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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. …

Business Notes: Aug. 2, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Several Upper Valley farms are set to participate in Vermont’s Open Farm Week. From Monday through Aug. 9, more than 100 farms across the state will be open for tours, tastings and educational activities. The event is sponsored …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 2, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Opens New Acute Rehabilitation Center Windsor — The new acute inpatient rehabilitation center at Mt. Ascutney Hospital has opened its doors to patients. The 10-bed facility includes a simulation kitchen, transitional apartment, therapeutic workshop, space …

How Guite Built, Changed VTel

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Over the years, the Vermont Telephone Co., a privately owned telecommunications company that was acquired 21 years ago in a buyout led by former Wall Street executive Michel Guite, has proven itself willing to challenge …

Mark Alan Schoff

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Mark Alan Schoff, 51, of Springfield passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at 9:20 a.m. after a month long battle resulting from an unexplained cardiac arrest on June 15, 2015. Mark was born March 12, 1964, in Springfield. Mark graduated from Springfield High …

Sheila (Kathy) Fenwick

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Villages, Fla. — Sheila (Kathy) Fenwick, 67, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, after a brief illness under the care of the Villages Hospice House. Kathy was born Nov. 10, 1947, in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of the late Raymond and Martha Prinsen. She grew up …

At the Hospitals: July 5, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Focus Group Participants Sought For End-of-Life Care Study Springfield, Vt. — Focus groups participants are needed to help with a statewide study of Vermonter’s experiences with end-of-life care. The study is being led by the Visiting Nurse and …

Exploring the ‘Cool Science’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Comfortable temperatures and, with luck, some vacation time, make summer the perfect season to get out and enjoy the sunshine. But don’t forget life after the sun goes down. Star parties and viewings at local observatories offer a …

New HCRS CEO Also Has Deferred Compensation Package

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, in the wake of controversy about the deferred compensation package it arranged for longtime and now former Chief Executive Judith Hayward, is salting away money for her successor. Disclosure earlier this year that Hayward had collected $686,000 …

Paul Putnam

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Chester, Vt. — Paul Putnam passed away on Monday, June 8, 2015, peacefully in the early morning hours. He was born on May 19, 1961, in Springfield, Vt. Son of Roberta and Arthur Putnam, Paul graduated from Green Mountain Union High School, class of 1979. Paul was a …

Volunteer Spotlight: He Has the Drive to Serve Fellow Veterans

Sunday, June 7, 2015

White River Junction — Lawrence “Larry” Cayia has been retired for years, but he still has a regular commute. Four days a week, the Essex Junction, Vt., resident brings veterans from Chittenden County to their appointments at the …