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Kerrie Ramsey, of Windsor, Vt., leaves the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, Vt., on Oct. 19, 2014, after her weekly visit with her son, Sam. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

Sundays With Sam: Journey From the Other Side of the Valley to a Prison Cell

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The first time Sam Ramsey was handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser he was 9 years old. Sam was a third-grader at Windsor’s State Street School in the spring of 2004 when, one day in math class, he lost interest — as he was prone to do — and started acting out, another all-too-common trait. The teacher suggested he …

Hartford Schools: No to Overdose Drug

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hartford — Citing a number of reasons, including the safety of school nurses, the Hartford School District has indicated that it will not ask school staff to stock emergency medication to respond to heroin overdoses anytime soon. Prompted largely by publicity about a recent spike in overdoses in the region, School Board member Paul Keane suggested at a recent meeting that school nurses …

Hartford’s Pre-K Price Tag

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hartford — School district administrators are worried that a new state law supporting universal access to pre-kindergarten education could create a $150,000 budget headache. A top state educator cautioned that Hartford may be jumping the gun: It’s too early for districts to draw conclusions about the law’s impact on budgets and tax rates, …

Vt. Football Players Enjoy Their Day With the Stars

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Castleton, Vt. — By their own superb standards, the Hartford High and Woodstock Union High football teams played through sub-par seasons this fall. For the Hurricanes and Wasps chosen for Saturday’s North-South All-Star game at Castelton State College, participating helped alleviate some of the sting. Hartford suited up …

‘Obamacare’ Enrollment Opens Today

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today, as the 2015 open enrollment period for health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act begins, the websites where thousands of residents of the Twin States will shop for coverage will face new tests. The websites are often where consumers first directly engage the reality of health …

Drawing to a Close

Friday, November 14, 2014

Instructor Michael Kraatz gives Gail Seaver of Quechee some pointers on a drawing she was working on during Kraatz's Drawing Seminar class at AVA in Lebanon, N.H., on November 13, 2014. This class was the second to last …

Melanie U. Adams

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wilder, Vt. — Melanie U. Adams, born Jan. 30, 1916, died peacefully at Valley Terrace in Wilder on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. A full obituary and plans for a memorial will appear at a later date. …

Skilled Hands: Simon Pearce Chef Says Success Is a Team Effort 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quechee — When Simon Pearce Restaurant Executive Chef Brian Gazda arrived at work at 9 on a recent morning to head up the lunch crew, the mirepoix was ready to be cooked. Raw onions, carrots and celery had …

Husband Takes Rap in Letter; Confession Would Exonerate Widow, But Prosecutors Cast Doubt

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

White River Junction — The late husband of the woman charged in a 2011 Bethel shooting claimed responsibility for the incident himself in a confessional letter turned over to police earlier this year, following his death and the …

Paul Robert Callens

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

West Hartford, Vt. — Paul Robert Callens, 66 years, 11 months, three days old (he always liked numbers) died unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, due to complications from surgery. Paul, aka Pablo, PC, PCal, Paulito was born in Dec. 3, 1947, in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Mary …

A Life: Ronald Brown, 1922-2014; 'An Engineer Who Was At Home in the Air and on the Water'

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lebanon — Ronald Brown had a natural aversion to the wind, though he certainly loved being in the air. Having spent much of his childhood coping with the Dust Bowl wind storms in 1920s and ‘30s Nebraska, Brown …

Vermont Watershed Network Gets Grant to Document Work

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A network of 25 organizations that work to protect the health of Vermont’s watersheds has received a $7,500 grant to report on its members’ accomplishments. Watersheds United Vermont, through its fiscal sponsor the Vermont River Conservancy, will use the report to “help build a groundswell of public and …

Barbara Hathorn

Sunday, November 9, 2014

White River Junction, Vt. — Barbara (Cross) Hathorn, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at the Lebanon Center Genesis in Lebanon, N.H. Born on Aug. 27, 1929, in Newport, N.H., she was the daughter of the late John and Stella (Emery) Cross. Raised and educated …