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Sue Spears of Windsor started making herself available in May to repair stuffed animals at the Windsor Public Library on Wednesday evenings. Spears was fixing her grandchildren's stuffed animals and thought the service might be useful to others. Wednesday, July 23, 2014. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Stitching Up Childhood Friends

Friday, August 1, 2014

Windsor — When I heard about Sue Spears’ new teddy bear clinic at the Windsor Public Library, I immediately wanted to take my childhood teddy bear, Pink Bear, to Spears, so she could work her magic. When I was a toddler, Pink Bear, a present from my favorite aunt, went everywhere with me. Each day at preschool we had show-and-tell, …

Boards Weigh Closing Schools

Friday, August 1, 2014

Woodstock — School boards in the Windsor Central Supervisory Union are expected to hear more information in coming weeks about a plan to close two of the district’s elementary schools, a consolidation that would leave Barnard and Bridgewater without a public school within their towns and reconfigure the elementary schools in Woodstock and Pomfret. Closing Barnard Academy and Bridgewater Village School may be …

Cornish Combines Elementary Grades

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cornish — The School Board voted this month to reconfigure the Cornish Elementary School class grades — combining grades one and two, as well as three and four — following the departure of a teacher to another school district. The board had previously voted to combine grades two, three and four into one class to be taught by two teachers who have experience …

Cornish Considers Public Comment

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cornish — Townspeople will gather Thursday night to discuss public participation at School Board meetings, including a draft policy written by a resident as an alternative to one being considered by the board. Former town moderator Peter Burling said he wrote the policy “to try to bring people …

Thetford Center Resident Joins Upper Valley Educators Institute

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Thetford Center — Kristen Downey, of Thetford Center, has joined Upper Valley Educators Institute as associate director for secondary education. She will serve on UVEI’s faculty and assume primary responsibility for coordinating the pedagogical training of secondary education …

Upper Valley Students Score Well in Vermont Business Plan Competition

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Several local students were among the winners of a competition that challenges young people to develop their own creative business plans. Makayla Smith and Taylor Rocke, who attended River Valley Technical Center, won second place overall in the Vermont Rural Entrepreneurship Through Action Learning High …

Volunteer Hours Tallied at Thetford Academy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thetford — Among the 28 Thetford Academy students who served at least 20 hours of community service during the 2013-2014 academic year, juniors Claire Weider and Susannah Howard set the pace by volunteering the equivalent of more than five weeks each of their free time. In addition to …

Vt., N.H. On Top in Special Ed

Friday, June 27, 2014

Vermont and New Hampshire are among 15 states that meet new federal requirements for special education because they have comprehensive programs to help students with special needs and keep them in general-education classrooms, leading to better test results …

Hartford Track, Field Face the Ax

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hartford — For a new track and turf field to be constructed alongside the planned field house at Hartford High School, one of two things needs to happen by September: Either $1.5 million must be raised, in grants or donations, to offset the cost, or enough residents need …

Local and Regional News Briefs: Thursday, June 26

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dartmouth Names Interim Dean Hanover — Inge-Lise Ameer, a senior dean at Dartmouth College, will serve as interim head dean come August, a college press release announced Wednesday. She will replace Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson, who …

Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union Waits to Learn Fate

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Burlington — The State Board of Education voted 8-0 Tuesday to delay a decision on whether to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union until January but directed the Bethel-area school districts to work with the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union …

Mascoma Alters Bidding Policy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Canaan — The Mascoma Valley Regional School Board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to approve a revised bidding policy that raises the amount that must be spent before officials are required to obtain three competitive bids. The board did not debate the change — which increased the threshold for …

Supervisory Union Still in Limbo

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bethel — State education officials today are expected to again consider whether to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and move several of the Bethel-area towns into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union. But the State Board of Education, which is to meet this morning in Burlington, may also vote …