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Surrounded by the glow of a halo around the sun, Jenny Wright, left, and her daughter Vanessa Keith, right, of Unity, prune apple trees at Riverview Farm in Plainfield, N.H.  Monday, March 16, 2015. Wright and her husband Stan McCumber have been pruning apple trees and picking the fruit around New England for about 45 years. "That's one of the fringe benefits of this job - seeing sky events," said Wright. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by their perennial mid-winter tans: Have you been in the Caribbean? “Nope. Westminster, Plainfield,” the 67-year-old McCumber replies, naming Vermont and New Hampshire towns where they do big pruning jobs. Despite being driven from their home by a recent fire, they’ve kept up with their seasonal work schedule. During the icy months, when spring blossoms are just a daydream, the Unity residents labor outdoors, as they have for almost half a century. Pruning, along with picking and pansies — “the three …

KUA to NCAA: Former Wildcats Make Their Mark in Playoffs

Friday, April 17, 2015

Boston — The NCAA men’s hockey postseason was filled with Kimball Union Academy alumni this spring. From Division III Trinity College’s first-ever NCAA national championship three weeks ago to both sides of last Saturday’s Division I Frozen Four final in Boston, the event programs’ player biographies were dotted with Wildcat paw prints. D …

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Officials Propose Changes for Hartland Gun Range

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hartland — Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Department has planned an estimated $20,000 worth of security and soundproofing upgrades to the Hammond Cove Shooting Range and is proposing to close it for three months each winter in an effort to address noise concerns from neighbors, including many who live across the Connecticut River in …

Local Roundup: Dartmouth Softball’s Win Streak Now at 10

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Haven, Conn. — The Dartmouth College softball team stretched its winning streak to 10 games and its lead in the Ivy League’s North Division to three games with a doubleheader sweep of Yale on Sunday, posting 8-0 and 7-0 shutout victories. Senior Kristen Rumley and junior Morgan …

Alice May Adams

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Windsor, Vt. — Alice May Adams, 94, a former resident of Windsor and Plainfield, N.H., passed away Tuesday morning, April 7, 2015, at Hanover Terrace Healthcare in Hanover, following a brief illness, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral …

New Lebanon Tennis Coach Brings Winning Pedigree

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lebanon — For now, the most competitive tennis matches Lebanon High senior Max Reed sees come against a 55-year-old opponent with occasionally balky knees. Every so often, however, Michael Haxton will whiz a shot past Reed that the …

Oxbow Girls Lacrosse Seeks Reconstruction

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Oxbow Union High girls lacrosse program is dead — or at least in suspended animation — for 2015. And that presents an opportunity. Oxbow athletic director Hank Van Orman was forced to pull the plug on the Olympians last month when it became apparent the numbers wouldn’t …

Sled Hockey Gives Everyone a Chance to Hit the Ice

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

West Lebanon — Afflicted by various ailments, many of the players on the Ice Vets sled hockey team utilize some form of service or guidance to help excel in their day-to-day lives. Yet when it comes time to …

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 …

Moderators Balk Over Voter Photos

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Plainfield — Municipal election officials in New Hampshire are raising concerns that potential cuts to the state budget may force town moderators to use their personal cameras or smartphones and printers to photograph residents who show up to vote without proper identification in order to comply with a …

Indoor, Infield

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Above: Lebanon High School senior Jada Goodrich, 17, right, catches a throw from fellow senior Emily Courtemanche, 18, left, during softball practice at Lang Metcalf Gymnasium on Wednesday. Left: Sophomore Kayla Boisvert, 16, sends the ball back toward …

Abu Embraces His Role: KUA Graduate Earns Minutes for NC State

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Raleigh, n.c. — Gone are the days when North Carolina State freshman Abdul-Malik Abu was in a hurry when he caught the ball inside or was mentally trying to keep up with all the team’s defensive principles. The …