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Bradford Elementary music teacher Heidi Allen discusses sound design with her husband, Josh Allen, while preparing the school's gym for the annual holiday concert in Bradford, Vt., on Dec. 18, 2014. Josh Allen, who is a striking Fairpoint worker, keeps busy by taking care of his four children, picketing, and running the handful of small businesses he operates with his wife. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Life at an Impasse: FairPoint Worker Misses Job But Supports Strike

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — In a sense, the job of a telephone line worker begins with what industry insiders call the “pole test.” That’s the exhilarating moment when, after their first week of training, new recruits are asked to scale a 20-foot utility pole using little more than a 1-inch spike strapped onto each foot. Today, workers are protected by an …

Shumlin's Single-Payer Decision Draws Mixed Response

Thursday, December 18, 2014

White River Junction — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s announcement Wednesday that he would not ask the Vermont Legislature to pass taxes and fees to pay for universal, publicly financed health insurance pleased some business leaders, disappointed and shocked some supporters and fueled the anger of some Republicans. Shumlin’s decision made it “a good day …

Melvin Curtiss Benzie, Sr.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Melvin Curtiss Benzie, Sr., 84, a longtime Bradford resident, died on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Brookside Nursing Home, White River Junction, Vt. Melvin was born in Calais, Vt., on July 16, 1930, to James J. and Helen M. (Peck) Benzie. Following graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy. After discharge from the service, Melvin worked at …

Bradford, Vt., Names Its First Rec Director

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Numerous organizations in Bradford, Vt., have expressed a desire to implement more programs related to nature and the outdoors. The town may have found the right person to work in those activities. Bonna Wieler recently became the town’s …

Mary Ann Barton Fair

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Las Vegas, Nev. — Mary Ann Barton Fair passed away on Nov. 10, 2014, at the Caring Hearts Care Home in Las Vegas where she has been for the past year. She was born Sept. 16, 1934 in Hanover, N.H. the daughter of Charles and Ruth Rogers Barton. …

Frances Putnam Hyde

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Frances Putnam Hyde of Bradford, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, N.H. following a short illness. She was born Sept. 9, 1924, at home on the family farm in Bethel, Vt., the daughter of Frank and Jessie Archibald Putnam. Fran was …

Local Roundup: Dartmouth’s Williams an Ivy Honoree Again

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hanover — This is starting to get repetitious … in a good way. Thanks to a record-setting afternoon in terms of total yards accumulated, Dartmouth College junior quarterback Dalyn Williams was chosen as co-winner of the Ivy League’s …

Frances P. Hyde

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Frances P. Hyde, 90, of Bradford died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, N.H. A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Bradford United Church of Christ. There are no calling hours. …

Timothy Withington

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Timothy Withington, 55, of Bradford died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at his home after a long illness. A complete obituray with service details will be published at a later date. The Hale Funeral Home and Cremation Care of Bradford is in charge of arrangements. …

Justin Alan Klarich

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Justin Alan Klarich died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, after a long battle with cancer, he was 41. Justin grew up in Vershire, Vt. and was a resident of Bradford. Justin was beloved son of Mark Klarich and the late Ochazania Klarich. Surviving him …

MacDonald Leading Frenier for Senate

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Randolph — Incumbent Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Williamstown, appears to have retained his Orange Senate district seat against a feisty challenge posed by Republican Bob Frenier, of Chelsea. With nine of 11 districts reporting, MacDonald, 71, a former teacher, led with 55.7 percent of the vote. He won Thetford …

Justin A. Klarich

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Justin A. Klarich, 41, of South Pleasant Street, Bradford, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, N.H. A complete obituary with service details will appear at a later date. Arrangements are by Hale Funeral Homes and Cremation Care of Bradford & Thetford, …

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 …