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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 …

Bringing Care to the Kids: Health Hub School-Based Clinics a 20-Year Success Story

Sunday, May 11, 2014

South Royalton — A weekly checkup for asthma found 11-year-old Erik Younce laughing with Frank Lamson, the pediatric nurse practitioner with Health Hub and the Strafford School-Based Health Clinic, a group of school-based clinics in the Orange Windsor …

Letter: How Will Consolidation Work?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

To the Editor: H. 883, the bill on school consolidation, passed the Vermont House, but even the representatives who voted for it don’t seem to be clear on what it really would mean. How would it change the size of Vermont schools? Is it proven that consolidating schools …

Out of the Wilderness: Strafford Siblings, Lost for 150 Years, Remembered in Stone

Sunday, May 4, 2014

South Strafford — Military veterans and Civil War re-enactors, town officials and others, about 50 in all, turned out Saturday for a memorial service for a Strafford brother and sister who died about 150 years ago. Stella Butterfield, …

Lean In

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Donald Corken, of Strafford, grabs a pitchfork after dumping a load of goat manure on his garden. Corken’s goats and dogs were following him as he pushed the load of manure up the driveway. The goats go for …

Letter: Let Your Yard Go Native

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

To the Editor: Summer seems to be finally on the horizon; time to start cleaning up the yard and preparing our gardens. I would like to propose that we think about sharing our space with wildlife this growing season. Brush piles that are left to decompose on their …

Vermont Roads Dominate the 2014 Big Muddy Awards

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Are dirt roads driving your vehicle, rather than the other way around? Has a thick layer of rock-studded muck taken up residence inside the wheel wells? Does driving faster than 40 mph make your car vibrate violently? Don’t …

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 …

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 …

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 …