Strafford

What Do You Remember About Vermont in the ’70s?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Norwich — They came to Vermont to escape the cities, live on a commune or try their hand at farming. They came as part of the counterculture movement to Vermont in the 1970s and the Vermont Historical Society wants to document that history. About 20 people gathered at forum hosted by the historical society Thursday night at the Montshire Museum of Science to gather information for a project on documenting …

James G. Condict, Sr.

Friday, April 17, 2015

South Strafford, Vt. — James G. Condict, Sr. 84 died Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, as the result of a ski accident. He was born Dec. 13, 1930, in San Diego, Calif., the son of Andrew J. Rylee and Cornelia McLoughlin Rylee. At the time of his mother’s death, Jim, nine years old, had the good fortune to be …

Volunteer Spotlight: Help the Morrill Homestead

Sunday, April 12, 2015

By Aimee Caruso Valley News Staff Writer Strafford — From heirloom apples to artwork to open houses, those looking to pitch in at the Justin Morrill Homestead have a bevy of choices this season. Now a state-owned historical site, the 19th-century home once belonged to U.S. Sen. Justin Morrill. Open seasonally, it features …

Evelyn R. Stanley

Thursday, December 4, 2014

South Strafford, Vt. — Evelyn R. Stanley, 73, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Jct., Vt. She was born Nov. 21, 1941, in Lebanon, N.H. a daughter of Edward and Evelyn (Petty) Chamberlain. Evelyn grew up and attended schools in Quechee and …

Bethel School Board Supports Merger

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bethel — The Bethel School Board voted unanimously this week to support a consolidation plan that would dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and merge its member districts into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union. If state officials approve the …

Francis LaFleur

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Francis LaFleur, 82, passed away on Thurs. Nov. 6, 2014, at DHMC. Born in Irisburg, Vt. to Floyd and Anne (Kettle) LaFleur on June 13, 1932. He attended school in Irisburg and Orleans, Vt., prior to serving in the Army during the Korean time of …

Strafford Resident Traces Environmentalism To Civil Rights In New Memoir

Friday, November 7, 2014

Gus Speth and his wife, Cameron, have found home in Vermont. They’ve settled in a state that reminds them of what was good about the South of their youth, a place that de-emphasizes m aterial goods, values individuality, …

Duane Eppler

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Duane Eppler, a longtime Strafford resident, died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at his home in Strafford. Duane was a sweet and kind-hearted man who was an active member of his community. Born in 1949 in Berkley Heights, N.J., Duane held a Ph.D. in …

Buxton Leading Ainsworth

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Windsor-Orange 1 Incumbent State Rep. Sarah Buxton, D-Tunbridge, appeared to have fended off former seat-holder David Ainsworth, a Royalton Republican, as the clock ticked toward midnight. According to figures released by the Secretary of State, Buxton took Tunbridge, …

MacDonald Leading Frenier for Senate

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Randolph — Incumbent Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Williamstown, appears to have retained his Orange Senate district seat against a feisty challenge posed by Republican Bob Frenier, of Chelsea. With nine of 11 districts reporting, MacDonald, 71, a former teacher, led with 55.7 percent of the vote. He won Thetford …

Independent Vies for Norwich-Area Seat

Friday, October 31, 2014

Norwich — Though the race for the two Vermont House seats covering Norwich, Sharon, Strafford and Thetford has quieted down since a four-way Democratic primary in August, state Rep. Jim Masland, D-Thetford, and independent opponent John Freitag had …

Andrew M. Carter

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Boston, Mass. — Andrew M. Carter, a part-time resident of Strafford, Vt., who was one of the best bondsmen of his time, died at his home in Boston on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. He was 74 years old. With his upbeat approach to life, gracious manner, dapper attire, …

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 …