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Bob Frenier, of Chelsea, is a candidate for Orange County State Senate. (Courtesy the candidate)

Vt. State Senator Has Challenger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chelsea — A 67-year-old small businessman is launching a Republican challenge to longtime state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange. Chelsea resident Robert Frenier, who runs a company that buys used airport fire trucks and rebuilds them, said he is concerned that working Vermonters and senior citizens are being hurt by state-run healthcare programs and “no-growth environmental policies.” “There are a lot …

David S. Ilsley

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Groton, Vt. — David S. Ilsley, 100, died peacefully on Saturday, March 29, 2014, surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Root) Ilsley, with whom he recently celebrated 64 years of devoted and loving marriage. David was born in Thetford, Vermont, son of the late Mabel (Sargent) and Jedediah Ilsley. He grew up farming and lived an amazing 100 years. …

Bus Driver Had Previous DUI

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

White River Junction — The Butler’s Bus Service driver who has been charged with operating a bus full of schoolchildren while having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit had a prior DUI conviction in 2006, and Butler’s knew about it when he was hired. Carl H. Lupton, 57, of Bethel, pleaded …

Edward Orth Doughtie

Friday, March 28, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Edward Orth Doughtie reluctantly left this life on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was born in 1935 in Columbus, Ga., where he attended public schools, and where he began to enjoy his lifelong love of literature and music. He earned degrees at Duke and Harvard …

Letter: A Radical Change for Vermont

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

To the Editor: A Vermont bill that would eliminate 282 local school soards in favor of consolidation into 45 regional boards, with just one representative from each town, is making its way through the state House of Representatives. If this bill were to become law, schools in a …

Letter: Promises to Keep

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

To the Editor: Thank you for last weekend’s coverage of Vermont bill S.119, which would define amendments to conservation easements. This issue deserves a broad public conversation. Saturday’s editorial and Sunday’s commentaries were welcome additions to the dialogue. It’s a much larger, public issue than the narrow view …

Ex-Smokers Breathe Easier: E-Cigarettes Rise in Popularity But Health Questions Unanswered

Friday, March 14, 2014

West Lebanon — About nine months ago, Matt Palombo was curious about how much money he was spending on cigarettes. He smoked around a pack a day for eight years. Palombo knew it was an expensive habit, but …

Polly Anne Poor

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Polly Anne Poor was born in Beverly, Mass. on April 15, 1952, and died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Monday, March 10, 2014. As a young girl in Wheeling, W.Va., Polly fell in love with horses. She learned to ride, train and compete at a …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, March 13

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Voters Approve $38.9M Kearsarge Budget New London — All three articles on the Kearsarge Regional School District ballot passed during Town Meeting on Tuesday. Voters, 1540 to 862, approved the $38.9 million operating budget, which represents a 4.4 …

Letter: Clarification About Strafford Pre-School

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

To the Editor: I am writing in response to the March 5 article about Strafford’s Town Meeting, in which I was quoted. The statement that I made was misunderstood, and I would like to clarify. During the school budget discussion, a question was raised by another voter about …

Late Start for Maple Sugarmakers; Cold Spell Crimps Sap Flow

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hartland — Most area sugarmakers have yet to begin boiling sap into syrup, but it’s too early to say what the delayed start and lingering cold will mean for production this season. “If it comes off within the …

Letter: No Assault on Religious Liberty

Sunday, March 9, 2014

To the Editor: Margaret Drye has grossly confused the loss of Christian privilege with religious persecution (“Town Meeting and Public Prayer,” Perspectives, March 2). She isn’t alone in her delusive cries of victimization, but she is no less wrong. Consider this: Houses of worship and religiously-affiliated groups are …

Susan E. Lawrence

Saturday, March 8, 2014

South Strafford, Vt. — Susan E. Lawrence, 59, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Cedar Hill Health and Rehab in Windsor, Vt. after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born July 4, 1954, in Peterborough, N.H., the daughter of Donald and Olive (Murray) Parker. She …