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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, …

Fun for All Ages in Tunbridge

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tunbridge — For the past 30 years or so, high school students from South Royalton School have paired with residents of senior assisted-living homes during the Tunbridge World’s Fair, chaperoning their elders around the fairground. By pushing wheelchairs, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Judge Delays Release of Footage Concord — A judge has delayed the limited release of body camera footage from a deadly shooting by police in July, allowing himself four extra days to consider objections from attorneys on various sides. Redacted clips were scheduled to be released Monday, according …

Pulling Their Weight

Thursday, September 17, 2015

David Cummings exercises his pulling horses Chance and Bob in Thetford to get them in shape to compete at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. The horses are pulling about 500 pounds — an old tire and Cummings — during …

Roger V. Sargent

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tunbridge, Vt. — Roger V. Sargent, 75, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt., after a battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 20, 1939, the son of Verne and Louise (Haskins) Sargent. He attended school in North Tunbridge and later the …

Roger V. Sargent

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tunbridge, Vt. — Roger V. Sargent, 75, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at the Gifford Medical Center, Randolph, Vt. Arrangements are pending at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, Chelsea, Vt. …

Births: Aug. 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Gifford Medical Center BESTENBOSTEL — A son, Caleb David Bestenbostel, born on Aug. 13, 2015, to Natasha Alix and Richard Bestenbostel, of Randolph. CONNIFF — A son, Lucas Alexander Conniff, born on Aug. 13, 2015, to Jennifer White and Robert Conniff III, of East Randolph. LUNNA — A …

Tunbridge To Keep Ambulance

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tunbridge — Voters sided with Chelsea-based First Branch Ambulance Wednesday night, rejecting a proposal for a new shared ambulance service with Royalton and Sharon that would take over the North Tunbridge coverage area. The proposal was rejected in …

Tunbridge Brewery Plans to Stay Small

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Off Route 110 in North Tunbridge and up the long climb of a tree-shaded dirt road that makes you think you’ve lost your bearings, there’s a small welcoming sign that announces Brocklebank Craft Brewing, a nano operation in …

In Tunbridge, Fliers Support Ambulance Service Ahead of Vote

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tunbridge — Less than a week before townspeople will vote on a proposed new ambulance service that has divided public opinion, an ad hoc group of residents has sent out professional-looking fliers urging people to reject the deal. …

Birth Announcements: Aug. 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Gifford Medical Center KLINK — A son, Mason Arthur Klink, born on Aug. 2, 2015, to Rachel Montgomery and Seth Klink, of Randolph. SPINKS — A son, Damon Micheal Spinks, born on Aug. 2, 2015, to Shannon Letourneau and William Spinks, of Tunbridge. …