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Liz (Gillian Tyler) recounts meeting a mysterious young man named Jarret in the ten-minute play, "Jarret", written and directed by Faith Catlin during a rehearsal for the Parish Players' tenth-annual ten minute play festival at the Eclipse Grange Theater in Thetford, Vt., on Feb. 4, 2016. 
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Entertainment Highlights: Parish Players Celebrates 10 Years of 10-Minute Plays

Thursday, February 11, 2016

If love is better the second time around, how about learning that the Parish Players want to produce another one of your scripts at their Ten-Minute Play Festival? For Lyme resident Faith Catlin, making her play Jarret fit the exacting format sometimes felt more like an exercise in killing her darlings during the countdown to the 10th festival, which starts …

Hartford Village Fire Victim on Road to Recovery

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hartford Village — A Hartford man who was critically injured in a fire that destroyed a four-unit apartment building last week said his condition has marginally improved. Charles Crooks suffered second- and third-degree burns to his arms when he tried to extinguish a Feb. 2 cooking fire that started in the kitchen of …

Local Roundup: Woodsville’s Bemis Scores 1,000th Point

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Wells River, Vt. — Waste not, want not. Efficiency was the name of the game for the Woodsville High boys basketball team in a 70-41 victory over visiting Blue Mountain on Monday night as the Engineers steamrolled to a big early lead and senior Jaret Bemis crossed the career 1,000-point barrier. Bemis, averaging …

A Pair of Valley Cadets: Lebanon, TA Grads Reunite at Norwich

Friday, January 8, 2016

Northfield, Vt. — Prior to this winter, it had been eight years since Shyann Josler and Vanessa Fleury were teammates on an AAU outfit called the Lebanon Voltage. Now reunited on the Norwich University women’s basketball team, it’s …

High School Roundup: Senior Sharpshooter Leads Sunapee Boys

Friday, January 8, 2016

Hinsdale, n.h. — Thirty points from Matt Tenney, including 20 in the second half alone, sparked the Sunapee High boys basketball team to a 58-48 victory at Hinsdale on Friday night. The Lakers spread the floor all night …

Thetford Considers Proposed Outdoor Therapy Center on Gove Hill

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Thetford — Development Review Board members hope to decide next week whether to grant approval for a proposed wilderness therapy program to come to Gove Hill Road. About 30 people attended the second informational hearing on the program …

Local Roundup: Whitcomb-Rochester’s LaPerle Good for a Grand

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bethel — Whitcomb-Rochester’s cooperative girls basketball program decided to change the venue of Monday’s game with Websterville Baptist from Rochester High to Whitcomb High for a reason. Hornet senior Lindsey LaPerle, a Whitcomb student, was five points away …

Thetford Trust Branches Out From Housing

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Thetford — Initially formed in 2011 to support efforts to bring affordable senior housing to Thetford, the nonprofit Ompompanoosuc Community Trust has now branched out to support other community activities such as nursing and weatherization. Frustrated by the town’s slow response when a Thetford property some community members …

ECFiber Poised For Investment

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Royalton — A fiber-optic network based in central Vermont aims to accelerate its build-out by changing its organizational structure so as to become more investor-friendly. Officials anticipate the move to become a communications union district — approved by East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network’s 24 member towns and …

Four Towns Mull Model For Merger

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Norwich — School officials from Norwich, Sharon, Strafford and Thetford are discussing a school district merger under Vermont’s new school consolidation law, an arrangement that could provide tax relief for residents and greater choice for students . The Three Rivers School District, as it’s currently dubbed, would operate …

Ernest Joseph Wilmot

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Essex Junction, Vt. — Ernest Joseph Wilmot, formerly of East Thetford, Vt. passed away on Saturday, Dec 19, 2015. He died peacefully at home. He was born on Feb. 27, 1945, the son of Maurice and Alice Bacon Wilmot. He was married to Marge Ewing on Oct. 9, …

Engagement: McQueen — Williams

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thetford — Kathy McQueen, of Thetford, and David Williams, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be is originally from Hanover and attended Hanover High School. She met the bridegroom-to-be on Jan. 11, 1964, at a …

College Notes: Ex-Upper Valley Stars Filled Field Hockey Rosters

Friday, December 25, 2015

Let’s start off with the fall season: Field Hockey Bryant was 3-16 but freshman midfielder Emily Perryman (Lebanon) started every game and had five goals, two of which were deciding tallies during Bulldog victories. She added three assists. …