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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. …

Farmers Want Laws Eased: Raw Milk Summit Challenges Vermont Regulations

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bethel — Vegetables, meats and eggs are just a few items that can be bought at most any Vermont farmers’ market. But one of the products that can’t be found is raw milk. Vermont has a two-tiered regulatory …

Kenneth R. Bostrom

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bethel, Vt. — Kenneth R. Bostrom, 84, of Bethel, died Monday evening, Oct. 21, 2013, at his home. He was born July 24, 1929, in Boston, Mass.; the son of Henry and Ida (Noyd) Bostrom. He was raised in Wakefield, Mass. and attended Boston University. Kenneth served in …

Bethel Drive-in Goes Online for Help

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bethel — The operators of the Randall Drive-in Theatre say that if they cannot raise the funds toward the purchase of a digital movie projector, the seasonal cinema might not be able to return for another engagement. With …

Phoenix Rises In 2OT

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sharon — Soccer calls it a finish for a reason. Without a ball snapping the back of the net, offense becomes the sundae without the cherry, the homemade bookshelf absent shellac, the little black dress lacking the diamond earrings. Not that the finish need by that tasty, polished …

Hornets Sting the Competition

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bethel — The Whitcomb girls soccer team might still need a year or two before it contends seriously for a championship in Vermont Division IV. Still, what the Hornets are doing this season is creating quite a buzz. …

Bethel Town Manager Retires After 26 Years

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bethel — Town Manager Delbert “Del” Cloud will retire at the end of the month after 26 years on the job, and the Selectboard hopes to have a replacement hired by Town Meeting, an official said this week. Selectboard Chairman Bill Hall said the board has contracted with …

Revisiting a Revolution Raid: Barnard Historical Society Organizes Re-enactment

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Barnard — Last weekend, under sunny skies, more than a dozen historical re-enactors from across New England took part in a re-enactment of a Revolutionary War-era raid on Barnard. As the war progressed, a call went out for …

Birth Announcements: Oct. 13, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center SERRIN — A son, Theodore Olmstead Serrin, born Aug. 3, 2013, to Emily and Joshua Serrin, of New London. LAMB — A son, Bentley James Lamb, born Aug. 17, 2103, to Katelyn Hathaway and Robert Lamb, of Springfield, N.H. LYNCH — A son, Cooper Thomas …

Winter Cleaning in Bethel

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Matt Stevens climbs down from his roof after cleaning his chimney in Bethel on Thursday.e_SRitValley News — James M. Patterson …

Finally Finishing in Bethel

Monday, October 7, 2013

After three years without a coat of paint, Walter Warner finishes the job in Bethel Thursday that he started when he built the storage shed. Warner bought the Locust Creek School House in Bethel with his wife, Nancy, …