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Turning Point employee Brandy Cheney speaks candidly about growing up with an alcohol addiction and becoming free from the addiction while talking to sixth-graders during their health class at Hartland Elementary school in Hartland, Vt., on Jan. 8, 2015. 
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Valley Parents: After Getting Sober, Brandy Cheney Counsels Young People

Friday, February 5, 2016

Springfield, Vt. — The turning point for Brandy Cheney came on a summer night in 2014, when she hopped into her car to pick up a relative, even though she was intoxicated. The Bellows Falls police pulled her over and charged her with DUI. Cheney, now 24, had grown up in a family where addiction was common. She had joined the Army after graduating from high school and managed to stay clean for a while. But when she broke her back during a training exercise and was prescribed Oxycontin, her life quickly spiralled downward. And then there was the DUI, which she describes as a …

Early Flows, Weather Woes: Warmer Temperatures Give Jump-Start to Maple Season

Friday, February 5, 2016

West Hartford — Kris Lyman knows the annual drill of tapping, boiling and selling maple syrup. Brought into the family business in 2008, he’s aware that maple producers should begin tapping trees around the second week in January, wait for the sap to flow in February or March, and be finished around the …

Vt. House To Vote on Act 46 Caps

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

White River Junction — Eight months ago, lawmakers told school districts across Vermont to rein in their spending, but now, members of the House are considering whether to back down — at least partially. In an effort to amend Act 46, a sweeping education reform law that supporters hoped would provide property tax relief to Vermonters and spur school consolidations as enrollment drops, …

Volunteer Spotlight: Everybody Wins Puts Out Call for Literacy Mentors

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A school-based literacy program is looking for volunteers to spend an hour a week reading to local students. The nonprofit Everybody Wins Vermont has programs throughout the state and one in New Hampshire. Literacy mentors are needed at …

Former Tunbridge Principal Pleads No Contest

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Chelsea — The former principal of Tunbridge Central School has been convicted of a misdemeanor for a 2014 incident involving a female student. Richard Talbot, 68, pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a charge of engaging in a …

A Life: Fred Carty, 1933-2015; A Sharp Shooter, With Bow and Camera

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tunbridge — Whether he was shooting arrows, taking photographs or even shopping, Fred Carty was engaged with his surroundings. A man of many hobbies and interests, he was most content when he was able to share his experiences. …

Former Principal to Plead Guilty

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Chelsea — Former Tunbridge Central School Principal Richard Talbot is expected to plead guilty next week to a misdemeanor charge of engaging in a prohibited act with a student in September 2014, according to court documents filed in Orange Superior Court. Talbot has a change of plea hearing …

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 …

100 Years of Memory

Friday, December 25, 2015

Hannah Handy was the unquestioned hero of what is still one of the deadliest days in Upper Valley history. Four people were killed in the Royalton Raid, the Oct. 16, 1780 action in the Revolutionary War, which turned …

Introductory Meeting Scheduled For Emergency Response Team

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Royalton — A community emergency response team is being reestablished in east central Vermont, with an introductory meeting set for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Royalton Academy Building, 1482 Route 14. The CERT program “is a method to organize, train, equip, and then utilize citizen volunteers …

Tunbridge Residents Lament, Remember Historic Barn

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tunbridge — These days, they call it the Tucker Barn, though the Tucker family didn’t build it. In fact, not even the Tuckers know who did build it, or how old it is, or what it was like …

Stagecoach Rethinks Routes

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Stagecoach Transportation Services, which provides shuttle services to a significant chunk of the Upper Valley, rolled out a dramatically retooled offering this week in an effort to attract more riders. While the service has traditionally …

Small Farmers Worry About Effect of Clean Water Rules

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Barnard — Farmers on the east side of the Green Mountains say they want to learn more about pending regulations being implemented under a new law devised largely to protect Lake Champlain. Signed into law by Gov. Peter …