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Bob Frenier waves to cars passing through Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt., on October 17, 2014. Frenier, who is running for the Orange County seat for the Vermont Senate race, says he spends around three hours a day in different spots around Orange County, waving to passers-by, and he gets mostly positive responses. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Orange Senate District Race Offers Stark Policy Choices

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Randolph — A campaign battle is raging between state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Williamstown, and Republican Bob Frenier, of Chelsea, two colorful and aggressive personalities who sharply disagree on health care, education, and even the best way to reach voters in the Orange Senate district. Small-business owner Frenier, 68, has lived in Vermont for 22 years, while retired teacher MacDonald, 71, …

Hunger, Mountain

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As small groups reached the 1,950-foot summit of Kibling Hill in Strafford, a tunnel-like line of Newton School students, staff and parents had their hands extended to high-five and cheer on those who made it. The 20-minute stroll seemed like climbing Mount Everest to some kindergartners. “The older kids remember it being a …

A Peek at Peak

Sunday, October 5, 2014

After attending college in North Carolina and doing internships in California, Indiana, Michigan and New Hampshire, this is photographer Ariana van den Akker’s first fall among the leaves of Vermont. “This is my first New England fall and I’ve been fascinated by how quickly the leaves change,” she said. “It’s a canvas in …

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 …

Forum, July 15: Immigration Crisis; A World Beyond the Co-op; Help Clean the Mascoma River; Troubles With Norwich Website

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Help Clean Up the Mascoma To the Editor: The Mascoma River is due for another heavy cleaning, and two local Rotary Clubs are gearing up to do that on Saturday. A volunteer army made up of the Rotary Club of Lebanon and the Lebanon-Riverside Club will join forces …

Alfred Edler

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

South Strafford, Vt. — Alfred Edler, 86, died, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Lebanon Center Genesis in Lebanon, N.H. Alfred was born on June 12, 1927, in Rochester, N.Y., along with his twin brother, Adolph III. He was the son of Adolph II and Anna Mae Edler. …

A Life: Kendall Ankeny Mix, 1927 - 2014; ‘Becoming a Twin Cities Matron Was Clearly Not What She Wanted’

Monday, July 7, 2014

Strafford — In her last eight years, dementia changed Kendall Mix, turning her into a sweet old lady, but the objects that lay around her house in South Strafford spoke to a rich and cosmopolitan life. As her …

Theodore R. “Ted” Kendall, Jr.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

White River Jct., Vt. — Theodore R. “Ted” Kendall, Jr., 76, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Jct. He was born Aug. 20, 1937, in Randolph the son of Theodore and Beda Mae (Bent) Kendall. Ted was raised in Strafford. He attended …