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Norm Runnion, former editor of the Brattleboro, Vt., newspaper "The Reformer," sits in a pew at St. John's Episcopal Church in Randolph, Vt., on July 5, 1992, where he is minister-in-training. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

A Life: Norman Runnion, 1929-2015; ‘It Would Never Have Occurred to Me to Be Anything Else’

Monday, June 29, 2015

Brookfield, Vt. — Ask Norman Runnion for his life story and he’d point to a newspaper. Take the old Kansas City Journal-Post, where he played as a child while his father pounded on a manual typewriter. Or the Evanston (Ill.) Review, where he broke into journalism by pasting up the sports page for $5 a week. Or Vermont’s Brattleboro Reformer and The Herald of Randolph, where he capped a globetrotting career covering the world for wire service desks in New York, London, Paris and Washington. “I’m a newspaperman, my father was a newspaperman — I love that word, I grew up on that word,” he …

Setting Up for Summer Camp

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fairlee — Everything is in order by the time the children arrive — the grass cut, kitchens stocked, counselors trained and ready for the activity-filled weeks ahead. Locally, the annual summer camp spruce-up starts long before the season’s first reveille sounds. Thanks to the Northern winters, there’s no time to waste. “Our two …

No Time to Waste: Major Provisions of Vermont Recycling Law Go Into Effect This Week

Sunday, June 28, 2015

“Nobody really knows what’s going to happen when this goes into effect on July 1,” Todd Allen, the chairman of Hartford’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, told town leaders earlier this month. “It’s a little bit of uncharted waters.” Allen was talking about a rapidly approaching deadline under Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, a radical …

Fairlee Man Meets the Strangers Who Saved His Life

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fairlee — The 58-year-old Fairlee man who nearly died of a heart attack while bicycling along Route 120 in April is back at work, and also met recently with some of the passers-by who helped save his life. …

Mom, Son in Class On the Cross Rivendell Trail

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Orford — Since it was built about a decade ago, sections of the Cross Rivendell Trail have been used as outdoor classrooms by the Rivendell Interstate School District. Home school teacher and mother Liss Gilbert went ahead and …

Etched in Stone: Massachusetts Native Rock-Solid in Vermont Open Victory

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fairlee — Hunter Stone wasn’t sure the hands that made him Vermont Open champion would stop shaking long enough for his drive home to Massachusetts on Wednesday night. Imagine the challenge, then, of using those hands to win …

Change in Plans Works for Vermont Open’s Day 1 Leader

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fairlee — Good thing Eric Dugas isn’t a creature of habit. The Massachusetts native arrived at Lake Morey Country Club for his Jeff Julian Memorial Vermont Open first round expecting to start on the golf course’s notorious par-3 …

‘A Story to Tell’: Ex-Addict From Hartford Graduates From CCV a Changed Man

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Northfield, Vt. — On his first day of class, drug addict Wayne Miller, 27, of White River Junction, had a plan to scam Community College of Vermont for the value of his tuition check. On his last day …

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 …

Thomas Arthur Jaffarian

Friday, May 29, 2015

Fairlee, Vt. — Thomas Arthur Jaffarian, 67, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in White River Jct., Vt. after a long illness. He was born on Aug. 24, 1947, in Haverhill, Mass. to Art and Margaret Jaffarian, attended Sierra High School …

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 …

Aloha Foundation Names New Director

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fairlee — Christopher Overtree has been named executive director of The Aloha Foundation. The foundation operates residential summer camps, Aloha, Aloha Hive and Lanakila; Horizons Day Camp; Ohana Family Camp; and Hulbert Outdoor Center. Overtree is a camper …