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Lucien Hinkle argues for an amendment in the Bethel town budget during deliberations before a vote on the budget at the Bethel Town Meeting at Whitcomb Junior/Senior High School in Bethel, Vt., on March 3,  2015. Hinkle's amendment failed, and the budget passed.  (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Bethel School Spending Plan Defeated

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bethel — Voters on Tuesday night rejected a $5.4 million school budget, after agreeing earlier in the day to pay $1.4 million in property taxes toward the town’s municipal budget. The 120-22 vote against the school spending package followed a steady drumbeat of criticism of the Bethel School Board’s plan to eliminate the teaching position for family and consumer sciences …

Amid Declines, Vt. Seeks to Bolster Town Meeting Turnouts

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Montpelier — Another annual Town Meeting Day has passed, but despite efforts to boost participation by holding meetings in the evenings or on Saturdays, attendance continues to decline. Ten years ago, Susan Clark and Frank Bryan wrote a book that took the pulse of Town Meeting and argued for its importance. The book, called All Those in Favor, reported Town Meeting attendance had …

Hands On at Town Meeting

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Photos from Vermont Town Meeting 2015. …

Births: March 1, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center HOLMES — A daughter, Ava Rose Holmes, born on Feb. 3, 2015, to Melissa and Mike Holmes, of Windsor. BREWER — A son, Timothy Edward Brewer, born on Feb. 7, 2015, to Kayt Vernon and Christopher Brewer, of Sharon. SAFFORD — A son, Christian Richard …

SEC Filings: HNI Corp. Paid $62.2 Million for Vermont Castings Group

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Randolph — The management group that acquired Vermont Castings Group in 2013 and ran the troubled company for 14 months did pretty well when it sold the company to an Iowa-based furniture and hearth products giant in October. HNI Corp. paid $62.2 million in cash for the Randolph …

Silent Treatment: Whitcomb-Rochester Quieted at the Aud

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Barre, Vt. — Dennis Wood knew he’d be OK once he knew he could yell. If only he’d had much to yell about. MacKenzie Hickey and Abby McKearin silenced second-ranked Whitcomb-Rochester’s top two scorers and combined to produce …

Business Notes: Feb. 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bethel — GW Plastics has added two high-speed injection molding machines to its Bethel headquarters to support new business from a major customer. The company said the new 240-ton Netstal molding machines will expand its capabilities in the high-volume disposable medical device market. The addition follows multimillion-dollar expansions …

Local Roundup: ‘Whitchester’ Girls Win for Coach

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Woodstock — This one’s for the coach. With head coach Dennis Wood out of action due to emergency gall bladder surgery, the Whitcomb-Rochester girls basketball team fought off Craftsbury for a 50-38 victory in the Vermont Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Woodstock Union High School. The …

Washed Away

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Al Nelson, of Bethel, washes the Hotel Coolidge’s windows in White River Junction on Tuesday. Nelson has been washing windows in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years. Valley News — Sarah Shaw …

Bethel School Budget Eliminates Home Economics in Favor of Technology

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bethel Town Meeting will start on Tuesday, March 3, at 10 a.m., and the annual school meeting will follow at 7 p.m. at the Whitcomb High School gym. Bethel — Voters in Bethel next month will weigh in on proposals ranging from a repaving of Main Street to …

Fire Chief Urges Upkeep of Wood Stoves After Blaze Guts Unity Home

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Unity — Heat from a wood stove chimney ignited the walls of a rustic home on Quaker City Road on Monday morning. Unity Fire Chief Bruce Baker said aging pine planks that dried out over time likely combusted, …

Local Roundup: Windsor Boys Basketball Continues March Toward Top Seed

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Windsor — The Windsor High boys basketball team is close to locking down the top seed in the Vermont Division III state tournament — and still a long way from it as well. The Jacks continued their march …

‘It Was Just Solid Black Smoke’

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bethel — A Friday morning blaze on Findley Bridge Road destroyed an old two-story farmhouse, attached garage and barn, the fire chief said. No one was injured in the fire that was called in around 7:45 a.m., said …