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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

Saturday, April 18, 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 …

The Best Of the Rest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Valley News’ three staff photographers and intern logged many miles over the first two weeks of March covering town and school meetings across the Upper Valley. Here are a few favorites that were not part of the …

One Last Run

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A cold, icy day meant plenty of spills for Ian Surgenor, 7, and the rest of his classmates on the last day of their weekly Bill Koch League practice at Plainfield Elementary on Wednesday.Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

Clipper System Stops Lebanon

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Durham, n.h. — Lebanon burned a lot of fuel early, but just didn’t have enough to make it to the New Hampshire Division II basketball finals. The fourth-seeded Raiders had a quick start against No. 1 Portsmouth, building …

Margo J. Krasnoff

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meriden, N.H. — A memorial service for Margo J. Krasnoff, 57, who passed away Jan. 13, 2015, will be held Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. at the Rollins Chapel in Hanover, N.H. …

Margo J. Krasnoff

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Meriden, N.H. — A memorial service for Margo J. Krasnoff, 57, who passed away Jan. 13, 2015, will be held Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. at the Rollins Chapel in Hanover, N.H. …

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 …

Lurking Below the Surface

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sharon — Sometimes the line between selectman and crisis counselor gets a little blurred — especially during mud season. Selectboard member Paul Haskell said some of his Sharon neighbors are “having their first experience” with the trials and …

Gertrude R. West

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Plainfield, N.H. — Gertrude R. West, 87, died Saturday night, March 7, 2015, at the Sullivan County Health Care in Unity, N.H. She was born July 24, 1927 in Weare, N.H. the daughter of Leon A. and Julia (Locke) Reade. She graduated from Weare High School in 1945 …

Plainfield Town Meeting 2015 Results

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Plainfield Number of Voters: na Number on Checklist: 1,551 Selectboard: Robert W. Taylor Trustee of Trust Funds: Donald E. Garfield Cemetery Trustee: James Taylor Library Trustee 3 yrs: Emily Sands Library Trustee 3 yrs: Nancy Liston Supervisor of the Checklist: Fern Wilder School Moderator: Paul Franklin School Clerk: Michelle Marsh School Treasurer: Jeffrey Moore School Board 3 yrs: Audra Bucklin …

Newcomer Joins Plainfield Library Board

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Plainfield — Newcomer Emily Sands and incumbent Nancy Liston earned seats on the library trustees board Tuesday, defeating Dennis Girouard and Cindy Heath in a four-way race. Sands had supported Liston, and Girouard had supported Heath. Heath and Liston had reserved their support for other candidates. The town’s …