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State. Sen. Odell, R-New London, Plans to Step Down at End of Term

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New London — State Sen. Bob Odell, a moderate Republican known as a pivotal and principled vote in Concord, announced Friday he would not seek a seventh term in the state Senate, saying he is ready to spend more time with his family and friends. “As my colleagues all know, serving in the New Hampshire Senate is both a unique …

Law School Gets Bond Downgrade

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moody’s Investors Service, an investment assessment services company, downgraded Vermont Law School’s $10.3 million in 2011 revenue bonds this week. Moody’s lowered its rating for …

Enfield Board Backs Dog Park

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Enfield — Mascoma-area residents and their pooches could be frolicking in a dog park on Route 4A before the end of the year. The Enfield …

West Lebanon Plazas Spared From Flooding

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

West Lebanon — Workers in the West Lebanon shopping plazas on Route 12A were removing sandbags and restocking merchandise this morning after the area escaped an overnight storm without major flooding. According to the National Weather Service, the …

Not-So-Calm Before the Storm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

West Lebanon — By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, the bottom shelves at Encore Books were bare. Employees at the Route 12A reseller spent the day moving hundreds of books to higher ground — or at least to higher shelves …

Hartford Adds Rules For Public Lands

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hartford — Residents will no longer be allowed to let dogs roam free on town park grounds, forest land and conservation areas, as the Selectboard voted Tuesday night to add provisions to the municipal parks ordinance. When the changes go into effect in 60 days, residents will also …

Claremont Charter Commission Divided

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Claremont — Charter Commission member Joe Osgood said Tuesday that the recommendation to change from a city manager/city council form of government to a mayor/board of aldermen would improve public participation in city government — particularly on budgetary matters — and diminish the power of paid city staff …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Man Rescued from Black River In Springfield, Vt. Springfield, Vt. — A man was rescued from the Black River Tuesday morning. Springfield Fire Chief Russ Thompson said the man, who was not identified, went in the water around 7 a.m. and was unable to return because of the …

Upper Valley Braces for Flooding; Stores Move Merchandise Out of Range

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

West Lebanon — Several big box stores along Route 12A have closed early in anticipation of possible heavy flooding along the Connecticut River tonight. J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Sears were all closed by 5 p.m. following a flood …

Blaze Devastates Vt. Farm; Fire Officials Still Determining Cause

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Harold Gravlin’s pit bull isn’t normally a barker. So on Sunday evening when the dog started barking uncontrollably, Gravlin thought something might be wrong. And, indeed, it was. Gravlin, 46, peered out his home’s window …

Slayton Hill Plan Gets Board’s OK

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lebanon — The Planning Board has approved the city’s request to remove trees and stone walls from the edges of the scenic Slayton Hill Road. Severe erosion and property damage caused by flooding along Slayton Hill last July spurred the city’s proposal. The goal of the planned improvements …

Vt. State Senator Has Challenger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chelsea — A 67-year-old small businessman is launching a Republican challenge to longtime state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange. Chelsea resident Robert Frenier, who runs a company that buys used airport fire trucks and rebuilds them, said he is …

School Notes: Students From Grantham, Sunapee and Lebanon High Recognized For Service Projects

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Grantham Village School’s long run of success in a series of imaginative challenges continued this year, as a pair of teams qualified for the global finals of Destination Imagination. Five teams of Grantham students, and a sixth from Lebanon High School, advanced to the state finals. Of those, …