A more business-friendly version of a paid sick leave bill emerged Tuesday in the House, prompting Gov. Peter Shumlin to endorse the bill and a House committee to delay a vote on it. The version of the bill that came back to life last week included …