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Terry Dorman, right, of Quechee shares his recipe for apple sauce with Hewes crab apples with Tom and Janet Call of Charlottesville, Va. at his  Whitman Brook Orchard in Quechee, Vt. Monday, September 15, 2014. There are 500 trees of 72 apple varieties in the orchard, many of which were originally planted in the 1920's. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Quechee Man Resurrects an Orchard

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Terry Dorman stands in his orchard at the top of a steep, south-facing hillside in Quechee. The morning’s showers have tapered off and the mountains to the south look azure in the patchy afternoon sunlight as the rain clouds retreat. He points to a McIntosh tree, heavy with fruit. “Nineteen years ago you couldn’t see that tree,” he said. “The …

Local Roundup: Yellowjackets Hit Accelerator, Bust Rutland

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Windsor — In order to take down an unbeaten team from a higher division, it doesn’t hurt to take a two-goal lead in the first 17 minutes of action. That’s just what the Windsor field hockey team did on Friday afternoon as the Jacks held on to beat visiting Rutland 3-1 on homecoming …

Quechee Wants Interstate Study

Friday, September 19, 2014

Quechee — It may be time to rethink the future of development near Interstate 89 in Quechee, town leaders said. Earlier this week, the Hartford Planning Commission voted to support a new $26,000 land use and transportation study that would take a fresh look at guidelines for development in the so-called “Quechee Interstate …

R.I. Man Pleads Guilty To Hartford Robbery

Friday, September 12, 2014

White River Junction — A Rhode Island man was sentenced this week to 12 years in prison for robbing three banks — including People’s United Bank in White River Junction — within 22 days, federal prosecutors in Rhode Island reported Tuesday. Joseph Petrarca, 50, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded …

Forum, Sept. 11: Justice, but No Seat; Bye-Bye Birdies?; Help Chad Denning’s Family

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Justice, but No Place to Sit To the Editor: On Thursday, Sept. 4, I was at the District Court in White River Junction participating in a jury draw for upcoming trials. For some reason, the court staff had assembled a much larger group of prospective jurors than normal. …

Hartford to Again Vote on Track, Field

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hartford — The Hartford School District voted Wednesday night to spend $1.55 million on a new field house at the high school, and also stated its intentions to short-circuit a brewing legal battle by putting a $3.5 million bond for a new track and field before voters in …

Floor Hockey Gets Grown-Up Treatment

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lebanon — One of the most popular grade-school physical education activities has found an adult-league niche in the Upper Valley. The Upper Valley Floor Hockey began its second season Wednesday at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center …

Local Roundup: South Royalton Outlasts Chelsea in Score-Fest

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chelsea — The South Royalton boys went to a soccer match on Wednesday, and a shooting gallery broke out. Sam Berk piled up five goals and Keanan Thompson made the game-winning strike the topper of a four-goal afternoon …

Residents Outraged at Theft of Hand-Painted Irene Sign, Missing in West Hartford

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

West Hartford — Residents expressed outrage at the theft of a hand-painted sign that served as a symbol of Vermonters’ resilience. The 6-foot-long wooden sign had foot-high letters reading “Goodnight Irene,” a reference to the destructive 2011 tropical …

Mark E. Gray

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hartford, Vt. — Mark E. Gray, 33, a resident of Hartford, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, Sept. 7, in Hartland. He was born Oct. 11, 1980 in Houston, Texas the son of Tony L. and Amber (Coley) Gray. He moved with his family to the Upper Valley as …

Hanover Newcomer Finds Field Hockey to Her Liking

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

White River Junction — Julie Montgomery never played field hockey before this summer, but Hanover High is sure glad she came aboard. The athletic junior, whose best sport is ice hockey, beat two Hartford defenders late in the second half Tuesday, feeding teammate Georgina Stern for a 2-on-none …

Cumberland Farms Robber Gets 1 Year

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

White River Junction — A 19-year-old Lebanon woman pleaded guilty Monday to robbing the Cumberland Farms in Wilder at knife point last year and was sentenced to one year in prison as part of a plea agreement. In …

Mark E. Gray

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hartford, Vt. — Mark E. Gray, 33, a resident of Hartford, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, Sept. 7, 2014, in Hartland. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor. The complete obituary will be published when arrangements are final. …