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Abby Metcalf, left, of Piermont has been making holiday wreaths for 40 years. Metcalf, the owner of the Piermont Plant Pantry, now spends from late October through mid-December in one of her greenhouses wiring balsam boughs into wreaths, garlands and kissing balls with her staff which includes a brother, son and grand daughter. Jean Underhill, of Piermont, is at right. Monday, November 23, 2015. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Piermont — Despite starting work long before dawn and finishing well after dark, Abby Metcalf doesn’t appear fatigued. But her hands tell the story. Last week, with wreath-making season well underway, they were blackened with sap, a substance so tenacious at least one of her employees relies on Ajax to remove it. Metcalf, who owns Piermont Plant Pantry with her …

Gerard “Gerry” Suich

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Vershire, Vt. — Gerard “Gerry” Suich, 67, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 in Orford, N.H. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. A complete funeral notice should be available and published later this week. A celebration of Gerry’s life is being planned for early December at Rivendell Academy, Orford. …

Ute Michelle Porcello

Friday, November 6, 2015

Orford, N.H. — On the evening of Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, Ute Michelle Porcello passed away at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H., as a result of a chronic heart condition. Ute had a passion for life, music, literature and the outdoors. Her vitality compelled her to always be the first person to swim Lake Tarlton after ice out in springtime …

Britton Lumber Hopes to Rebuild Sawmill

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fairlee — Almost two weeks after a four-alarm fire leveled the sawmill at Britton Lumber Co., officials there announced their intentions to rebuild the sawmill and continue the company’s other operations as usual. “That’s what’s taken two weeks …

Liberty Utilities, New Hampshire Electric Users to See Savings

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley residents served by Liberty Utilities and the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative will pay less for electricity come May 1. The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday approved Liberty Utilities’ request to decrease its electric energy service rates, and the New Hampshire Electric …

Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities …

Alice Joan Nowill

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Keene, N.H. — Alice Joan Nowill, 78, of Keene, died peacefully early Friday morning, March 13, 2015, in the comfort of her home at Bentley Commons of Keene, with her family at her side. She was born in Springfield, Mass., on June 24, 1936, to William and Lieschen …

Rivendell Budget Criticized But OK’d

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Orford — Despite critiques from some in attendance that the number of teachers has not declined along with the number of students in the Rivendell Interstate School District in recent years, voters in the four towns comprising the district approved a $10 million spending plan for next school …

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 …