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Abby Metcalf, left, of Piermont has been making holiday wreaths for 40 years. Metcalf, the owner of the Piermont Plant Pantry, now spends from late October through mid-December in one of her greenhouses wiring balsam boughs into wreaths, garlands and kissing balls with her staff which includes a brother, son and grand daughter. Jean Underhill, of Piermont, is at right. Monday, November 23, 2015. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Piermont — Despite starting work long before dawn and finishing well after dark, Abby Metcalf doesn’t appear fatigued. But her hands tell the story. Last week, with wreath-making season well underway, they were blackened with sap, a substance so tenacious at least one of her employees relies on Ajax to remove it. Metcalf, who owns Piermont Plant Pantry with her …

Introductory Meeting Scheduled For Emergency Response Team

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Royalton — A community emergency response team is being reestablished in east central Vermont, with an introductory meeting set for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Royalton Academy Building, 1482 Route 14. The CERT program “is a method to organize, train, equip, and then utilize citizen volunteers during times of need,” organizer Brad Salzmann said in a news release. In Vermont, the …

Margaret “Peggy” Fuller Shearer Pierson

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

East Corinth, Vt. — Margaret “Peggy” Fuller Shearer Pierson, 85, passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at the Arbors Senior Living at Shelburne, Vt., with her family by her side, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Peggy was born in Woodsville, N.H. on July 12, 1930, to Richard and Juanita Shearer of Bradford, Vt., where she grew up and attended Bradford Academy. Peggy was …

Peoples Ends Rivendell’s Vermont Golf Title Reign

Friday, June 5, 2015

Killington, Vt. — Reigns end with Game of Thrones gore. They end with a silent coup d’etat. They end through neglect, decay, the failure to embrace change. And they end as Rivendell Academy saw its reign atop Vermont …

Vikings Ace Leaves Olympians Dizzy

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Suffering from the flu, ace Lyndon Institute pitcher Travvis Ferguson was forced to sit out Monday’s practice. The symptoms continued during the Vikings’ VPA Division II baseball postseason opener against Oxbow on Tuesday, yet it …

William Huyler Danforth, Sr.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

East Corinth, Vt. — Funeral services for William Huyler Danforth, Sr., 88, of East Corinth who died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2015, will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the New Hope United Methodist Church in Waits River, Vt. Burial will follow in the …

Local Roundup: Oxbow Softball Backs Bourgeois’ 100th K With Offense

Friday, May 29, 2015

Lyndonville, Vt. — The relentless offensive attack of the Oxbow softball team pounded out 23 hits en route to beating host Lyndon 19-4 on Thursday afternoon. Sophomore pitcher Mary Bourgeois scattered 12 hits but struck out five, including …

Lifting Harness Gives Boost to Ambulances

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fairlee — Upper Valley Ambulance is getting a lift thanks to the Doty Belt, a device resembling a climbing harness that allows responders to more easily help up fallen patients. The ambulance service recently purchased three of the …

Local Roundup: Hartford Baseball Drops First of Season

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

White River Junction — Be careful for what you wish, as the Hartford High baseball team found out Monday during a 4-2 loss to Mount Anthony. The setback was the Hurricanes’ first of the season, dropping them to …

Corinth Resident Steps In to Lead Vermont PBS at a Pivotal Time

Friday, May 15, 2015

When Holly Groschner took on the job of president and CEO of Vermont PBS in February, she couldn’t have predicted the position the station would find itself in just a few months later, when the state’s budget woes …

Oxbow Softball Conquers Twinfield

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — After a hiccup to start the season, the Oxbow Union High School softball team is beginning to look equally as strong as any Olympian team in recent memory. Oxbow mercy-ruled visiting Twinfield on Tuesday, 18-3 in five innings, the O’s fifth straight win since a …

Local Roundup: Raptors Rule the Fairway

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Quechee — With the high school golf season winding toward the postseason, Mid Vermont Christian School co-coach Gary Ott can breathe easier. He now has a team. Hosting three schools on the Quechee Club’s Highland course front nine, …

Martin V. Liegel, Jr.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Topsham, Vt. — Committal services for Martin V. Liegel, Jr. of Topsham who passed away in his home on Jan. 12, 2015, will be held on May 9, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the family lot in the East Corinth New Cemetery in East Corinth, Vt. The Hale …