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A Life: Oscar Ferris, 1927-2014; ‘Farming Wasn’t a Job, It Was Something He Liked to Do’

Monday, March 2, 2015

Randolph — It was New Year’s Day, 1927. Tiny newborn Oscar Ferris opened his eyes for the first time, wracked with fever and wailing, delivered in the old style, in his parents’ bedroom by a doctor paying a house call to the Ferris family farm. Outside, the horses pulling the doctor’s carriage stamped their feet in the cold January air; …

Neighbors of Windsor Prison See Pros and Cons to Possible Closing

Monday, March 2, 2015

Windsor — With a state budget deficit threatening the closure of the Southeast State Correctional Facility, residents and town leaders on Sunday offered their views …

Fire Department a Hot Topic in Orford

Monday, March 2, 2015

Orford will hold its Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the middle-school gymnasium of Rivendell Academy on Route 25A. Voters will …

Tunbridge School Board Seeks Funding

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Tunbridge School District meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, at Tunbridge Central School. The annual Town Meeting will be held the following morning at 10 a.m. in the school auditorium. Tunbridge — The School Board will ask voters on Monday for a …

In Sharon, Officials Ask for New Financial Committee

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sharon Town Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 3, at the Sharon Elementary School beginning at 9 a.m. Voting by Australian ballot will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The annual school meeting is Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at the Sharon Elementary School. …

Newbury Voters to Decide Whether to Purchase Fire Truck

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Newbury Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at the Newbury Village Hall. Attendees will act on 12 warning articles. Australian ballot voting for town officers will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Newbury, Vt. — Voters in Newbury will decide …

Hartford/Lebanon Bridge To Close Briefly on Friday

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

West Lebanon/White River Junction — A bridge spanning the Connecticut River between Hartford and Lebanon will be closed for about two hours early Friday morning, according to a release from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The Route 4 bridge connecting the villages of White River Junction and …

Lawmakers Focus on Class Sizes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montpelier — Attention turned to class sizes and student-staff ratios as the House Education Committee continued to fine-tune its education reform bill Monday. Brad James, education finance manager for the Vermont Agency of Education, showed committee members tables detailing student-staff and administrator-student ratios in Vermont’s schools. “We have …

Anthem Assesses Hack

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Concord — Almost four weeks after Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield disclosed a massive nationwide data breach, the insurer released an initial estimate on the number of New Hampshire customers “impacted” by the cyberattack: 667,866. That figure, announced in a press release from Anthem Tuesday afternoon, includes both …

Vt. GOP Formalizes Request For Federal Review of Gruber

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montpelier — Republican lawmakers are calling for a federal investigator to review Vermont’s spending to implement the Affordable Care Act. The minority leaders of both chambers told the media in December that they would send a letter requesting that the Inspector General of the Department of Health and …

Thetford Official’s Family Grateful for Response After Fire

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thetford — Family members said a longtime town official’s condition was improving Monday as she received care at a Boston hospital following a three-alarm fire that destroyed her and her husband’s Route 5 home over the weekend. Roberta …

School Background Check Bill Advances

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Claremont — A bill that would provide school officials with more information about a prospective employee’s criminal background could be voted on by the full House as soon as next week. The House Education Committee unanimously passed HB346 on Friday. The bill would require the disclosure of an …

Strafford Proposes Tax Increase for Bridge Work

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Strafford Town Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the Town House. Attendees will act on nine warning articles. The annual school district meeting follows at 1 p.m. Strafford — A bridge-replacement project that Selectboard members believe cannot be delayed any longer has …