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The remains of a take-out meal lie on the tracks on Oct. 1, 2014, near where Scott R. Smith, believed to be homeless and living at a camp between Pine Street and the Connecticut River in White River Junction, Vt., was killed by a train early overnight. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Man Found Dead on Tracks

Thursday, October 2, 2014

White River Junction — Police are investigating the death of a 52-year-old homeless man whose body was found on the railroad tracks about 100 yards south of the White River Junction Amtrak station early Wednesday morning. Evidence suggests that Scott R. Smith was hit by an unknown train, but an autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death and …

Chauncey B. “Scott” Dunham

Thursday, October 2, 2014

White River Junction, Vt. — Chauncey B. “Scott” Dunham, 79, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at his home after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Lebanon, N.H., the son of Clarence and Avis (Day) Dunham. He attended the Sacred Heart School in Lebanon and went to work as a cook at an early age. Over the …

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 …

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 …

Janice M. Spydell

Saturday, September 13, 2014

White River Jct., Vt. — Janice M. Spydell, 86, died Thursday evening, Sept. 11 at the Valley Terrace Assisted Living facility in Wilder, Vt. A full obituary will follow in a later edition of the Valley News. Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct. has been entrusted with …

Hayward B. Crewe

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wilder, Vt. — A memorial service for Hayward B. Crewe, 89, who died Aug. 8, 2014, will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in White River Jct., Vt. A committal service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. at …

White River Junction Clinic Gets Boost

Saturday, September 13, 2014

White River Junction — An injection of $187,000 in federal funds will allow Randolph-based Gifford Medical Center to offer primary care to patients at its Twin River Health Center, a medical center executive said Friday. The money is included in $295 million in nationwide funding from the Health …

Forum, Sept. 12: Solar Power Looks Good to Me; Hartford Police Academy; Hard Times for College Grads

Friday, September 12, 2014

Solar Power Looks Good to Me To the Editor: The SunCommon solar company is in negotiation with a neighbor in East Barnard and we are unsure whether to remain part of the global warming problem or become part of the solution. New technology can be upsetting. Vermont has …

R.I. Man Pleads Guilty To Hartford Robbery

Friday, September 12, 2014

White River Junction — A Rhode Island man was sentenced this week to 12 years in prison for robbing three banks — including People’s United Bank in White River Junction — within 22 days, federal prosecutors in Rhode Island reported Tuesday. Joseph Petrarca, 50, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded …

Forum, Sept. 11: Justice, but No Seat; Bye-Bye Birdies?; Help Chad Denning’s Family

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Justice, but No Place to Sit To the Editor: On Thursday, Sept. 4, I was at the District Court in White River Junction participating in a jury draw for upcoming trials. For some reason, the court staff had assembled a much larger group of prospective jurors than normal. …

Hartford to Again Vote on Track, Field

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hartford — The Hartford School District voted Wednesday night to spend $1.55 million on a new field house at the high school, and also stated its intentions to short-circuit a brewing legal battle by putting a $3.5 million bond for a new track and field before voters in …

Floor Hockey Gets Grown-Up Treatment

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lebanon — One of the most popular grade-school physical education activities has found an adult-league niche in the Upper Valley. The Upper Valley Floor Hockey began its second season Wednesday at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center …