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Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities face. The 2015 County Health Rankings released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is one of several reports utilized by public health officials to evaluate existing health systems and plot steps for the future. “I think these are good because they tell us where we need to work,” said Dr. Robert Greene, chief population health management officer at …

Former Woodstock Cop Charged With Violating Release

Friday, March 27, 2015

Woodstock — A former Woodstock police officer charged with assaulting his wife pleaded not guilty to two counts of violating a condition of his release that a judge imposed last month. Mark McComas, 45, of Quechee, was arraigned on Thursday in Washington Superior Court in Barre, Vt. Prosecutors allege he had contact with his wife and children between March 17 and March 20. …

Lawmakers: Prison Closing No ‘Done Deal’

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Windsor — Two top Windsor County Democrats in the Vermont Legislature say a proposal to close Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor is not a “done deal.” Instead, lawmakers will weigh the pros and cons of closing the facility in the coming weeks, as well as all other possible options to patch a budget gap totaling $113 million. “The decision to close the …

Jai Covell

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wilder, Vt. — Jai Covell, 33, died Monday, March 9, 2015, at his home in Wilder, unexpectedly. Arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction, Vt. a full obituary will follow in a later edition. …

Bernice Evans Ballard

Thursday, March 12, 2015

White River Jct., Vt. — Bernice Evans Ballard, 87, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Jct. She was born a daughter of Perley and Flossie (Corse) Evans, Aug. 16, 1927, in Fletcher, Vt. Bernice graduated with the Class of 1944, from Bellows …

Recount Upholds Winner of Hartford Seat

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hartford — A recount on Wednesday of the votes tallied for Selectboard candidates during Town Meeting last week affirmed Rebecca White’s election to the seat. Mike Morris, who had competed against White for the seat, requested a recount after results showed he lost 593-580, with the next contender …

Bail Increased in Robbery Case

Thursday, March 12, 2015

White River Junction — A Weathersfield man has pleaded not guilty to upgraded charges in connection with the Jan. 28 robbery of a Springfield, Vt., credit union. Matthew Martin, 30, was arraigned in Windsor Superior Court Wednesday on two felony charges of assault and robbery, and grand larceny …

N.H. Man Sentenced for Role in Drug Shooting

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

White River Junction — A 34-year-old Charlestown man has been sentenced in connection with a June 2014 apartment break-in and shooting in Springfield, Vt., that injured a convicted drug dealer. Jabbar Chandler pleaded guilty in Windsor Superior Court …

Bernice Evans Ballard

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

White River Jct., Vt. — Bernice Evans Ballard, 87, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Jct. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Knight Funeral Home. A full obituary will follow in a later edition of the Valley News. …

June L. Gunzinger

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lakeland, Fla. — June L. Gunzinger passed away surrounded by her family, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Lakeland Regional Hospital in Lakeland, after a brief illness. June is survived by her husband, Bill Gunzinger of Lakeland; her daughter, Lisa Thibideau and her husband, Michael of Lebanon, N.H.; her …

Brian Sutton-Smith

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

White River Jct., Vt. — Brian Sutton-Smith, pioneer in the study of the significance of Play, died Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the age of 90 at Brookside Nursing Home. The cause is listed as complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. Sutton-Smith was one of the foremost play scholars …

For Many, Community College Is the Ticket to a Better Life

Sunday, March 8, 2015

In the summer of 2012, Ashley Andreas moved to Vermont with her boyfriend, whose family lived in the state. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Andreas left Millersville University, near Lancaster, at the end of fall semester 2011. Her …

Birth Announcements: March 8, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital DICKINSON — A daughter, Natalee Emilia Dickinson, born on Feb. 20, 2015, to Megan and Thomas Dickinson, of Hartford. Gifford Medical Center HULFISH — A daughter, Malia Grace Hulfish, born on Feb. 11, 2015, to Syerra Decan and Alexander Hulfish, of Randolph. TOWNSEND …