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Race Director Mike Silverman, left, presents the Todd Alexander 1,000 Mile Mountain Bike Award to Hartland's Todd Alexander on Sunday September 27 at the 23rd Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run. Alexander has ridden 1,050 with the Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run. The award will be given out to future 1,000 mile mountain bikers in Alexander's name. The Vermont 50 is a benefit race for Vermont Adaptive. (Nancy Nutile-McMenemy photograph)

Bicyclist Earns His Own Award

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Norwich — Race director Mike Silverman originally intended to honor Todd Alexander for having accumulating 1,000 miles mountain biking the Vermont 50 last year, but a series of participant injures and logistical issues forced him to postpone the planned post-race ceremony. No problem for Alexander, whose approach to the race has always reflected his generally laid-back attitude. Alexander, 52, has …

Hartford Considers Installing Route 14 Sidewalk

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

West Hartford — On Thursday, town planners are holding a community meeting to ask the public whether it’s time for the town’s most rural village to invest in its first public sidewalk. Matt Osborn, a Hartford planner, said he’s interested to hear what people have to say on the idea for a section of Route 14 that includes the West Hartford Library and …

Local Roundup: Lebanon Boys Soccer Downs Souhegan

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lebanon — And down go the champs. The Lebanon boys soccer team defended their home field against reigning New Hampshire Division II state champion Souhegan on Tuesday afternoon, beating the Sabers 1-0 in double overtime. The game-winner came in the 94th minute of action and was set up when Nate Gariepy pressured a …

TD Machines: Hartford Overcomes Injuries, Dismantles Rice

Saturday, September 26, 2015

White River Junction —The Hartford High football team routed visiting Rice, 54-12, on Friday night. Just as important, the Hurricanes made it through the game without significant injury. Given their luck of late, that’s no small development. “We’ve …

On Guard: MVCS Player Ready to Defend for Team, Country

Friday, September 25, 2015

Quechee — Tom Weiler smiled and high-fived defensive partner Caleb Scully as the final whistle blew on Thursday at Mid Vermont Christian School’s soccer field. He joined in his team’s laughter all the way back to the bench, …

Art Notes: VINS Hosts Outdoor Painting Festival

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences might not be the first place to leap to mind when you think about wandering down to a river bank or setting up under a tree to paint from nature, or en plein air , the art of painting or sketching using …

Hartford to Address Budget

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hartford — School Board members will meet tonight to take a first look at the administration’s proposed $36.6 million budget, which would represent an increase of $496,000 over the current year’s budget. According to a draft of the proposed budget released by Superintendent Tom DeBalsi earlier this week, …

South Royalton Man Sentenced After Fight

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

White River Junction — A 32-year-old South Royalton man will serve 15 days on a work crew for his involvement in a fight outside a South Royalton home last year. Travis French-Dyer pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Windsor Superior Court on Tuesday, an amended charge that …

Hartford Mulls Budgeting Process

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hartford — Town leaders floated their first impressions of the FY17 budget Tuesday night, which Interim Town Manager Steve Locke said would need to be increased by roughly $700,000 to maintain current levels of services. More than half that amount, $375,000, would go to eliminate an existing budget …


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Clare Forseth, of White River Junction, weeds a neglected garden near the Bridge Street railroad underpass in White River Junction on Tuesday. The garden was planted with day lilies, hydrangea and a pear tree when work on the …

Local Roundup: Hanover Girls Soccer Blanks Plymouth

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hanover — Everyone’s gunning for the Hanover High girls soccer team this year. That’s what happens to a defending state champion. The Marauders’ challenge is making sure they have their game on point at every opportunity. Hanover met …

Field Hockey on the Defensive as Dwindling Numbers Threaten Game at High School, Youth Levels

Sunday, September 20, 2015

There’s a tinge of apprehension in the voice of Kestin Bunnell, senior goalkeeper for the Mascoma Valley Regional High School field hockey team. It’s subtle, almost nonexistent in the unfamiliar heat of early fall. But it’s there. Bunnell’s …

Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity Names New Director

Sunday, September 20, 2015

White River Junction — Heather S.J. Steliga has been named the new director for Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity. Steliga, a writer, has previously worked at the Asia Society and Museum in New York City and the Miami Art Museum, according to a news release from the nonprofit …