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Mike Swift and his son Olin, 2, go to the transfer center in Strafford every Saturday. Their bagged garbage is loaded into a truck to be hauled away. More provisions of Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law are scheduled to go into effect on July 1. Among the changes, individual households are required to separate out their recyclables and towns must put recycling receptacles alongside waste bins. (Medora Hebert photograph)

No Time to Waste: Major Provisions of Vermont Recycling Law Go Into Effect This Week

Sunday, June 28, 2015

“Nobody really knows what’s going to happen when this goes into effect on July 1,” Todd Allen, the chairman of Hartford’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, told town leaders earlier this month. “It’s a little bit of uncharted waters.” Allen was talking about a rapidly approaching deadline under Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, a radical rethinking of how solid waste is handled …

Elizabeth Mine Solar Plan Advances

Monday, June 8, 2015

Strafford — An area solar consulting firm is preparing to apply for state approval of a large proposed solar array on the site of the former Elizabeth Mine, a so-called “Superfund” site that underwent a massive cleanup in the early 2000s. Dori Wolfe, of Wolfe Energy, and others have long eyed the 1,400-acre …

Wedding: O’Hara — Simpson

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Strafford — Molly Elizabeth O’Hara and Jessica Michelle Simpson were married on May 8, 2015, in Stannard, Vt. Genevieve O’Hara, Molly O’Hara’s daughter and flower girl, escorted the couple and Stevie Allen officiated at the ceremony. The simple wedding included five guests in attendance. A reception followed at Middlebrook Restaurant in Fairlee. Molly …

Sidney A. Pixley

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Strafford, Vt. — Sidney A. Pixley, 81 died Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home in Strafford. Arrangements are pending at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, Chelsea, Vt. …

Sugar Makers Uneasy as Cold Continues, Short Season Looms

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Strafford — What is often a busy time for the Upper Valley’s sugaring community has become a bit of a thumb-twiddler, as extended cold temperatures are keeping the sap in the trees and buckets mostly bare. “We’re kind of tapped out,” said Keith Fifield, of Fifield’s Sugarhouse in …

The Best Of the Rest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Valley News’ three staff photographers and intern logged many miles over the first two weeks of March covering town and school meetings across the Upper Valley. Here are a few favorites that were not part of the …

Recycling Strains Town Dumps

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Thetford — The good news is that residents want to recycle, steadily increasing the amount of recyclable material coming into Thetford’s transfer station over the past three years. The bad news is that a number of factors, including …

Grants Will Support Local River Projects

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pomfret — The Connecticut River Watershed Council has received more than $270,000 in grants to support river restoration projects in Vermont and New Hampshire. More than $250,000 comes from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund grant, while another $20,000 is from the …

Roscoe W. Manning

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Strafford, Vt. — Roscoe W. Manning, 85, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, at his home in Strafford. He was born Sept. 2, 1929, in Rochester Hollow, Vt. the son of Roscoe L. and Sarah E. (Bowen) Manning. He grew up and attended school in Rochester Hollow. He served …

Roscoe W. Manning

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Strafford, Vt. — Roscoe W. Manning, 85, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, at his home in Strafford. Arrangements are pending at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, Chelsea, Vt. …

Baking His Dreams: Teacher Runs Bread Business From Home

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Strafford — At dusk, a line of people forms in front of Cafe 232 in South Strafford. A frigid wind pushes snowflakes through the air, but these customers apparently don’t mind waiting in the cold for their fresh-baked …

Hands On at Town Meeting

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Photos from Vermont Town Meeting 2015. …

Strafford Proposes Tax Increase for Bridge Work

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Strafford Town Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the Town House. Attendees will act on nine warning articles. The annual school district meeting follows at 1 p.m. Strafford — A bridge-replacement project that Selectboard members believe cannot be delayed any longer has …