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Turning Point employee Brandy Cheney speaks candidly about growing up with an alcohol addiction and becoming free from the addiction while talking to sixth-graders during their health class at Hartland Elementary school in Hartland, Vt., on Jan. 8, 2015. 
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Valley Parents: After Getting Sober, Brandy Cheney Counsels Young People

Friday, February 5, 2016

Springfield, Vt. — The turning point for Brandy Cheney came on a summer night in 2014, when she hopped into her car to pick up a relative, even though she was intoxicated. The Bellows Falls police pulled her over and charged her with DUI. Cheney, now 24, had grown up in a family where addiction was common. She had joined the Army after graduating from high school and managed to stay clean for a while. But when she broke her back during a training exercise and was prescribed Oxycontin, her life quickly spiralled downward. And then there was the DUI, which she describes as a …

Volunteer Spotlight: New Women’s Club Seeks Members

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Windsor — A fledgling women’s club is looking for new members. Like the international organization it belongs to, the General Federation of Women’s Club of Southern Windsor County focuses on domestic violence awareness and prevention. Recently, the club put together two dozen personal care kits for victims of domestic violence and for people …

Carol Ann Wing

Friday, January 29, 2016

Springfield, Vt. — Carol Ann Wing, 71 of Springfield, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, following a brief illness. Born in 1944 in Jamaica, N.Y., to Laurence and Evelyn Wilson, Carol grew up in Rockville Center, N.Y. Carol graduated from DePauw University in 1966, majoring in education and minoring in music. She later earned a master’s degree in education at Adelphi University. …

Donald lrvine Gurney, Sr.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Donald lrvine Gurney, Sr., 86, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, surrounded by his family at Baystate Medical Center. He was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Springfield, the son of John G. Gurney and Lillian (McDonnell) Gurney. He graduated from Springfield High School in …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 11, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Grant Will Help Geneticist Study How Behaviors May be Inherited Hanover — Giovanni Bosco, an associate professor of genetics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, has been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The five-year Pioneer Award supports exceptional investigators pursuing bold, highly …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 4, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

VNA Hospice Medical Director Receives Board Certification New London — Dr. Kristi Saunders, hospice medical director for Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, has earned board certification through the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. To earn …

Hartford Police to Add Social Worker

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hartford — Hartford police will soon be the fifth Vermont police department to have a Health Care and Rehabilitation Services social worker stationed at its headquarters to intervene in situations that are less suited for law enforcement and more appropriate for someone with a mental health background. HCRS …

Janet M. Liberty

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Janet M. Liberty, 85, a longtime resident of Springfield, passed away Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor. The complete obituary will be published when arrangements are …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 20, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Geisel Receives $5 million Grant to Study Motivation and Behavior Change Hanover — The Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine has received a $5 million Common Fund grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project they hope will lead to …

Cleanup Targets the Black River

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — A refrigerator door, a road sign, 48 tires and enough household garbage to fill 65 trash bags were among the items volunteers dragged from the banks and bed of the Black River last weekend. The …

Bruce Edward Perry

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cavendish, Vt. — Bruce Edward Perry, age 58, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with heart disease at Tuft’s Medical Center Hospital in Boston, Mass. He was born Springfield, Vt. Dec. 5, 1956, the son of Leland H. and Alma (Wood) Perry. …

Carroll V. Bostwick

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Carroll V. Bostwick, 81, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at his home in Springfield. He was born June 11, 1934, in Bethel, Vt. the son of Harold and Clara (Phillips) Bostwick. He attended school in Bethel and graduated from Whitcomb High School in …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 13, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Open House Set At New Rehab Center Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center will host an open house at its newly opened rehabilitation center on Sept. 24, from 2-4 p.m. Kevin Donovan, the hospital and health center’s CEO, said the free event will be “very special” …