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The action of a Dungeon and Dragons game is interspersed with jokes and playful ribbing at Dragon Maze Gaming Center in Newport, N.H., on April 8, 2014. "We kind of make it our own within the confines of the game," said Dragon Maze co-owner Reggie DuBois, who serves as Dungeon Master to help guide the unique story that develops within each campaign. (Valley News - Will Parson)

Battling Dragons in Newport: Gamers Gather to Play, Slay ... And Stay All Day

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Newport, N.H. — Business owners usually have a pretty good idea of what time they’ll lock up shop on a given night. But not Paul DuBois and Reggie DuBois, brothers who own a gaming center on North Main Street. “A role-playing game has no beginning and end,” Reggie DuBois said. People don’t go home because they slew the dragon. “They …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Man Rescued from Black River In Springfield, Vt. Springfield, Vt. — A man was rescued from the Black River Tuesday morning. Springfield Fire Chief Russ Thompson said the man, who was not identified, went in the water around 7 a.m. and was unable to return because of the swift current. He ended up perched on a boulder about 70 feet from shore. The …

Prescription Drug Take-Back Set for April 26

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A free, anonymous drug take-back day will take place on April 26 across Windsor County. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the U.S. and locally, and a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. The no-questions-asked “take-back” will enable residents to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired and unwanted …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Feb. 5

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hartford Man Pleads Guilty To Obstruction Charge, Gets Furlough Hartford — A 20-year-old Hartford man, who had already spent a month in prison, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice last month over an incident in which shots were fired into a Hartford resident’s bedroom. Joseph O’Keefe pleaded guilty to …

Calling All Ham Radio Operators: Springfield Radio Fest is Saturday

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — A free amateur radio swap fest is set for Saturday from 9 a.m.–noon at the First Congregational Church, 77 Main St. The event is sponsored by the Connecticut Valley FM Association and supported by the American Radio Relay League. “Hams” are invited to set up …

Where the Students Are the Teachers: At ‘Shiremont,’ People With Disabilities Learn, Lead, Grow

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lebanon — On the first day of the semester, nine people wander into the fine arts room at Lebanon College, taking seats at tables arranged in a rectangle. Outside, the wind pushes dry leaves across the concrete walkway; …

Wedding: Mariotti — Hall

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hartford — Heather Marie Mariotti and Brian Marshall Hall were married on Oct. 5, 2013. The wedding took place at Lake Morey Resort and was presided over by the bride’s uncle, Dilio Mariotti. The bride was escorted by …

Letter: Support Vt. Early Educators

Saturday, January 4, 2014

To the Editor: I encourage legislators and citizens to support S.52, a bill now in the Vermont Legislature that would allow licensed early educators to form a union if they so choose. The bill does not tell them they must form a union. Rather, it offers them the …

Arnold R. Richardson, Jr.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Arnold R. Richardson, Jr., 54, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, after struggling with multiple illnesses for many years. He was born in Vero Beach, Fla., Sept. 27, 1959, the son of Arnold (Skip) Richardson, Sr. and Delphia (Ovitt) Richardson. He was a 1979 …

Lead Testing of Children Varies Greatly by State in Northeast

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lebanon — No amount of lead is considered to be safe in a child’s body, and public health officials say the issue is still of significant concern throughout the nation. Yet the chance that a child under the age of 2 will get screened for lead poisoning largely …

Springfield Man Sentenced For Firing Shots Downtown

Saturday, December 14, 2013

White River Junction — A Springfield, Vt., man pleaded no contest to three charges stemming from a July 2012 incident in which he fired shots at another man during a confrontation in Springfield’s business district. As part of …

Perjury Charge Filed in Murder

Saturday, December 7, 2013

White River Junction — A Springfield, Vt., man who allegedly kicked a man as he lay dying on a Chester, Vt., softball field was arraigned on a perjury charge this week. Authorities allege Timothy Arbuckle made false statements during a 2011 trial of Kyle Bolaski, who was convicted …

Letter: A Moderate in Name Only

Monday, December 2, 2013

To the Editor: It seems David Sunderland, the new chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, is more like the national Republicans than he wants us to believe. His response to Vermont voters’ repeated rejection of the Republican Party agenda is: Don’t change the policy — change the strategy. …