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Bruno Calumbi, of Newport, N.H., had just purchased a hands-free device at Best Buy in West Lebanon, N.H., on July 2, 2015. Before heading out on his motorcycle, he was setting up the device. Calumbi said he would also be using it when driving his car.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Hand-Held Devices Banned

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Following in Vermont’s footsteps, New Hampshire last week put in place a law that makes it illegal for drivers to hold a cellphone to their ear while driving, a measure both states hope will cut down on distracted driving. New Hampshire’s law, like Vermont’s, mandates that drivers using electronic devices have hands-free use of them while driving, meaning that motorists …

Royalton Swimming Hole Donated to Town

Saturday, July 4, 2015

S outh Royalton — Pinch Rock, a rocky swimming hole area jutting into the White River across the street from Peg Elmer’s pale green home, has long been a favorite summer spot for the likes of swimmers, boaters, fishermen, tubers and picnickers. On the best days to soak up rays on the rock …

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 …

No Time to Waste: Major Provisions of Vermont Recycling Law Go Into Effect This Week

Sunday, June 28, 2015

“Nobody really knows what’s going to happen when this goes into effect on July 1,” Todd Allen, the chairman of Hartford’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, told town leaders earlier this month. “It’s a little bit of uncharted waters.” …

Gay Marriage Coast to Coast

Saturday, June 27, 2015

White River Junction — As Vermont Law School professor Jackie Gardina absorbed the news Friday morning that the Supreme Court had ruled in favor of national marriage equality, she received a text from her wife, Lauren Bassing, who …

Ruby Louise Clark

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

White River Junction, Vt. — Ruby Louise Clark, 93, died Sunday, June 21, 2015, at Brookside Nursing Home in Wilder, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, July 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knight Funeral Home in White …

James E. Snelling

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Royalton, Vt. — James E. Snelling, 72, died on Monday, June 22, 2015, at his home in Royalton, surrounded by his loving family. He was born just over the mountain, at Grammy Jones’s homestead on Happy Hollow, on Aug. 6, 1942. He was the son of Kenneth Snelling …

Kathy Tortolano

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Key West, Fla. — A celebration of life memorial service for Kathy Tortolano, 58, who died Dec. 7, 2014, will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of South Royalton with Rev. Joshua Moore officiating. Burial will follow the service in the …

James E. Snelling

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Royalton, Vt. — James E. Snelling, 72, died Monday, June 22, 2015, at his home. Arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction, Vt. A full obituary will follow in a later edition. …

Birth Announcements: June 21, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital COLE — A son, Shamus Christopher Cole, born on June 5, 2015, to Brittney Ann and Christopher Mark Cole, of Canaan. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center BROWN — A daughter, Sophia Leigh Rose Brown, born on June 3, 2015, to Jessica Leigh Robb and Jeffrey …

Deere Dealer Heads for Hartland

Sunday, June 21, 2015

White River Junction — After 24 years at 240 S. Main St., downtown fixture L.F. Trottier & Sons is departing White River Junction for Hartland. On Aug. 1, the company will swap its current 3,800-square-foot shop for an 8,000-square-foot facility on Route 5 in Hartland. It will move …

George E. Brown, Jr.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

South Royalton, Vt. — George E. Brown, Jr., 92 died Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the VA Medical Center in White River Jct., Vt. after a period of failing health. He was born Aug. 9, 1922, in Roxbury, Maine. He left school at an early age to join …

SoRo Grads Celebrate the Journey

Sunday, June 14, 2015

South Royalton — As longtime chemistry teacher Evan Ellerson approached the lectern on the South Royalton green Saturday morning, he apologized to the crowd for turning his back on them, but said he wanted to face the high …


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