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The barrier on Ruth Dwyer's property is costing Dwyer two-hundred dollars a day in fines from the Town of Thetford. The cloth and wooden structure is seen here on July 29, 2015. 
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Thetford Wall Fines Hit $26,000

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thetford — Town officials say they are headed toward mediation with former gubernatorial candidate and longtime Thetford resident Ruth Dwyer, who has racked up more than $26,000 in unpaid fines for refusing to remove a 60-foot-by-24-foot partition in her yard that the town says violates zoning rules. Dwyer, a former Republican state legislator who challenged then-Gov. Howard Dean in 1998 …

Hiker Saved In Orford

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Orford — Roughly 35 rescue personnel from throughout the Upper Valley assisted the Orford Fire Department in rescuing a hiker who had a medical emergency atop Mount Cube on Tuesday evening. The woman, who authorities said had been hiking the Appalachian Trail for a couple of days, was transported by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center following the tricky evening descent, Orford fire Chief …

Local Youths Win Awards at Dairy Show

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tunbridge — Several local youths took home awards from the Central and Southeast Region 4-H Dairy Show, held July 14 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. Keenan Thygesen, of Tunbridge, received the Dick Dodge Memorial Award for being named the overall fitting and showmanship champion. The award is given in memory of the former University …

Lake Fairlee Dam Project on Hold

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thetford — The long-planned project to replace the ailing Lake Fairlee Dam this summer abruptly halted this week after the contractor and the three towns involved — Thetford, Fairlee and West Fairlee — parted ways over a dispute about the unsigned construction contract. Speaking for the towns, Fairlee …

Robert J. “Frog” Fournier

Friday, July 24, 2015

East Thetford, Vt. — Robert J. “Frog” Fournier, 78, died Friday, July 24, 2015 at home in East Thetford. He was born Sept. 22, 1936, a son of Albert and Elizabeth (Roy) Fournier in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Robert graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy before enlisting in the U.S. …

The Outside Story: How to Help Fledglings — Not at All

Monday, July 20, 2015

On a recent afternoon, I was driving on my road in Thetford when I saw a baby ruffed grouse about the size of a pin cushion scurry into the bushes. I had the same impulse I did as …

Wedding: Scott — Johnson

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Thetford Center — Erika Lindsey Scott and Timothy W.S. Johnson were married in Houston, Texas, on June 7, 2015. The bride’s sister, Rehana Qzai , and brother, Terry Lindsey, and the bridegroom’s sister, Courtney Johnson, were in the …

John C. Judd, Sr.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Thetford Center, Vt. — John C. Judd, Sr., 83, died Thursday evening, July 16, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Arrangements are pending at the Knight Funeral Home in White River. A full obituary will follow in Sunday’s newspaper. …

For H.S. Trail Corps, Elbow Grease Goes a Long Way

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lebanon — In anticipation of its 100th anniversary next year and to encourage the use of natural areas, the National Park Service has introduced a campaign called “Find Your Park.” Thanks in part to an NPS grant, for …

Soaking It Up

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Melissa Mellen, of Thetford, runs with her son Bennett, 3, through water sprayed by the Strafford Volunteer Fire Department during Monday’s Fire Truck Night on the Strafford Town Green. This was the sixth year for the annual supersize-sprinkler …

Local Roundup: Lebanon’s Pollard Chasing N.H. Amateur Leaders

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bretton Woods, n.h. — Former Lebanon High School golfer Zach Pollard finds himself near the lead after the first round of stroke play at the New Hampshire Golf Association Amateur Championship at the Mount Washington Resort. Pollard, who …

Priscilla Doreen (McKinney) Burgess

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Enfield, N.H. — Priscilla Doreen (McKinney) Burgess, 70, died early Thursday morning, July 9, 2015, at her home in Enfield after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 26, 1944, in Island Pond, Vt., the daughter of Earl T. and Dorothy Mary (Boutin) McKinney. …

Former Police Officers Open Pizza Restaurant

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fairlee — How do two cops with decades of law enforcement experience between them drop everything to open a pizza joint? If you ask Bridget Tweedie and Jim Lanctot — formerly two-thirds of Thetford’s full-time police force who …