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Engagement: Evans — O’Neil

Sunday, January 25, 2015

White River Junction — Sonya Michelle Evans and Joseph Guthrie O’Neil have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Thelma Baker. She graduated from South Royalton High School in 1994 and is employed as a clinical secretary at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon. The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Carey and John O’Neil, of White River …

Business Notes: Jan. 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

West Lebanon — The Mouse Menagerie announced Friday it would be closing soon after more than 20 years in business. Peg Howard, who has owned the gift shop with her husband, Kevin, for six years said in a telephone interview that a combination of factors contributed to the decision to close, including the …

Fat of the Land: Wide-Tire Biking Makes an Inroad in the Winter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lebanon — Spending long winters away from trails is quickly becoming less mandatory for mountain bike enthusiasts. Snow-covered ground is turning much more accessible thanks to “fat bikes,” mountain bikes with giant tires made especially for traversing wintry surfaces. Up to five inches thick and loaded with treads, fat-bike tires allow riders to …

Ruth Milchman Chodak

Friday, January 23, 2015

White River Jct., Vt. — Ruth Milchman Chodak, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction. A complete obituary will follow in a later edition of the Valley News. …

Community Weighs In on Gates-Briggs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

White River Junction — Community members urged the Briggs family to redevelop downtown’s Gates-Briggs Building into an arts and commerce hub during a Wednesday night forum to consider the future of the opera house and adjoining street-level retail area. “This space has a future and we need your …

Hurricanes Use Defense to Shut Down Cosmos

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Less than three weeks into the season, Hartford High boys basketball coach Steve Landon knew that if his youthful Hurricanes were going to have any success, they would have to make defense a priority. “When you play defense, you don’t have to score as many …

Philip S. Olson

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cresskill, N.J. — Philip S. Olson, 83 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Tenafly, N.J. Born Sept. 18, 1931, to Noble and Alice (Mattson) Olson of Racine, Wis. where he grew up and then moved to New Jersey where he lived and raised his family …

Riding With the First Responders

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lebanon — A recent Friday morning finds the Lebanon Fire Department quiet, the day shift settling in. Dr. Nate Grubbs, an emergency medicine resident, is getting a tour of the station on South Park Street from Capt. Jim …

VA Seeks AmeriCorps Volunteers

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hartford — The VA Medical Center in White River Junction is accepting applications for one full-time and three part-time volunteer positions, as part of Strength to Serve, an AmeriCorps program of the nonprofit Partners in Care Foundation. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. The medical center is in …

Hartford To Vote on Recycling Question

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hartford — The Hartford Selectboard has eliminated the municipal curbside recycling program from its proposed municipal budget, but members voted last week to allow voters to decide the $180,000 program’s ultimate fate. “The demon here is not the Selectboard or the Solid Waste Committee,” Selectboard Co-chairman Ken Parker …

Police Chief Soon to Arrive In Hartford

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hartford — Hartford’s police force may soon be getting something it’s gone without for years: a chief. Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg said on Friday that the town is making an offer to a candidate who has indicated that he will accept the position. Rieseberg said the candidate is …

Priscilla Jane Dutille Labelle

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Wilder, Vt. — Priscilla Jane Dutille Labelle, 89, died Thursday night, Jan. 15, 2015, at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vt. She was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Hanover, N.H. the daughter of Archie and Blanche (Meyette) Dutille. Priscilla grew up and attended school in Wilder. She …

Hartford Budget Now Up to Town Voters

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hartford — Voters at Town Meeting get to decide whether Hartford School Board members have been doing their homework. On Wednesday night, the board signed off on Superintendent Tom DeBalsi’s proposed $36.1 million budget, which would result in a 3.9 percent increase to local school taxes; residents will …