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White River Access May Increase in Royalton, Bethel

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Residents of Royalton and Bethel might soon have better public access to the White River and one of its tributaries. Both towns are working with the nonprofit White River Partnership to convert properties along the White River and Gilead Brook into public parks and river access points. Three parks in Bethel totaling 10.1 acres and two parks totaling 8.6 acres in Royalton are part of a five-town, eight-park river access improvement initiative. One park each is also being prosed in Rochester, Granville and Pittsford, Vt. The properties were acquired by each town with Federal Emergency Management Agency funding, purchased from private landowners whose properties were …

Victor Guy Hood

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Braintree, Vt. — Victor Guy Hood, 68, of Braintree, and formerly of Bethel died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at his home. A private service at Fairview Cemetery in Bethel will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210. Arrangements are …

State OKs School Merger; Bethel Among Towns Affected

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

South Royalton — The Vermont State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and fold its five member districts into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union, but not before hearing an eleventh-hour plea for state help to deal with a variety of anticipated problems. Beginning in July 2016, the …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bethel Woman Killed After Thrown From Snowmobile Bethel — A 67-year-old Bethel woman has died from injuries she sustained in a snowmobile crashed in Bethel on Sunday. Dorothy Wilson, of Sanders Road, lost control of her snowmobile at 3:30 p.m. on a difficult section of trail near her …

Birth Announcements: Jan. 18, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Gifford Medical Center CLARK — A son, Bentlee Joseph Gene Clark, born on Jan. 4, 2015, to Summer Flint and Jeremy Clark, of East Bethel. SILLOWAY — A daughter, Ava Louise Silloway, born on Jan. 5, 2015, to Bethany and John Silloway, of Randolph Center. …

Book Notes: Poetry Books With Upper Valley Roots

Friday, January 16, 2015

The year ended, and there they were, the three little books of poetry that had been lingering too long on my desk like toads tucked in for the winter, buried under piles of papers, notebooks and larger tomes. …

Snow Machine

Sunday, January 11, 2015

John Gover, 13, of Royalton, left, and Evan Rogers, 14, of Bethel, play with John’s remote-controlled car in the woods in Royalton on Dec. 30. The car was a Christmas present from his father. Valley News — Ariana …

Local Roundup: Rivendell Boys Basketball Prevails on Final Shot

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Orford — Kolin Huntington nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Rivendell Academy boys basketball team a stunning 55-53 victory over a determined visiting Woodsville team on Monday night. The game-winning shot was set up as …

A Life: Norman S. Case Jr., 1917-2014; ‘He’d Read Everything He Could Find’

Monday, January 5, 2015

Bethel — If you met Norm Case on the street of his beloved town of Bethel and overlooked his white cane, you probably wouldn’t notice that he was blind. He didn’t seem to notice it. He certainly never …

Local Roundup: Soph’s Career High Puts Bishop Brady Girls Basketball Past Hanover

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hanover — Hanover High girls basketball coach Dan O’Rourke has known Riley Bennett since she was a fifth-grader. On Saturday, O’Rourke and the Marauders got to know her more than they’d like. Bennett, a sophomore, scored a career-best …

The Year in Photos: Capturing Everyday Events Results in Lasting Images

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

While on assignment for the Valley News , I’m often asked, “So you get paid to just drive around and take pictures all day?” There’s a bit more to it than that. Photographs have a way of forming …

Annie B. Gaiko

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bethel, Vt. — Annie B. Gaiko, 98, of Bethel, died Monday night, Dec. 22, 2014, at Menig Extended Care Facility in Randolph. Funeral services at the United Church of Bethel will be announced in the Spring, at which time a complete obituary will appear in this newspaper. There …

A Life: Fran Hyde ‘Loved Her Community and Felt It Was Important to Give Back’

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — A journalist turned farmer’s wife, Frances “Fran” Hyde was known to some as “the lady in the blue truck” for the many trips she made hauling silage and other feed between the family properties on …