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Soundproofing Wall to Lessen Noise From Hartland Shooting Range

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hartland — Residents who live in the vicinity of the Hammond Cove Shooting Range will be relieved of some gunshot noise when construction of a 10-foot soundproofing wall is completed early next month. The shooting range will be tentatively closed Sept. 22-25 and again on Oct. 7 while the wall is constructed and sound panels attached, said Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s Chris Saunders. The range was completely rebuilt about two years ago at a cost of $230,000, and that dramatically increased activity there, Saunders said. But berms and covered shooting portals did not deaden the sound that traveled across the Connecticut River. Most affected were …

Rene L. Dessert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Plainfield, N.H. — Rene L. Dessert, 89, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at home. Arrangements are pending with the Ricker Funeral home in Lebanon, N.H. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of the Valley News. …

Local Roundup: Sharon Academy Girls Get Statement Win

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Williamstown, Vt. — The Sharon Academy girls soccer team hadn’t beaten Williamstown in coach Blake Fabrikant’s recollection. Losing his goalkeeper to an injury wasn’t supposed to make it any more likely. But when Phoenix netminder Abby Levy was forced from Monday’s Central Vermont League date with the Blue Devils, teammate Suzie Moses stepped …

Making Life Better for Bees: VLS Bans Suspect Pesticide To Highlight Pollinators’ Plight

Friday, August 15, 2014

South Royalton — Without bees and other pollinators, 70 percent of plants would be unable to reproduce or provide food, according to the Center for Food Safety, a national non profit public interest group. Of the 100 crop …

Lebanon High Athletes Go on Roundball Road Trip

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lebanon — K.J. Matte and Austin Whaley will head back to Lebanon High School in a few weeks. Perhaps a teacher will assign them a what-I-did-for-summer essay. And both could use four words to sum up their collective …

Forum, Aug. 12: Finally, a Democrat Speaks; Profit in Public Service; Headrest Is an Asset

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finally, a Democrat Speaks To the Editor: Finally, a prominent Democrat, in this case Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, has had the integrity to publicly condemn the CIA spying on members of the Senate. It’s about time! Some things are just plain wrong, and it shouldn’t matter who …

USDA’s New Rules Concern Area Farmers

Friday, August 8, 2014

Plainfield — Small farmers on Thursday continued to express concerns over federal food safety rules they say are designed for industrial-sized farms and which would be difficult for small farms to meet. Pooh Sprague, who owns Edgewater Farm, …

Ed Kehoe, ‘An Amazing Coach,’ Dies

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Longtime Upper Valley basketball coach Ed Kehoe, recently honored with inclusion into the NHIAA coaches Hall of Fame, died at home with his family early Wednesday morning after a year-long bout with cancer. Kehoe was 50. Known around …

Forum, Aug. 6: The Great War; Sharing the Wealth; Rewriting Gaza Headlines, Neighbors Need Help

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Great War, Reconsidered To the Editor: Nicola Smith did a fine job in describing the many ways the Great War influenced “almost everything that happened afterward,” inviting thoughtful contributions from our community. Jim Fox interestingly pointed out that Rudyard Kipling’s history of the Irish Guards in World …

Forum, Aug. 5: Oppression in Palestine; Co-op Coverage; Gun Sense; Health Insurance for the People

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oppression in Palestine To the Editor: I am writing in deep appreciation of the letter from Mary J. Wilson in the Valley News (“The Abuse in Palestine,” July 18). I am not anti-Semitic. I have great respect for the Jewish religion and for Jewish people and their many …

Plainfield Property a Hard Sell

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Plainfield — As the auction date nears for the sale of the compound on Center of Town Road that once belonged to Ed and Elaine Brown — the anti-government activists who took part in a nine-month standoff with …

Wallace Stephen Wysk

Friday, August 1, 2014

Plainfield, N.H. — Wallace Stephen Wysk, 59, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at DHMC, following a courageous battle against cancer. Wally was born on Nov. 1, 1958, in Adak, Alaska to Wallace and Eunice (Freniere) Wysk. He was the second of seven children and grew up in Bernardston, …

Forum, July 30: America’s Game: Wealth; Beware Single-Payer; The Obession of the ‘Valley News’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reading Is Still Fundamental To the Editor: On May 31, members of the American Legion Post 84 joined White River School staff to help us raise money to preserve our Reading is Fundamental program. Adjutant Dan Hillard and his colleagues learned that federal funds for the RIF program …