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Vermont DOT construction crews work on reconstructing the embankment along Route 4 between Quechee and Woodstock, Vt., on Oct. 27, 2014. After Hurricane Irene, crews put up a temporary fix to keep Route 4 safe and are now working on a more permanent solution according to Michelle Redmond, the resident engineer for the project. The project, which started in September, will be a two part project and will finish up sometime in 2015. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Janet L. Sorice

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wilder, Vt. — A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Janet L. Sorice, 60, who died Sept. 24, 2014, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at 11 a.m., in Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, Hanover, with the Rev. Patience Stoddard officiating. A reception will follow at Top of the Hop. …

Heroin Sample Was Laced With Fentanyl

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hartford — Police said a heroin sample tied to a suspected overdose tested positive for Fentanyl, a narcotic drug that is more powerful and more life-threatening than heroin itself. Two suspected overdose deaths and seven other heroin-related overdoses in the Upper Valley this month led Hartford police to send a sample of heroin to the Vermont Forensics Laboratory for testing. Authorities haven’t said …

Henry Kessler

Thursday, October 23, 2014

White River Jct., Vt. — Henry Kessler, 96, died Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, 2014, at his residence at Valley Terrace in White River Jct. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct. A full obituary will run in Friday’s newspaper. …

Hartford Athletic Field Project on Schedule

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hartford — The creation of several athletic playing fields on the Maxfield property along Route 5 is running on schedule, according to Hartford Parks and Recreation Department Director Tad Nunez, who updated the town’s Parks & Recreation Commission on the $3.1 million project earlier this month. Right now, …

Mary Ann Blickarz

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wilder, Vt. — Mary Ann Blickarz, 65, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after battling a long illness. She was born Nov. 4, 1948, in Hanover, N.H., a daughter of Richard and Pauline (Gee) Rosenbeck. Mary Ann attended schools in Wilder, where …

Hartford Police Eye Possibly Tainted Heroin in Overdoses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hartford — After two deaths and seven other heroin-related overdoses in the Upper Valley this month, police are concerned that drugs being circulated may be tainted. Hartford police are awaiting the test results of a heroin sample, which should shed light on possible contaminants. Based on reports in …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Emerge Family Advocates Board Agrees to Resign White River Junction — The board of Emerge Family Advocates, a nonprofit that provides parental visitation services, has agreed to resign in the wake of accusations that the nonprofit’s executive director, Raymona Russell, overpaid herself to the tune of $5,000 to …

Deciding Who They Want to Be: Young Adults With Special Needs Make Transition From School

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Leah Wright, 22, has spent the past few months settling back into the town she lived in until she was 11. After graduating from Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts, she returned to Windsor, where she and …

Wedding: Donka — O’Hara

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wilder — Emilie Donka and John O’Hara were married on Aug. 9, 2014, overlooking Lake Fairlee at Lake Morey Resort. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father, Mark Donka. Justice of the Peace Suzanne Butterfield, …

Engagement: Ricker — Klosterman

Sunday, October 19, 2014

White River Junction — Allyn and Charlene Ricker, of White River Junction, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Allyson Elizabeth Ricker, to David Michael Klosterman. The bride-to-be graduated from Hartford High School in 2002 and earned a …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Events at VA Medical Center Will Support Homeless Veterans White River Junction — A free event to support homeless Vermont veterans is set for Tuesday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River …

That’s More Like It: Region’s Fall Foliage Tourism Seen Returning to Pre-Irene Levels

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Quechee — At the Route 4 Country Store in Quechee, owner Margie Battaglia says the roadside deli, known for its maple-smoked pork and beef barbecue and hand-made chocolates, is seeing “thousands” of customers each weekend. Across the road, …