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Vermont Delays Pre-K

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartford — State officials this week announced that they will slow the rollout of a new Vermont law that would have guaranteed toddlers universal access to pre-K education beginning in July. Rebecca Holcombe, the state’s secretary of education, said the July 2015 implementation date spelled out in the law simply isn’t possible for all school districts, and that schools will have the choice to delay full implementation for one year. …

Melanie Updegraff Adams

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wilder, Vt. — Melanie Updegraff Adams died on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at Valley Terrace in Wilder. She was born in Miraj, India, on Jan. 30, 1916, of missionary parents. Like other children of American missionaries, she was sent away to boarding school at the age of eight, and as a young teenager she travelled to school in Switzerland, a voyage of three …

Hartford Reconsiders Trash Plan

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hartford — After hearing from a couple of irate small business owners, members of Hartford’s solid waste committee say the town needs to back up a few steps before courting a single contractor for curbside trash collection. The Hartford Selectboard has not yet held a vote on whether it will continue the process. Earlier this year, the Selectboard authorized a bidding process for …

Skilled Hands: Simon Pearce Chef Says Success Is a Team Effort 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quechee — When Simon Pearce Restaurant Executive Chef Brian Gazda arrived at work at 9 on a recent morning to head up the lunch crew, the mirepoix was ready to be cooked. Raw onions, carrots and celery had …

Husband Takes Rap in Letter; Confession Would Exonerate Widow, But Prosecutors Cast Doubt

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

White River Junction — The late husband of the woman charged in a 2011 Bethel shooting claimed responsibility for the incident himself in a confessional letter turned over to police earlier this year, following his death and the …

Paul Robert Callens

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

West Hartford, Vt. — Paul Robert Callens, 66 years, 11 months, three days old (he always liked numbers) died unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, due to complications from surgery. Paul, aka Pablo, PC, PCal, Paulito was born in Dec. 3, 1947, in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Mary …

A Life: Ronald Brown, 1922-2014; 'An Engineer Who Was At Home in the Air and on the Water'

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lebanon — Ronald Brown had a natural aversion to the wind, though he certainly loved being in the air. Having spent much of his childhood coping with the Dust Bowl wind storms in 1920s and ‘30s Nebraska, Brown …

Vermont Watershed Network Gets Grant to Document Work

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A network of 25 organizations that work to protect the health of Vermont’s watersheds has received a $7,500 grant to report on its members’ accomplishments. Watersheds United Vermont, through its fiscal sponsor the Vermont River Conservancy, will use the report to “help build a groundswell of public and …

Barbara Hathorn

Sunday, November 9, 2014

White River Junction, Vt. — Barbara (Cross) Hathorn, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at the Lebanon Center Genesis in Lebanon, N.H. Born on Aug. 27, 1929, in Newport, N.H., she was the daughter of the late John and Stella (Emery) Cross. Raised and educated …

Hartford Track Fate Uncertain

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hartford — Though voters this week soundly rejected a $3.5 million bond for a track and artificial turf field at Hartford High School, it’s unclear whether the vote spells death for a 30-year-old dream, or is just another …

Gun Retriever Sentenced for Crime

Thursday, November 6, 2014

White River Junction — An 18-year-old Springfield, Vt., man pleaded guilty to retrieving and concealing a pistol that was taken during a June home invasion in Springfield, Vt., and then discarded on a nearby street. Alex Jillson-Corbosiero picked …

Single-Payer Supporters Push Ahead

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s narrower-than-expected margin of victory — 2,088 votes with 100 percent of precincts tallied — over Republican challenger Scott Milne cast a political shadow over Shumlin’s plans to reform health care and implement a system of publicly financed universal insurance coverage. But despite the mixed …

Hartford School Bond Loses

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hartford — In a vote with heavier than expected turnout, residents rejected a proposed $3.5 million bond to pay for a track, field and other athletics facilities improvements at Hartford High School. The vote was 1,742-1,203, according to …