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Thetford Selectboard members Mike Pomeroy, left, Donn Downey, Selectboard Chairman Stuart Rogers, and assistant to the Selectboard Kim Edgar, listen as John Cramer, front, makes a point during a special Selectboard meeting on Oct. 18, 2014, at Town Hall in Thetford, Vt., to discuss what to do after the town's three police cruisers burned on Friday. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Thetford Board: Police Coverage Will Continue as Before

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thetford — The town’s police force will use a borrowed vehicle and continue to provide residents with the same level of police coverage that was in effect before Friday’s suspicious fire, which destroyed the department’s entire fleet of three cruisers, the Selectboard said Saturday. The Selectboard told residents that the search for replacement cruisers will begin this week, and that …

Local Roundup: Long Memories Carry Mascoma Past Franklin

Sunday, October 19, 2014

West Canaan — Andrew Cashe set the tone from the opening kickoff for the Mascoma football team, returning the kick for a touchdown to help the Royals beat visitng Franklin 38-18 on Saturday afternoon. Cashe didn’t stop there in a performance that left the Golden Tornadoes gasping all day. The senior ran for …

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 …

Cop Cars Burn in Thetford

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thetford — Following a suspicious overnight fire Friday that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers, a state fire investigator said he is “absolutely” interested in reviewing a 2012 case in which Norwich’s three-car fleet was destroyed by flames that …

Neil Robert Swift

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Walpole, N.H. — Neil Robert Swift departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, N.H. He left to be reunited with his beloved wife Marcia and did so on his own terms-which will be no surprise to those who knew him. Neil was …

Claude Robie Foote

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Warren, N.H. — Claude Robie Foote, 97, former long-time resident of Warren, died on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at the Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill, N.H. Claude was born on Feb. 14, 1917, the son of Clinton and Edna (Robie) Stetson of Piermont, N.H. On June 14, …

Thetford Picks Vt. Sergeant As New Chief

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thetford — The town has its new police chief — almost. Richard A. King, a Springfield, Vt., resident and a longtime sergeant with Ludlow, Vt., police, is expected to take the top spot in Thetford on Nov. 2, pending a standard background check by an outside firm to …

Local Roundup: Rivendell Soccer Earns Another Shutout

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

South Royalton — At long last, the Rivendell Academy girls soccer team broke through a stingy South Royalton defense. The Raptors converted a trio of chances late to beat the host Royals 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Scoreless through …

Woodstock Rules Regional X-C Meet

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

North Springfield, Vt. — Katherine Bassette is more than just a two-time state champion pole vaulter. On Tuesday, the Woodstock senior added the Southern Vermont cross country title to her growing list of accomplishments as the Wasps dominated the boys’ and girls’ meet held at the picturesque North …

School Notes: Hartford’s Dothan Brook School Wins Award for Positive Behavior Program

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

White River Junction — At Hartford’s Dothan Brook Elementary School, students, teachers, staff and parents are promoting climate change as a positive thing. How positive? Last week, the Vermont Agency of Education named the kindergarten-to-grade-5 institution as an “Examplar School” for the third year in a row, for …

Orange East Boards, Teachers Deadlocked Over Health Care

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Teachers at two of the six schools in the Orange East Supervisory Union are at risk of starting the new year without health insurance after a five-hour mediation session this week failed to bring about a new collective bargaining agreement. Central to the impasse is …

Entertainment Highlights: Parish Players Takes on ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Will all of those face-to-face showdowns in the Eugene O’Neill drama Long Day’s Journey Into Night resonate with audiences who, ever more often, filter and obfuscate their communications with loved ones through text messages, email and social media? …

Expanding the Harvest: Vermont Law School Studies How to Get Local Food to Needy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This time of year, Heather Bagley cobbles together a handful of volunteers and heads out to the fields and orchards for the leftovers. Generally, the groups are small, and frequently the faces are the same, but the results …