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Local Roundup: ‘Whitchester’ Girls Win for Coach

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Woodstock — This one’s for the coach. With head coach Dennis Wood out of action due to emergency gall bladder surgery, the Whitcomb-Rochester girls basketball team fought off Craftsbury for a 50-38 victory in the Vermont Division IV quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Woodstock Union High School. The win sends the Hornets back to the semifinals at the Barre Auditorium for the first time since 1997. Playoff jitters won in …

Bradford Library Trustees Ask Voters to Approve Funds for a New Roof

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bradford’s Town Meeting and Water and Sewer District Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in the Bradford Academy Auditorium. Bradford, Vt. — Library trustees will ask voters at Town Meeting to approve up to $250,000 to replace the slate roof on the public library and make other masonry …

Dana Lawrence O’Donnell

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wells River, Vt. — Dana Lawrence O’Donnell passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after a short illness. He was 58. Dana was born in Woodsville, N.H., Aug. 17, 1956, the son of Lawrence and Miriam (Beard) O’Donnell. He grew up in Bradford, Vt., and attended Bradford schools, graduating from Oxbow High School in 1974. On July 25, 1981 Dana …

Ex-Oxbow Coach Sentenced

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Chelsea — An Orange County judge has accepted the terms of a plea agreement, including a seven-month prison sentence and a lifetime of parole, for a former Oxbow Union High School gym teacher and coach who pleaded guilty …

Bradford, Vt., Set To Celebrate 250th

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Bradford, VT. — Throughout the coming year, Bradford will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its settlement, starting with a winter carnival Jan. 30-Feb. 1. P eople are encouraged to make snow sculptures along Main Street throughout the weekend, said Meroa Benjamin, 250th celebration committee chairwoman. The carnival will …

Bradford Chief: Close Bars Earlier

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — If Bradford’s police chief has his way, closing time will come a little earlier for the community’s late-night drinkers, but one local business owner said he is being unfairly targeted by the chief’s proposal. Right now, bars in Vermont are allowed to serve alcohol until …

Joan Marie Harris

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Joan Marie Harris, age 57, of Bradford and Paia, Hawaii died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, after a 4 month battle with cancer. Joan was a devoted mother of her two daughters, Kyra and Kate, a new grandmother, and the beloved wife of Mark Harris. She …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Life: Fran Hyde ‘Loved Her Community and Felt It Was Important to Give Back’

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — A journalist turned farmer’s wife, Frances “Fran” Hyde was known to some as “the lady in the blue truck” for the many trips she made hauling silage and other feed between the family properties on …

Engagement: Bacon — Hatch

Sunday, December 14, 2014

West Fairlee — Jillian Edith Bacon, of West Fairlee, and Ryan Michael Hatch, of Bradford, Vt., have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Melanie and Stuart Bacon II, of West Fairlee. She graduated from Rivendell …