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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 …

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 …

Edward Orth Doughtie

Friday, March 28, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Edward Orth Doughtie reluctantly left this life on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was born in 1935 in Columbus, Ga., where he attended public schools, and where he began to enjoy his lifelong love of literature and music. He earned degrees at Duke and Harvard …

Letter: A Radical Change for Vermont

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

To the Editor: A Vermont bill that would eliminate 282 local school soards in favor of consolidation into 45 regional boards, with just one representative from each town, is making its way through the state House of Representatives. If this bill were to become law, schools in a …

Letter: Promises to Keep

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

To the Editor: Thank you for last weekend’s coverage of Vermont bill S.119, which would define amendments to conservation easements. This issue deserves a broad public conversation. Saturday’s editorial and Sunday’s commentaries were welcome additions to the dialogue. It’s a much larger, public issue than the narrow view …

Ex-Smokers Breathe Easier: E-Cigarettes Rise in Popularity But Health Questions Unanswered

Friday, March 14, 2014

West Lebanon — About nine months ago, Matt Palombo was curious about how much money he was spending on cigarettes. He smoked around a pack a day for eight years. Palombo knew it was an expensive habit, but …

Polly Anne Poor

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Strafford, Vt. — Polly Anne Poor was born in Beverly, Mass. on April 15, 1952, and died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Monday, March 10, 2014. As a young girl in Wheeling, W.Va., Polly fell in love with horses. She learned to ride, train and compete at a …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, March 13

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Voters Approve $38.9M Kearsarge Budget New London — All three articles on the Kearsarge Regional School District ballot passed during Town Meeting on Tuesday. Voters, 1540 to 862, approved the $38.9 million operating budget, which represents a 4.4 …

Letter: Clarification About Strafford Pre-School

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

To the Editor: I am writing in response to the March 5 article about Strafford’s Town Meeting, in which I was quoted. The statement that I made was misunderstood, and I would like to clarify. During the school budget discussion, a question was raised by another voter about …

Late Start for Maple Sugarmakers; Cold Spell Crimps Sap Flow

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hartland — Most area sugarmakers have yet to begin boiling sap into syrup, but it’s too early to say what the delayed start and lingering cold will mean for production this season. “If it comes off within the …

Letter: No Assault on Religious Liberty

Sunday, March 9, 2014

To the Editor: Margaret Drye has grossly confused the loss of Christian privilege with religious persecution (“Town Meeting and Public Prayer,” Perspectives, March 2). She isn’t alone in her delusive cries of victimization, but she is no less wrong. Consider this: Houses of worship and religiously-affiliated groups are …