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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 …

Forrester Faces Newcomer

Friday, October 17, 2014

Grafton — After brushing aside a Republican primary challenge from Free State Project activist Tim Condon, state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, will seek her third term in November versus a Democratic newcomer from Holderness, N.H. Carolyn Mello, a …

Local Roundup: Rivendell Soccer Earns Another Shutout

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

South Royalton — At long last, the Rivendell Academy girls soccer team broke through a stingy South Royalton defense. The Raptors converted a trio of chances late to beat the host Royals 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Scoreless through …

Ellen L. Blowey

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

West Newbury, Vt. — Ellen L. Blowey, 85, of West Newbury, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, with her family by her side. She was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Westford, Mass., the daughter of Stanley and Mary (Morton) Stone. Ellen worked at Fort …

Gray Matter: Thetford Soccer Shuts Out Rivendell

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thetford — Experienced in many sports, Brandon Gray has learned that an aggressive approach can lead to success no matter what the game. It’s helped him lead the Thetford Academy boys basketball team in scoring each of the …

Susan Turpin

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Orford, n.h. — Susan Turpin died on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at age 70 at her home in Orford. Born Susan Virginia Talley in Queens, N.Y., in 1944, Susan was the second of six children. She attended New York City public schools, and obtained a B.A. in Anthropology from …

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 …

Reading the Signs: Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness of Suicide

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lebanon — Sunday afternoon found drivers slowing down to read the big yellow signs lining Route 120 . “Talking about being a burden to others,” one read. “Give a hug,” another said. Part of the annual Upper Valley …

Video: Hall in the Family; East Thetford Barn Restored to Former Glory as Huntington’s Pavilion

Sunday, September 7, 2014

East Thetford — Stepping out on a recent Saturday evening, m ore than 100 people headed to Huntington’s Pavilion. As they crossed the threshold of the once-thriving dance hall, many were also stepping back in time. Freeman and …

Free State Project Republican Runs 'Protest Campaign' for N.H. Senate from Florida

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grafton — The Free State Project activist challenging state Sen. Jeanie Forrester in New Hampshire’s Sept. 9 Republican primary is running what he calls a “protest campaign” from his home in Florida. Although Tim Condon, R-Grafton, wants Forrester …

Fastest For 48

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lebanon — Orford hiker Andrew Thompson normally has no problems falling asleep, but on July 6 he uncharacteristically tossed and turned through the night. Too bad for Thompson, because he wouldn’t be getting much sleep at all over the next 3½ days. The 38-year-old former Appalachian Trail through-hike …