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Bernard "Bunny" Strong and Betty Wood at a wedding reception in Woodstock, Vt.,  in an undated photograph. (Family photograph)

A Life: Betty Wood, 1931-2015; ‘She Would Stand So Others Could Sit’

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sharon — For Betty Wood, retirement meant one thing: more time to volunteer. Wood, a familiar face at the Sharon Food Shelf and VA Medical Center, relished meeting and helping people, and only wanted to further her mission after retiring from nearly two decades in the nursing field. “Everyone came first,” said Bernard “Bunny” Strong, her partner of 13 years. “She would stand so others could sit.” Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Wood died at her Sharon home on Feb. 11 at age 83. For more than a decade, Wood took the short journey around the corner from her Route 14 home to the Sharon Congregational Church …

Engagement: LaFountaine — Soto

Sunday, March 29, 2015

White River Junction — Bryan and Jeanne LaFountaine, of White River Junction, have announced the engagement of their son, Eric M. LaFountaine, to Meiber Soto. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Meiber and Ramon Soto of Managua, Nicaragua. She is studying dentistry at Universidad Americana, in Managua. The bridegroom-to-be graduated from Hartford High …

At the Hospitals: March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

VA Police Officers Honored White River Junction — Several employees at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction have received national Veterans Affairs police awards. John Richardson was named 2014 police chief of the year, and Jason Brown was named Small Facility Police Officer of the Year. Steven Bethel received the …

Parent Discussion in Lebanon Will Focus on Adolescents

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lebanon — A discussion for parents of adolescents is set for March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Kilton Public Library. Cindy Pierce, college speaker and comic storyteller, presents “Choosing Your Life, Living Your Choices: Navigating the Influences of Peers, Media and Technology with Your Adolescent.” Topics include sex, …

Birth Announcements: March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center ADAMS — A daughter, Sara Josephine Adams, born on Feb. 24, 2015, to Amanda Adams and Joey Tebo, of Claremont. BLAKE — A son, Connor Lee Blake, born on March 17, 2015, to Christina Blake, of South Royalton. CHENG — A son, Christopher Cheng, born …

Development Group Names New Leader

Sunday, March 29, 2015

White River Junction — The Green Mountain Economic Development Corp. has reached out to well-known Upper Valley commercial real estate executive Bob Haynes to succeed its outgoing executive director, Joan Goldstein, at the White River Junction-based regional development …

Hartford Approves Budgets

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hartford — At Hartford’s annual town and school meetings on Saturday, voters approved the $36.1 million budget for Hartford schools and an amended town budget of $15.68 million. The votes altered the March 3 Town Meeting Australian ballot …

Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities …

Former Woodstock Cop Charged With Violating Release

Friday, March 27, 2015

Woodstock — A former Woodstock police officer charged with assaulting his wife pleaded not guilty to two counts of violating a condition of his release that a judge imposed last month. Mark McComas, 45, of Quechee, was arraigned on Thursday in Washington Superior Court in Barre, Vt. Prosecutors …

Lawmakers: Prison Closing No ‘Done Deal’

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Windsor — Two top Windsor County Democrats in the Vermont Legislature say a proposal to close Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor is not a “done deal.” Instead, lawmakers will weigh the pros and cons of closing the facility in the coming weeks, as well as all other …

Local Roundup: Unearned Runs Help Dartmouth Softball Split With Terps

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Staff Reports College Park, Md. — A pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning broke a 5-5 tie and propelled the Dartmouth College softball team to an 8-5 win over Maryland on Wednesday and a split of their nonleague doubleheader. The Terrapins (20-13) dominated …

Budget Plans Left as Is in Hartford

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hartford — Both the School Board and the Selectboard are expected this weekend to defend the budgets that voters rejected during voting earlier this month, with most officials arguing that an additional examination of the spending plans has confirmed there’s no fat to be trimmed. Voters will convene …

State Officials Seek Comments on Proposed Hartford Solar Array

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hartford — A public comment period has opened for citizens to provide feedback about a proposed 750-kilowatt solar array to be placed on the town’s capped and closed landfill area on Route 5. Earlier this month, the Waste …