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Peggy Poffenberger is described by friends and loved ones as a woman who loved the outdoors -- particularly gardening, hiking and cross-country skiing. (Family photograph)

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 moon, or; to sink wearily, worm-like in Mother Earth, to be eaten by a robin?” Those who knew and loved Poffenberger would likely agree that she lived her life like the wild geese flying across the moon. “She sought peace, worked for peace, and felt peace,” said Brookfield resident Carol Rogers, who describes herself as Poffenberger’s best friend. “And she was able to do all this because …

At the Hospitals: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August Motorcycle Ride Will Benefit David’s House Lebanon — A motorcycle ride next month will benefit David’s House, a nonprofit that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The guided ride, set for Aug. 2, leaves from First Congregational Church, 3470 Route 5, Westminster, Vt. It ends at David’s House, …

VTC Plans Milk-Processing Plant

Friday, July 18, 2014

Randolph Center — Vermont Technical College plans to build a milk-processing plant to provide milk to all of Vermont’s state colleges, as well as other institutions across the region. The plant is also intended to serve as a teaching tool for students and entrepreneurs. Brenda Snow, of Sno-Krest Jersey Farm in Brookfield, said …

Birth Announcements: May 4, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Gifford Medical Center WESTBROOK — A son, Beau Ewan Westbrook, born April 17, 2014, to Meghan and Clay Westbrook, of Randolph. …

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Advance Care Planning Discussion Set for Tuesday in Lebanon Lebanon — A presentation on advance care planning by Bernard Hammes, director of medical humanities and respecting choices for Gundersen Health System, of La Crosse, Wis., is set for …

Budget Gap Forces VTC To Cut Six From Staff

Friday, May 2, 2014

Randolph — Vermont Technical College is laying off six employees as part of an attempt to stabilize its finances following year-after-year budget deficits. The plan, announced last week, aims to improve the school’s budget position by $1.3 million. It includes reducing several employees’ positions from 12-month contracts to …

Pauline E. Stark

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Randolph Center, Vt. — Graveside Committal Services for Pauline E. Stark, 80, who died Jan. 15, 2014, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Randolph, with Rev. Marty Bascom, officiating. Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home. …

Local Roundup: Stevens’ Hussey Shines Under the Lights in No-Hitter

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Claremont — Ruthlessly efficient from the start, Chase Hussey tossed a no-hitter to lead the Stevens High baseball team to a 9-0 victory over Kearsarge under the lights at Barnes Park on Monday night. Hussey, a junior, needed …

Birth Announcements: April 27, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital CLEVELAND — A daughter, Caelin Rae Cleveland, born April 18, 2014, to Emily Sadoques and John Cleveland, of Claremont. Gifford Medical Center PUTNEY — A daughter, Nicole Abigail Putney, born April 12, 2014, to Rachel and Paul Putney, of Randolph. WHEATLEY — A …

Toastmasters Square Off in Public Speaking Competition

Sunday, April 27, 2014

White River Junction — Near the end of halftime of Toastmaster International’s public-speaking contest for Vermont and southern and western New Hampshire on Saturday morning, Chairwoman Shauna Green surveyed the audience in the conference room at the Veterans …

Bridgewater Raft Race Attracts Enthusiastic Following

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bridgewater — Despite rainy conditions Saturday, many lined up along the Ottauquechee River — or floated down it — to celebrate the town of Bridgewater’s annual “rite of spring.” The Bridgewater Raft Race celebrated its 40th anniversary, sending …

Linda Bea Chaffee

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Port Charlotte, Fla. — Linda Bea (Hull) Chaffee, 62, died peacefully at her winter home in Port Charlotte, on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Born Jan. 4, 1952, she attended Hartland Elementary School and Hartford High School, and graduated from Vermont Technical College. She had worked for Vermont Castings …

Shirley Alice Boutwell

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

East Braintree, Vt. — Shirley Alice Boutwell, 83, of East Braintree, died Easter Sunday morning, April 20, 2014, at her home. The Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bethel, with burial following at Pleasant View Cemetery in …