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Dan Hamel, of Hartland, Vt., talks about his recovery from alcoholism during an interview at his home on February 6, 2016. It is one of several topics he writes about in his book of poetry "Inspirations and Emotions." (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Woods and Words

Saturday, February 13, 2016

F ive years ago, Dan Hamel wrote a poem he called A Hunter’s Prayer , which happened to be the first poem he’d ever written. In it Hamel, who was raised as a Catholic but no longer worships in the church, writes about spending time in the woods. When he sits long and patiently enough, the birds and animals wander …

Buzzkill: Wasps Snap Jacks’ Winning Streak

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Windsor — Somehow, even when Woodstock had a 10-point lead with less than six minutes to go, there was a feeling that Thursday’s boys basketball showdown at Windsor High was far from over. Sure enough, in a four-minute span, the lead was chewed down to 59-57 with 2:17 to play. Woodstock held on to defeat Windsor, 62-59, but getting the win was like …

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 …

Local Roundup: Canes Break Records

Monday, December 14, 2015

Northfield, Vt. — Hartford High athletes recorded three school records, Windsor’s Katey Comstock ruled the shot put again and Oxbow’s running Giesing sisters accounted for a win and joined in a top-three team finish to highlight Saturday’s Vermont Princpals Association indoor track and field meet at Norwich University. …

Study: Enfield Area Lacks Grocery Demand

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Enfield — Mascoma Valley residents spend more than $20 million on groceries outside the region, but that still isn’t enough demand to entice a big-box supermarket to the area, according to a new draft study on the feasibility of an Enfield-area food cooperative or grocery store. The study …

Jacks Can’t Finish Comeback

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Windsor — Oh, so close. The Fair Haven Union High boys basketball team watched a 14-point fourth-quarter lead melt to one before finally putting Windsor down, 56-51, in an early-season battle of two of the top teams in …

CRPT Talks Trails at Annual Meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hanover — Spur trails, new campsites and incorporating the Appalachian Trail were some of the topics discussed at the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail annual meeting Tuesday at Howe Library. The CRPT, a series of access points and primitive campsites spanning the trail’s source in northern New Hampshire to …

Hartland Looks at Police Options

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hartland — Town officials are again considering whether to get police coverage from the neighboring department in Windsor. Hartland is weighing whether to move away from its current arrangement with the Vermont State Police, who provide 76 hours of monthly patrol and field calls during off-duty hours. Last …

Shooting Range To Close for Season

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hartland — Hammond Cove Shooting Range will close for the winter on Dec. 15 and reopen on April 1. The seasonal closure was one of several new rules enacted earlier this year “to improve the facility’s operation,” the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said in a news release. …

Lawmakers Oppose New Rules For Cheese

Sunday, December 6, 2015

White River Junction — New regulations from the Food and Drug Administration could make it difficult for artisan cheesemakers to stay in business, according to the state’s congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, all Democrats, sent a letter to FDA …

Judge to Hear Motion On Shooting Evidence

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

White River Junction — More than seven years after Kyle Bolaski shot and killed a man who had chased him with a splitting maul during a confrontation at a Chester, Vt., softball field, a judge will hear a motion on whether jurors should learn about the victim’s mental …

A Life: Cynthia H. Ladue, 1958 - 2015; 'Comfortable Being in the Background'

Monday, November 30, 2015

Windsor — Cindy Ladue’s battle with lung cancer left her so weak that mustering the strength just to leave the house proved a challenge during the last few months of her life. Still, Shannon Harrington wasn’t surprised to …

Introductory Meeting Scheduled For Emergency Response Team

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Royalton — A community emergency response team is being reestablished in east central Vermont, with an introductory meeting set for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Royalton Academy Building, 1482 Route 14. The CERT program “is a method to organize, train, equip, and then utilize citizen volunteers …