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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., …

Judge: Man to Remain in Prison Ahead of New Trial in 2008 Shooting

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

White River Junction — David and Kathy Bolaski had just arrived in Kentucky to visit their son, Kyle, in prison last month when he called to let them know the news: The Vermont Supreme Court had overturned his …

Virginia Mary Alden

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Lebanon, N.H. — Virginia Mary Alden, a life-long student of the Great Questions, went to meet her God, Answerer of all Questions, when she passed peaceably, Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the age of 93. Born in Lancaster, N.H. to William and Sarah Alden, Sept. 17, 1920, Virgina …

Evered W. “Giz” Hinkley

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Weathersfield, Vt. — Evered W. “Giz” Hinkley, 82, a longtime resident of Weathersfield, passed away Friday evening, May 2, 2014, at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. He was born May 18, 1931 in Weathersfield, the son of Harland A. and Maybelle (Danforth) Hinkley. He …

Guy G. “Hutch” Hutchinson

Friday, May 2, 2014

Wauseon, Ohio — Guy G. “Hutch” Hutchinson, age 69, of Wauseon and formerly of Springfield, Vt., passed away late Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in his home following an extended illness. Prior to his retirement he had worked for the former Bryant Grinder Corp. in Springfield as a Service …

Letter: Guard Against Patent ‘Trolls’

Friday, April 25, 2014

To the Editor: We have been lucky in Vermont. Our governor, Legislature, attorney general and congressional delegation have all shown that they get it. They understand that patent abuse, where poorly worded patents are used in what amount to legal extortion schemes, damages Vermont businesses. Patent abuse, perpetrated …

Letter: Spreading Fear About Single-Payer

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the Editor: Megan McArdle’s piece (“Vermont Single-Payer: Show Me the Money,” April 17) about the unaffordability of universal health care is way off the mark. If Vermont were its own country, it would rank 20th in per-capita GDP — $38,198, according to data from the Central Intelligence …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, March 27

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Three in Upper Valley Charged With Medicaid Fraud Woodstock — Three Upper Valley residents were among four people arraigned separately Tuesday on charges of Medicaid fraud related to in-home care services that allegedly were never provided, according to …