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Advance Transit driver Don Hood, left, waits with Elroy Litchfield and his dog Mischief while Hartford police officer Tom Lyman speaks with bus company official Chris Andreasson in White River Junction, Vt., on Aug. 14, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Proliferation of Service Dogs Leads to Conflict

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Elroy Litchfield, a Vietnam War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, recently acquired something that he believes will prove a tremendous help in coping with his condition: a five-month-old dog named Mischief who’s being trained to recognize Litchfield’s early signs of an anxious episode — “getting ready to blow up,” as he calls it — to help …

Vermont Drivers Face Stricter Cellphone Rules Starting Oct. 1

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Come Oct. 1, drivers in Vermont who are caught holding a cellphone to their ear could face a fine that is bigger than their monthly phone bill. And next summer, similar rules will apply to drivers in New Hampshire, as well. That’s because both states have passed new laws …

Local Roundup: Oxbow No Pushover, but Wasps Prevail

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — The Woodstock Union High football team didn’t find out until Friday it would be down a running back Saturday against Oxbow due to illness. Luckily for the Wasps, they had plenty of others to supply firepower. Three Woodstock running backs combined for five touchdowns as the three-time defending Vermont Division …

Local Roundup: South Royalton Outlasts Chelsea in Score-Fest

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chelsea — The South Royalton boys went to a soccer match on Wednesday, and a shooting gallery broke out. Sam Berk piled up five goals and Keanan Thompson made the game-winning strike the topper of a four-goal afternoon …

Hanover Newcomer Finds Field Hockey to Her Liking

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

White River Junction — Julie Montgomery never played field hockey before this summer, but Hanover High is sure glad she came aboard. The athletic junior, whose best sport is ice hockey, beat two Hartford defenders late in the second half Tuesday, feeding teammate Georgina Stern for a 2-on-none …

Local Roundup: Hanover Volleys to Victory

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Weare, n.h. — Riding a 20-point run of serve from junior Zoe McElwain during the second set, the Hanover High volleyball team opened its season with an emphatic 3-0 sweep of John Stark on Monday evening. The Marauders (1-0) prevailed by scores of 25-13, 25-5 and 25-20, and …

A Life: George Tidman, 1930 - 2014; ‘He Kept Himself Busy’

Monday, September 8, 2014

Norwich — Within a minute of meeting the 70-something gentleman at the Dartmouth Fitness Center early in the new century, Hugh Mellert knew he was dealing with a live one. “He came up and said, ‘I want to …

Firewood Dealers Say Supply Is Short, and High Prices Show It

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Last year’s long, cold winter prompted thousands of Twin State residents to burn more firewood than usual, which is fueling shortages and price increases in the Upper Valley this year. Ten years ago, one area supplier was selling …

Looking to the Next Chapter: Norwich Bookstore Marks 20th Year With Expansion

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Norwich — The past two decades haven’t been a fairy tale for bookstores. First, the rise of retail giants such as Borders and Barnes and Noble decimated the corner bookstore, putting thousands of downtown shops out of business …

A Life: Lillian T. DeVaux, 1921 — 2014: ‘They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore’

Monday, September 1, 2014

Thetford — Independent and resilient, Lillian DeVaux withstood many challenges and saw many changes during almost 93 years as a lifelong Vermonter. DeVaux was “tough when she needed to be tough and frugal when she needed to be …

Records Show Irregularities in Awarding Hartford Bus Contract

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hartford — When students boarded buses on Monday for the first day of school, their transportation was, for the first time in recent memory, in the hands of a private company. The drivers no longer were employees of …

Hanover Soccer Opens With Last-Minute Win

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hanover — After losing more than three-fourths of its total scoring production from last year’s undefeated state championship squad, one of the biggest questions facing the Hanover High boys soccer team this season is where its goals are …

Norwich Selectboard Postpones Meeting on Town Manager

Friday, August 29, 2014

Norwich — Discord among town officials bubbled to the surface on Wednesday after the Selectboard voted to hold, but then postponed, a closed-door discussion of Town Manager Neil Fulton’s performance. There was no explanation at Wednesday night’s Selectboard …