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Melissa Mellen, of Thetford, Vt., runs with her son Bennett, 3, through the water sprayed by the Strafford Volunteer Fire Department during Fire Truck Night on the Strafford Town Green in Strafford, Vt., on July 13, 2015. This is the sixth year that the fire department has turned the town green into a mini water park. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Soaking It Up

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Melissa Mellen, of Thetford, runs with her son Bennett, 3, through water sprayed by the Strafford Volunteer Fire Department during Monday’s Fire Truck Night on the Strafford Town Green. This was the sixth year for the annual supersize-sprinkler event.Valley News — Sarah Shaw …

No Time to Waste: Major Provisions of Vermont Recycling Law Go Into Effect This Week

Sunday, June 28, 2015

“Nobody really knows what’s going to happen when this goes into effect on July 1,” Todd Allen, the chairman of Hartford’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, told town leaders earlier this month. “It’s a little bit of uncharted waters.” Allen was talking about a rapidly approaching deadline under Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, a radical …

Elizabeth Mine Solar Plan Advances

Monday, June 8, 2015

Strafford — An area solar consulting firm is preparing to apply for state approval of a large proposed solar array on the site of the former Elizabeth Mine, a so-called “Superfund” site that underwent a massive cleanup in the early 2000s. Dori Wolfe, of Wolfe Energy, and others have long eyed the 1,400-acre …

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 …

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 …

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 …