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Turning Point employee Brandy Cheney speaks candidly about growing up with an alcohol addiction and becoming free from the addiction while talking to sixth-graders during their health class at Hartland Elementary school in Hartland, Vt., on Jan. 8, 2015. 
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Valley Parents: After Getting Sober, Brandy Cheney Counsels Young People

Friday, February 5, 2016

Springfield, Vt. — The turning point for Brandy Cheney came on a summer night in 2014, when she hopped into her car to pick up a relative, even though she was intoxicated. The Bellows Falls police pulled her over and charged her with DUI. Cheney, now 24, had grown up in a family where addiction was common. She had joined the Army after graduating from high school and managed to stay clean for a while. But when she broke her back during a training exercise and was prescribed Oxycontin, her life quickly spiralled downward. And then there was the DUI, which she describes as a …

Valley Parents: A Teen Substance Abuse Counselor Shares Observations From 40-Year Career

Friday, February 5, 2016

In his more than 40 years as a teen substance abuse counselor in the Upper Valley, Donlon Wade has witnessed a disturbing development: Kids are starting to use substances at an earlier age and more frequently than in previous generations. To reverse the trend, Wade advises parents to get educated, band together and …

Day Care Builder Challenges Planning Board

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lebanon — The owner of the River Valley Club is seeking permission from the Lebanon Planning Board not to install sprinklers in a new day care building, a requirement he says the board cannot impose. Lebanon attorney Barry Schuster, who has been contracted by fitness club owner Joe Asch to represent him in the matter, said it is out of the Planning Board’s …

Firm Pitches Plans for City Landfill Gas

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Lebanon — Valley Green Natural Gas, one of two companies vying to become the natural gas utility serving Lebanon and Hanover, met with city staff on Friday to offer some suggestions as to how the city might convert gas produced by the landfill to energy. The landfill gas …

A Life: Jim Piper, 1970-2015; ‘He Wouldn’t Watch You Work; He Would Join In’

Monday, January 18, 2016

Orford — The Rivendell Academy bleacher seat is painted in the school colors of green and white, the notation “Jim Piper ’15” has been stenciled on the front and top. It’s in memory of the late Raptors booster …

Scout’s Honor: As Volunteer Video Scout, Lebanon’s Stearns a Rarity

Monday, January 18, 2016

Amherst, n.h. — Jon Stearns turned his head and considered the question. It’s the fourth quarter of Friday’s high school girls basketball game between Hanover High and Souhegan, a winding 90-minute drive from his Lebanon home. Stearns, wearing …

King’s Dream Still ‘Elusive’

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hanover — Speaking to a crowd at Dartmouth College’s Rollins Chapel, the Rev. Leah Daughtry said the fight to end racism didn’t die with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and those still carrying on that fight should do …

Local Roundup: Hanover Dives to Wins in 1st Home Meet

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hanover — The three members of Hanover High School’s nascent diving team recorded two wins and a runner-up finish on Sunday at the Dartmouth College pool in the program’s first home meet. Freshman Kai Renshaw defeated two rivals …

Dresden Budgets Proposed

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hanover — Education-related property taxes are projected to rise at least 1 percent in Hanover and 2.3 percent in Norwich under proposed budgets for the 2016-17 school year. If voters approve the budgets in March, along with separate articles for union contracts, Hanover residents next year would pay …

Business Notes: Jan 17, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Windsor — The building formerly known as the Inn at Windsor, which had been owned by the Mascoma Savings Bank since 2014, when the bank foreclosed on the property, finally has a new owner: Steve Heim, a Boston real estate investor and residential contractor who specializes in renovating …

Co-op’s GM to Retire: Terry Appleby Has Overseen Dramatic Changes in 24 Years

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hanover — Terry Appleby, the longtime general manager of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, has announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. Since joining the Co-op as its manager in 1992, Appleby has overseen …

High School Ski Preview: Bring On the Snow

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Upper Valley high school ski teams are at many different stages competitively — some are coming off consecutive state championships, others had no team last year for lack of participation — but they all wish there were more snow on the ground. From Woodstock to Woodsville, the area’s …

Door to Door, and More: As Primary Nears, Campaign Volunteers Meet, Greet and Entreat

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Lebanon — As the presidential primary race enters its final three weeks in New Hampshire, the pressure has mounted on candidates Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul, whose outsider, populist messages have them vying, in some cases, for the …