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 …

Democrats Appear to Hold on to Canaan, Enfield House Seats

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Grafton/Mascoma New Hampshire House Democrats from Canaan and Enfield appeared likely to hold their seats versus Republican challengers on Tuesday, but a Democratic incumbent from Grafton was ousted by a selectman there. In Grafton 10, state Rep. Wendy Piper, D-Enfield, handily won her second term against first-time candidate …

Forrester Takes Senate District 2

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Grafton — State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, appeared headed to victory Tuesday night in her Senate District 2 race against first-time Democrat Carolyn Mello, of Holderness. With 18 of 27 towns reporting, Forrester had 64 percent of the vote, according to a tally on NHPR’s website . “I …

The Last Haul

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rebecca Golding, of Peaked Moon Farm in Piermont, hauls plastic out of a field in Orford rented by the farm on Monday. Squash that had been grown there had been picked, and the field was being readied to …

Haverhill, Orford Area Candidates Eye House Seats

Monday, October 27, 2014

Haverhill — Two Republicans who lost their New Hampshire House seats in districts representing the Haverhill and Orford area are trying to return to Concord. In the Grafton 3 district representing Bath, Benton, Easton, Landaff, Orford, Piermont and …

People in Business

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Victoria Mesropian, of Windsor, has joined Ledyard National Bank as Assistant Vice President, Private Banking Relationship Manager. In her new post, Mesropian will manage a portfolio of banking and financial relationships for professional clients and their families. Mesropian …

Sharon, Oxbow Runners Shine at Vt. Championships

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thetford — Even before setting foot on the soccer pitch Saturday, the Sharon Academy’s Chris Gish was a winner. While the dual-sport junior’s soccer teammates were preparing to host Whictomb in a Vermont Division IV quarterfinal Saturday afternoon, …

4 Grafton County Offices Contested

Saturday, October 25, 2014

North Haverhill — Republicans are trying to unseat the three Democrats who serve as Grafton County commissioners in the 2014 elections, but the most colorful race — again — may be for the oft overlooked post of Register …

Rivendell Girls Stifle Winooski

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Orford — Rivendell’s defense swarmed Winooski and allowed zero shots on goal for the final hour of the game. With some help from the high-powered offense and the home-field crowd, the second-seeded Raptors (12-1-2) defeated the No. 15 Spartans (4-11), 5-0, in the first round of the Vermont …

Boys Soccer Playoffs: Hazen Burns Rivendell in Opening Round

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Orford — Because of injuries, many players on the Rivendell Academy boys soccer team were forced to play more extensively or in unfamiliar positions this season. The end result is also unfamiliar for the Raptors — a loss …

Local Roundup: Long Memories Carry Mascoma Past Franklin

Sunday, October 19, 2014

West Canaan — Andrew Cashe set the tone from the opening kickoff for the Mascoma football team, returning the kick for a touchdown to help the Royals beat visitng Franklin 38-18 on Saturday afternoon. Cashe didn’t stop there …