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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., …

2 Charged In Vermont Shooting

Friday, June 13, 2014

White River Junction — A shooting incident in Springfield, Vt., that injured a convicted drug dealer and wounded two other people was triggered by a dispute over heroin, according to court documents. Authorities said Leon Jiggetts, 26, of …

In Chester, Vt., Shooting, Bail for Bolaski Still Unclear

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

White River Junction — Kyle Bolaski is likely to spend another couple of weeks in jail, but his parents are still hopeful that their son, who is charged with second-degree murder but has said the shooting was in …

Darlene Fitzherbert

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Weathersfield, Vt. — Darlene Fitzherbert, 52, a long time resident of Springfield, Vt. later residing in Weathersfield, passed away at Mt. Ascutney Hospice, in the early morning of Tuesday, May 20, 2014, following a courageous and graceful battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her brothers and close …

Eugene Norman Duffy

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Eugene Norman Duffy, 97, passed away on Thursday morning at the Mt. Ascutney Health Care Center in Windsor, Vt. He was born Feb. 2, 1917, in Saxonville, Mass. the son of James P. and Mildred B. (Norman) Duffy. His childhood was spent in Lebanon, N.H. …

Vt. Supreme Court Orders New Bolaski Bail Hearing

Friday, May 23, 2014

White River Junction — The state Supreme Court has ordered a new bail hearing for Kyle Bolaski, who is awaiting a new trial after the Supreme Court overturned his second-degree murder conviction last month. Bolaski, 30, of Springfield, …

W. Lebanon Residents Report High Level of Bear Activity

Thursday, May 22, 2014

West Lebanon — Linda and Gary White own one of the biggest dogs in town, a 1-year-old English mastiff named Atticus who stands about 3 feet tall and weighs 140 pounds. But Atticus almost looks tiny compared to …

At the Hospitals: May 18, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Gifford Breaks Ground On Senior Living Community Randolph Center — Gifford Medical Center recently broke ground on a senior living community. For more than two years, Gifford has been working to gain approvals and move forward with the …

Ruling Doesn’t Affect 2nd Suspect’s Charges

Friday, May 16, 2014

White River Junction — The state Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn a murder conviction in a 2008 shooting death in Chester, Vt., won’t affect the charges against a second defendant in the case, the prosecutor said. Timothy J. Arbuckle, 33, is charged with second-degree murder in the …

Friends of Frogs, Savers of Salamanders: A Helping Hand for Amphibians Crossing the Road

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Whether they’re carrying toads across busy streets or tracking down vernal pools, for those trying to protect amphibians and their habitat, timing is key. “Big nights,” when the animals migrate en masse, are difficult to predict. But on …

Springfield, Vt., Woman Wins Environmental Award

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — A Springfield volunteer who led efforts to clean up the Black River in southeastern Vermont recently received an environmental award from Green Mountain Power. Kelly Stettner, who founded the Black River Action Team, was selected …