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Todd Stanley, left, and Ben Griggs of Notts Excavating remove sandbags in front of Five Guys and other businesses in West Lebanon, N.H., after spending long hours Tuesday filling and stacking the bags in anticipation of the Connecticut River flooding on April 16, 2014.  
(Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

Flood Precautions Go Untested

Thursday, April 17, 2014

West Lebanon — Basements were pumped, roads were narrowed and farmlands were submerged, but for the most part, the Upper Valley was spared major damage Tuesday night as heavy rain and snow melt raised rivers less than forecast. “Nothing like Irene,” said Derek Dubuque, who works at Stateline Sports in West Lebanon. “Thankfully.” According to the National Weather Service, the …

Not-So-Calm Before the Storm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

West Lebanon — By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, the bottom shelves at Encore Books were bare. Employees at the Route 12A reseller spent the day moving hundreds of books to higher ground — or at least to higher shelves — in anticipation of potential flooding from the nearby Connecticut River overnight. “Right now, my …

I-89 Rest Area Plans Stalled In Randolph

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Randolph — In January 2013, Gov. Peter Shumlin praised a proposal from a prominent developer to construct the state’s first privately funded, public rest area. But the project off Interstate 89 in Randolph would impact some of the region’s prime farmland. Opposition from both state regulators and environmentalists is threatening to derail his massive development plan. The public rest area off Exit 4 …

Letter: Rally for Gun Rights March 9

Saturday, March 8, 2014

To the Editor: There will be a rally put on by the nonprofit group Gun Owners of Vermont on the steps of the Statehouse in Montpelier tomorrow (March 9) from 12 to 3 p.m. This is a pro-firearm event opposing all proposed anti-gun and ammunition legislation. (A reminder …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, March 6

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Randolph Passes $2.46M Budget Randolph — Voters at Town Meeting handily approved all spending requests in Australian ballot voting on Tuesday. The $2.46 million Randolph general fund budget passed, 367-104, and the $1.9 million highway fund was approved …

Caring for All Kinds of Communities

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Randolph Center — From people to farm animals to pets, it seems Dorothy “Dot” Wathley is always looking after someone or something. Wathley, 73, divides her days between Pinello Family Farm and caring for elderly neighbors. She’s not …

For Randolph, A Quiet Year

Friday, February 28, 2014

Randolph School District Meeting is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4 at Chandler Music Hall. The Town Meeting will follow. The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voting on town and school …

Elizabeth French

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Randolph, Vt. — Elizabeth French, 89, of Randolph, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at Mayo Health Care in Northfield. Calling hours will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at the Day Funeral Home in Randolph, with a service of remembrance starting at 3 p.m. …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 23, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cottage Hospital Official Is ‘CEO to Know’ Woodsville — Maria Ryan, CEO of Cottage Hospital, has been named to a list of “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know,” compiled by Becker’s Hospital Review. Rural health care leaders face …

Hands-Free or Hang Up: Vermont Lawmakers Weigh Vehicle Cell Phone Restrictions

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

White River Junction — State senators from the Upper Valley on Monday said they want to examine a bill to ban hand-held devices while driving but that it may well wind up on the governor’s desk. If it …

South Royalton School Honors

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

High Honors: Alexander Berk, Marguerite Dakin, Raven Hudson, Rebecca Paige, Callie Wuttke (grade 12); Larissa Stride (grade 11); Channing George, Mackinley George, Cora Honigford, Rhiannon Howe, Nils Rupprecht (grade 10); Emily Ballou, Michael Hemond, Chaniyah Lawrence, Maeve Naumann, Stephen Paige, Mara Southworth, Kasandra Wilson (grade 9). Honors: David …

Public Bank Proposal on Town Meeting Ballots Across Vermont

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Voters in three Vermont towns in the Upper Valley and 17 other communities in the state will face a simple question at Town Meeting this year: Should the Legislature be urged to examine the creation of a state …

Deane Edward Harrington

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Roxbury, Vt. — Deane Edward Harrington (Red), 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, Vt. He was surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Randolph, Vt. Nov. 12, 1934. Deane was the son of Ted and Elizabeth Harrington and brother …