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Fairlee Receives State Classification for Village

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fairlee — Officials say town planning is moving in the right direction following the state’s recent identification of a “designated village center” in the heart of Fairlee. The classification makes the businesses and residences within the designated boundary along Route 5 eligible for incentives, such as grants and historic preservation tax credits, without tying the area to any new state …

Hartford Preps for Year Ahead

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hartford — The Selectboard has agreed on a municipal budget that, if approved by voters, would increase the municipal portion of the property tax rate …

10 Jockey for Slots on Hartford Boards

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hartford — With a Monday evening filing deadline now past, it appears that 10 candidates will vie for four open slots on the Hartford Selectboard …

No Scorecard for ADA Compliance

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When it comes to compliance with the ADA, no one really knows how many of the 6 million businesses under its authority are accessible, or how communities compare with one another. For that matter, it can be difficult for businesses themselves to determine if they are in compliance. …

Newport Teacher Tapped to Become ‘Ag Ambassador’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Newport — An agriscience teacher from Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center in Newport recently took part in a professional development program at DuPont’s Chesapeake Farms,a 3,300 acre facility in Chestertown, Md. Deb Stevens was among about 50 …

Ompompanoosuc River Water Quality Is Focus Of West Fairlee Meeting

Sunday, January 25, 2015

West Fairlee — A meeting in West Fairlee next month will take a close look at water quality in the Ompompanoosuc River. The Ompompanoosuc was placed on Vermont’s impaired waters list after E. coli was found in a roughly 11-mile section of the river between the Vershire-West Fairlee …

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley Names Dartmouth Grad as Director

Sunday, January 25, 2015

West Lebanon — Karen Morton, of Lebanon, has been named executive director of Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Morton has years of work and volunteer experience with nonprofits such as Youth in …

Jim Kenyon: Lebanon Pot Busts Fail the Sniff Test

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I get the sense that cops in Lebanon still believe that cracking down on marijuana users will somehow make for safer city streets. In 2014, Lebanon police made 205 arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana. That’s nearly five a week. Pot busts accounted for 72 percent …

Access Is the Issue: Anonymous Complaints Spark Big Changes in Downtown Woodstock

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Woodstock — Some of the Woodstock business owners didn’t notice the man who, in 2012, visited their shops and eateries, sitting in a wheelchair as he made his way up and down the narrow sidewalks of the community’s …

Parker Won’t Run

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hartford — Citing weariness with a “constant drum of criticism,” Hartford Selectboard Co-chairman Ken Parker announced last week that he will not run for re-election; candidate petitions for both the Selectboard and the Hartford School Board are due …

I-91 in Windsor Sees Two Crashes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Windsor — Two significant accidents occurred within a few miles of each other on a snow-covered Interstate 91 in Windsor on Saturday. According to a news release from Vermont State Police, the first crash occurred at around 8:30 a.m. when Edward Obrien, 74, of Easton, N.H., lost control …

The Band Plays On: Weathersfield Rallies at Fundraiser for Fire Victims

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Weathersfield — Losing a home to fire can be devastating, especially when you own something as inexpressibly cool as that guitar. Musician and blueberry farmer Glenn Selwitz, 65, of Weathersfield, is the kind of guy who spends hours …

After Fits and Starts, Thetford Hires Police Chief

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thetford — After several go-rounds and more than seven months of searching, Thetford has found a new police chief: A longtime lieutenant with the Hanover Police Department will start in the position about a week before Town Meeting. …