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During her final prom, Leah Wright turns away from her date, C-Jay, not knowing he was trying to give her a kiss, at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Ma., on June 5, 2014. C-Jay was eventually able to "steal" a kiss that night, and Leah gave a bashful grin. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who had been in the hospital with stomach problems earlier in the week. “Are you sure you feel like eating all that?” her …

Online Auction Benefits Norman Williams Library

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Woodstock — An online auction to benefit Norman Williams Public Library is underway at www.32auctions.com/nwpl. The prizes include a week in an Arizona vacation home, a week in Puerto Rico, a three-day weekend in a New York City apartment and a golf trip to Naples, Fla. Bidders can also vie for a scenic flight for two, a year-long membership to Green Mountain Horse …

Arthur Florian Shumski

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Central City, Pa. — Arthur Florian Shumski, of Central City, native of Vermont, passed away comfortably Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, while surrounded by family. Born June 20, 1934. Predeceased by his parents, Lena and Stanley Shumski; brother, Hendry “Hank” Shumski; and grandson, Ryan Roberts. Survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Jane S. Shumski, Central City; brothers, Anthony Shumski, East Amherst, N.Y., …

A Life: Janice S. Johnson, 1947-2014; 'The Tougher They Were, the Harder She Worked to Help Them'

Monday, July 21, 2014

Windsor — A consummate teacher, avid crafter and dedicated volunteer, Janice “Jan” Johnson was quick to share her gifts with others. For Johnson’s colleagues, friends, and relatives, a wedding or the birth of a baby meant a handmade …

Amy J. Parent

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Topsham, Vt. — Amy J. Parent, 43 died on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. after a short illness. She was born April 9, 1971 in Springfield, Vt. the daughter of Robert Baker and Theresa “Terry” (Carpenter) Carty. She attended school in …

Springfield Library Book Sale Will Feature 10,000 Volumes

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — About 10,000 books, as well as audio and visual materials, will be featured at the town library’s annual book sale on July 19. The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former National Guard Armory on Fairground Road, next to …

Volunteer Spotlight: A Long Ride to Help Fellow Veterans

Sunday, July 6, 2014

White River Junction — More than a decade has passed since Larry Daigle started traveling from his home in Granville, N.Y., to White River Junction to volunteer with Friends of Veterans. It’s a long drive — 80 miles …

Upper Valley Students Score Well in Vermont Business Plan Competition

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Several local students were among the winners of a competition that challenges young people to develop their own creative business plans. Makayla Smith and Taylor Rocke, who attended River Valley Technical Center, won second place overall in the Vermont Rural Entrepreneurship Through Action Learning High …

Forum, June 29: The Science of Fluoride; Lebanon’s July 4th Offerings; Executive Orders

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Scientifically Sound Decision To the Editor: As a member of the Hartford Selectboard, I read the recent editorial on Hartford’s decision about fluoride with particular interest (“Hartford Brushes Off Fluoridation Science,” June 22). The editor’s claim that the Selectboard did not “wish to go to the trouble …

Blood Drive Memorializes Slain Veteran

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — An American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday will honor the late Army Sgt. Kevin Sheehan. Sheehan, who grew up in Springfield, was killed in combat in Iraq on May 25, 2004, at age 36. The blood drive has been organized by his widow, Heather Sheehan, …

Jeanne C. Vatne

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Jeanne Claire (Gamlin) Vatne, 83, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was born in Florence, Mass., on Sept. 25, 1930, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Shirtcliff) Gamlin. Jeanne grew up in Greenfield, Mass., and graduated from St. …

Judge OKs Bail For Bolaski

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

White River Junction — A Windsor Superior Court judge has ruled that Kyle Bolaski, the Springfield, Vt., man whose second-degree murder conviction was overturned by the Vermont Supreme Court, can be released on $100,000 bail with conditions as he awaits a new trial. The decision issued by Judge …

Vt. Shooting Suspect Held Without Bail

Saturday, June 14, 2014

White River Junction — A New Jersey man is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to four charges relating to a violent altercation Wednesday in Springfield, Vt., that police say involved a dispute over heroin and resulted in one man being shot and injuries to two …