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A bench with a good view on Wright's Mountain, in Bradford, Vt., on May 21, 2015. The land is part of the town forest.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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For Town Forests, a Quiet Century of Regrowth

Saturday, May 23, 2015

At 1,822 feet , Wright’s Mountain is the highest point in Bradford, with commanding views east to Mount Moosilauke in New Hampshire and west to the Waits River watershed. On an early spring morning the air is riot with bird song: the rapid fusilla de of oven birds, the twittering of warblers, the fluting of a thrush. The slopes are still littered with leaves from last fall, but new growth pokes up through the debris: Trout lilies, ginseng, wild sarsaparilla with its glossy brown leaves, the pale yellow drooping flower of sessile bellwort, and red trillium and painted trillium. Wright’s Mountain and Devil’s Den, a …

Local Roundup: Hartford Baseball Drops First of Season

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

White River Junction — Be careful for what you wish, as the Hartford High baseball team found out Monday during a 4-2 loss to Mount Anthony. The setback was the Hurricanes’ first of the season, dropping them to 12-1, and it came with a dramatic ending that left a home fan and a …

Confirming Their Faith: Vermont’s New Catholic Bishop Makes First Visit to St. Anthony Church

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hartford — Leading a confirmation Mass at St. Anthony’s Church earlier this month, the Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, Vermont’s new Catholic bishop, spent a few minutes reflecting on names. “Lots of names, lots of beautiful names,” Coyne said to the teenagers making their confirmation on a balmy Monday evening. “(Your parents) could have …

Musty, Oxbow Union High School District Respond to Civil Suit

Friday, May 1, 2015

Chelsea — The former Oxbow Union High School teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student put in his care has denied claims that he committed battery against the victim and breached his duty as her guardian, …

Milton James “Jim” Emerson

Friday, May 1, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — A graveside service for Milton James “Jim” Emerson, 83, who died March 18, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Fairlee Cemetery in Fairlee, Vt. …

Vt. Officials Continue Suspicious Fire Probe

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — State fire officials are still investigating the cause of a suspicious fire that destroyed a camp and vehicle on Tarbox Road in Bradford on Saturday evening. On Tuesday, State Police Detective Sgt. Steven Otis said the fire has officially been classified as undetermined, but that …

Vermont Senate May Ease School Consolidation Requirement

Saturday, April 11, 2015

White River Junction — With the Vermont Senate this week taking up a major education reform bill, supporters touted its cost-saving potential while opponents said it could l eave uncertain the role of school boards and impose an unrealistic spending limit on school districts. The House-passed bill aims …

Oxbow Girls Lacrosse Seeks Reconstruction

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Oxbow Union High girls lacrosse program is dead — or at least in suspended animation — for 2015. And that presents an opportunity. Oxbow athletic director Hank Van Orman was forced to pull the plug on the Olympians last month when it became apparent the numbers wouldn’t …

Connie Rae Curtis

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Connie Rae Curtis, 77, a longtime resident of Bradford, died on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at her home with Pat and Bob Benjamin in Bradford. Born on July 31, 1937, Connie was the daughter of Floyd and Julia (Harvey) Curtis of Rochester, Vt. She lived …

Connie Rae Curtis

Friday, April 3, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Connie Rae Curtis, 77, of Fairground Road died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending at Hale Funeral Homes and Cremation Care of Bradford. A complete obituary will appear at a later date. Hale Funeral Homes and Cremation Care of Bradford …

Oxbow School Budget Passes Smoothly

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Oxbow Union High School’s $7.15 million budget passed handily on Tuesday, as residents here and in Newbury, Vt., approved all items on the warning, including an $80,000 request to replace one of the school’s furnaces. The furnace item succeeded with even less difficulty than the …

EOD, Eventually: Oxbow’s French Wants Future in Bomb Disposal

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Maddie French has mapped out a career path, and she hasn’t even graduated from high school yet. She knows what she wants to be and what she wants to do. French wants to be a …

Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities …