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Haven food shelf volunteer Megan Culp, of White River Junction, left, guides Mark Glines, of White River Junction, second from right, and his younger siblings Hayley Thurston, 13, second from left, and Brayden Trombley, 8, right, as they shop at the pantry in White River Junction Wednesday, November 26, 2014. The food shelf was fully stocked this week though they are providing food to about 70 families a day on average. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Demand Up at Food Pantries

Saturday, November 29, 2014

White River Junction — Two of the Upper Valley’s largest food pantries are reporting some of the highest demand they’ve ever seen, while leaders at several other organizations agree that more families are seeking help. Sara Kobylenski, executive director of the Upper Valley Haven, and Jan Bunnell, founder and director of the Claremont Soup Kitchen, said they’re experiencing off-the-charts numbers …

Schools Seek To Restore Building Aid

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Concord — When Toni Weinstein, of Newmarket, N.H., was deciding whether to enroll her fifth grade son in private school, the condition of the town’s junior-senior high school crossed her mind: classrooms so small that some teachers roll supplies around on carts; difficulties updating technology infrastructure because of asbestos in the walls; safety and disability code violations that prompted a threat of closure …

Vt. Ed Board Puts Together Five-Year Plan

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Montpelier, Vt. — Controlling costs and ensuring educational opportunity across the state are two of the state Board of Education’s primary goals as it develops a five-year strategic plan, the board chairman said. “It’s past the due date, if you will, that something has to be done,” Stephen Morse said. “We do have a very good educational system, but the costs are high …

Homeless Woman’s Stun Gun Spurs 2nd Amendment Case

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Boston — Jaime Caetano was beaten so badly by her ex-boyfriend that she ended up in the hospital. So when a friend offered her a stun gun to protect herself, she took it. Caetano, who is homeless, never had to use it but now finds herself at the …

Vt. Court Guardian Quits Over System

Saturday, November 29, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A veteran advocate for children in Vermont’s court system has quit his position because of what he calls the state’s “horribly broken” child protection system. Ken Stransky has served as a guardian ad litem in Essex County for 17 years. Stransky told the Caledonian …

Snowstorm Upends Thanksgiving

Friday, November 28, 2014

Concord — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across the …

Vermont Technical College Announces Layoffs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Randolph — Faculty members at Vermont Technical College in Randolph learned Thursday that some of them, including tenured professors, may receive pink slips after Thanksgiving. At a regular monthly meeting with faculty on Nov. 20, VTC president Dan Smith announced potential layoffs in the 2015-2016 academic year in …

Ski Areas Welcome Snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in …

Sale of New Hampshire Oil Dealer Goes Through

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Manchester — Fuel trucks are making deliveries to homes after a judge approved the sale of a New Hampshire home heating oil in bankruptcy court. A deal was reached Tuesday for Fred Fuller Oil & Propane to be sold to Rymes Propane & Oil for $12 to $13 …

Winter Preview

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dozens Arrested in Boston During Ferguson Protest Boston — About 40 men and women arrested during overnight protests in Boston have had their criminal charges converted to civil infractions and resolved. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said …

Shumlin Seeks $17 Million In Budget Cuts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration said Wednesday that lagging state revenues are prompting another round of budget cuts for the current fiscal year. The cuts — up to $17 million worth — follow $31 million slashed from the budget during the summer. Officials say they’re needed because …

Roads, Bridges Over Budget

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier — The Agency of Transportation has experienced some mild sticker shock for road and bridge projects this year. And the high cost of materials has contributed to a $16 million overrun. It isn’t unusual for road and bridge projects to come in over budget. And Secretary of …

Rain, Snow Could Slow Travel During Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mineola, N.Y. — Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor today on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year. …