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From left, Democrat Tim Briglin, Independent John Freitag and Democrat Jim Masland are candidates for the two seats in the Windsor-Orange 2 legislative race. (Courtesy photographs)

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 some sharp words for each other in separate interviews Tuesday. “He’s quite misinformed on a number of things. On most issues, in …

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, curled moustache, and keen mind, Andy Carter had a style all his own. Mr. Carter …

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 …

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 …

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 …