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Walt Havenstein, center, shakes hands with Chris Gamache of Deerfield during the Deerfield Old Home Day parade on August 16, 2014. Havenstein, a Republican candidate for Governor, greeted spectators while hustling to keep up with the parade. His wife Judy Havenstein can be seen in the background, passing out flyers.

(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

As a Leader, Havenstein’s Focus Is Teamwork

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Alton, N.H. — Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting on shelves surrounded by books and tokens from his military and defense career. During Havenstein’s tenure as chief executive officer of BAE …

Local & Regional Briefs: Saturday, Aug. 23

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Woodstock, Chelsea Courthouses Celebrate Improvements Woodstock — Two Upper Valley courthouses are celebrating improvements to their facilities. Following an eight-month, $2.2 million renovation, the Windsor County Courthouse in Woodstock will resume all court operations on Sept. 2, according to a news release. The day begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. An open house will take place this upcoming Friday, Aug. …

In Portsmouth, Perry Doesn’t Commit to Run

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Portsmouth, n.h. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there’s a next time around. Perry addressed a group of business leaders in New Hampshire …

Vermont Plans New Regulation for Painkillers

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Montpelier — Two years ago, lawmakers asked the Vermont Department of Health to come up with rules to prevent the abuse of narcotic painkillers. Now, health officials want to impose new regulations on doctors prescribing the drugs. Health department officials say they don’t want to tie doctors’ hands …

Vermont’s ‘Faithful Servant’

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rutland — As the children of former U.S. Sen. James Jeffords listened to speaker after speaker laud their father at his funeral Friday, they knew a few things were left unsaid. “My dad enjoyed a lot of simple …

Governors: We Expect Deal In Market Basket Feud

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Boston — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire said Friday they were optimistic the long-running family dispute that has hobbled the Market Basket supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement …

Young Activist Vies for GOP Nod

Friday, August 22, 2014

Concord — Andrew Hemingway doesn’t hesitate to share his ideas for New Hampshire — even when he knows you’ll be skeptical. Take his flat tax plan. It would reduce taxes on businesses and start taxing local governments and …

Business Money Vital to Shumlin

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montpelier — Political campaigns in Vermont are almost always funded by private money. Figuring out where exactly the cash is coming from, however, can be difficult. Unlike federal elections statutes, which require major contributors to list the businesses they might represent, Vermont mandates no such disclosures. The bulk …

Child Abuse Cases Spike In Vermont

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montpelier — The number of alleged child abuse or neglect cases filed in courts across Vermont last year grew 21 percent from the year before, according to data from the state. In some counties, the number of cases filed grew much more than that; in Lamoille County, there …

Windham Center Under Fire

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bellows Falls, Vt. — In late May a patient at the Windham Center mental health facility was left in restraints for nearly 12 hours and was coerced into taking medication, according to an investigation report from the state. Federal law allows patients to be held in restraints for …

Community Services Ex-CEO, ‘Icon’ Dies

Friday, August 22, 2014

William A. Marcello, the longtime leader of Southwestern Community Services who retired in April, died Tuesday after a year-long battle with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, also known as HLH. “We have lost one of the absolute best. Bill was a husband, a dad, a grandfather, a friend and a true …

Vt. Offers Towns Deal On Flood Plan

Friday, August 22, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont is preparing to implement new rules that encourage communities to take steps to reduce future flood damage in exchange for more money to help them recover from the next big flood. Communities across Vermont have known for almost two years that, under the rules, they …

Art Notes: Shelburne Museum’s Exhibit Frames the Narrative of a Nation Coming of Age

Thursday, August 21, 2014

T hanks to its founder Electra Havemeyer Webb, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt., seven miles south of Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain, is one of this country’s great repositories of Americana, a catch-all category that …