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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 …

Local Roundup: Hanover Volleys to Victory

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Weare, n.h. — Riding a 20-point run of serve from junior Zoe McElwain during the second set, the Hanover High volleyball team opened its season with an emphatic 3-0 sweep of John Stark on Monday evening. The Marauders (1-0) prevailed by scores of 25-13, 25-5 and 25-20, and …

Paige S. Priestley

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Paige S. Priestley, infant daughter of Brian Priestley and Michaela Plante died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at her home. She was born on June 23, 2014, and was 2 ½ months when she passed. She was a beautiful baby and so full of life …

Video: Hall in the Family; East Thetford Barn Restored to Former Glory as Huntington’s Pavilion

Sunday, September 7, 2014

East Thetford — Stepping out on a recent Saturday evening, m ore than 100 people headed to Huntington’s Pavilion. As they crossed the threshold of the once-thriving dance hall, many were also stepping back in time. Freeman and …

U-32 Rumbles Past Oxbow Football

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — The Oxbow Union High football team was beaten and beaten up Saturday, losing several starters to injury and illness during a 26-7 loss to visiting U-32 that dropped the Olympians to 0-2 this season. One …

Fastest For 48

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lebanon — Orford hiker Andrew Thompson normally has no problems falling asleep, but on July 6 he uncharacteristically tossed and turned through the night. Too bad for Thompson, because he wouldn’t be getting much sleep at all over the next 3½ days. The 38-year-old former Appalachian Trail through-hike …

Engagement: Clogston — Hull

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Isaac Clogston and Tracey Hull have announced their engagement. The bridegroom-to-be is the son of George Clogston, and Susan and Donald Hood, of Bradford, Vt. He graduated from Oxbow Union High School and earned a …

New Oxbow Coach Looks to Spread the Fun

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — While waiting for coach Sean Murphy, delayed by road construction traffic, to arrive for the start of practice Tuesday afternoon, members of the Oxbow Union High football team conversed with friends inside Mona Garone Gym, …

Thetford School Seeks Solar Panel Funding

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thetford — In addition to the recycling and composting programs Thetford Elementary School already has established, school officials plan to add solar power to its sustainability portfolio this year, should residents give a proposed photovoltaic array the thumbs up. Voters will head to the polls Aug. 26 to …

New Oxbow Football Coach Wants to Spread It Out

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — The director of guidance at St. Johnsbury Academy will now be guiding the football team at Oxbow Union High. Sean Murphy — who will remain the guidance director and a dormitory proctor at St. Johnsbury …

‘He Loved This Mountain’: Volunteers Build Trail to Remember Teen

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Of all of Sean Tillotson’s varied hobbies and interests, he perhaps took most pride in his love of the outdoors. This past weekend, friends and family made sure a piece of woods in his hometown …