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From left, Jeff, Penny and Zoe Sirjane put the finishing touches on a portrait of organ and tissue donor Marley Sirjane, who died in a Nov. 2011 car accident, during a ceremony in Thetford, Vt., on November 27, 2015. Marley Sirjane's donations benefitted 59 people -- her portrait will be a part of the Donate Life Rose Parade float on New Year's Day. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to</i></p>

Honoring A Donor: Thetford Academy Graduate’s Gifts Celebrated

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thetford — By her senior year at Thetford Academy, Marley Sirjane knew two things for sure. First, she wanted to spend her working life helping people in medical need. Second, should she not live long enough to carry out that mission, she wanted to help people by donating her organs and tissue for transplants. The interest in becoming a donor …

Students Write Tales of Winter Snow and Ice

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit based in Burlington that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites,,,, and more. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The Voice. YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the …

Big Help From Small Hands: Enfield Student Takes Charge of Thanksgiving Donations

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fifth-grader Kaylee Felix put the giving into Thanksgiving at Indian River School this fall. Shortly after classes began at the middle school of the Mascoma Valley Regional School District, the 10-year-old graduate of Enfield Village School learned about the Helping Hands group that distributes food, clothes and personal-care supplies to families of students …

Valley Schools Weigh Merger

Sunday, October 4, 2015

South Royalton — The impulses to hang on to what’s old, and yet to reap the benefits of what’s new, are in competition as residents and school officials in the White River Valley discuss how best to respond to the upcoming merger of their supervisory unions under Act …

Controversial Hire Won’t Serve as Dartmouth’s Native American Program Director

Friday, October 2, 2015

Hanover — Dartmouth College officials said Thursday that the school’s new Native American Program director has left that position in response to controversy over her representation of her ancestry and tribal affiliation. “Susan Taffe Reed will no longer …

Growth Experience

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

If he ever wonders whether to oversee the garden club at the Ottauquechee School in Quechee for another growing and harvest season, Paul Sadowski needs only to flash back to six years ago. “I remember that first year,” …

A Photograph That Speaks Volumes

Tuesday, September 29, 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 the websites,, and …

A Few Pointers for a Less Stressful, More Productive School Year

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Parents of students heading back to school might hope for a magic formula that will ensure their children’s success. While there is no magic involved, there is a formula, of sorts: several practical, doable steps you can take to help your student succeed in school and beyond. You …

Croydon School Board Ignores AG’s Private Tuition Deadline

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Croydon — School Board members on Monday defied the state’s deadline to stop paying private-school tuition with tax money, gearing up instead for what they say is a likely court battle. “I don’t think the state should be telling a local board where they should be finding the …

Dartmouth Outlines Fix for Geisel Deficit

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hanover — The top leaders of Dartmouth College used a town hall meeting Monday to unveil a reorganization “framework” for the Geisel School of Medicine that they said would reduce — but not eliminate — an annual structural deficit ranging from $26 million to $28 million. An audience …

Campus Sex Assault Survey Resonates at Dartmouth

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hanover — Female undergraduates at Dartmouth College said they had been victims of sexual violence or misconduct at a higher rate than women at most other institutions in a recent study. A campus climate survey carried out in …

A Final Exam Can Guide Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Imagine this scenario: You are an eighth-grade student who has struggled in the past with math. Soon after Labor Day, you walk into your first algebra class, a course you anticipate will be the most difficult of the year, and sit in the back row. But before you …

Croydon Debates Tuition Policy

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Croydon — Members of the Croydon School Board on Monday faced pointed questions from residents concerned by the town’s ongoing conflict with state officials over school choice. The state Attorney General’s Office has given the board until next Monday to stop using tax money to pay for a …