Orford

Nemo, left, leads Espresso, right, and the rest of Fran Plaisted's team past the Laconia Country Club in Laconia, N.H., during the final day of racing at the 86th Laconia World Championship Dog Sled Derby on Feb. 15, 2015. Plaisted, of Orford, N.H., placed fourth in the Six Dog Classic, a six-dog, six-mile sprint race. Her combined time after three days of racing was one hour and 35 seconds. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

For the Love of Dogs: Orford Woman Raises, Races 13 Canines

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Orford — The members of Fran Plaisted’s family like to dig in the yard and bring dirt into the house. Whenever there’s a deer in the yard, they let her know with their voices. The youngest like to chew and while each of them have their own sleeping spaces, some often choose to spend the night next to her instead. Being the head of a family of 14 — 13 of them sporting four legs and distinct personalities — can be tough, but Plaisted happily manages her pack of sled racing dogs on her own. “I’ve truly fallen in love,” she said. “I always loved …

She’s a Keeper: Rivendell Freshman Thomson Packing Promise

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Orford — Having already coached Riley Thomson on his AAU team last summer, Rivendell Academy girls basketball coach Hank Tenney expected the freshman to be an immediate contributor for the Raptors this season. Neither coach nor player realized she’d be producing so much, so quickly. The 5-foot-8 Thomson has come on particularly strong as of late, leading the team with 17.1 points per …

Margaret Bettmann May

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Orford, N.H. — Margaret Bettmann May, 93, known to all who knew her as Marge, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill, N.H. She was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio, the daughter of Fredrick and Marie Bettmann. Marge moved to New York as a young child. She graduated from Tappan Zee High School in …

Sharon Boys Earn A ‘Statement Win’

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sharon — One miss led to an exhortation, a second to a plea. A third left Sharon Academy boys basketball coach Blake Fabrikant noshing on his tie. By the 19th miss, Fabrikant knew — his Phoenix wasn’t going to beat Rivendell on Friday night with its free-throw shooting. …

Sophronia Emerson Gardner

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

North Haverhill, N.H — Sophronia Emerson Gardner affectionately known as “Betty” or “Mrs. Gardner” passed away in complete peace and serenity on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the age of 99 at the Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill where she had resided since 2009. At the …

Local Roundup: Wasps Rain Threes in Boys Hoop Win Over Hartford

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

White River Junction — The Woodstock High boys played two halves of basketball in recording their second win over Hartford in 48 hours on Monday. They scored half of their baskets from beyond the 3-point arc, mirroring leading …

Expansion Underway for Growing North Haverhill Senior Center

Sunday, January 11, 2015

North Haverhill — On a ny given weekday, Horse Meadow Senior Center might serve 175 lunches in the dining room, send out 90 home-delivered meals, and offer an exercise class, writers’ group and bingo, all the while buzzing …

Fuel Assistance Program Available For Eligible Granite State Residents

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lebanon — A local fuel assistance program is accepting applications from income-eligible residents of several area New Hampshire towns. Residents of Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Orange and Orford, including those who have electric heat or heat included in their rent, are eligible for the program. …

Dolores W. “Dolly” Campbell

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Orford, N.H. — Dolores W. “Dolly” Campbell of Grimes Hill Road passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at her home following a period of declining health. She was 85. Born on Jan. 24, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of William and Dorothy B. …

Local Roundup: Rivendell Boys Basketball Prevails on Final Shot

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Orford — Kolin Huntington nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Rivendell Academy boys basketball team a stunning 55-53 victory over a determined visiting Woodsville team on Monday night. The game-winning shot was set up as …

Local Roundup: Soph’s Career High Puts Bishop Brady Girls Basketball Past Hanover

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hanover — Hanover High girls basketball coach Dan O’Rourke has known Riley Bennett since she was a fifth-grader. On Saturday, O’Rourke and the Marauders got to know her more than they’d like. Bennett, a sophomore, scored a career-best …

Philip John Tanguay

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Orford, N.H. — Philip J. Tanguay passed away at his home on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, after a three year struggle with brain cancer. He was born on May 4, 1951, in Hanover, N.H., the son of Jean-Paul and Margaret Mary (DePalma) Tanguay. He leaves behind his beloved …

Paul Ralph Pushee

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Claremont, N.H. — Paul Ralph Pushee, 70, of Claremont passed away on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, due to complications from open heart surgery. Paul Pushee, son of Olyph and Doris Pushee, loving husband of Inez Pushee, passed away after he suffered organ shutdown due to an aneurism rupturing …