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John Messier of Sharon puts a lid on a hot kettle after moving molten iron from the melting area to the molding line at the Vermont Castings foundry in Randolph, Vt. Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Iowa Firm Buys Vermont Castings

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Randolph — Only 14 months after the company was taken over in a management-led buyout, Vermont Castings has been sold again — this time to HNI Corp., an Iowa-based wood-burning stove, fireplace and office furniture manufacturer. Vermont Castings, which employs about 200 full- and part-time workers at a foundry in Randolph and assembly plant in Bethel, is part of Paris, …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 28, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services Names New CEO Springfield, Vt. — George Karabakakis, a longtime employee of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, was recently appointed chief executive officer of HCRS. The nonprofit is the state-designated community mental health agency for Windsor and Windham counties. During his more than 20 years with HCRS, Karabakakis …

Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Randolph — For evidence of the failings and limitations of the network of public and private providers that deliver mental health care in Vermont, look at the headlines. In recent months, there were stories of the suicide of Vermont Law School professor Cheryl Hanna a few days after she was forced to wait …

Stagecoach Names Interim Leader

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Randolph — Stagecoach Transportation Services, which recently experienced a leadership change, hosted a barbecue last month at Gifford Medical Center. The barbecue, part of the hospital’s free Tuesday concert series, was a way to thank local donors for …

Medicare Ruling Could Mean $12 Million Hit to Vt. Hospitals

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Randolph — The instructions alone stretch out for 291 pages. The completed form (CMS-2552-10, if you’re playing along at home) prints out into a stack of papers more than an inch thick. And the audit and reimbursement process …

‘Provider Tax’ Prompts Different Reactions

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lebanon — Tax collectors in every state except Alaska scoop up a portion of the revenue that hospitals and other providers collect in exchange for caring for patients. Hospitals generally aren’t big fans of these so-called provider taxes, but in recent years their political attitudes toward the levies …

Entertainment Highlights: New Chandler Director to Hit the Ground Running

Thursday, August 14, 2014

While Kurt Thoma will officially take the reins at Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts on Sept. 1, in the meantime he’ll be riding shotgun with departing Executive Director Becky McMeekin on the stagecoach speeding toward the Aug. …

Nancy Ellen Harlan Mandigo

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Northfield, Vt. — There was a celebration in Heaven on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, when Nancy arrived. Nancy Ellen Rorabaugh was born on April 1, 1926, the only child of Merrill S. and Jessye (Frampton) Rorabaugh. Raised in New Kensington, Pa. she always obeyed her parents and maintained …

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 …

Births: Aug. 3, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Gifford Medical Center PACHECO — A daughter, Aria Lillian Pacheco, born on July 14, 2014, to Jessica and Emanuel Pacheco, of Randolph. …

Freshly Brewed: Entrepreneur Hits Market With New Craft Beer

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Braintree, Vt. — Located off a scenic dirt road not too far from Randolph, Michael Czok’s new Bent Hill Brewery could be considered a little off the beaten path. But “we’re getting the word out that we’re here, …

A Life: Margaret ‘Peggy’ Poffenberger, 1922-2014; ‘Sought Peace, Worked For Peace’

Monday, July 28, 2014

Brookfield, Vt. — “Some things — soul-searching things — cannot be planned,” Margaret “Peggy” Poffenberger once wrote in a poem. “Living and dying, the daily and the extraordinary; To fly, purposefully, God-like, honking with wild geese, across the …