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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 …

Birth Announcements: Dec. 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center MORSE — A son, Tucker James Morse, born on Dec. 2, 2014, to Tiana and Ryan Morse, of Orford. Gifford Medical Center MAXHAM — A daughter, Macayla Lynn Maxham, born on Nov. 10, 2014, to Tracy and Eric Maxham, of Randolph. McCUSKER — A son, …

Battle of the Bots at Rivendell

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Orford — The robotics competition held in the gymnasium of Rivendell Academy on Saturday went like clockwork, if the clock in question had been built by a horde of enthusiastic teens hopped up on imagination, Pop Tarts, and …

Philip J. Tanguay

Friday, December 12, 2014

Orford, N.H. — Philip J. Tanguay, 63, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. An obituary with service information will be published in a later edition of the Valley News. Arrangements are by the Ricker Funeral Home & Crematory of Lebanon, NH …

New Oxbow Hoop Coach Looks to Right the Ship

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — The coach the Oxbow Union High School boys basketball team didn’t know it would have nearly saw the players he didn’t know he’d be coaching get a victory the Olympians didn’t appear to be in …

Roger A. Bunten

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Charlotte, Vt. — Roger A. Bunten, 67, of Charlotte (formerly of Orford, N.H.) passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. …

George Lincoln Tullar

Friday, November 21, 2014

Orford, N.H. — George Lincoln Tullar died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the age of 86, at home in Orford, N.H. after a long illness. He was recently widowed when his wife of 64 years died this past February. This loss was very difficult for him - as …

A New Cook in the Kitchen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hartford High girls basketball coach Chris Cook, top, puts the Hurricanes through a dribbling drill during the first day of state-sanctioned workouts on Monday. A former boys hoop coach at Rivendell Academy, Cook is Hartford’s fourth coach in …

Someone to Believe In: Mom’s Hard Work, Sacrifice Helps Daughter Earn College Diploma

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fairlee — Ginny Macomber had been up since 4:30 a.m. The yellow cake with strawberries and whipped cream frosting that she had special ordered was safely stored away. The balloons, after a bit of finagling, were corralled in …

A Salute to Service

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

World War II veterans George Boyd, 87, left, Herb Verry, 89, and Bill Quackenbush, 93, all of Orford, raise the flag during Tuesday’s joint Orford-Fairlee Veterans Day ceremony in Orford. Participants and spectators said the Pledge of Allegiance, …

Grafton County Commissioners Retain Seats

Friday, November 7, 2014

North Haverhill — Democrats have retained control of both the Grafton County legislative delegation and the county commission. All three county commissioners won re-election, according to election returns posted Thursday on the Secretary of State’s website. Hanover Democrat …