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Dan Nelson, owner of White River Discount Foods, bags groceries for Josh Jenks, of Bradford, Vt., at the store in White River Junction, Vt., on Dec. 16, 2014. After 21 years in business, the store is closing on Dec. 24. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

White River Junction Discount Grocer Set to Close

Saturday, December 20, 2014

White River Junction — After 21 years of operating White River Discount Foods off Sykes Mountain Avenue, Dan and Marcia Nelson are moving on. The store’s last official day will be Wednesday, though the Nelsons expect to continue to make some final sales as they clean everything up in the days after Christmas. “It was one of those decisions that …

In the Upper Valley, Restoring Diplomatic Relations With Cuba a Welcome Development

Friday, December 19, 2014

West Lebanon — Maricel Lucero was at work when she got word of news she’d been hoping to hear for decades. On Wednesday, President Obama announced that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, opening new doors for economic and cultural exchange between the two nations. “I still can’t believe it,” said Lucero, 55, a native of Cuba. “This has always …

Hilda Lorraine Harris

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hebron, N.H. — Hilda Lorraine Harris, 92, of Bliss Lane, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Speare Memorial Hospital, in Plymouth. Born in Hanover, N.H. on Jan. 3, 1922, Hilda was the daughter of Watson and Eleanor (Swift) Judd. Hilda grew up in Stratford, Vt. and attended Stratford, and Thetford Vt. schools. She resided in the Hill, N.H. and Alexandra, N.H. area for …

Hartford Budget May Increase 7.5%

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hartford — The proposed Hartford municipal budget that will go to voters next March could increase by about 7.5 percent depending on decisions made by town officials and elected leaders. A draft proposal for the town budget hasn’t yet been completed, but Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg said one …

Police Detail Shooting, Say Man Tried To Run Down Officer

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

White River Junction — A Windsor police officer shot a White River Junction man as he attempted to flee a drug stakeout in his vehicle on Sunday night, according to authorities. Jorge Burgos, 34, was listed in satisfactory condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center , a hospital spokeswoman said …

A New Cook in the Kitchen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hartford High girls basketball coach Chris Cook, top, puts the Hurricanes through a dribbling drill during the first day of state-sanctioned workouts on Monday. A former boys hoop coach at Rivendell Academy, Cook is Hartford’s fourth coach in …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Valley Regional Offers Free Info Session on Health Insurance O ptions Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital has announced that, beginning in January, it will be included in the following networks through the New Hampshire Health Insurance Marketplace: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Assurant Health; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; and …

Affordable Care Act Drives Participation With Incentives and Penalties

Sunday, November 16, 2014

White River Junction — Last year’s launch of federally mandated marketplaces for individual health insurance policies came with measures designed to persuade consumers to stream through those new digital doorways to buy coverage from the insurance companies. And stream they did. About 8 million Americans signed up for …

Vt. Football Players Enjoy Their Day With the Stars

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Castleton, Vt. — By their own superb standards, the Hartford High and Woodstock Union High football teams played through sub-par seasons this fall. For the Hurricanes and Wasps chosen for Saturday’s North-South All-Star game at Castelton State College, participating helped alleviate some of the sting. Hartford suited up …

‘Obamacare’ Enrollment Opens Today

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today, as the 2015 open enrollment period for health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act begins, the websites where thousands of residents of the Twin States will shop for coverage will face new tests. The websites are often where consumers first directly engage the reality of health …

Drawing to a Close

Friday, November 14, 2014

Instructor Michael Kraatz gives Gail Seaver of Quechee some pointers on a drawing she was working on during Kraatz's Drawing Seminar class at AVA in Lebanon, N.H., on November 13, 2014. This class was the second to last …

Melanie U. Adams

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wilder, Vt. — Melanie U. Adams, born Jan. 30, 1916, died peacefully at Valley Terrace in Wilder on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. A full obituary and plans for a memorial will appear at a later date. …

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 …