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Jim Burnett, of Canaan, N.H., will be competing in his 51st marathon when he runs in the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. Burnett also ran in last year's event -- he had finished about 10 minutes before the bombs exploded near the finish line. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

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 mind and body for his 15th Boston …

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 …

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, …

Thetford Faces Contested Races

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thetford’s annual Town and School Meetings will take place Saturday, March 1, starting at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium of Thetford Elementary School. On Tuesday, March 4, voters will choose town and school officers and decide on the …

Panthers Use Balance In First-Round Rout

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thetford — During its 72-46 win over Stowe in the first round of the VPA Division III playoffs on Tuesday night, the Thetford Academy girls basketball team showed again that it’s the most balanced team in the Upper …

Jyoti Hansa

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thetford Center, Vt. — Jyoti Hansa, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mentor, teacher, shaman, and yoga teacher extraordinaire died in the early evening in Lebanon, N.H. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, after reassurance from one of her beloved students that Lady, her dog, would be well cared for upon her …

Local Roundup: Phoenix Rising at Right Moment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bethel — Playing without two starters, Tanner James and Brandon Tracy stepped up to help lead the Sharon Academy boys basketball team to a 73-38 victory over host Whitcomb on Monday night. James finished with 17 points, eight …

Letter: Tar Sands: An Environmental Tragedy

Saturday, February 15, 2014

To the Editor: There are many environmental reasons to oppose the Keystone XL oil pipeline. However, regardless of those reasons, trace the route of the oil from the United States back up to the Canadian border, over to Alberta, then on up to the Athabasca River region. There …

Letter: Fluoridation Would Be a Step Back

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To the Editor: I am distressed to hear that there is a move to add fluoride to the Hartford drinking water. In my opinion, fluoridation would be a step backward. There is plenty of evidence that fluoridation causes more harm than good, possibly causing tooth mottling, decay and …

Local Roundup: Second Quarter Key for Thetford Academy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thetford — All the pieces clicked together in the second quarter for the host Thetford boys basketball team. Down by four after the first quarter, the Panthers erupted for 23 points in the second en route to beating …

Duane “Joe” P. Cook, Sr.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thetford, Vt. — Duane “Joe” P. Cook, Sr., 82, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his home. Joe was born on Sept. 22, 1931, in Fayston, Vt. and was the son of Herbert and Vaun (Pierce) Cook. He attended Thetford schools and remained a resident of the …

Local Roundup: Spartans Hold Off Lebanon

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pembroke, n.h. — A matchup of the top two boys basketball teams in NHIAA Division II didn’t go Lebanon High’s way Tuesday, but coach Kieth Matte said his troops put up a strong fight during a rough-and-tumble clash. …

Duane P. “Joe” Cook

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Thetford, Vt. — Duane P. “Joe” Cook, 82, of Academy Road died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his home. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hale Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Route 113, Thetford Center, Vt. …