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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 …

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 …

Rte. 132 Work Forces New Detour in Sharon

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sharon — Motorists traveling on Route 132 from Strafford to access Interstate 89 in Sharon face an eight-mile detour while part of the road is closed for construction, according to Sharon Selectboard members. Meanwhile, another closed portion of …

ECFiber Network Triples In Size

Monday, October 14, 2013

South Royalton — ECFiber, the East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network, has tripled its fiber-optic network this year, bringing ultra-high-speed Internet service to underserved areas on the Vermont side of the Upper Valley. In addition, the 24 town nonprofit consortium has surpassed its previous investment fundraising year of …