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Linnea Burnham, of Thetford, Vt., has been selected as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. The fellowship has allowed Burnham to study artisanal cheesemaking in Italy, Switzerland, England, Norway, Brazil and South Africa. (Courtesy photograph)

Food Notes: Thetford Native Wins Fellowship to Research Cheesemaking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thetford resident Linnea Burnham is spending the next 13 months traveling the world to learn about making artisanal cheese. Burnham, who graduated from Middlebury College earlier this year, is one of the 50 members of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation’s 47th class of fellows, which provides her with a $30,000 stipend to cover an independent year of international travel. Her itinerary includes working with small-scale cheese producers in Norway, England, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and Brazil, Burnham said in an email from Oslo, where she started the fellowship in June. She’ll spend the next three months traveling the Norwegian countryside, visiting farms and Geitost (goat) …

Open Pastures

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Patsy DuClose-Silloway repairs a fence on her farm Tuesday in East Randolph, where she keeps a beef cow, a sheep, a turkey and chickens. “Animals are an enjoyment, and they bring peace to your mind,” she said.Valley News — James M. Patterson …

A Life: Norman Runnion, 1929-2015; ‘It Would Never Have Occurred to Me to Be Anything Else’

Monday, June 29, 2015

Brookfield, Vt. — Ask Norman Runnion for his life story and he’d point to a newspaper. Take the old Kansas City Journal-Post, where he played as a child while his father pounded on a manual typewriter. Or the Evanston (Ill.) Review, where he broke into journalism by pasting up the sports page for …

Richard J. “Dick” Young

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Braintree, Vt. — Committal services and military honors for Richard J. “Dick” Young, 75, who died Feb. 14, 2015, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Randolph. Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home. …

Connecting Producers, Investors: ‘Slow Money’ Movement Seeks to Grow Vermont’s Food System

Sunday, May 10, 2015

White River Junction — A new nonprofit that promotes investment in a sustainable local and regional food system held its first entrepreneur showcase last week. The sold-out event at the Coolidge Hotel reflected one of Slow Money Vermont’s …

Business Notes: May 10, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Windsor — Artisans, farmers and other vendors are needed for the Windsor Farmers Market’s summer season. Artisans and vendors with crafts, fresh and canned produce, prepared foods and more are all welcome, organizers said in a recent news …

State Awards $900K in Grants for Broadband Improvements

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Norwich — Four Upper Valley towns — Norwich, Randolph, Royalton and Bradford — are among the eight Vermont communities that will benefit from state grants totaling nearly $900,000 aimed at improving broadband Internet speeds in underserved areas, according to an announcement from Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday. “I’m …

Bethel, Royalton Set to Merge School Offices

Monday, May 4, 2015

Royalton — In anticipation of a 2016 merger of supervisory unions now headquartered in Royalton and Bethel, the two staffs will start sharing office space near the ramps to Interstate 89 in Royalton this summer. The move to a building in an industrial park at the top of …

Birth Announcements: May 3, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center JOYCE — A son, Jonathan Robert Joyce, born on April 3, 2015, to Ashley and Geoffrey Joyce, of Lebanon. Gifford Medical Center HARRISON — A son, Kody Glen Harrison, born on April 21, 2015, to Billie-Jean Rowe and Robert Harrison, of Randolph. …

A Young Man’s Game: Underclassmen Look to Keep South Royalton in Contention

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

South Royalton — With five sophomores and a freshman in its starting lineup, the perennially strong South Royalton School baseball team is in a period of transition. As Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Thetford Academy showed, that doesn’t necessarily …

Lo “Chuck” Hatch

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Randolph, Vt. — Committal services for Lo “Chuck” Hatch, 92, who died Feb. 5, 2015, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 1 at Pleasant View Cemetery in Randolph. Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home. …

Vt. Carbon-Cutting Challenge Set for May

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Vermont organization is encouraging people to take a bus, walk, bike, telecommute or carpool instead of driving alone in their cars between May 4-15. Way to Go! Vermont encourages New Englanders to reduce carbon emissions by using alternative transportation. It comprises more than two dozen partner organizations …

Birth Announcements: April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital ACKERMAN — A daughter, Amelia Louise Ackerman, born on April 21, 2015, to Hillary and Kyle Ackerman, of Lebanon. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center MASON — A son, Coby James Mason, born on March 21, 2015, to Nicole and Brandon Mason, of Grantham. WEATHERELL — …