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With his dog Shadow along for the ride, Gary Pelton, of Dixmont, Maine, pulls milfoil plants out of Dewey Pond in Quechee, Vt., on July 26, 2014. Pelton is a retired wildlife biologist who has been working on ridding Dewey Pond of milfoil, which is an invasive species, since 2003.  He has been in Quechee working on this project since July 9.  (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Man’s Best Friend, Pond’s Worst Enemy

Monday, July 28, 2014

With his dog, Shadow, along for the ride, Gary Pelton, of Dixmont, Maine, pulls milfoil plants from Dewey Pond in Quechee on Saturday. Pelton is a retired wildlife biologist who has been working to help rid Dewey Pond of milfoil, which is an invasive species, since 2003. He has been in Quechee working on this project since July 9. Valley …

Dover Drops Lebanon in Jr. Legion Opener

Monday, July 28, 2014

Manchester — Steve Cerrone is a talented wrestler, but it was he and his Lebanon Post 22 Junior American Legion baseball teammates who were dropped Friday. Facing Dover Post 8 in the opening game of the state tournament at Gill Stadium, Post 22 was mowed down by lefthanded pitcher Evan Zuchowski, who struck …

Route 4 Bridge Work Pushed Back

Monday, July 28, 2014

West Lebanon — Reconstruction of a portion of Route 4 in West Lebanon has been postponed several weeks due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a statement from the state’s Department of Transportation. Utility work planned for the portion of Route 4, also known as Bridge Street, between the bridge and the intersection with Route 10 in West Lebanon will not begin on July …

Hartford Selectboard Wants Cost For Quechee's ‘Pocket Parks’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Quechee — Town officials want more information about how much it would cost Hartford to build two “pocket parks” on the north side of the Quechee Covered Bridge, a popular tourist spot overlooking the Ottauquechee River. The Selectboard …

Forum, July 24: More Co-op; Less Greed; ‘Tabasco?’; All This and Chocolate Chips

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Employment Issues Are Complex To the Editor: With regard to Sunday’s editorial (“The Co-op Firings,” July 20): Everyone who has ever managed a business with many employees is familiar with the difficulties of personnel management and the delicate balance required between the need for fairness and transparency, on …

Naomi R. Lucas

Thursday, July 24, 2014

White River Jct., Vt. — Naomi R. Lucas, 66, died Tuesday afternoon, July 22, 2014, at her home in White River Jct. Arrangements are pending at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct. …

Forum, July 23: More About the Co-op; No More Co-op; Thanks, Shawn Braley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Don’t Rush to Judgment To the Editor: The recent controversy about firings at the Co-op seems to revolve around how a values-based organization could so abruptly dismiss employees considered by many to be very competent and helpful. We have long been Co-op members and one of us served …

Local Roundup: Russell Trails at N.E. Am

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Winchester, Mass. — Evan Russell’s defense of his New England Amateur championship got off to a rough start, but not so much that the Grantham resident can’t still compete for a repeat. Russell shot a 3-over-par 74 to open the three-day, 72-hole tournament at Winchester Country Club on …

Iola R. Hoisington

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

White River Junction, Vt. — Iola R. Hoisington, 93, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Brookside Nursing Home in Wilder, Vt. Arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction. A full obituary will follow in a later edition. …

Body Found in Hartford Identified

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

White River Junction — Police on Monday identified the body of the man who was found dead in the woods behind Mt. Olivet Cemetery on Hartford Avenue as David Woodward, 51, of South Royalton. Police could not determine the cause of death and are waiting for an autopsy …

Geneva E. Conrad

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wilder, Vt. — Geneva E. Conrad, 83, passed away in Lebanon, N.H. on Sunday, July 20, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Hanover, N.H. on Feb. 12, 1931, a daughter of the late Joseph and Cecelia (Mallock) LaBelle. She graduated from Hartford High School …

Firing of Lebanon Co-Op Store Workers Highlights Issue of ‘At-Will’ Employment

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lebanon — When Dan King got to work at the Co-op Food Store in Lebanon at 10 a.m. on June 13 and began sweeping the floor, as was his usual routine, he had no idea what the day would bring. Then King, who managed the wine department at …

Engagement: Frazer — Nichols

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hartford — Brett and Tricia Frazer, of Winooski, Vt., have announced the engagement of their son, Dylan P. Frazer, to Erika F. Nichols. The bridegroom-to-be, a resident of Starksboro, Vt., graduated from Hartford High School in 2006 and …