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Letter: U.S. Debt Out of Control

Sunday, April 20, 2014

To the Editor: The article about the U.S. deficit (“Shrinking Deficits Silence Foreign Scolds” front page , April 15), makes it sound as though our financial situation is rapidly improving: “the 2014 deficit will be the lowest in six years.” The latest estimate for the deficit from the Congressional Budget Office is $514 billion. When added to all our previous deficits, our national debt will be more than $17 trillion. …

Gerard D. Stevens

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Gerard D. Stevens, 67, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home in Strafford after a couragous battle with cancer. Arrangements are pending at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, Chelsea, VT. …

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 …

Letter: Poor Choice of Words

Saturday, February 8, 2014

To the Editor: I am writing regarding a column by Jim Kenyon in the Sunday Valley News Feb. 2, titled “A Taxing Dilemma.” The gist of this article was correct ­— it was about the debate now taking place in my home town of Strafford over the payment …

Ruth (Bruorton) Manning

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Ruth (Bruorton) Manning, 92, passed away in the early morning hours on Feb. 3, 2014. She was born on Feb. 19, 1921, in Boston, Mass. to Charles and Alicia (Clark) Bruorton. She grew up in Vermont and later spent some time in Chicago, Ill. She …

Ruth (Bruorton) Manning

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Ruth (Bruorton) Manning, 92, passed away in the early morning hours on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. She was born on Feb. 19, 1921, in Boston, Mass. to Charles and Alicia (Clark) Bruorton. She grew up in Vermont and later spent some time in Chicago, Ill. …

Char Cutforth

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Char Cutforth passed away at her home in Strafford, Tuesday evening, the 14th of January, 2014. With her were her husband Jack Beecham, stepson Derek and her two Labradors, Thor and Olav. She had been diagnosed with a rare cancer in late summer. Charlene Jackson …

Fire Destroys Strafford Home

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Strafford home was destroyed by a fire Wednesday evening. Property owners Dot and Bill Burden said the blaze started on their two-story home's deck. The couple was not injured. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, …

Post Offices Likely to Cut Hours

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Thetford — In a continuing effort to cut costs, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed scaling back weekday counter service hours at 15 Upper Valley post offices, mostly in Vermont. That’s on top of 17 other post office …

Letter: A Big Loss and a Big Gain

Friday, December 27, 2013

To the Editor: The Vermont Legislature will face complex and vexing issues when it convenes in early January. Among the new faces seeking solutions, Kathy Hoyt will join me in representing Sharon, Strafford, Thetford and Norwich. As many who have followed her career know, she is likely the …

Letter: Most Important Life Lesson

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

To the Editor: I was a teacher-coach for over 50 years. As a coach, I took my cues from some of the very best, including John Wooden, from whom I learned never, as a coach, to talk about “winning.” The focus always was on the process — on …

Town House Outhouse Goes Up in Strafford

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Silas Treadway, of Strafford, installs rafters on the timber frame for the outhouse behind the Strafford Town House on Saturday. Treadway, a professional timber framer, volunteered his time, as did several other professional builders from Strafford, to construct …

Letter: Toward a Sustainable Future

Saturday, November 16, 2013

To the Editor: I applaud Vermont’s energy plan for setting a goal of having 90 percent of the state’s energy supplied by renewables by 2050. I commend Renewable Energy Vermont for setting a goal of 20 percent renewables by 2020. I see the climate writing on the environment …