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Joe Amanatidis, of Fairlee, Vt., lives at home with his parents because he is working two jobs to pay off his college debt and the mortgage on his Fairlee ice cream stand.Amanatidis was working an afternoon shift at the stand on July 17, 2014. Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

The Case of ‘Boomerang’ Kids

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fairlee — As he celebrated his 24th birthday last month, Joe Amanatidis had plenty to be proud of. During his years at Merrimack College, in an affluent Boston suburb, the Fairlee native studied abroad in Italy, spending a semester in Rome and Florence before earning his bachelor’s degree in international business in 2012. By his freshman year, he was a …

Camp Billings Honors an Icon: After 46 Years, Bradford, Vt., Man Retiring From Full-Time Summer Post

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thetford — As the sun neared its peak in the midday sky on Saturday, two young Camp Billings campers, puttering around the summer camp’s cozy maintenance garage, described camp icon Larry Drew, who in his 46 years working summers at the camp has served just about every role — from athletic director to …

Man Climbs All 48 N.H. 4,000-Footers for Prouty

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The method with which Brad Taylor has chosen to contribute to the Prouty this year could be considered downright lunacy. Then again, that’s at least part of the idea. Taylor, 55, of Canterbury, N.H., is climbing Mount Moosilauke today to complete his “Full Moon 48” initiative, a summiting of all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot summits between the full moons of June and …

Raptors Are Bedeviled in Semifinals

Friday, March 7, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Sold-out Barre Auditorium was filled to the brim for Thursday night’s VPA Division III boys basketball semifinal between Rivendell and Williamstown. By early in the fourth quarter, some of the seats were already emptying as …

Fishing in Fairlee

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ice fishermen work to drill a hole late in the day on Lake Morey in Fairlee recently.Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

Chasing Pucks in Fairlee

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Will Guerin, 8, Henry Werner, 8, and Carter Guerin, 8, all of Lyme, chase a puck while playing hockey on Lake Morey in Fairlee.Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

Fairlee Budget Approved, But Voters Reject Study of Lake Morey Road

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fairlee — Fairlee voters made quick work of town business, passing a town budget of nearly $743,000 and a highway budget of more than $207,500 without discussion in an hour-long Town Meeting on Tuesday. But they also voted down an article on the warning that would have appropriated …

Fairlee Drive-In Promises To Stay Open

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Fairlee — A last-minute surge of pledges to a Kickstarter campaign that ends today may not help the Fairlee Drive-In’s current effort to purchase a business-saving projector, but it has given the owners hope for a future effort. If this campaign fails to reach the $77,200 that the …

Hartford, Woodstock Advance

Sunday, February 23, 2014

White River Junction — Senior John Borchert’s power-play goal with 2, minutes, 51 seconds remaining lifted the No. 6 Hartford High boys hockey team over No. 11 Harwood, 3-2, in the first round of the VPA Division II tournament Saturday at Wendell Barwood Arena. With the Highlanders’ Thomas …

Jacks Edge Raptors

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Windsor — The Windsor High girls basketball team broke a late tie by scoring the last three points against Rivendell on Wednesday, escaping by a 34-31 score in the opening round of the Vermont Division III playoffs. The host Yellowjackets had averaged 62 points during their last two …

Fairlee Sought Modest Budget, And Got It

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fairlee Town Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. at the Samuel Morey Elementary School Gymnasium to act upon 12 warning articles, including approval of the town’s operating and highway budgets. Nominations to town offices …

Local Roundup: Phoenix Rising at Right Moment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bethel — Playing without two starters, Tanner James and Brandon Tracy stepped up to help lead the Sharon Academy boys basketball team to a 73-38 victory over host Whitcomb on Monday night. James finished with 17 points, eight …

Local Roundup: Second Quarter Key for Thetford Academy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thetford — All the pieces clicked together in the second quarter for the host Thetford boys basketball team. Down by four after the first quarter, the Panthers erupted for 23 points in the second en route to beating …