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Watched by her classmates and Instructor Gary Hutchins, Karen Roy of Lebanon, N.H., cuts metal during a class day dedicated to learning different types of cutting metal, and TIG welding in the Welding for Women Class at Hartford Area Career and Technical Center in White River Junction, Vt., on Jan. 12 2015. Valley News - Sarah Priestap <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

We Can Weld It! Class Helps Women Gain Metalwork Experience in Comfortable Setting

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hartford — Soul music pouring from the shop speakers competed with the clanging of a hammer on metal and the electric sizzle of welders on a recent evening at Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. Wearing masks or goggles, students in the career center’s first women-only welding class practiced various techniques or chipped away at their projects. Wielding a tungsten …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 1, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Diabetes Education Program Earns Accreditation Windsor — The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center was recently accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Education. The certification is awarded to programs and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to diabetes education, offering quality programming to help …

Hartford Road Is A Muddled Path

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hartford — A town-commissioned land survey has yielded some answers in a neighborhood dispute on Wallace Road, but it has also raised new questions. “It’s not at all as clear an answer as you should have at the end of such a long process,” said Jericho neighborhood resident Robert Fraser. “It’s just as …

Engagement: Evans — O’Neil

Sunday, January 25, 2015

White River Junction — Sonya Michelle Evans and Joseph Guthrie O’Neil have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late Thelma Baker. She graduated from South Royalton High School in 1994 and is employed as …

Business Notes: Jan. 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

West Lebanon — The Mouse Menagerie announced Friday it would be closing soon after more than 20 years in business. Peg Howard, who has owned the gift shop with her husband, Kevin, for six years said in a …

Fat of the Land: Wide-Tire Biking Makes an Inroad in the Winter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lebanon — Spending long winters away from trails is quickly becoming less mandatory for mountain bike enthusiasts. Snow-covered ground is turning much more accessible thanks to “fat bikes,” mountain bikes with giant tires made especially for traversing wintry …

Ruth Milchman Chodak

Friday, January 23, 2015

White River Jct., Vt. — Ruth Milchman Chodak, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction. A complete obituary will follow in a later edition of the Valley News. …

Community Weighs In on Gates-Briggs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

White River Junction — Community members urged the Briggs family to redevelop downtown’s Gates-Briggs Building into an arts and commerce hub during a Wednesday night forum to consider the future of the opera house and adjoining street-level retail area. “This space has a future and we need your …

Hurricanes Use Defense to Shut Down Cosmos

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Less than three weeks into the season, Hartford High boys basketball coach Steve Landon knew that if his youthful Hurricanes were going to have any success, they would have to make defense a priority. “When you play defense, you don’t have to score as many …

Philip S. Olson

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cresskill, N.J. — Philip S. Olson, 83 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Tenafly, N.J. Born Sept. 18, 1931, to Noble and Alice (Mattson) Olson of Racine, Wis. where he grew up and then moved to New Jersey where he lived and raised his family …

Riding With the First Responders

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lebanon — A recent Friday morning finds the Lebanon Fire Department quiet, the day shift settling in. Dr. Nate Grubbs, an emergency medicine resident, is getting a tour of the station on South Park Street from Capt. Jim …

VA Seeks AmeriCorps Volunteers

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hartford — The VA Medical Center in White River Junction is accepting applications for one full-time and three part-time volunteer positions, as part of Strength to Serve, an AmeriCorps program of the nonprofit Partners in Care Foundation. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. The medical center is in …

Hartford To Vote on Recycling Question

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hartford — The Hartford Selectboard has eliminated the municipal curbside recycling program from its proposed municipal budget, but members voted last week to allow voters to decide the $180,000 program’s ultimate fate. “The demon here is not the Selectboard or the Solid Waste Committee,” Selectboard Co-chairman Ken Parker …