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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 …

Windsor County Drug Take-Back Day Is Saturday

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Hartford — Expired and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped for free off at sites throughout Windsor County on Saturday, as part of an effort to combat prescription drug abuse. The anonymous, “no questions asked” collections will take …

Colleen F. Martin

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bloomfield, Conn. — Colleen F. Martin, 48, of Bloomfield died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital. She was born in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of Neil and Patricia (Follett) Martin. Colleen was a graduate of Springfield High School class …

Transportion Hearings Set for Springfield, Vt.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Springfield, Vt. — A series of meetings to gather public comment about transportation issues facing Vermont will kick off on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in Springfield Town Hall. The hearings are sponsored by the Vermont Transportation Board, which travels around the state each year to discuss transportation …

Vt. Meetings Set To Help Shape Economic Plan

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Woodstock — Residents of the 40-town East Central Vermont region are encouraged to take part in a series of free meetings about local economic development. The region is participating in a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning project that includes developing a community and economic development strategic plan. Input from …

HCRS and Alternative School Merge

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Springfield, Vt. — Kindle Farm School in Newfane, Vt., and Health Care and Rehabilitation Services recently merged. The two agencies have had a business partnership for several years, “providing for enhanced therapeutic services, programming and infrastructure at the school,” HCRS said in a news release last week. The …

Letter: Less Is More on Public Safety

Saturday, September 7, 2013

To the Editor: We support U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s recent policy reforms, chief among them that federal prosecutors reserve the most severe penalties for the most violent and high-level drug dealers. The policy implemented last month by the nation’s top law enforcement official also sought …

Weathersfield Man Faces Charges After Route 106 Dirt Bike Chase

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Weathersfield — A 32-year-old Weathersfield man faces charges of grand larceny, aggravated operation without owner’s consent, grossly negligent operation and attempting to elude, Vermont State Police said Saturday. Police said Joey Bergeron was riding a dirt bike on Friday at about 8:30 a.m. when he passed Vermont State …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 18, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Dare to Care Program Graduates Nine Windsor — Nine teenagers recently graduated from Dare to Care, the student volunteer program at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. During the 17-hour course, students age 13-18 work alongside hospital staff as patient care assistants. The curriculum includes confidentiality policies, communication …

Vt. Sex Offender Returns to State

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Burlington — A sex offender who had planned to move to California after being released from prison was back in Vermont on Monday, and officials repeated their warning the ex-con could target young blond-haired boys. Timothy Szad, 53, …

Golfers Go Long for Veterans

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Springfield, Vt. — One drive, stroke and putt at a time, area golfers converged at Crown Point Country Club on Monday to help fight homelessness among United States armed forces veterans. In comfortable conditions, 18 teams of four …