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Sears brought employees from as far away as Plattsburgh, N.Y. to its West Lebanon store to help move merchandise out of the showroom and truck it to a nearby warehouse on high ground in case of flooding Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Sears and several other stores in the Upper Valley Plaza on Route 12A were badly damaged in Tropical Storm Irene and hoped early action would prevent similar losses.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Not-So-Calm Before the Storm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

West Lebanon — By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, the bottom shelves at Encore Books were bare. Employees at the Route 12A reseller spent the day moving hundreds of books to higher ground — or at least to higher shelves — in anticipation of potential flooding from the nearby Connecticut River overnight. “Right now, my stomach is sinking,” said owner Kelley Foy, …

Taking Stock of Vermont’s Architecture

Friday, April 11, 2014

For a state that’s defined as much by its small villages and civic cohesiveness as it is by its green hills, Vermont gets only modest notice for its architecture. Or maybe it’s because of those small villages with their white churches and brick commercial blocks that Vermont’s building are overlooked. Residents get to …

Birth Announcements: April 6, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Gifford Medical Center MINCHIN — A son, Kai Jimerson Minchin, born March 19, 2014, to Katrina Jimerson and Michael Minchin, of Bethel. CARON — A son, Blane Mason Caron, born March 20, 2014, to Genesee Dodge-Caron and Josh Caron, of Chelsea. …

Long-Term Unemployed Feel the Pressure of Benefit Cuts

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The news hit Richard Nelson one year almost to the day after his employer of nearly eight years laid him off. And it didn’t cushion the blow that this time, the 52-year-old salesman saw it coming: On Dec. …

George Burnham

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bethel, Vt. — George Burnham, 80, of Bethel, died unexpectedly, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at his home. Arrangements are pending at the Day Funeral Home in Randolph. …

Sibling Revelry Grows After Hoop Rivals Unite

Friday, January 24, 2014

Quechee — The notion that life has changed a little in the Parrish household this winter still sometimes slips the mind. It happened again last week. Phoebe Parrish and her older brother, Pavin, had basketball games to play …

Raiders Home for Holiday: Lebanon Boys Roll To Matinee Victory

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lebanon — Lang Metcalf Gym remains home sweet home for the Lebanon High boys basketball team, even on a holiday with school out of session. Playing a rare weekday matinee on Martin Luther King Day, the Raiders shook …

Birth Announcements: Jan. 19, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital DEMOND — A daughter, Kinsleigh Marie Demond, born Dec. 6, 2013, to Stephanie Leigh Partridge, of Unity, and Matthew Todd Demond, of Springfield, Vt. Gifford Medical Center RUBINS — A son, Logan Alan Rubins, born Dec. 31, 2013, to Danielle Davis and Aaron …

Letter: Read the Funnies, People

Saturday, January 18, 2014

To the Editor: Each Sunday, I search first for the funnies, then set them aside in order to savor them after the essential task of reading the paper. When I was a little kid in the late 1940s, the best time of the day was when my dad …

Two of Us Together Again: Mother-Daughter Duo Share Days at Menig

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Randolph — It’s almost lunchtime, and the smell of chicken and biscuits fills the dining room at Menig Extended Care Facility. Mother-daughter duo Della Allen, 100, and Barbara Reynolds, 82, sit in wheelchairs at the wooden table they …

Bethel Closer to Hiring Manager

Friday, December 27, 2013

Bethel — The Selectboard this week began winnowing down the list of applicants to succeed longtime Town Manager Delbert Cloud, who retired in October. The three-member board finished interviewing nine applicants by phone on Monday, said Selectboard Chairman Bill Hall. “Now we plan to move forward and select …

Small High School’s Future in Doubt

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

While taking a reporter on a tour of Rochester School last week, Principal Catherine Knight remarked off-handedly on an unusual quality of the small school she leads. Standing in the library at the heart of the high school …

Trimming The Truck

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

“I thought I’d dress up the truck,” said David Parnell, of Lilliesville, Vt. After putting up his Christmas tree, Parnell made a few wreaths with the clippings and put one on his truck in Bethel Village on Sunday. …