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Gov. Peter Shumlin announces at a news conference at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., on Dec. 17, 2014, that "the time is not right" for single-payer health care in Vermont. (Burlington Free Press - Glenn Russell)

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 for the economy in Vermont,” said Betty Bishop, the president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “All of the numbers that we heard were really concerning to business at both ends of the spectrum.” Some supporters were in disbelief. “I’m in shock,” said Ann Raynolds, a Pomfret resident and a director of …

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 …

Local Roundup: Five-Time Champ Hanover Girls Hockey Rolls in Season Debut

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

West Lebanon — Senior co-captain Sarah Wagner combined with her freshman sister, Cate, for a pair of goals — with kid sis getting her first varsity strike — as the Hanover High girls hockey team kicked off its latest NHIAA Division I state title defense with a 10-0 shutout of Souhegan at Campion …

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 …

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 …