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Every year, Shawn Rogers, of Meriden, N.H., enlists several friends to help him drag a 25 foot balsam fir cut from his parents tree farm in Chelsea, Vt. and load it on a trailer. The tree comes from a crop planted by the Rogers family in the mid-1980's for their cut-your-own Christmas tree business and is destined for the Meriden Congregational Church. "It's an ordeal," said Dick Rogers, Shawn's father. "I'm not quite sure he knows what he's doing." Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

‘Oh, the Wonder’: In Meriden Church, a Christmas Tree Reaches to the Heavens

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Meriden — About five years ago, as an appreciative new member of the Meriden Congregational Church, Shawn Rogers wanted to pitch in somehow. It wasn’t long before the Chelsea native and tree farmers’ son found the perfect opportunity. The church needed a Christmas tree, preferably a big one. “Boy, do I have deal for you,” Rogers remembers saying. That year, …

Jim Kenyon: Plainfield Library Board Chairwoman Says Shhhhhh!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What in the name of Ed Brown is going on in Plainfield? A recent meeting of the trustees for the town’s two public libraries had been under way for only 10 minutes before Chairwoman Suzanne Spencer was on the phone to the cops. Spencer wanted a town resident in the audience removed — are you ready for this — for talking out of …

KUA Appoints Marketing Director

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Meriden — Kimball Union Academy has appointed Sarah Evans Moore, a KUA official, as director of marketing communications. Before being named to her new post, Moore was associate director of admissions at KUA. She previously held the positions of director of admissions and director of development at an independent day school near Cleveland. Moore brings a knowledge in communications, admissions and advancement in …

Court Back in Session for Raiders Coach

Friday, November 28, 2014

Lebanon — Tim Kehoe took a year away from basketball last season to assist his brother, Ed, who was battling cancer. It was the right thing to do, even if it meant seeing his own 22-year streak as …

Local Roundup: Quartet Chosen for Lions Cup

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Concord — Four Upper Valley soccer standouts will represent their schools one last time next summer as members of the New Hampshire roster for the Twin State Lions Cup matches against Vermont. Hanover’s Luke Strohbehn and Susanna Penfield, …

H.S. Notebook: Hartford’s Brooks Is Vermont’s Top Scholar-Athlete

Thursday, November 20, 2014

White River Junction — Given his own work rarely intersects with Connor Brooks’ academic pursuits, Hartford High boys soccer coach Kevin Guilbault still finds himself impressed with what he hears about his senior striker. Others have been left …

Elwin “Red” Royce

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Claremont, N.H. — Elwin “Red” Royce, of Claremont, died peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Lempster. He was born in Meriden, N.H., on May 20, 1922, the son of Charles Edgar and Sarah (Avery) Royce. At a very young age his parents had …

Edna Amaral Nutbrown

Friday, November 14, 2014

Canaan, N.H. — Edna Amaral Nutbrown, 95, formerly of Canaan, Enfield and Meriden, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. She was born June 5, 1919 in Albany, Vt., to the late Levi & Lilla (Watson) Rancore. She graduated from Canaan High School. Edna worked a short time at …

Birth Announcements: Nov. 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center MERRITT — A son, Nathaniel Joseph Merritt, born on Oct. 11, 2014, to Catherine and Alden Merritt, of Newport. DRIVER — A son, Bradley Edward Driver, born on Oct. 21, 2014, to Kristy and David Driver, of Windsor. KENNEDY — A son, Abel Jarred Kennedy, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fairlee Man Pleads Not Guilty To 130-mph Car Chase St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A Fairlee man pleaded not guilty in Caledonia Superior Court to charges that he led police on a drunken car chase on Interstate 91 and around Lake Morey in Fairlee early Friday morning. Richard Pike, …

Democrats Sweep Claremont

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Although House Democratic candidates swept Claremont, it appeared Republicans gained a seat in the county delegation with wins in Newport and Charlestown. In Claremont, the largest community in the county, state Rep. John Cloutier, D-Claremont, was re-elected to his 12th two-year term in the Legislature Tuesday, defeating state …

Helen Stockwell

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Windsor, Vt. — Helen Stockwell, 62, a resident of Windsor, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 2, 2014, at her home in Windsor. She was born May 17, 1952 in South London, England, the daughter of Sydney and Eva Maria Gertrude (Moorcock) Williamson. She received her schooling and attended …

Breeze Blows for Raiders: Lebanon Field Hockey Wins State Title in OT

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bedford, n.h. — Not even high fevers and bad coughs could keep the Lebanon High field hockey team from capturing its second state championship in three years. Senior Emily Perryman — one of several Raiders battling severe autumn …