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Pent-Up

Monday, May 4, 2015

With help from Gile, his 8-year-old border collie, Stephen Wetmore, of Strafford, herds sheep into a pen during the opening weekend at Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock on Sunday. Wetmore has been raising border collies for more than 30 years. Valley News — Sarah Shaw …

Hanover To Vote on ‘Gateway’

Monday, May 4, 2015

Australian ballot voting on May 12 will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hanover High School gymnasium. Discussion and voting on …

Bethel, Royalton Set to Merge School Offices

Monday, May 4, 2015

Royalton — In anticipation of a 2016 merger of supervisory unions now headquartered in Royalton and Bethel, the two staffs will start sharing office space …

City Budget Plan Down Slightly

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Claremont — City Manager Guy Santagate is proposing a $16.1 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The spending plan carries no projected increase in the municipal portion of the tax if approved as recommended. The budget represents a spending decrease of 1.7 percent, or $373,000, …

Pipe Break Temporarily Slows Rt. 4 Traffic

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Lebanon — Traffic was delayed near the Route 4 bridge, which is under construction, after an excavator inadvertently hit a nearby sewer line on Thursday morning. Despite the 10-minute delay for morning commuters, officials say the incident was relatively insignificant and will not affect the timeline for the …

Vt.’s Shumlin Signs Off On Gun Bill

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed legislation designed to keep guns away from dangerous criminals and people with severe mental illness. The governor has said that he doesn’t believe Vermont would benefit from new gun laws, but Friday he called the bill he signed a “shadow” of …

Musty, Oxbow Union High School District Respond to Civil Suit

Friday, May 1, 2015

Chelsea — The former Oxbow Union High School teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student put in his care has denied claims that he committed battery against the victim and breached his duty as her guardian, …

Sanders’ Message Resonates in Upper Valley, Even If It Doesn’t Translate to Votes

Friday, May 1, 2015

West Lebanon — With U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., joining the Democratic field for president, his progressive platform took center stage on Thursday. Sanders’ entrance into the race received widespread national media coverage this week, culminating in a …

Kuster Puts Focus on Pine Tree Lane, Housing

Friday, May 1, 2015

West Lebanon — With dozens of West Lebanon residents facing displacement by the pending loss of their subsidized housing, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., is set to discuss affordable housing with Upper Valley groups on Monday. “In New Hampshire, more and more people are finding 30-50 percent of …

Claremont Dispatcher’s Sexual Assault Charge Dropped, But Case Not Yet Closed

Friday, May 1, 2015

Claremont — An aggravated sexual assault charge against a former Claremont police dispatcher has been dismissed by a Sullivan County Superior Court judge, but the investigation remains active and the assault charge and two others could be brought forward again. The order was signed by Judge Brian Tucker …

Shumlin Critique Irks Legislature

Friday, May 1, 2015

Montpelier — Legislative leaders say Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposal to cut millions of dollars in the budget is too little, too late. The state Senate approved tax and spending bills Thursday as Shumlin’s administration angered lawmakers with a new monkey wrench thrown into the works: a request for …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Lebanon Lifts Weight Limits on Roads Lebanon — Lebanon officials have lifted seasonal weight limits on posted roads throughout the city, effective today. Many roads in late winter were restricted to 6-ton weight limits, except for fuel and milk deliveries, because of mud season. For more information, call …

Vt. House To Vote on Health Bill

Friday, May 1, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Thursday to an omnibus health care package that raises $12 million, which supporters say will strengthen primary care and increase access to medical services. A final vote is scheduled for today. The bill also sets out contingencies should new technology …