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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 …

George Robert Dalphin

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Albuquerque, N.M. — George Robert Dalphin, 89, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. He was born in Malone, N.Y., on July 30, 1926, to Robert M. Dalphin and Beatrice Ashforth Dalphin. Mr. Dalphin was raised and educated in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was accepted into the Navy V-12 …

Robert E. Fellows

Saturday, January 16, 2016

North Swanzey, N.H. — Robert E. Fellows, 91, of North Swanzey, and formerly of Marlborough and the Upper Valley, died on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Robert was born the son of the late Edith (Hanchette) and Harold Fellows on May 30, 1924 …

Bill Clinton Campaigns for Wife in Claremont, Hanover

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Claremont — Former President Bill Clinton told voters on Wednesday they can expect a Hillary Clinton presidency to carry on his commitment to poor, under-developed communities. “Politics in a campaign can be just about rhetoric. Governing is about …

Richard Alan “Dick” DeBauge

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hanover, N.H. — Richard Alan “Dick” DeBauge, of Hanover, died at his winter residence in Marco Island, Fla. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. He was born in Emporia, Kan. on April 27, 1938. At his request, there will be no services. …

Jean Anderegg Meck

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hanover, N.H. — Jean Anderegg Meck, of Hanover and Prouts Neck, Maine died peacefully in her New Hampshire home on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. She was 103. Jean was born in Chicago, Ill., on July 27, 1912, to Edith Williams and Gustavus Anderegg, a scientist with AT&T Bell …

Local & Regional Briefs: Tuesday, Jan. 12

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Agency Still Accepting Applications For Heating Assistance Ashland, n.h. — Tri-County Community Action Program — the social service agency that provides heating-fuel assistance and other critical funding for needy North County residents — continues to accept applications for heating fuel and electric assistance for this winter, according to …

Well Fails to Appease in Hanover

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hanover — Residents whose well is contaminated with chemicals from Dartmouth College’s former dump site at the Rennie Farm say they are dissatisfied with the school’s handling of the situation. This fall, an underground plume was found to have seeped from the Rennie Farm, a former burial ground …

Hood Museum Set to Expand

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hanover — Dartmouth College has unveiled plans and sketches for the upcoming $50 million renovation of the Hood Museum of Art, a project that administrators say will increase the museum’s capabilities and give it a greater presence on …

A Big Event Gets Bigger: Dartmouth Relays Grow, Change With the Times

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Hanover — Barry Harwick is going to be exhausted on Monday. He already knows it. Harwick, Dartmouth’s track and field coach, spent most of his time Saturday running from one thing to another, a notebook in his hand …