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Gov. Peter Shumlin announces at a news conference at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., on Dec. 17, 2014, that "the time is not right" for single-payer health care in Vermont. (Burlington Free Press - Glenn Russell)

Shumlin's Single-Payer Decision Draws Mixed Response

Thursday, December 18, 2014

White River Junction — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s announcement Wednesday that he would not ask the Vermont Legislature to pass taxes and fees to pay for universal, publicly financed health insurance pleased some business leaders, disappointed and shocked some supporters and fueled the anger of some Republicans. Shumlin’s decision made it “a good day for the economy in Vermont,” said Betty Bishop, the president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “All of the numbers that we heard were really concerning to business at both ends of the spectrum.” Some supporters were in disbelief. “I’m in shock,” said Ann Raynolds, a Pomfret resident and a director of …

Thousands Remain Without Power in Vermont

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chelsea — Several thousand residents in Orange and Windsor counties remained without power Friday evening as utility crews spent a fourth day trying to restore downed power lines throughout the state. Green Mountain Power said crews are conducting a “massive restoration effort,” but that some outages “will last through the weekend and possibly into Monday.” “We are very grateful for the tremendous outpouring …

Engagement: Oliver — Lewis

Sunday, November 23, 2014

South Pomfret — Deborah and Richard Oliver, of Boston, and Leslie and Douglas Lewis, of South Pomfret, have announced the engagement of their children, Courtney Taylor Oliver and Kellan Daniel Lewis. The bride-to-be graduated from Thayer Academy, in Braintree, Mass., in 2006. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 2011 and a …

Paul Towne

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tucson, Ariz. — Paul Towne, 77, was born Feb. 26, 1937, to Lee and Helen Longe Towne, Sr. in South Pomfret, Vt., and passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Tucson. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Ellie); two children, Peter Towne and Pammi Towne of Vt.; …

Local Roundup: Long Memories Carry Mascoma Past Franklin

Sunday, October 19, 2014

West Canaan — Andrew Cashe set the tone from the opening kickoff for the Mascoma football team, returning the kick for a touchdown to help the Royals beat visitng Franklin 38-18 on Saturday afternoon. Cashe didn’t stop there …

Kings of Sting: Windsor Football Tops Woodstock

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Woodstock — The Windsor Yellowjackets used last week’s bye to recharge their batteries and burn a few calculator batteries. Confident in knowing what they needed to secure home field in next week’s Vermont Division III football playoffs, the …

Local Roundup: Rivendell Soccer Earns Another Shutout

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

South Royalton — At long last, the Rivendell Academy girls soccer team broke through a stingy South Royalton defense. The Raptors converted a trio of chances late to beat the host Royals 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Scoreless through …

Pomfret Hunter Bags Mega Moose

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pomfret — As Kevin Rice, Pomfret’s fire chief, scouted for bull moose in the wilds of the Northeast Kingdom early one morning late last month, he ventured to a wet, clear-c ut property in Bloomfield, Vt. There, he …

Hartford Field Hockey Back for Seconds

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

White River Junction — After losing more than half of last year’s roster to graduation and attrition, the Hartford High field hockey team has been learning to do a little more with a lot less all season. Now …

Engagement: Racicot — Goodale

Sunday, October 5, 2014

South Pomfret — Linda and George Racicot, of South Pomfret, and Kathy and Tim Goodale, of Belchertown, Mass., have announced the engagement of their children, Brittany Leigh Racicot and Zachary Andrew Goodale. The bride-to-be graduated from Woodstock Union …

Birth Announcements: Sept. 28, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center HARRINGTON — A son, Alden Scott Harrington, born on Sept. 2, 2014, to Emily and Jonathan Harrington, of North Pomfret. …

Mill River Grinds Down Woodstock Football

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Woodstock — Football teams that force four turnovers win games. Football teams that can’t move the pigskin much more than the length of a field over four quarters don’t. Count Woodstock’s 25-13 loss to Mill River at James McLaughlin Field on Friday night plenty of the former, but …

Hay Fever: Obstacles Add Challenges, Fun for Woodstock Runners

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Woodstock — For its one home race every year behind the Woodstock Racquet & Fitness Club, the Woodstock Union High cross country team tries to simulate the course layout of Thetford Academy, which hosts the VPA state championships …