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Turning Point employee Brandy Cheney speaks candidly about growing up with an alcohol addiction and becoming free from the addiction while talking to sixth-graders during their health class at Hartland Elementary school in Hartland, Vt., on Jan. 8, 2015. 
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Valley Parents: After Getting Sober, Brandy Cheney Counsels Young People

Friday, February 5, 2016

Springfield, Vt. — The turning point for Brandy Cheney came on a summer night in 2014, when she hopped into her car to pick up a relative, even though she was intoxicated. The Bellows Falls police pulled her over and charged her with DUI. Cheney, now 24, had grown up in a family where addiction was common. She had joined the Army after graduating from high school and managed to stay clean for a while. But when she broke her back during a training exercise and was prescribed Oxycontin, her life quickly spiralled downward. And then there was the DUI, which she describes as a …

Town Buys Building At Sports Complex

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hartford — Town officials unexpectedly announced that the Selectboard has purchased a piece of real estate that will fill a hole in the Maxfield Sports Complex on Route 5. “It’s a little bit unusual that we would do a purchase like this, and it’s a relatively large sum of money without any buildup in our deliberation, so it will come as a bit …

Early Flows, Weather Woes: Warmer Temperatures Give Jump-Start to Maple Season

Friday, February 5, 2016

West Hartford — Kris Lyman knows the annual drill of tapping, boiling and selling maple syrup. Brought into the family business in 2008, he’s aware that maple producers should begin tapping trees around the second week in January, wait for the sap to flow in February or March, and be finished around the …

Local Roundup: Windsor, Oxbow Athletes Win at Vt. Weight Throw

Monday, January 25, 2016

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — Windsor’s Katey Comstock and Oxbow’s Jake Senecal gave their respective indoor track and field teams a head-start on the state championship trail by winning the inaugural Vermont weight throwing championship on Saturday at St. …

H.S. Notebook: Hanover Graduate Is Top Golf Coach in Mo.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Evan Scobie spends his spring days ferrying his high school golf team all over the place. Trips can take up to 3½ hours and sometimes require overnight stays. His players work on their games with him and get his aid when it comes to seeking college opportunities. And …

Windsor, Land of Goaltenders: Gilman Siblings Tend Net at Out-of-Town Schools

Monday, January 25, 2016

Woodstock — Grady Gilman usually wakes up at 3:45 a.m. for 6 a.m. practices with the Woodstock High boys hockey team at Union Arena. Unlike his teammates, he needs to account for a half-hour commute. Grady and his …

A Life: Donald Renehan; ‘People Relied on Him Because They Knew They Could Trust Him’

Monday, January 25, 2016

West Lebanon — Possessing a kind heart and love of all things mechanical, Donald Renehan always had an eye out for someone that could use his help, but never bragged or boasted about good deeds. “He was just …

People in Business: Jan 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Jessica Willis, of Springfield, Vt., has been promoted to director, business strategy and marketing operations, at Maponics, the White River Junction-based spatial data company that specializes in mapping areas and populations of interest. Willis, who previously served as …

John P. Bomhower

Saturday, January 23, 2016

White River Jct., Vt. — John P. Bomhower, 91, a life long resident of Christian Street in White River Jct., died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Brookside Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 5, 1924, in White River Jct. the son of John L. and Martha Mary (Stone) …

Climate Change Increases Precipitation

Friday, January 22, 2016

Norwich — On the same day that NASA scientists announced that 2015 was officially the warmest year on record, about 50 Upper Valley residents and planners discussed how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and adapt to increasing temperatures, precipitation and extreme weather events caused by climate change. Not …

School Budget Plan Cuts 14 Jobs in Hartford

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hartford — The Hartford School Board unanimously approved a budget that would trim district spending by more than $200,000 and trim an estimated 14 positions from the district staff. Despite the cost cutting, the school portion of local property taxes still is expected to increase by 3 percent. …

At Long Last, Hartford Girls Hockey in a Winning Mood

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

White River Junction — The postgame celebration could be heard from the lobby, screams and cheers that seemed to get louder as the minutes passed by. As the Hartford High girls hockey team filed out of the locker …

Hartford Debates Proposed Charter Change, Local Option Tax

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hartford — Though a majority of the residents who attended a public hearing Tuesday night expressed support for proposed changes to the town charter, some questioned their wisdom. During the annual Town Meeting in March, voters will consider recommendations by the Selectboard to create a 1 percent local …