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Turning Point employee Brandy Cheney speaks candidly about growing up with an alcohol addiction and becoming free from the addiction while talking to sixth-graders during their health class at Hartland Elementary school in Hartland, Vt., on Jan. 8, 2015. 
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Valley Parents: After Getting Sober, Brandy Cheney Counsels Young People

Friday, February 5, 2016

Springfield, Vt. — The turning point for Brandy Cheney came on a summer night in 2014, when she hopped into her car to pick up a relative, even though she was intoxicated. The Bellows Falls police pulled her over and charged her with DUI. Cheney, now 24, had grown up in a family where addiction was common. She had joined the Army after graduating from high school and managed to stay clean for a while. But when she broke her back during a training exercise and was prescribed Oxycontin, her life quickly spiralled downward. And then there was the DUI, which she describes as a …

Leon Coolidge Royce

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hartland, Vt. — Leon Coolidge Royce, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at his winter residence in North Fort Myers, Fla. amongst family members. He was born July 15, 1924, to Phillip and Nora Royce in Hartland, Vt., where he maintained his permanent residence for his entire life. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1942. He enlisted in the …

Windsor Boys Take a Thriller

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Windsor — Seth Balch hit eight 3-pointers as part of a 27-point night to keep Windsor in the game, then Michael Bradley hit another one at the buzzer to give the Yellowjackets a bite-your-nails 68-65 win over Hartford on Wednesday night. A lot of people must have anticipated a big game, because a huge crowd showed up and they got their eyes filled …

Local Roundup: Locals Split CVC Cross Country Ski Titles

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Strafford — The Lebanon High boys and Hanover High girls came home with Connecticut Valley Conference cross country skiing championships on Tuesday without the benefit of celebrating an individual victory. Instead, the Raiders and Marauders did a good …

Marathon Meet: After Nine Hours, Oxbow Teams Settle for Second

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Northfield, Vt. — It came down to the wire for Oxbow High’s girls indoor track and field team on Saturday in its race for a state title against defending Vermont Division II state champion Rice Memorial. After nine …

Back on the Track: Roller Derby Team Looks to Build on Success

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stability and commitment within the Upper Valley Vixens is translating to tangible progress both inside and outside the rink. The Vixens, a grassroots roller derby team entering its fifth season, has been approved to skate this year as …

Vt. House To Vote on Act 46 Caps

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

White River Junction — Eight months ago, lawmakers told school districts across Vermont to rein in their spending, but now, members of the House are considering whether to back down — at least partially. In an effort to amend Act 46, a sweeping education reform law that supporters …

Lillian “Laurie” Forst Acton

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pinole, Calif. — Lillian “Laurie” Forst Acton of Three Pines Farm in Hartland, Vt., died peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Pinole, near the home of one of her daughters. The cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease. Laurie was born in Kingston, N.Y in 1929. She attended …

Hartford Girls Fend Off Windsor

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Windsor — Hartford High held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback by Windsor on Tuesday night to eke out a 42-38 win in a Marble Valley League girls basketball game at Windsor High. The Hurricanes went into the final eight minutes with what looked like a comfortable 37-23 lead. …

They’re Just Wild About Harry: Windsor’s Ladue Wins 400th

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Windsor — Harry Ladue stepped onto Windsor High’s basketball court and addressed the crowd. He spoke of assistant coaches who have helped him along the way, of athletes and parents who have made a community that treats basketball …

Local Roundup: Windsor, Oxbow Athletes Win at Vt. Weight Throw

Monday, January 25, 2016

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — Windsor’s Katey Comstock and Oxbow’s Jake Senecal gave their respective indoor track and field teams a head-start on the state championship trail by winning the inaugural Vermont weight throwing championship on Saturday at St. …

Windsor, Land of Goaltenders: Gilman Siblings Tend Net at Out-of-Town Schools

Monday, January 25, 2016

Woodstock — Grady Gilman usually wakes up at 3:45 a.m. for 6 a.m. practices with the Woodstock High boys hockey team at Union Arena. Unlike his teammates, he needs to account for a half-hour commute. Grady and his …

Recalling ‘The Eagle’: Windsor Legend Royce Dies at Age 91

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Windsor — Leon Royce is remembered by many for the nurturing relationship between the man and his baseball field. “It was a labor of love,” said Jim Taft, Windsor High’s athletic director. “He loved that place.” Royce died …