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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 Elementary Schools in Barnard, Bridgewater

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 …

Woodsville Grads Got It Done

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Woodsville — The families, staff, and faculty of Woodsville High School packed the gymnasium and queued out the exits to watch 69 seniors graduate on Saturday morning. After the high school band …

Ledyard Charter School Class of 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Family and friends fill the Lebanon Opera House for the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2014 Ledyard Charter School on Saturday. The school gives students a second chance to complete their education and earn a high school …

Sunapee Graduates Urged to Savor Every Moment

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sunapee — Like most graduates, members of the Sunapee Middle High School class of 2014 spent part of their graduation ceremony looking back on their years together and part of it imagining their futures. But rather than psyching each other up to go out and take on the …

In Windsor, Rhyme and Reason Reigns

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Windsor — Social studies teacher Stanley Spencer stood before his students and their families and friends Friday evening and reminisced about all the things they had already done — from profane to …

Woodstock Class ‘Has an Old Soul’

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Woodstock — Dark rainclouds loomed outdoors, but inside Woodstock Union Arena, the rink was filled with sunflowers. About 90 graduates of Woodstock Union High School’s Class of 2014 sat ready to receive …

Mascoma Seniors Hear Last ‘Lecture’

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ West Canaan — Mascoma Valley Regional High School Principal James Collins joked at Friday’s graduation that it is common for commencement speakers to preach about individuality as the key to success for …

Rain, Tears and Laughter Flow in Hartford

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Hartford — Not only did salutatorian Evan Brown gain enough knowledge at Hartford High School to earn him a spot at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he also received some useful fashion advice. …

A New Beginning In Chelsea

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Chelsea — As the Class of 2014 graduated from Chelsea High School, their class motto — Aut viam inveniam aut Faciam, or “I’ll either find a way or make one” — seemed especially appropriate. “You’re capable men and women and you will find your own way,” said guest …

Oxbow Class Now Values Good Deeds

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Bradford, Vt. — Eliza Russ told a packed Oxbow Union High School gymnasium Friday evening that when she went on a recent trip to the impoverished and storm-ravaged Caribbean nation of Haiti, …

Stevens Focuses on the NOW

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ Claremont — Have a “NOW” day every day, and remember “we all love each other,” were the messages from the Stevens Class of 2014 co-valedictorians, Jenna Deschaine and Cassondra Dale at Friday …