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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. …

The States of Hockey: Anniversaries, Changes Highlight Vt., N.H. Campaigns on Ice

Monday, December 16, 2013

Happy anniversary to you. And you, too. Two of the Upper Valley’s nine high school boys and girls hockey programs undergo significant birthdays this winter. Hanover boys hockey has already held an 80th anniversary celebration, while Hartford girls …

Carrying a Tune: Part-Time Music Teacher Travels From School to School

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bridgewater — By the time Christmas Eve arrived, Santa was pretty tired and a little bit cranky. At least, that is, the Santa portrayed in Bridgewater Village School’s holiday concert last week. Onstage, the third- and fourth-grade class …

South Royalton Girls Earn Emotional Win

Sunday, December 15, 2013

South Royalton — Prior to yesterday’s girls basketball season opener between Woodstock and South Royalton, attendees recognized Cynthia Fulcher with a moment of silence. During the game, her granddaughter gave Royals fans plenty to cheer about. Hours after …

Margaret Ruth Jenks

Friday, December 13, 2013

Hanover, N.H. — Margaret Ruth Jenks (Courtemanche), 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover. She was born on May 7, 1930, a daughter of the late Joseph and Merilda (La Sard) Courtemanche. Mrs. Jenks grew up in Lebanon, N.H. and married …

Wasps Aiming High: After a Year Away, Woodstock Girls Back on the Court

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Woodstock — Woodstock Union High has a football team that can’t lose, but has a girls basketball team that has a grim record, but a hopeful future. The situation is quite alarming. The Wasps, who did not field …

Worrell Is D-III Coach Of the Year

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Nobody asked all that much from Ramsey Worrell this autumn. Just take over the Woodstock High football program from the man who coached it to a boatload of state championships over more than three decades. And keep the Wasps competitive. And near the top of Vermont Division III. …

Wedding: Sweeney — Seely

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bridgewater — Shannon Marie Sweeney and Tyson Robert Seely were married on Sept. 28, 2013. Benjamin Judy, an uncle of the bridegroom, presided over a garden ceremony, which took place at the Woodstock home of the bridegroom’s great-aunt …

Carroll F. Earle

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bridgewater Corners, Vt. — Carroll F. Earle, 85, died Sunday evening, Nov. 17, 2013, at Cedar Hill Health Care in Windsor, Vt. Carroll was born on Nov. 21, 1927 in Bridgewater, Vt. the son of Clifford N. and Vera (Furman) Earle. Carroll was a Veteran of the Korean …

VIFL Remains As It Is

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

White River Junction — After lengthy discussions about realignment and rescheduling, the member schools of the Vermont Interscholastic Football League voted to do neither in their fall meeting held Monday at Hartford High School. The concern was for …

Rivals Become Teammates at Vt. All-Star Game

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Middlebury, Vt. — After a hard-hitting nail-biter in last weekend’s Vermont Division III state championship game at Rutland High School, several members of the Woodstock and Mill River football teams became teammates literally overnight. Less than 24 hours following the Wasps’ 20-19 overtime win, four Woodstock players and …