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Mary Jo Davis, of Curtains Without Borders, left, and Priscilla Clark, chairwoman of the Orford Historical Society’s exhibits committee, work on a painted stage curtain from the 1930s featuring local businesses. The curtain originally belonged to the now defunct grange in Orfordville, which held its large functions in the old Town Hall. Now owned by the town, it is cared for by the Orford Historical Society. Using donations and its own funds, the historical society had the curtain restored and returned to the old town hall building, which is now home to Town Hall Heritage Center. The work also involved a substantial number of volunteer hours by Orford residents, Schmidt said. Part of the permanent exhibit, the curtain will be on display during the heritage center’s grand opening Sunday, Aug. 9, as Orford celebrates its 250th anniversary. Carl Schmidt photograph

Orford Ready for Its 250th Birthday

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Orford — Orford will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its first settler next weekend with live music, picnics, a walking parade, historical re-enactments, artwork and more. A reading of the town charter and other events are scheduled for Sept. 26. Activities set for next Sunday include the grand opening of the Town Hall Heritage Center on 25A in Orfordville. The …

Sanders To Campaign In Claremont

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Claremont — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is bringing his Democratic presidential campaign to Claremont on Sunday. The Vermont independent plans to hold a town meeting Sunday at 5 p.m. at The Common Man Inn & Restaurant at 21 Water St. in Claremont. Sanders knows the city well, as his son Levi lives there with his family. It’s part of a two-day swing through …

A Life: Leon C. Marsh Jr., 1931-2015; ‘Type of Person Who Is Irreplaceable’

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fairlee — He helped train the Upper Valley’s best-known elephant and taught American Army soldiers how to ski on a Japanese island at the time of the Korean War. But Leon Marsh, a round-the-clock worker who friends and family remember as firm yet fair, was probably best known as the face of Fairlee …

Cynthia S. Heggie

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Penn Yan, N.Y. — Cynthia S. Heggie, 64, of Penn Yan passed away Friday, March 13, 2015, at Strong Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at the Bluff Point Methodist Church in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be …

H.S. Notebook: Capital League Names TA’s Pomeroy Player of Year

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A visit to Saturday’s VBCA Senior All-Star Games put Eric Ward in a wistful mood. As Thetford Academy senior Michaela Pomeroy ran around the Windsor High School floor in her Division III-IV girls basketball finale, Ward thought about …

Old Orford Farm Begins New Era

Monday, March 16, 2015

Orford — Faces at the helm of the historic Bunten Farm have changed in recent months, but many of the activities taking place on the 185-acre parcel along Route 10 in Orford will remain the same. Bradford, Vt., dairy farmer Paul Knox purchased the property in mid-December and …

Fundraiser for Orford Family Set for March 21

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fairlee — A fundraiser will be held next weekend for an Orford family whose infant son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Mary and Richard “Pepe” Murray’s 6-month old son, Gavin, has been diagnosed with atypical …

Rivendell Towns to Vote On Budget Next Tuesday

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Rivendell Interstate School District annual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Rivendell Academy in Orford. Voting for the district’s elected positions will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the academy. Orford — Voters from four Upper Valley towns will be asked to approve …

Orford Town Meeting 2015 Results

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Orford Number of Voters: 198 Number on Checklist: na Selectboard: John Adams Planning Board 3 yrs: P. Chase Kling Planning Board 3 yrs: Harry Osmer …

Orford Approves Pay Raises

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Orford — After two paper ballots and one recount, voters at Town Meeting Tuesday night approved a municipal budget of $1.04 million that includes an increase of more than $31,000 for the Orford Volunteer Fire Department and four-figure …

Raptors Are Bedeviled Yet Again

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Barre, Vt. — When Williamstown High boys basketball coach Jack Carrier took over the program six years ago, his goal was to help the Blue Devils experience the feeling he enjoyed winning a state title with the team …

Joyous Raptors: Rivendell Soars to Championship Game

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Barre, Vt. — While breaking away from any team huddle or timeout, the Rivendell Academy boys basketball team collectively shouts “All in!” — a phrase the Raptors say is indicative of their aggressive play and cohesiveness. During Thursday …

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 …