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Tim Matson sits on his front porch in Strafford, Vt., on Oct. 5, 2015. Matson co-authored a book on home brewing back in 1975, when making beer at home was still illegal. Countryman Press is publishing a 40th anniversary edition. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Prohibition’s Last Stand

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When Strafford resident and author Tim Matson and his friend, the late Lee Anne Dorr, first published their book, Mountain Brew: A High-Spirited Guide to Country-Style Beer Making , they were young, embracing life and violating an archaic law that lingered after the repeal of Prohibition. If you wanted a good, flavorful beer in those days, you either had to …

Valley Schools Weigh Merger

Sunday, October 4, 2015

South Royalton — The impulses to hang on to what’s old, and yet to reap the benefits of what’s new, are in competition as residents and school officials in the White River Valley discuss how best to respond to the upcoming merger of their supervisory unions under Act 46, Vermont’s school consolidation law. In the hopes of finding financial savings to counteract decreasing …

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Royalton-Area Schools To Hold Merger Meeting South Royalton — The soon-to-be-formed White River Valley Supervisory Union will hold a public forum this weekend to tackle the biggest question facing educators: How to move forward in a way that best serves the students of the 10 constituent towns? The public is invited to weigh in and help guide the process during the meeting, which …

Strafford Proposes Tax Increase for Bridge Work

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Strafford Town Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the Town House. Attendees will act on nine warning articles. The annual school district meeting follows at 1 p.m. Strafford — A bridge-replacement project that Selectboard members believe cannot be delayed any longer has …

(Frozen) Water Hazard

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Brothers Ken Odell, left, of Strafford, and Chip Odell, of Thetford, celebrate after finally hitting their tennis balls into the first hole while playing winter golf in the David O. Cushman Memorial Tournament at Williams Field in Canaan …

South Strafford Woman Injured

Saturday, February 7, 2015

T hetford — A South Strafford woman was airlifted to the hospital following a two-car crash that closed Route 132 near Miller Pond Road for a couple of hours Friday. Lori Billian, 53, was partially ejected through the …

State OKs School Merger; Bethel Among Towns Affected

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

South Royalton — The Vermont State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and fold its five member districts into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union, but not before hearing an eleventh-hour plea for …

A New Go for the Snow: Inventor Hopes Gliders Fill a Winter Niche

Monday, December 29, 2014

South Strafford — A six-time world boomerang champion, Eric Darnell has always felt his sport of choice elicits the perfect metaphor for life in general — the quality of effort put into each throw is what comes back. …

Engagement: Cole — Williams

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thetford Center — Wendy Cole, of Thetford Center, and Brian Cole, of Strafford, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Maria Cole, to Evan Williams. The bride-to-be, of Burlington, graduated from Thetford Academy in 2008 and earned a …

Thousands Remain Without Power in Vermont

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chelsea — Several thousand residents in Orange and Windsor counties remained without power Friday evening as utility crews spent a fourth day trying to restore downed power lines throughout the state. Green Mountain Power said crews are conducting a “massive restoration effort,” but that some outages “will last …

Vt. Residents Cope With Power Outages

Friday, December 12, 2014

South Strafford — Vermont officials are warning that tens of thousands of households that have lost power in recent days could see outages continue into the weekend as workers struggle to keep up with the ongoing problems caused …

Evelyn R. Stanley

Thursday, December 4, 2014

South Strafford, Vt. — Evelyn R. Stanley, 73, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Brookside Nursing Home in White River Jct., Vt. She was born Nov. 21, 1941, in Lebanon, N.H. a daughter of Edward and Evelyn (Petty) Chamberlain. Evelyn grew up and attended schools in Quechee and …

Bethel School Board Supports Merger

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bethel — The Bethel School Board voted unanimously this week to support a consolidation plan that would dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and merge its member districts into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union. If state officials approve the …