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Harold King Ballou, Jr.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thetford Center, Vt. — Harold King Ballou, Jr., 64 died suddenly Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home with his wife by his side. He was born Aug. 4, 1949, in Randolph, Vt. the son of Harold K and Viola (Smith) Ballou. Harold grew up and attended school in South Royalton. He married his high school sweetheart Virginia (Ginny) Higgins on July 15, 1971 in Norwich, Vt. and lived in White River Jct., Vt. before moving to Thetford Center. Harold worked at P&C Cross Company for over 20 years and then at Ross Express, a job he really liked until medical problems stopped him from driving trucks. Harold loved to hunt, drive trucks — the …

Vt. State Senator Has Challenger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chelsea — A 67-year-old small businessman is launching a Republican challenge to longtime state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange. Chelsea resident Robert Frenier, who runs a company that buys used airport fire trucks and rebuilds them, said he is concerned that working Vermonters and senior citizens are being hurt by state-run healthcare programs and …

Letter: We Are a Plutocracy

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the Editor: The word “oligarchy” has appeared several times in the opinion pages. It’s a fair description of our government, but a better one comes to mind — “plutocracy,” which according to Webster’s dictionary is a “government by the wealthy” or a “controlling class of the wealthy.” Why do we keep trying to impose democracy on other countries when we ourselves do …

Forget the Snow: Oxbow Ready To Play

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — The Oxbow Union High softball team tryouts don’t begin until next week, but the Olympians’ field remains blanketed in snow, and even the ice cream stand operated by coach Robin Wozny won’t re-open until the …

As Snow Days Pile Up, School Districts Fret About Schedules

Friday, March 14, 2014

Upper Valley youngsters might be jumping for joy with each additional snow day this winter — including back-to-back days off for many this week — but school administrators are wringing their hands as frequent storms have wreaked havoc with school calendars. Indeed, some districts are scheduled to end …

Lucy J. Young

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thetford, Vt. — Lucy J. Young, 83, died peacefully at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, with her family at her side. The daughter of Charles Thomas Jackson and Janet Mitchell Jackson, Lucy was born in Boston, Mass., on May 11, 1930. She spent her childhood …

Martin Andre Landry

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Casselberry, Fla. — Martin Andre Landry died peacefully at his home in Casselberry, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. He was a Central Florida surveyor for more than 30 years, which made rides throughout the area a welcome history lesson for his lucky passengers. Son of New England transplants, …

Pellet Shortage Affecting Consumers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Claremont — As winter lingers through March, some of those who heat with wood pellets are finding it difficult to obtain the fuel. “I very seldom run out; this year I did,” said Julie Roberts, a Claremont resident who has been heating her home primarily with wood pellets …

A Life: Robin Ellison, 1957-2014; ‘He Could Be There as Both a Mentor and a Friend’

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thetford — Whether you crossed paths with Robin Ellison in his role as actor or coach or counselor or brother or neighbor during his 56 years, he rarely failed to create memories — or to simply remember. Just …

Late Start for Maple Sugarmakers; Cold Spell Crimps Sap Flow

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hartland — Most area sugarmakers have yet to begin boiling sap into syrup, but it’s too early to say what the delayed start and lingering cold will mean for production this season. “If it comes off within the …

Championship Reflections: Thetford Academy's Shock & Awe at the Aud

Friday, March 7, 2014

E ric Ward knew he had something special on his hands this season. After losing in the Vermont Division III girls basketball semifinals to Williamstown last year, Ward saw how his veteran Thetford Academy team came back from …

Group Seeks To Double Solar Homes

Friday, March 7, 2014

Hartford — To help facilitate the adoption of solar energy, five Upper Valley energy committees, including Plainfield, have signed on to a Vital Communities’ initiative called Solarize Upper Valley. They aim to double the number of solar-powered residences in just 15 weeks. “It’s much easier than it was …

Thetford Selectman Turns Back Challenge From Former Police Officer

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thetford — Voters approved the $8 million school budget, 378-183, during Australian ballot voting Tuesday, and also re-elected a Selectboard incumbent to a three-year seat. John Bacon, a retired pipefitter, defeated a challenge from former part-time patrolman Wayne Briggs, 312-188. In a race for a two-year School Board …