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A worker installs insulation on the top floor of the Hartford Municipal Building in White River, Junction, Vt., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The renovations to the 131-year-old building aim to make the interior more energy-efficient and modern, while preserving the historic nature of the building's exterior. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to</i></p>

Hartford Preps for Year Ahead

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hartford — The Selectboard has agreed on a municipal budget that, if approved by voters, would increase the municipal portion of the property tax rate by 9.1 percent. The $15.7 million general fund budget, up from $14.5 million this year, would restore a handful of municipal staff positions that have been cut in recent years, a goal that has been …

10 Jockey for Slots on Hartford Boards

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hartford — With a Monday evening filing deadline now past, it appears that 10 candidates will vie for four open slots on the Hartford Selectboard and School Board. Mike Morris, Rebecca White and Dennis Brown are all seeking a two-year term on the Selectboard, a position that will be vacated when Co-Chairman Ken Parker steps down. Parker announced last week that he would …

Local Roundup: Stevens Grabs Unified Hoop Victory

Monday, January 26, 2015

Claremont — Tyler Erickson had 24 points to lead the Stevens High unified basketball team over Hanover on Monday night, 38-32, at Carr Gymnasium. Walter Mosenthal had 16 points for Hanover (0-4), which also received eight from Brandon Gile and four from Kate Enneper. The Marauders host Hopkinton, to which Hanover lost by …

Peter Joseph Meyer

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Orchid Island, Fla. — Peter J. Meyer, 72, of Quechee, Vt., and Orchid Island, (formerly of Wellesley, Mass., and Boston) died on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. He was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Savannah, Ga. Mr. Meyer was a Vietnam veteran who went on to a distinguished …

Jeannette B. Fournier

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Wilder, Vt. — Jeannette B. Fournier, age 92, died on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H. She was born May 28, 1922, in St. Marc des Carrieres, Quebec, daughter of the late Emile and Regina (Douville) Frenette. Jeannette was a beloved and devoted …

Lucille Ann St. Jean Spaulding

Thursday, January 8, 2015

White River Jct., Vt. — Lucille Ann St. Jean Spaulding, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct. …

Hartford Couple Withdraws Pleas in Sex Assault Case

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

White River Junction — Pretrial hearings in the case of a Hartford couple accused of sexually assaulting two children are moving ahead after the pair successfully petitioned to have earlier guilty pleas withdrawn. Steven D. Smith, 48, and …

Quechee One Step Closer to Sidewalk

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hartford — Town leaders just took another step toward installing a sidewalk on Quechee Main Street. On Tuesday evening, Selectboard members unanimously approved a prioritized list of $2.8 million in projects designed to make Quechee a safer and more welcoming place for pedestrians and cyclists. While the Selectboard …

Local Roundup: Rivendell Boys Basketball Prevails on Final Shot

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Orford — Kolin Huntington nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Rivendell Academy boys basketball team a stunning 55-53 victory over a determined visiting Woodsville team on Monday night. The game-winning shot was set up as …

Hello, My Name Is… : New H.S. Basketball Coaches Undeterred by Level of Job Turnover

Monday, January 5, 2015

You have to start somewhere. Chris Cook has found his starts in four different locations. Each time the 1996 Thetford Academy graduate and former Panther athlete takes on a new basketball coaching job, he works to build a …

Psychologist, Fire Chief Join Second Growth Board

Sunday, January 4, 2015

White River Junction — Two new members have been appointed to the board of Second Growth. The White River Junction-based nonprofit provides treatment and support services for adolescents and young adults with substance abuse issues, and offers leadership training for high school athletes. Dr. Steven C. Atkins is …

Local Roundup: Soph’s Career High Puts Bishop Brady Girls Basketball Past Hanover

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hanover — Hanover High girls basketball coach Dan O’Rourke has known Riley Bennett since she was a fifth-grader. On Saturday, O’Rourke and the Marauders got to know her more than they’d like. Bennett, a sophomore, scored a career-best …

Eleanor F. Hughes

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

White River Jct., Vt. — Eleanor F. Hughes, 66, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at home in White River Jct. Eleanor was born June 1, 1948, in Woodsville, N.H. a daughter of Frank and Marceline (Day) Quimby. She attended school in Hanover, N.H. and later worked various jobs …