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Auction Will Benefit Orford Town Hall Heritage Center

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Orford — Bidding on two oil paintings of Jacobs Brook in Orford will wrap up during the town historical society’s annual meeting Thursday. The free meeting, set for 7 p.m. at Rivendell Academy, will also feature “The Other Orford: Beyond the Bridge and the Ridge,” a new illustrated talk by East Orford native Arthur Pease. Proceeds from the auction will …

Lebanon Cop Fakes Fitness Test Results for Two Other Officers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lebanon — In mid-December, Lebanon police officers gathered at a local indoor track to be timed as they ran 12 laps. They needed to finish …

Bethel Drive-In Launches Projector Campaign

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bethel — For more than a decade, Regina Franz and Adam Gerhard held onto the dream of owning a drive-in theater. Last year, it came …

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, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, April 15

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

West Lebanon Plazas Warned of Potential Flooding West Lebanon — Fire officials are alerting merchants, particularly those in the Upper Valley and Kmart plazas, of possible flooding this week. Due to snowmelt and predicted rainfall, the Connecticut River is expected to crest at 24.4 feet in West Lebanon …

If GMO Bill Passes, Vt. AG Expects Suit

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont may become the first state in the country to require the labeling of food products made with GMOs. The legislation was passed by the House last year by a wide margin. This year, three Senate committees have given their support to the bill. The proposal …

N.H. Senate Panel to Debate Ban on Sale of Painkiller

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Concord — The Senate Commerce Committee today will consider legislation that would temporarily ban a powerful new painkiller that addiction experts have warned will add to the state’s burgeoning opiate epidemic. Committee Chairman Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford , unveiled an amendment last week to a House bill that would …

Jam Session

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dartmouth senior Kara Hedges browses jams and jellies from Thompson Goat Farm in Springfield, Vt., at the 13th annual Flavors of the Valley event at Hartford High School on Sunday. Valley News — Will Parson …