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Residents Consider Energy as Companies Compete

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hanover — As the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission considers applications from two competing utilities vying to provide natural gas to customers in Lebanon and Hanover, a group of concerned Upper Valley residents has come together to draw attention to the need for community involvement in decisions that could shape the region’s energy future. In particular, the group known as Energy and Climate Upper Valley is concerned that investment in …

The Outside Story: This Fall, Bears Are Gorging Themselves on Apples

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last week, a black bear in a blaze orange collar showed up in our yard. Two cubs followed close behind. The sow paused to observe the house, then led her cubs up across our field and down into a small stand of apple trees beside the road. There the family feasted on piles …

R.I. Team Makes Itself Comfortable at New England Cross Country Meet

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thetford — Preparing for Saturday’s New England cross country championships at Thetford Academy, runners from La Salle Academy heard a lot about Morty’s Monster — the steep hill near the end of TA’s 3.1-mile course named for designer John Morton — yet the Rams all but refused to acknowledge it. The Catholic school …

Oxbow Surges To Final

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fairfax, Vt. — With something as large as Hurricane Patricia, some effect on New England is bound to happen. The storm hits shore, breaks up. Remnants catch the eastbound jet stream, arrive in the neighborhood after a few days. Wind blows, rain cascades down. It’s inevitable. Unless it …

Time to Burn

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jean Wolstenholme, of Thetford, tends a burn pile on Tuesday. Wolstenholme had her son’s dog Snickers with her. She said she starts the piles the old-fashioned way using paper and dry wood. “You just have to be patient,” …

Local Roundup: Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Going Back to Castleton

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lebanon — Buoyed by an uptick in attendance at August’s contest, the board of governors for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl has decided to return the all-star high school football contest to Castleton University in 2016. The board …

Woodstock Defeats Oxbow in a Barn-Burner

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Woodstock — The secret to warmth on a frigid night? Run. A lot. So it was with no small sense of irony that two bearded men, perhaps stiffened by the cold air enveloping James T. McLaughlin Field, shuffled to midfield around 9:30 p.m. with an apt summation of …

West Lebanon Skate Park Trades Wood for Concrete

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

West Lebanon — The ramps are starting to get revamped at Riverside Park Pavilion and Skate Park. Meeting demand from skaters at the popular Glen Road facility, two new concrete features were built this week in the first …

With Quiet Precision, Oxbow Ousts Hazen

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Those unfamiliar with the Oxbow Union High girls soccer team might, at first glance, think third-year coach Andrew Flaherty appears disinterested on the Olympians’ sideline. Instead of the vocal approach taken on by so many of his peers on game days, Flaherty sits patiently and …

Local Roundup: Thetford Pulls Off a Shocker in Williamstown

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Williamstown, Vt. — Cinderella must have been stowed away on the Thetford Academy boys soccer team bus to Williamstown for the opening round of the Vermont Division III playoffs on Tuesday afternoon. The 13th-seeded Panthers beat the fourth-seeded …

How to Negotiate the Distance Between ‘Dad’ and ‘Mr. Teacher’

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

For this teacher, it’s a time to look back and reflect on how I’ve done at maintaining boundaries between home and school –– between Joe as dad and Joe as teacher. You see, for the past two school years, I’ve had both of my sons as students in …

Young Writers Project: When First Impressions Go Awry

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites such as youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital …

TA Expands Outdoor Initiative

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thetford — Thetford Academy has signed a 10-year deal with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation that will expand the school’s use of 177 acres of land in the Thetford Hill State Forest. The deal gives …