Thetford

Thetford Chamber Singers' director Kevin Quigley leads the singers through one of the pieces they will perform in their holiday concerts during a rehearsal at First Congregational Church of Thetford, Vt., on Nov., 25, 2014. 
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

Entertainment Highlights: Thetford Chamber Singers Prepare an Ambitious Holiday Program

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

While the Thetford Chamber Singers will close each of their four performances of “Make A Joyful Noise” with Silent Night over the next two weekends, the rest of the program probably won’t sound quite like your father’s Yuletide concert. Even the 35 members of a chorus known for rolling with eclectic material were adjusting, in rehearsals for Sunday’s opening show …

Thetford Ups Budget for Chief

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thetford — The Selectboard Monday night voted to increase the salary range that the town could offer its police chief by about $2,000 by altering part of the “wage matrix” that determines employees’ salaries based on years of experience. Selectman Donn Downey said during the meeting that the committee of residents searching for a new police chief have identified “4 or 5” candidates, …

Treasure Island Caretakers Urge Town to Maintain Role

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thetford — The live-in, year-round caretaker model used to maintain a town-owned access point to Lake Fairlee has been called into question by the recreation director, who has suggested that converting a caretaker house at Treasure Island into health and safety accommodations for a children’s summer camp could be a better use of …

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 …

Christopher Braxton Wren

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Princeton, N.J. — Christopher Braxton Wren, a Vermont-educated lawyer and only son of Thetford residents Christopher Sale Wren and Jaqueline Wren, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, after suffering a fatal brain aneurysm. He was 44 years old. Chris, as he preferred to be called, traveled the …