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Schools, Church Get Solar Grants

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sharon — Three schools and one church in Sharon, Strafford and Thetford were among nine community solar projects across Vermont to receive grants from a state fund intended to boost the development of clean energy, the Shumlin administration announced Tuesday. A total of $442,750 was awarded, with 42 percent of that money going to the projects in the three Upper Valley towns. “We have more than quadrupled the amount of …

Thetford Police Officer Complains About Emails Made Public

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thetford — Turmoil involving some town officials and the town’s police force has continued to roil this month. Sgt. Bridget Tweedie filed a written complaint with Selectboard member Donn Downey earlier this month, accusing him of “blatant disregard” for Vermont’s public records law when he discussed emails between himself and the interim police chief during a public Selectboard meeting. Tweedie also took issue …

S.O.S. for Tunbridge Bridges: Selectboard Mulls Vehicle Restrictions

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tunbridge — Every once in a while, it happens. Somebody doesn’t pay attention to the height warning signs, or a group of workers don’t realize how tall their truck is, and they’ll try to drive through one of Tunbridge’s five covered bridges, and — “Bang, bang, bang, bang,” said Selectboard member Erin Gooch, …

Camp Billings Honors an Icon: After 46 Years, Bradford, Vt., Man Retiring From Full-Time Summer Post

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thetford — As the sun neared its peak in the midday sky on Saturday, two young Camp Billings campers, puttering around the summer camp’s cozy maintenance garage, described camp icon Larry Drew, who in his 46 years working …

3-D Printer Programming in Windsor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ian Mitchell, 15, of Thetford, left, and Bradon Jarvis, 14, of Claremont, use Tinkercad, an open source design software, to create key chains, cups and slingshot planes with a 3-D printer at the American Precision Museum in Windsor …

Forum, July 23: More About the Co-op; No More Co-op; Thanks, Shawn Braley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Don’t Rush to Judgment To the Editor: The recent controversy about firings at the Co-op seems to revolve around how a values-based organization could so abruptly dismiss employees considered by many to be very competent and helpful. We have long been Co-op members and one of us served …

Another Thetford Post Office Faces Cuts

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thetford — The Thetford Center post office nestled in the back of the Thetford Village Store is the latest Upper Valley post office with its operations under the microscope, as federal officials wrangle with budget deficits in the …

Four Towns Work on Waste

Saturday, July 19, 2014

White River Junction — Community leaders from several Upper Valley towns met Tuesday night to begin the slow process of considering collaborative solutions for collecting and processing the region’s trash, compost and recyclables. The unusual gathering of almost …

Ex-Thetford Teammates Reunite at All-Star Event

Saturday, July 19, 2014

There isn’t much Shyann Josler and Erika Waterman could’ve done together that they didn’t eventually accomplish on their own. That fact doesn’t dissuade the occasional what-if, however. What if the four freshmen Eric Ward elevated to Thetford Academy’s …

Forum, July 19: Hartford Schools; Happy to Work at the Co-op; Israel Protects Its People

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Don’t Delay Alzheimer’s Diagnosis To the Editor: The words dementia and Alzheimer’s often evoke fear. Fear often leads to denial. Denial often leads to delay in diagnosis and help. The Annie’s Mailbox published in the July 16 edition of the Valley News includes an excellent letter on the …

Forum, July 19: What is Offensive?; Norwich Priorities; Co-op Principles

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘Valley News’ and The Party Line To the Editor: How dare the Valley News, the official newspaper of the Upper Valley Democratic Party, print political cartoons or letters to the editor that are offensive to its base of left-wing readers. You must apologize immediately for printing cartoons or …

Archery as Meditation: In Barnet, Vt., Martial Arts Enthusiasts Learn Kyudo, ‘The Way of the Bow’

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Barnet, Vt. The archers stand tall and alert in the sunshine, arms at their sides, each holding a slender bamboo bow in one hand, an arrow in the other. One at a time, they slowly make their way …

2,200 Miles to Glory: Lyme Resident on AT Adventure

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hanover — Lucy Gamble was 7 years old when she first noticed through hikers passing through the Upper Valley on the Appalachian Trail. “I was with my dad (Thomas) crossing the Ledyard Bridge, which, of course, is part …