Strafford

Vt. House To Vote on Act 46 Caps

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

White River Junction — Eight months ago, lawmakers told school districts across Vermont to rein in their spending, but now, members of the House are considering whether to back down — at least partially. In an effort to amend Act 46, a sweeping education reform law that supporters hoped would provide property tax relief to Vermonters and spur school consolidations as enrollment drops, the state Senate recently voted to repeal …

Cheesy Goodness — For a Cause

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Norwich — A frigid winter day calls for bumping up the thermostat, but when money’s tight, just keeping the heat on can be a struggle. A buttery, gooey competition Saturday at King Arthur Flour served up classic comfort food with the goal of helping needy Vermonters stay warm. For a $5 donation, visitors …

Norwich to End District Merger Talks

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Norwich — School officials in Norwich are likely to withdraw from talks of a merger with the Strafford, Sharon and Thetford educational districts under Act 46, the Vermont school consolidation law. Norwich School Board Chairman Neil Odell made the announcement during Thursday night’s board meeting, saying state officials had informed him the arrangement was not feasible under the new law, according to a …

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 …

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 …

James G. Condict

Saturday, April 11, 2015

South Strafford, Vt. — James G. Condict, 84, died Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Arrangements are pending at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., Vt. A full obituary will follow. …

Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities …

Sidney A. Pixley, Sr.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strafford, Vt. — Sidney A. Pixley, Sr., 81, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home in Strafford after a long illness. He was born June 7, 1933, in Randolph, Vt. the son of Gerald L. and Marie (Mayberry) Pixley. He attended school in Strafford. He served in …

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 …