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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. …

Septic System Workshop Scheduled in Springfield, Vt.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — A free septic system workshop is set for Sept. 26 from 9 a.m.-noon at River Valley Technical Center, 307 South St. Designed for the layperson, the class will cover how septic systems work, tips for protecting and maintaining them, and the signs of a failing …

Springfield, Vt., Art and Historical Society Will Host Open House at Its New Home

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — After more than a half century in a landmark Victorian house on Elm Hill, the Springfield Art and Historical Society has moved to North Springfield. A yard sale and open house will be held this fall at the new site. The Miller Art Center was …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 6, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Cottage Hospital to Receive $10,000 For New Health Center Woodsville — Cottage Hospital will receive $10,000 this week from its auxiliary organization for the building fund of Rowe Health Center. The money includes proceeds from Cottage Hospital Auxiliary’s …

Gail Dunn Stickney

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Aurora, Colo. — Gail Dunn Stickney, 80, of Aurora, Colo, is now home with our Lord and Savior. Gail passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, 2015, at her home. Gail was born June 10, 1935 in Winchendon, Mass. She was the second of three children of …

Weathersfield Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robberies

Thursday, September 3, 2015

White River Junction — A Weathersfield man has pleaded guilty to three felonies related to three separate robberies earlier this year, including at a credit union and a bank in Springfield, Vt. The sentencing for Matthew Martin, 31, is delayed as he awaits extradition to Rhode Island to …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Geisel Name Surgery Chair Lebanon — Dr. Sandra L. Wong, the William W. Coon Professor of Surgical Oncology and associate chairwoman of clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Health System, has been named chairwoman of …

Dates Set for Vermont River Cleanups

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Activities marking Vermont’s River Cleanup Month are being scheduled for September, and volunteers are needed to help out. Watersheds United Vermont, a network of local watershed groups, is working with American Rivers and the Connecticut River Watershed Council to coordinate the statewide effort. Locally, the cleanups include one …

Hanover Nursing Home Ranks in Lowest Tier After Inspection

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hanover — An area nursing home that changed ownership 14 months ago was recently cited by state inspectors for several deficiencies in patient care, including a failure to provide eating assistance to a patient with dementia who lost 23 pounds. The citations contributed to Hanover Terrace Health and …

Volunteers Sought for River Cleanups

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Volunteers are needed for cleanup activities next month across Vermont. The state legislature has designated September “River Cleanup Month.” Watersheds United Vermont, a network of local watershed groups, is working with American Rivers and the Connecticut River Watershed Council to mobilize volunteers. In 2014, more than 700 volunteers …

Mt. Ascutney Projects Break-Even for 2016 Budget

Monday, August 3, 2015

Windsor — After two straight years of losing money in its health care operations, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is projecting that in its upcoming fiscal year it will break even in its core business — but only just barely. In a July 1 letter and budget …