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Barbara and George Tullar in a 1945 photograph. (Family photograph)

A Life: Barbara Wilder Anderson Tullar, 1929 — 2014; ‘She Committed Her Life to Her Family and Friends’

Monday, April 21, 2014

Orford — Barbara Tullar, the matriarch of an award-winning dairy family, lived a life of hard work, kindness and humility. She took part in all aspects of her family’s modern dairy farm, including — but not limited to — driving tractors, feeding calves and managing the books. From her farmhouse kitchen, Tullar prepared enough food to feed anyone who passed through her door, listened carefully to the people in her life and led by example. And throughout her life it was clear that Tullar, who died Feb. 11, 2014, at 84, was rooted in the Upper Valley. After graduating from Thetford Academy in 1947, where …

Upper Valley Marathon Runners Defiant, Determined in Return to Boston

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rain or shine, cold or heat, wind or calm, Tim Downes expects to spend a little more time than usual on Monday morning looking around the Hopkinton, Mass., green at tens of thousands of fellow runners, maybe greeting more of them than he normally would. And after “a bear” of a winter forging …

Windsor Baseball Handles Thetford

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Windsor — Every coach would like his baseball team play as Windsor did Saturday in its 10-2 win over Thetford Academy at MacLeay-Royce Field. What the Yellowjackets (1-2) did was simplify the game by throwing strikes, catching the ball on defense and putting the ball in play on offense. Like all successful baseball teams, it all begins with pitching, and the Yellowjackets’ Ethan …

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 …

Thetford Voters Approve Town Spending

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thetford — Voters sailed through Thetford’s Town Meeting agenda on Saturday, unanimously passing all articles with surprising ease and little debate, but they still have another couple of days before they decide on the school budget as well …

Thetford Outscores Williamstown for First Title

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Defense wins championships. A good defense beats a good offense. The Thetford Academy and Williamstown High girls basketball teams offered a simple, concise response to those two basketball canards on Saturday night: Piffle. In a …

Preaching to the Choir: Thetford Choral School Helps Singers Find Their Voice

Saturday, March 1, 2014

For a few minutes, the singers sang in a three-note language. There were 12 of them, and they moved about a room in the First Congregational Church of Thetford, communicating in the key of D. They made a …

Thetford Reaches Final; Oxbow Nearly Pulls Off Upset

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Only one Upper Valley team will be playing for the VPA Division III girls basketball title game Saturday. Top-ranked Thetford took care of No. 4 Enosburg Falls, 62-49, while No. 3 Oxbow fell to unbeaten, …

Letter: Addiction Is Not a Choice

Thursday, February 27, 2014

To the Editor: While Thomas Wansleben suggests that addicts ought to make better choices, addiction science suggests that is not always possible (“Addicts Must Take Responsibility,” Forum, Feb. 21). Addiction as a reflection of moral character and choice takes us back to an earlier time. Science now shows …

Susan B. Fetter

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thetford Center, Vt. — Susan B. Fetter, 74, died of pancreatic cancer Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at her home in Rice’s Mills. Susan was born in Fullerton, Calif., May 4, 1939, the youngest child of Donovan and Elizabeth Brunskill. After attending Fullerton High School, she earned a Bachelor’s …

Hartford, Woodstock Advance

Sunday, February 23, 2014

White River Junction — Senior John Borchert’s power-play goal with 2, minutes, 51 seconds remaining lifted the No. 6 Hartford High boys hockey team over No. 11 Harwood, 3-2, in the first round of the VPA Division II tournament Saturday at Wendell Barwood Arena. With the Highlanders’ Thomas …