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Pauline McClain, aka Kelly Ripa to Shreds, of Warren, N.H., center right, gives a final effort at blocking jammer Julia Pelosi, aka Make It Lorraine, of Enfield, N.H., center left, from lapping her team during a practice scrimmage of The Upper Valley Vixens at Union Arena in Woodstock Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Vixens will open their season with a bout against the Shoreline RD BellaDonnas Saturday.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Entering Third Season, Upper Valley Vixens Have Higher Goals

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Woodstock — The Upper Valley Vixens are back for another go-round of roller derby. More than ever, they’re playing for real. With a complete roster of dedicated skaters, the Vixens are determined not only to improve upon last season’s 6-5 mark in exhibition bouts, but also to earn “apprenticeship” status with the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association. They’ll begin …

Woodstock Boys Tennis Wins Season Opener in Great Indoors

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Woodstock — Spring high school sports all over the Upper Valley have had to make accommodations to get in workouts and games lately, given the late departure of winter. The Woodstock High boys tennis team did its part on Wednesday, dropping its usual best-of-three-sets format for eight-game pro sets in a 7-0 blanking …

Middlebury Spoils Woodstock Lax Opener

Monday, April 7, 2014

Staff Reports Middlebury, Vt. — The host Middlebury Union High School Tigers showed off the outdoor practice time they’ve had that the Wasps (0-1) haven’t in a season-opening 17-5 win on Saturday at Middlebury College. Middlebury has been outside on one of the college’s turf fields for at least at week, Woodstock coach Brandon Little said, which gave the hosts a distinct advantage. …

Hartford, Woodstock Advance

Sunday, February 23, 2014

White River Junction — Senior John Borchert’s power-play goal with 2, minutes, 51 seconds remaining lifted the No. 6 Hartford High boys hockey team over No. 11 Harwood, 3-2, in the first round of the VPA Division II tournament Saturday at Wendell Barwood Arena. With the Highlanders’ Thomas …

Canes Storm to Victory in OT

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Woodstock — Hartford High freshman forward Ben Rouillard will have more big games over the next three winters in Hurricane red, white and blue. But he’ll have few that matched the significance of his two-goal outburst in the …

Woodstock Boys Cashing In

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Woodstock — Wherever he may go, whatever he may do, Bradley Lewis will probably never forget the story of the bent nickel. Woodstock Union High School boys basketball coach Jeff Thomas uses the analogy of the folded five-cent piece to ensure his Wasps understand the concept of teamwork. …

Hall Call: VPA to Induct McLaughlin

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Woodstock — These things happen to guys who win a lot at the high school level. Having retired as Woodstock Union High School football coach after the 2012 season with 211 wins and nine state championships, Jim McLaughlin is bound for the Vermont Principals Association hall of fame. …

Local Roundup: Junior Doubles At UNH: Brechbuhl Wins Twice for Hanover

Monday, February 17, 2014

Durham, n.h. — The Hanover High School swim team can boast a two-time state champion and a third-place team from the girls’ half of Sunday’s NHIAA Division II swimming championships at the University of New Hampshire. Junior Elisabeth Brechbuhl raced to victories in the girls 200- and 500-yard …

Memories Survive Farmhouse Blaze in Bridgewater

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bridgewater, Vt. — Sisters Alice Paglia, 69, and Edna Luce, 77, sat together in a car at the bottom of the driveway of the white farmhouse they grew up in, watching on Monday afternoon as friends and family …

Local Roundup: Spartans Hold Off Lebanon

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pembroke, n.h. — A matchup of the top two boys basketball teams in NHIAA Division II didn’t go Lebanon High’s way Tuesday, but coach Kieth Matte said his troops put up a strong fight during a rough-and-tumble clash. …

Local Roundup: Hanover Topples Concord

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

West Lebanon — After seeing a big lead vanish in the blink of an eye, Ben Acker scored a game-winning goal late in the third period to lift Hanover to a 5-4 boys hockey victory over Concord at …

Wilbur Wilson Putnam

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bridgewater Corners,Vt. — Wilbur Wilson Putnam, Sr., 76, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centerin Lebanon, N.H. He was born on May 18, 1937, in Bridgewater Corners the son of Edwin R. and Beulah (Wilson) Putnam. Wilbur lived on the family property most of his life …

Wilbur Wilson Putnam

Friday, January 24, 2014

Bridgewater Corners, Vt. — Wilbur Wilson Putnam, Sr., 76, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2014, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Bridgewater Congregational Church. A reception will follow at the Bridgewater Grange. Memorial …