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Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thetford Selectboard Offers Police Chief Job Thetford — The Selectboard voted Monday to extend an offer to one of three candidates for police chief, whose name they are keeping secret until Oct. 6, the deadline for the potential hire to respond. Donn Downey, the selectman whose responsibilities include police matters, said that the board discussed the hiring for about 90 minutes during a closed-door session before voting publicly to make …

Burr & Burton Growls Over Hartford Soccer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

White River Junction — After its latest loss to Burr & Burton Academy on Tuesday, the Hartford High girls soccer team may be tempted to begin conceding the first goal of the game to the Bulldogs. The Hurricanes struck with a goal in the second minute — the third time in four games …

White River School Defies Odds With Above Average Test Scores

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

White River Junction — For Suzan Locke’s money, what she and her fellow science teachers in the Hartford School District learn about their students lesson by lesson, field trip by field trip, day by day, means more than the kids’ scores on standardized tests. Even when the latest scores show that Hartford’s elementary-school …

Veterans’ Voices Heard

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White River Junction — Emotions were subdued and complaints muted during an hour-long town hall meeting Monday afternoon that brought about 50 veterans and others face to face with local Department of Veterans Affairs officials in an auditorium …

Janice M. Spydell

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White River Jct., Vt. — Janice M. Spydell, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Valley Terrace in Wilder, Vt. She was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Hartford, Conn. a daughter of Gordon H. and Sarah Elizabeth (Hewitt) Merrill. Janice grew up on a farm outside of Hartford, …

Joint Ambulance Service Proposed for Royalton, Sharon, Tunbridge

Monday, September 15, 2014

South Royalton — Officials in Royalton, Sharon and Tunbridge are looking into creating a three-town ambulance service and will unveil the proposal at a joint Selectboard meeting on Wednesday. Tunbridge Emergency Services Committee Chairman Dave Kimball said the new service could lower taxpayer costs, improve response times and …

Lebanon Trucker Who Died Was a Family Man

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lebanon — A Lebanon truck driver who died unexpectedly over the weekend is remembered by friends and family as kind, caring and passionate about his family and his model ship building hobby. Charles Van Cor Jr., 40, always …

Reading the Signs: Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness of Suicide

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lebanon — Sunday afternoon found drivers slowing down to read the big yellow signs lining Route 120 . “Talking about being a burden to others,” one read. “Give a hug,” another said. Part of the annual Upper Valley …

Businesses Join Conn. River Cleanup

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Volunteers at an annual Connecticut River Watershed cleanup include families, school and community groups, river organizations, and Scout troops. But recently, Source to Sea has attracted a new contingent, organizers said. “At a time when corporations seem more focused on the bottom line, some companies are paying their …

Wedding: Tweed — Eastman

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hartland — Kelsey Elizabeth Tweed and Kai Bernard Eastman were married on Aug. 16, 2014. The bride is the daughter of Clive A. and Sue Tweed, of Hartford, and the late Lori A. Tweed. She graduated from Hartford …

Grandparents Brag: Sept. 14, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

MURPHY — A grandson, Benjamin Patrick Murphy, born on Aug. 6, 2014, to paternal grandparents Scott Murphy and Wendy Murphy, of Bennington, Vt., and maternal grandmother Theresa Symancyk, of Wilder. …

Glory Days Back on Track

Sunday, September 14, 2014

White River Junction — They started coming ’round the mountain on Tuesday. First to arrive was Vermont Rail System’s Locomotive No. 311, painted flaming red with a golden rendition of the railway’s mountain logo shining on its side. …

Hartford Board’s Keane Unafraid to Rock the Boat

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hartford — “This is salesman schmooze!” Paul Keane shouts at Hartford Public Works Director Richard Menge, while Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg looks on. The argument is about trees. “You want me to do what you want me to …