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Patricia Maureen (Crafts) Ackerman

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fairlee, Vt. — Patricia Maureen (Crafts) Ackerman, 85, of Fairlee died on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Brookside Nursing Home in Wilder, Vt. She was born in Southwick, Mass. on Nov. 8, 1929, the daughter of Maurice Warren Crafts and Henrietta May Hebbel. She attended Teck High School in Springfield, Mass., and graduated from Community College of Vermont in 1977 and from Johnson State College on May 18, 1980, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Library Science. She had been employed at Thetford Elementary School for 22 years as a librarian. She was married on Oct. 7, 1950, in Springfield, Mass. to Calvin Louis Ackerman who predeceased her on March 10, 2010. …

Hartford, Regional Planners’ Visions Differ

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Woodstock — An ongoing disagreement between the town of Hartford and regional planners boils down to a single question: What should Vermont look like? Or, perhaps: Who should decide what Vermont should look like? Peter Gregory, the executive director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, has a particular vision for the Upper Valley’s …

A Book on the Bank

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jessica and Phil Mulligan, of Brighton, England, read on the bank of Lake Fairlee in West Fairlee last week. The couple were picking up their son after his time at Camp Billings, where Phil Mulligan worked 24 years ago. Valley News — James M. Patterson …

A Boost at Boot Camp: Piermont Woman Helps Others Get Fit

Monday, August 24, 2015

West Fairlee — Looking back on the six years or so since committing herself to a healthier lifestyle, Brandi Bissonnette wishes she’d had more group support to help guide her along. Now 100 pounds lighter and a certified …

Engagement: Titus — Brooks

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hanover — Courtney Titus and Coleman Brooks have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Roger and Rhonda Titus, of Anderson, S.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Elon College in Elon, N.C., …

Some Preseason Kicks

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rivendell Academy’s Quenla Haehnel, left, battles a foe from Leland & Gray during a preseason jamboree in Orford on Saturday. The Raptors start their season on Sept. 3 against Thetford. Valley News — Tris Wykes …

A Life: Leon C. Marsh Jr., 1931-2015; ‘Type of Person Who Is Irreplaceable’

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fairlee — He helped train the Upper Valley’s best-known elephant and taught American Army soldiers how to ski on a Japanese island at the time of the Korean War. But Leon Marsh, a round-the-clock worker who friends and …

Lake Fairlee Dam Project on Hold

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thetford — The long-planned project to replace the ailing Lake Fairlee Dam this summer abruptly halted this week after the contractor and the three towns involved — Thetford, Fairlee and West Fairlee — parted ways over a dispute about the unsigned construction contract. Speaking for the towns, Fairlee …

Hartford Legion Will Return to State Tourney

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

White River Junction — The Hartford American Legion baseball team gathered for a group photo Monday night after a 12-5 defeat of Lakes Region clinched its first postseason berth in what’s estimated to be at least 15 years. There was the usual tomfoolery of hats being knocked askew …

Former Police Officers Open Pizza Restaurant

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fairlee — How do two cops with decades of law enforcement experience between them drop everything to open a pizza joint? If you ask Bridget Tweedie and Jim Lanctot — formerly two-thirds of Thetford’s full-time police force who …

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 …

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 …

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.” …