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Hartford senior Matthew Phipps stretches with the Hartford High School track team in the gym before running the halls at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vt., on Feb. 10, 2016. Phipps placed first in the 3200 meter race and third in the 1600 meter event in the 2016 Vermont Indoor State Championships on January 30 in Northfield, Vt.  
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Right Turn: Hartford Senior’s Decision to Run Track Pays Off

Thursday, February 11, 2016

White River Junction — Matthew Phipps’ decision came down to the wire. Three days before the Hartford High boys basketball team was set to begin its preseason, Phipps was still making up his mind. He was an avid runner, a label that had grown on him after years of outdoor track in the spring and, most recently, cross country in …

APD Works to Revaccinate Children After Mishandling Doses

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lebanon — Upper Valley parents and health care providers continue to respond to the refrigeration lapses that compromised vaccines and prompted a revaccination program for more than 800 young patients at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. The vaccine problems were announced in letters to parents of children who had received care at the hospital’s Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care. The letters, …

Lebanon Native Returns to Launch a Musical Theater Company

Thursday, February 11, 2016

White River Junction — Jonathan Verge left the Upper Valley almost 16 years ago, first to study musical theater at Syracuse University, then to spend a decade performing in and directing and producing musicals in New York and Chicago. For his next act, the 2000 graduate of Lebanon High School will unveil his …

John P. Bomhower

Saturday, January 23, 2016

White River Jct., Vt. — John P. Bomhower, 91, a life long resident of Christian Street in White River Jct., died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Brookside Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 5, 1924, in White River Jct. the son of John L. and Martha Mary (Stone) …

Climate Change Increases Precipitation

Friday, January 22, 2016

Norwich — On the same day that NASA scientists announced that 2015 was officially the warmest year on record, about 50 Upper Valley residents and planners discussed how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and adapt to increasing temperatures, precipitation and extreme weather events caused by climate change. Not …

School Budget Plan Cuts 14 Jobs in Hartford

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hartford — The Hartford School Board unanimously approved a budget that would trim district spending by more than $200,000 and trim an estimated 14 positions from the district staff. Despite the cost cutting, the school portion of local property taxes still is expected to increase by 3 percent. …

At Long Last, Hartford Girls Hockey in a Winning Mood

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

White River Junction — The postgame celebration could be heard from the lobby, screams and cheers that seemed to get louder as the minutes passed by. As the Hartford High girls hockey team filed out of the locker …

Hartford Debates Proposed Charter Change, Local Option Tax

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hartford — Though a majority of the residents who attended a public hearing Tuesday night expressed support for proposed changes to the town charter, some questioned their wisdom. During the annual Town Meeting in March, voters will consider recommendations by the Selectboard to create a 1 percent local …

Joyce “Joy” Harrison

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wilder, Vt. — Joyce “Joy” Harrison, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Lebanon Center Genesis in Lebanon, N.H. She was born May 18, 1938, in Worcester, Mass. a daughter of Edwin and Doris (Farmer) Hutchins. Joy graduated from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pa. and later earned a …

Volunteer Spotlight: Everybody Wins Puts Out Call for Literacy Mentors

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A school-based literacy program is looking for volunteers to spend an hour a week reading to local students. The nonprofit Everybody Wins Vermont has programs throughout the state and one in New Hampshire. Literacy mentors are needed at …

Wedding: Beidler — Blyden

Sunday, January 17, 2016

White River Junction — Leah Paige Beidler and Curtis Blyden were married on Oct. 24, 2015, at Hope Fellowship Church in Cambridge, Mass. The bride’s father escorted her down the aisle. The Rev. Curtis Cook officiated at the …

Big Differences in Vermont Town and School Insurance Plans

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hartford — Brenda Lamphere, administrative assistant at the Hartford Planning and Development Department, knows when she gets out of bed each morning that she’s going to face some pain from her chronically bad back and her fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes widespread body pain and fatigue. Lamphere has …

People in Business: Jan. 17, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hillary Halleck, of Newport, director of human resources at Red River Computer Co., in Claremont, was recently honored as 2015 HR Practitioner of the Year by the River Valley Human Resources Association. The award was recently presented at …