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Thomas E. Willette, Jr.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Enfield, N.H. — Thomas E. Willette, Jr., 74, of Enfield, died Sunday, April 13 2014, in a local hospital after a short illness. He was born in Portland, Maine the son of Thomas E. and Ruby Rogers Willette. He attended Portland schools and served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1958. He was also a long time member of the White River Junction American Legion Post 26. He worked at Alice Peck Hospital until he retired. He was predeceased by one granddaughter, Adriene Willette; and his three sisters, Lois Kuch Parmenter, Carole Cobb and Diane Parmenter. From his marriage to Barbara Perham he leaves behind his three children, Daune Marie Brzoska and …

Mascoma Board Defies Critics With Construction Committee

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canaan — Tempers flared at Tuesday night’s Mascoma Regional School District School Board meeting after the board rejected a motion, 4-2, to establish a five-member building committee to oversee the high school renovation project. The motion was made by Kimberly Depelteau-Tracey, of Canaan, a vocal opponent of the $21.5 million bond that voters approved in March, and seconded by Wayne Morrison, also of …

Flush Twice

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bruce Prior of the Enfield Water Department flushes a hydrant on Main Street in Enfield on Tuesday. Each of the town’s roughly 75 hydrants gets flushed twice a year, a process that can take up to two weeks.Valley News — James M. Patterson …

Ex-Smokers Breathe Easier: E-Cigarettes Rise in Popularity But Health Questions Unanswered

Friday, March 14, 2014

West Lebanon — About nine months ago, Matt Palombo was curious about how much money he was spending on cigarettes. He smoked around a pack a day for eight years. Palombo knew it was an expensive habit, but …

As Snow Days Pile Up, School Districts Fret About Schedules

Friday, March 14, 2014

Upper Valley youngsters might be jumping for joy with each additional snow day this winter — including back-to-back days off for many this week — but school administrators are wringing their hands as frequent storms have wreaked havoc with school calendars. Indeed, some districts are scheduled to end …

Letter: A Dog Park for Enfield

Thursday, March 13, 2014

To the Editor: We are writing to encourage all Enfield residents to participate in the Town Meeting on Saturday in the Enfield Village School Gymnasium. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and is an experience in local government. Article 19 is a nonbinding vote on the establishment of …

Mascoma Supporters Celebrate

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

West Canaan — After learning that the Mascoma High renovation bond passed by 63 percent, School Board member Cookie Hebert stopped at the high school on her way home from the SAU’s administrative office and sat in the empty parking lot and looked up at the school. “To …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, March 13

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Voters Approve $38.9M Kearsarge Budget New London — All three articles on the Kearsarge Regional School District ballot passed during Town Meeting on Tuesday. Voters, 1540 to 862, approved the $38.9 million operating budget, which represents a 4.4 …

Mascoma Renovation Approved; Larger Towns Provide Margin

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Canaan — Boosted by a strong turnout in Enfield and Canaan, Mascoma Valley voters Tuesday finally rallied enough support to approve a $21.5 million renovation of Mascoma Valley Regional High School. In unofficial results, the measure won 63 …

Donald J. LaBounty

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Enfield, N.H. — Donald J. LaBounty, 91, of Enfield passed away in the comfort of his home on Sunday, March 9, 2014. He was born on Dec. 2 1922, in Irasburg, Vt. to the late Joseph and Sadie (Dion) LaBounty. Donald married Evette I. (Dube) LaBounty in 1942. …

Pellet Shortage Affecting Consumers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Claremont — As winter lingers through March, some of those who heat with wood pellets are finding it difficult to obtain the fuel. “I very seldom run out; this year I did,” said Julie Roberts, a Claremont resident who has been heating her home primarily with wood pellets …

Late Start for Maple Sugarmakers; Cold Spell Crimps Sap Flow

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hartland — Most area sugarmakers have yet to begin boiling sap into syrup, but it’s too early to say what the delayed start and lingering cold will mean for production this season. “If it comes off within the …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, March 10

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fire Destroys Barn, Chicken Coop in Enfield Enfield — A blaze on 743 Lockehaven Road destroyed a barn, chicken coop and school bus on Saturday evening. Firefighters responded to the call just after 9 p.m. and were able to save a nearby garage, said incident commander Fred Cummings …