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Advance Transit driver Don Hood, left, waits with Elroy Litchfield and his dog Mischief while Hartford police officer Tom Lyman speaks with bus company official Chris Andreasson in White River Junction, Vt., on Aug. 14, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Proliferation of Service Dogs Leads to Conflict

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Elroy Litchfield, a Vietnam War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, recently acquired something that he believes will prove a tremendous help in coping with his condition: a five-month-old dog named Mischief who’s being trained to recognize Litchfield’s early signs of an anxious episode — “getting ready to blow up,” as he calls it — to help …

Vermont Drivers Face Stricter Cellphone Rules Starting Oct. 1

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Come Oct. 1, drivers in Vermont who are caught holding a cellphone to their ear could face a fine that is bigger than their monthly phone bill. And next summer, similar rules will apply to drivers in New Hampshire, as well. That’s because both states have passed new laws …

Engagement: Shimko — Chew

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quechee — Martin and Susan Shimko have announced the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Davis Shimko, of London, to Tobin Benjamin Harry Chew. The bride-to-be graduated from Hartford High School in 2007 and earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from McGill University in Montreal in 2011. She earned a master’s degree in …

Local Roundup: Oxbow No Pushover, but Wasps Prevail

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — The Woodstock Union High football team didn’t find out until Friday it would be down a running back Saturday against Oxbow due to illness. Luckily for the Wasps, they had plenty of others to supply …

Quechee Man Resurrects an Orchard

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Terry Dorman stands in his orchard at the top of a steep, south-facing hillside in Quechee. The morning’s showers have tapered off and the mountains to the south look azure in the patchy afternoon sunlight as the rain …

Local Roundup: Yellowjackets Hit Accelerator, Bust Rutland

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Windsor — In order to take down an unbeaten team from a higher division, it doesn’t hurt to take a two-goal lead in the first 17 minutes of action. That’s just what the Windsor field hockey team did …

Quechee Wants Interstate Study

Friday, September 19, 2014

Quechee — It may be time to rethink the future of development near Interstate 89 in Quechee, town leaders said. Earlier this week, the Hartford Planning Commission voted to support a new $26,000 land use and transportation study …

Bridge Remains Unkempt as Tourists Near

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quechee — Hartford officials are in a race against time as one of the town’s most popular tourist destinations remains an eyesore while hordes of leaf-peepers prepare to descend on the area. On Tuesday evening, Quechee resident Bob …

Vt. Cartoonist Gets ‘Genius Grant’

Thursday, September 18, 2014

White River Junction — The country’s most famous lesbian cartoonist can add a new title to her resume — genius — after being awarded a $625,000 MacArthur grant, foundation officials announced Wednesday. Alison Bechdel, a Bolton, Vt., resident …

Locals to Walk In New York Climate March

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White River Junction — More than 150 people are expected to board buses in the Upper Valley early Sunday morning en route to New York City, where they will join thousands of others in a march through Manhattan to draw attention to climate change. Main organizers are estimating …

Hartford May Rework or Drop Charter

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hartford — Six years after adopting a town charter to bolster public participation in town votes, Hartford public officials say the charter is in need of a major overhaul — or perhaps it needs to be discontinued altogether. Selectman Chuck Wooster summed up the most common complaint about …

Police: Suspected Meth Lab Found in Hartford

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hartford — Police in Hartford are investigating a suspected methamphetamine lab that was found in town earlier this week. Hartford Police Chief Brad Vail declined to release the location of the residence, saying it was part of an active investigation, but said “there was no imminent threat to …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Police Urge Residents To Avoid Capped Bottles Claremont — Police are advising people to stay away from any capped soda bottles they may encounter following an incident Tuesday morning. Police said they were called to a location near the power station on Lafayette Street for a “report of …