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Sears brought employees from as far away as Plattsburgh, N.Y. to its West Lebanon store to help move merchandise out of the showroom and truck it to a nearby warehouse on high ground in case of flooding Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Sears and several other stores in the Upper Valley Plaza on Route 12A were badly damaged in Tropical Storm Irene and hoped early action would prevent similar losses.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Not-So-Calm Before the Storm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

West Lebanon — By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, the bottom shelves at Encore Books were bare. Employees at the Route 12A reseller spent the day moving hundreds of books to higher ground — or at least to higher shelves — in anticipation of potential flooding from the nearby Connecticut River overnight. “Right now, my stomach is sinking,” said owner Kelley Foy, …

Sean M. Densmore

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Denver, Colo. — Sean M. Densmore, 24, formerly of Hartland and Hartford, Vt. was killed in a hit and run accident on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Denver. Sean was born Dec. 14, 1989, in Hanover, N.H., the son of Brian and Gloria (Perreault) Densmore. He grew up in Hartland, Vt. and graduated from Hartford High as President of the Class of 2008. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Man Rescued from Black River In Springfield, Vt. Springfield, Vt. — A man was rescued from the Black River Tuesday morning. Springfield Fire Chief Russ Thompson said the man, who was not identified, went in the water around 7 a.m. and was unable to return because of the swift current. He ended up perched on a boulder about 70 feet from shore. The …

Letter: Screen-Obsessed Children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Screen-Obsessed Children To the Editor: Twenty years ago, one of my 11th-grade English students told me, “I never finished a book in my life until I took your class.” He was the canary tweeting in the coal mine about the mouse-click, digital, touch-screen tsunami about to inundate America, …

Sean M. Densmore

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Denver, Colo. — Sean M. Densmore, 24, formerly of Hartland and Hartford, Vt. was killed in a hit and run accident on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Denver. The Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct. has been entrusted with arrangements. A full obituary will follow in a …

Prepping for a New Tenant in White River Junction

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brian Fenoff, of Kingdom Construction, Inc., works on a section of new sidewalk in White River Junction on Monday. Planned Parenthood will move from West Lebanon into the newly renovated site on South Main St. Valley News — …

Letter: Two Reasons to Elect Sanders

Monday, April 14, 2014

To the Editor: Among the many reasons Sen. Bernie Sanders should be elected president of the United States, two stand out. First, we need to escape the increasingly corrupt stranglehold of our political parties. Second, we should avoid the Clinton and Bush dynasties given that Hillary and Jeb …

VINS Exhibit Marks Wilderness Act Anniversary

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Quechee — A photography exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act will be displayed at Vermont Institute of Natural Science through July 6. The exhibit, sponsored by VINS and the Sierra Club, features Vermont and New Hampshire wilderness areas and other outdoor scenes. It is part …

A Collection of Collectors

Saturday, April 12, 2014

While the urge to amass Star Trek memorabilia may be a recent phenomenon, collecting is an instinctual, age-old drive, seen in both humans and animals. Throughout human history, the need to store away the valuable, to create order …

VA To Honor Korea-Era Veterans Today

Saturday, April 12, 2014

White River Junction — A ceremony honoring a number of Korean War era veterans will be held today from 2-4 p.m. at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. The Spirit of Valor ceremony is an expansion of the Quilts of Valor program, which presents veterans with handmade …

Architect Plays Role on Multiple Fronts

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hartford — A common denominator in many of the major projects that the town and school district have put out to bid recently is David Laurin, a Hartford-based architect. Before voters approved the $8.9 million bond for various …

Hanover Boys Tennis Back to Business

Friday, April 11, 2014

Staff Reports Manchester — The freshman phenom who held down the No. 1 singles position last spring is headed to a tennis academy. Another anticipated returnee opted for prep school. And of the six players to make up the singles ladder to open the season, only one saw …

Hartford Votes to Contract Buses

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hartford — Parents questioned the School Board’s move to switch from an in-house bus service to a contracted company Wednesday night, saying the district’s choice of Butler’s Bus Service was questionable given the recent alcohol-related charges against two of its bus drivers. “It is very concerning that this …