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Gilbert E. Varney, Sr.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Enumclaw, Wash. — Gilbert E. Varney, Sr. died at his home on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2014, at the age of 86, following a long illness. He was born in Strafford, Vt., on June 11, 1928, a son of George I. Varney and Mabel (Wheeler) Varney. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beverly Sayre Varney, daughters Sheridan Varney and Penelope Alger, sons Gilbert, Jr. and Geoffrey, one granddaughter and six grandsons. He was preceded in death by his son Gregory in 2002. He is also survived by brother Earl Varney of S. Strafford, Vt., and sister Virginia Partridge of Powell, Wyo. Gil joined the Army in September, 1946. He was in the 511th …

Robert D. “Bob” Nutting

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Robert D. “Bob” Nutting, 69 died Aug. 22, 2014, at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt., after a Courageous battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 20 1945, in Lebanon, N.H., the son of Everett D.”Tink” and Annie M. (Ferris) Nutting. He attended school in Sharon and later South Royalton where he graduated in 1968 from South Royalton High …

Forum, Aug. 23: Candidates; Rick Perry; the Co-Op; and Bees

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Need Speaks Volumes To the Editor: Weathersfield Proctor Library has not been expanded since it was built in 1902. Perhaps more people would use it if it was bigger. I have taken my children there for functions and you sit on top of other people. I cannot think of a better way to spend our tax dollars. The town could host more …

Forum: Aug. 22: No to Glenn McCoy; Yes to Shawn Braley; Worthy Candidates

Friday, August 22, 2014

Glenn McCoy’s Nasty Scratchings To the Editor: I strongly agree in principle with those who defend the publication of Glenn McCoy’s nasty scratchings. I too am interested in all points of view that are relevant, offered in good faith, and based on appropriate evidence. Subversive imagination also makes …

4 Democrats Vie for House Seats

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Norwich — State Rep. Kathy Hoyt’s decision not to run for one of the two Vermont House seats representing Norwich, Sharon, Strafford and Thetford has created an unusual situation in the reliably Democratic district: Come primary day on …

After 60 Years, Boomerang Returns

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

As an 8-year-old boy I was given a boomerang. It was made of plywood, and I had no illusions that it was an original aboriginal boomerang made in Australia. But I did believe that if I threw it …

Dancing to the Music

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Maria Cabri, of Strafford, left, and Gina Sonne, of Post Mills, swing while dancing to the music of Jeremiah McLane, Owen Marshall and Ethan Hazzard-Watkins at the Tuesday Summer Concert Series at the Strafford Town House on Tuesday. …

Forum, Aug. 2: Middle Class Problems; Peace in the Mideast; Fast Times on Route 4

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rise and Fall of the Middle Class To the Editor: As a teacher of a course on the declining middle class at OSHER@Dartmouth in the past and again this fall (“The Puzzle of Our Time: Can the Middle Class Be Saved?”), I was particularly interested in the recent …

Forum, July 30: America’s Game: Wealth; Beware Single-Payer; The Obession of the ‘Valley News’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reading Is Still Fundamental To the Editor: On May 31, members of the American Legion Post 84 joined White River School staff to help us raise money to preserve our Reading is Fundamental program. Adjutant Dan Hillard and his colleagues learned that federal funds for the RIF program …

Schools, Church Get Solar Grants

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sharon — Three schools and one church in Sharon, Strafford and Thetford were among nine community solar projects across Vermont to receive grants from a state fund intended to boost the development of clean energy, the Shumlin administration announced Tuesday. A total of $442,750 was awarded, with 42 …

Monuments to the States

Monday, July 28, 2014

Strafford — Justin Morrill is best known for drafting the legislation that created the nation’s system of land-grant colleges and for being a co-founder of the Republican Party. But one of the Strafford-born Congressman and U.S. Senator’s lesser …

Four Towns Work on Waste

Saturday, July 19, 2014

White River Junction — Community leaders from several Upper Valley towns met Tuesday night to begin the slow process of considering collaborative solutions for collecting and processing the region’s trash, compost and recyclables. The unusual gathering of almost …

Push Smart

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Jackson Robert Avery, 4, of Strafford, pushes his ATV back into the garage after pushing it out into the driveway to sit on it at his home in Strafford on Friday. Valley News — Sarah Priestap …