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The remains of a take-out meal lie on the tracks on Oct. 1, 2014, near where Scott R. Smith, believed to be homeless and living at a camp between Pine Street and the Connecticut River in White River Junction, Vt., was killed by a train early overnight. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Man Found Dead on Tracks

Thursday, October 2, 2014

White River Junction — Police are investigating the death of a 52-year-old homeless man whose body was found on the railroad tracks about 100 yards south of the White River Junction Amtrak station early Wednesday morning. Evidence suggests that Scott R. Smith was hit by an unknown train, but an autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death and …

Chauncey B. “Scott” Dunham

Thursday, October 2, 2014

White River Junction, Vt. — Chauncey B. “Scott” Dunham, 79, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at his home after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Lebanon, N.H., the son of Clarence and Avis (Day) Dunham. He attended the Sacred Heart School in Lebanon and went to work as a cook at an early age. Over the …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thetford Selectboard Offers Police Chief Job Thetford — The Selectboard voted Monday to extend an offer to one of three candidates for police chief, whose name they are keeping secret until Oct. 6, the deadline for the potential hire to respond. Donn Downey, the selectman whose responsibilities include police matters, said that the board discussed the hiring for about 90 minutes during a …

Suspect Appeals Denial of Bail

Thursday, September 25, 2014

White River Junction — A 31-year-old Hartford man is appealing a judge’s ruling that there is enough evidence to hold him without bail pending trial in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. Luke Theriault pleaded not guilty last month to a charge of second-degree murder in the …

Phyllis Porter Gross Sanders

Thursday, September 25, 2014

White River Jct. Vt. — Phyllis Porter Gross Sanders passed into the arms of our Lord on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the age of 93. She was born on Dec. 18, 1920, to Harry and Viola Porter of Croydon, N.H. She was predeceased by her parents, two …

Co-op Tackles Policy

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hanover — A task force composed of members of the board of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society presented revisions to a policy regarding the “treatment of staff” of its Co-op Food Stores on Wednesday night in preparation for a vote on the language, which could take place as …

Phyllis B. Sanders

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

White River Junction, Vt. — Phyllis B. Sanders, 93, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Brookside Nursing Home. Arrangements are pending with the Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon, N.H. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of the Valley News. …

Big Crowd Turns Out for Quechee Pocket Parks Talk

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quechee — During a workshop session of the Hartford Selectboard, a crowd of about 75 Quechee residents pushed for immediate improvements to a pair of lots that have been the subject of development talks for years. Bob White, …

Moving Up the Ladder: Hartford Field Hockey Coach Scudder Joins 300-Win Club

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

White River Junction — The Hartford High field hockey team departed its home field with a 5-0 Marble Valley League win over Brattleboro on Monday. But the number that counted more to the Hurricanes was 300. Over the …

Proponents, Detractors Satisfied With Rieseberg’s Contract

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hartford — The final two-year contract of longtime Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg has brought together two opposing camps: Those who wanted him to continue as Town Manager indefinitely, and those who wanted this year’s tenure to be his last. Both groups say they are happy with the 10-page …

Building Bicycles

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Albert August, of White River Junction, watches as his children Jessica, 6, and Michael, 9, tinker with their bicycles Monday afternoon. Valley News — Ariana van den Akker …


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jason Cilley reads Game Informer magazine during a break from his work at Pete’s Tire Barn in Hartford last week. “I work with my hands all day, so I go home and play video games,” he said. Valley …

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 …