Alex Binzen, 16, of Strafford, right, walks back to the Sharon Academy with Ben Lazar, 15, of Sharon, who he retrieved from his shift drawing attention to a Red Cross Blood Drive at the school Friday, April 10, 2015. Students at Sharon Academy put on blood drives in November and April each year with the goal of gathering 25 units of blood at each. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Helping to Save A Life

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dartmouth Frat Appeals Punishment

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College’s Alpha Delta Fraternity has announced it will appeal a recent decision by a college judicial committee to “derecognize” the student organization, which would effectively kick it off campus. College officials penalized the fraternity after determining it had harmed its members last fall when new members received brands on their skin, a practice Alpha Delta has said was voluntary and …

No Raises For Geisel Workers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hanover — Most non-union employees of Dartmouth College will receive a 1.5 percent pay increase for the upcoming school year but faculty and staff at the Geisel School of Medicine will have to settle instead for shots at one-time payments that would leave their base pay unchanged. “I recognize that this wage increase program is a departure from our usual norms, but we …

Oxbow High Proposes Slightly Lower Budget

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Australian ballot voting for the Oxbow Union High School budget and other articles on the warning will take place Tuesday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bradford Academy building and the Newbury Town Office. The floor meeting will be held the same day at …

Learning That Lasts

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More than five months after they interviewed Hartford voters at the polls and amassed, analyzed and reported their findings in class, teacher Franklin Burns’ fifth-graders at Dothan Brook School last week were describing what they’d learned about elections. …

Young Writers Project: Traveling Space in Search of Stardust

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites,,, and Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The …

Colby-Sawyer Offers Tuition Pledge

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New London — Students considering attending or currently attending Colby-Sawyer College can avoid concerns over annual increases in both in tuition and room and board by locking in those current costs under the college’s price and graduation promise program. The program, announced last week, freezes costs for an …

Small Districts Feel the Squeeze: Vermont Bill Pushes Consolidated Schools

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mergers. Consolidation. Realignment. Whatever term is used, the core concept behind a major educational reform bill wending its way through the Vermont Statehouse is the same: The state’s taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for the diminished …

House Speaker Receives Variety Of Proposals on Vt. Education

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In December, Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith asked “taxpayers, stakeholders and policy makers” to submit proposals to improve the quality of education and keep costs down. The speaker’s request opened a floodgate through which a range of Vermonters — school board members and parents, attorneys and college professors, …

Bill Aims to Induce School Mergers

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The bill being considered by the Vermont Legislature, H. 361, recommends 25 distinct changes to state education law. At least five of the proposed changes are a set of carrots and sticks meant to induce the state’s supervisory …

Upper Valley Lawmakers Hold Key Posts

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Upper Valley is well represented on the 11-member House Education Committee, which passed the consolidation bill on a unanimous vote. Rep. Kevin Christie, D-Hartford, is the ranking member of the committee, while Sarah Buxton, D-Tunbridge, is the committee’s clerk. While the 1,100 student minimum the bill proposes …

Dartmouth To Enforce Liquor Ban

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hanover — Stiff sanctions will soon take effect for students and organizations found in violation of Dartmouth College’s new ban on hard liquor, college officials announced last week. After March 28, undergraduates caught drinking or in possession of alcohol over 30 proof, or 15 percent alcohol, likely will …

On School Consolidation, Vermont Could Learn From Maine

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are working on legislation this session that would create a 1,100-student minimum for the state’s school districts. The proposal is an effort to improve educational offerings and to curb property tax rates that have been rising rapidly throughout the state while student enrollment declines. …