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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 …

Juniper Hill Inn Under Contract

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Windsor — The owners of the Sumner Mansion Inn in Hartland have contracted to purchase the closed Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor and plan to renovate the property over the fall and winter, in time for spring re-opening. …

Shelter for Legion Smokers

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lebanon — Members of the American Legion Post No. 22 in Lebanon voted to ban indoor smoking nearly two years ago. Now they aim to make smokers more comfortable by constructing an outdoor smoking shelter. Though private clubs …

People in Business: Nov. 22, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Industrial designer Michael Porzio, of Braintree, Vt., has joined custom corporate furniture maker WallGoldfinger in Randolph. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Porzio previously held internships at Core Composites in Bristol, R.I., and with NASA …

Checking, and Connecting: Next Generation of Vermont Hunters Help Assess Herd Health

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hartford — Hunters are required to report the deer they take, but during youth deer hunting weekend in Vermont, many end up providing more information than usual. That weekend, the state’s Fish and Wildlife Department sets up game …

Area Native Charged in Colo. Murder

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

An Upper Valley native with an extensive criminal history in Windsor County has been charged with first-degree murder in Colorado after police said he shot and killed a man and dismembered the body on Halloween night. Officials are …

Windsor Elks Give Dictionaries To Third-Graders

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Windsor — Windsor Elks Lodge No. 1665 gave 108 dictionaries to third-grade students and their teachers at five local schools last month. Elks members Carol Sylvia and Norman Marshall visited Hartland Elementary School, where they gave the books to teachers Emily Morrison and Michelle Springer and their students. …

Massive School District Proposed

Sunday, November 8, 2015

White River Junction — With Vermont’s new education reform law potentially threatening $1.3 million in revenue loss from tuition students at Hartford High School, one School Board member has proposed creating a much larger school district, spanning as much as 30 miles along the Vermont side of the …

Small Farmers Worry About Effect of Clean Water Rules

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Barnard — Farmers on the east side of the Green Mountains say they want to learn more about pending regulations being implemented under a new law devised largely to protect Lake Champlain. Signed into law by Gov. Peter …

Granite United Way Request Process Opens

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Granite United Way has opened its annual request for qualification process, in which nonprofits begin the process of becoming a qualified partner. Becoming a Granite United Way qualified partner enables nonprofits to take part in the organization’s community impact grant application process, join its Day of Caring Volunteer …

Hartland Man Denies Flashing Gun at Driver

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

White River Junction — A 36-year-old Hartland man has pleaded not guilty to flashing his handgun at a passing motorist while waiting at the bus stop with his son. Benjamin Walker was arraigned in Windsor Superior Court on …