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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 closed-door session before voting publicly to make …

Burr & Burton Growls Over Hartford Soccer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

White River Junction — After its latest loss to Burr & Burton Academy on Tuesday, the Hartford High girls soccer team may be tempted to begin conceding the first goal of the game to the Bulldogs. The Hurricanes struck with a goal in the second minute — the third time in four games …

White River School Defies Odds With Above Average Test Scores

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

White River Junction — For Suzan Locke’s money, what she and her fellow science teachers in the Hartford School District learn about their students lesson by lesson, field trip by field trip, day by day, means more than the kids’ scores on standardized tests. Even when the latest scores show that Hartford’s elementary-school …

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 …

Vermont Drivers Face Stricter Cellphone Rules Starting Oct. 1

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Come Oct. 1, drivers in Vermont who are caught holding a cellphone to their ear could face a fine that is bigger than their monthly phone bill. And next summer, similar rules will apply …

Engagement: Shimko — Chew

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quechee — Martin and Susan Shimko have announced the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Davis Shimko, of London, to Tobin Benjamin Harry Chew. The bride-to-be graduated from Hartford High School in 2007 and earned a bachelor’s degree in …