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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 a clinical secretary at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon. The bridegroom-to-be is the son of Carey and John O’Neil, of White River …

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 telephone interview that a combination of factors contributed to the decision to close, including the …

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 surfaces. Up to five inches thick and loaded with treads, fat-bike tires allow riders to …

Citizen Scientists Tackle Mercury

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hartford — In her whole entire life, Brooke Hurd said, she has finished only one book — The Fault in Our Stars, a tween tearjerker about young lovers stricken by cancer — but she’s read it, like, eight …

Volunteer Spotlight: Cover Helps Button Up Homes

Sunday, January 11, 2015

By Liz Sauchelli Valley News Staff Writer White River Junction — As the wind whips up this winter, weatherization is on the mind of Rob Schultz, executive director at Cover Home Repair. “The way the demand works, is …

Hartland Resident Takes the Helm at Vital Communities

Sunday, January 11, 2015

White River Junction — Tom Roberts, of Hartland, has been appointed executive director of Vital Communities. Roberts has more than a decade of successful leadership experience in Upper Valley nonprofits, the White River Junction-based nonprofit said in a …

Combat Veterans’ Book Group Starting in White River Junction

Sunday, January 11, 2015

White River Junction — A new book group for combat veterans will hold its first meeting on Jan. 28. The free program will provide an opportunity for veterans to connect with one another, build relationships, read insightful materials and share experiences, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White …

Windsor Resident Earns Defense Department Award

Sunday, January 11, 2015

White River Junction — Judy Audette, facility telehealth coordinator at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, recently received the Department of Defense Patriot Award. The award is granted through Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, …

Woodstock Senior Scores 1,000th Point

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Woodstock — “What size sneakers do you wear?” Not a typical question, even if delivered with a smile, asked of a high school basketball player by a referee handing over the ball at the start of a second …

Who Will Fill These Seats?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Briggs Opera House played a key role in the redevelopment of White River Junction when it lured Northern Stage in 1997. So when Northern Stage moves into its new theater this summer, the opera house’s owner would …

Quechee Neighbors Oppose Cell Tower

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Quechee — Site work has begun for a telecommunications tower in Quechee that neighbors say could hurt their property values; some are also raising health concerns. Vermont Telephone Company, which received a $116 million federal grant in 2011 …

WRJ Man Will Not Be Hospitalized

Friday, January 9, 2015

White River Junction — A 46-year-old White River Junction man who had been found incompetent to stand trial doesn’t need to be hospitalized. Henry “Hank” Chalmers has returned to the community under 90-day supervision of the Department of …

Subzero Temperatures Hamper All-Day Firefighting Effort as Former Ascutney Lodge Burns

Friday, January 9, 2015

Brownsville — Dozens of firefighters braved subzero temperatures on Thursday to fight a fire that gutted the base lodge of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort. Frigid weather froze hoses and wore down firefighters, hindering efforts to extinguish the …