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Lebanon High School junior Jill Dion, 16 hugs volunteer Michael Whitman of Lyme at the conclusion of the Upper Valley Suicide Walk for Awareness in Lebanon's Colburn Park Sunday, September 7, 2014. Dion, one of the event's primary organizers this year, cited her experiences with several friends who have considered suicide, and the support she received from staff at Lebanon High School as reasons for her involvement in the event. "It's a really busy time of the year, but this has really become a priority," she said.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Reading the Signs: Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness of Suicide

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lebanon — Sunday afternoon found drivers slowing down to read the big yellow signs lining Route 120 . “Talking about being a burden to others,” one read. “Give a hug,” another said. Part of the annual Upper Valley Suicide Walk for Awareness, the posters listed warning signs that someone may be considering suicide and strategies for preventing it. Rather than …

Engagement: Harrington — Poirier

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fairlee — Dawn Woodward, Cecil Britch and John Harrington, along with Kristin Souza and Philip Poirier II, have announced the engagement of their children, Jasmine Kathryne Harrington and Philip Lawrence Poirier. The bride-to-be graduated from Rivendell Academy in 2009 and is employed as a department supervisor at JC Penney in West Lebanon. The …

Forum: Sept. 6: High Gas Prices in Fairlee; 9/11 Revisited; A Cheer for a Yankees Fan

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fairlee Gas Prices Are Too High To the Editor: I can’t help but wonder who is making the decision to gouge the citizens of Fairlee with gasoline prices. The adjacent town gas stations are charging 20 cents less than all three gas stations in Fairlee; prices here are a whopping 49 cents more than I found on a recent trip that took me …

Letter: A Plan for Ukraine

Friday, May 9, 2014

To the Editor: Growing up in the 1950s, there was an accepted premise that the president has more information than we do with respect to foreign policy, and that we should trust the government to do the right thing. That was a time before 24-hour news, before social …

Letter: A Plan for Ukraine

Friday, May 9, 2014

Let the People of Ukraine Decide To the Editor: As I was growing up in the 1950s, there was an accepted premise that the president had more information than we did with respect to foreign policy, and that we should trust the government to do the right thing. …

The Swing’s the Thing: Vermont H.S. Golfers Finally Getting on the Course

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Vermont Principals Association usually plans for its golf teams to get into action last among the spring sports, given the need to wait for the state’s courses to become playable first. It nearly didn’t work out that …

Local Roundup: Woodstock Lax Rallies Past Patriots

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bennington, Vt. — Down five entering the fourth quarter, the Woodstock High boys lacrosse team stormed all the way back to beat host Mount Anthony 11-10 in overtime on Haven Lantz’s game-winner. The Wasps (3-2) trailed 10-5 heading …

Virginia Lee (Vietje) Macho

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fairlee, Vt. — Virginia Lee Macho, 76, of Fairlee, died peacefully at Hanover Terrace Healthcare early Saturday, April 26, 2014, after a long illness. Many people in the Upper Valley will remember her as Virginia Vietje. Ginny led an interesting life. She was born Aug. 1, 1937, in …

Local Roundup: Stevens’ Hussey Shines Under the Lights in No-Hitter

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Claremont — Ruthlessly efficient from the start, Chase Hussey tossed a no-hitter to lead the Stevens High baseball team to a 9-0 victory over Kearsarge under the lights at Barnes Park on Monday night. Hussey, a junior, needed …

Young Rivendell Softball Team Goes to School

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Orford — The skunk will not get the last laugh. As a team bonding exercise, Rivendell Academy softball coach Lance Mills recently pitched to his Raptors the idea of caps with a certain woodland creature’s distinctive caricature attached. …

Letter: Opera, Thanks to Catamount Arts

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the Editor: This year in St. Johnsbury, I have had the opportunity to attend most of the season’s MetOpera HD series (now showing in 66 countries). Catamount Arts has two intimate theaters for displaying in opulent high-definition color and superb sound the best of what the Metropolitan …

Letter: Opera, Thanks to Catamount Arts

Monday, April 21, 2014

Compete for Norwich Grants To the Editor: The Norwich Women’s Club has just completed its successful spring community projects fundraiser. The money raised from the Spring Gala, together with donations from our members and the community at large, are returned to the Norwich community through grants. This year, …

Bethel Drive-In Launches Projector Campaign

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bethel — For more than a decade, Regina Franz and Adam Gerhard held onto the dream of owning a drive-in theater. Last year, it came true when they took over the operation of the Randall Drive-in Theatre in Bethel. To make it happen, they poured money into the …