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Natalie Ottobelle Wright Metcalf Allen

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

West Topsham, Vt. — A life filled with love for her family and extended family ended Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, when Natalie passed away at the Berlin Health and Rehab Center in Barre, Vt. with her husband, Chester Allen, at her side as he has been for the last 28 years. Natalie was born and raised in Bradford living near the library. She loved playing basketball in High School at Bradford Academy and was proud that she was considered quite an athlete. At 17, Nat married Bryce Metcalf and moved to Taplin Hill in East Corinth where they raised their five children and farmed for more than 40 years. Nat not only worked in the …

Sharon, Oxbow Runners Shine at Vt. Championships

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thetford — Even before setting foot on the soccer pitch Saturday, the Sharon Academy’s Chris Gish was a winner. While the dual-sport junior’s soccer teammates were preparing to host Whictomb in a Vermont Division IV quarterfinal Saturday afternoon, the speedy Gish captured his first D-III cross country individual championship at Thetford Academy. It …

Caledonia District Has Three-Way Race

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bradford — When it comes to electing someone to represent their views on health care at the Statehouse, voters in the Caledonia Senate district have three distinct choices — one of three candidates for the district’s two seats comes at the problem from the right, one comes from the left, and one is …

Local Roundup: Long Memories Carry Mascoma Past Franklin

Sunday, October 19, 2014

West Canaan — Andrew Cashe set the tone from the opening kickoff for the Mascoma football team, returning the kick for a touchdown to help the Royals beat visitng Franklin 38-18 on Saturday afternoon. Cashe didn’t stop there …

A Cajun in New England

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shayne Brunet found out pretty quickly that crawfish weren’t a big hit in New England. Shortly after arriving in Vermont with her family, Brunet, who is from New Orleans, where cooking and eating food is a love affair, …

Local Roundup: Rivendell Soccer Earns Another Shutout

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

South Royalton — At long last, the Rivendell Academy girls soccer team broke through a stingy South Royalton defense. The Raptors converted a trio of chances late to beat the host Royals 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Scoreless through …

Vanpool Meeting, Pizza Party Scheduled for Bradford, Vt.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — People who live in the Bradford area are invited to a free “vanpool” pizza party on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., at Bradford Public Library. Representatives from the Vermont Agency of Transportation will discuss a state program that offers a $700 monthly subsidy for vanpools, and …

Byrne Foundation Is Helping Bradford Library With Leaks

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — A capital campaign is under way to raise money for repairs to Bradford Public Library, which will host an open house next weekend. The 19th-century building on South Main Street was designed by Vermont architect Lambert Packard. Its trustees are working to raise $250,000 to …

Orange East Boards, Teachers Deadlocked Over Health Care

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Teachers at two of the six schools in the Orange East Supervisory Union are at risk of starting the new year without health insurance after a five-hour mediation session this week failed to bring about a new collective bargaining agreement. Central to the impasse is …

Homer “Rocky” Stimpson

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Homer “Rocky” Stimpson, 74 of Bradford, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, following a sudden illness. He was born in Richford, Vt., on Sept. 27, 1940, and grew up in Enosburg, Vt., with his brother Roger Stimpson. Rocky then became …

Homer C. “Rocky” Stimpson

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Homer C. “Rocky” Stimpson, 74, of Bradford died on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at his home. Graveside funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the family lot in Sawyer Cemetery in Bradford with Rev. Harvey Bartlett officiating. There …

Ellen L. Blowey

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

West Newbury, Vt. — Ellen L. Blowey, 85, of West Newbury, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, with her family by her side. She was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Westford, Mass., the daughter of Stanley and Mary (Morton) Stone. Ellen worked at Fort …

Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Randolph — For evidence of the failings and limitations of the network of public and private providers that deliver mental health care in Vermont, look at the headlines. In recent months, there were stories of the suicide of …