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Surrounded by the glow of a halo around the sun, Jenny Wright, left, and her daughter Vanessa Keith, right, of Unity, prune apple trees at Riverview Farm in Plainfield, N.H.  Monday, March 16, 2015. Wright and her husband Stan McCumber have been pruning apple trees and picking the fruit around New England for about 45 years. "That's one of the fringe benefits of this job - seeing sky events," said Wright. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by their perennial mid-winter tans: Have you been in the Caribbean? “Nope. Westminster, Plainfield,” the 67-year-old McCumber replies, naming Vermont and New Hampshire towns where they do big pruning jobs. Despite being driven from their home by a recent fire, they’ve kept up with their seasonal work schedule. During the icy months, when spring blossoms are just a daydream, the Unity residents labor outdoors, as they have for almost half a century. Pruning, along with picking and pansies — “the three …

Police Charge 2 In N.H. Thefts

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Claremont —Two men from Claremont were arrested earlier this week and charged with breaking into storage trailers in the Upper Valley and stealing thousands of dollars worth of power tools and equipment, police said in a news release. Russell Anderson, 39, and his stepbrother Michael Cote, 44, allegedly stole from Phoenix Painting Co.’s storage building in Springfield, N.H., and allegedly burglarized a construction …

Stevens Athletic Director Steps Down

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Claremont — Aaron House, the athletic director at Stevens High for the last three years, has notified school officials that at the end of the school year he will be leaving to take a similar position at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, N.H. Citing a “professional organization change” within the school department as the reason for packing up and leaving a job …

Stevens, Newport Coaches Always Thinking Softball

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Stevens and Newport high schools may be getting new softball coaches, but new certainly does not mean they are new to the game. In the selection of Emily Pegoraro in Claremont and Sam McNeel in the Sunshine Town, …

Charlotte A. Jenkins

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Unity, N.H. — For the past three and a half years, residing at SCHC (Sullivan county health care) with Alzheimer’s, Charlotte A. Jenkins passed at age 78 on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Born Nov. 20, 1936, in Landaff, N.H. to Edward and Sophonia Thibodeau. Her family later moved …

Liberty Utilities, New Hampshire Electric Users to See Savings

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley residents served by Liberty Utilities and the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative will pay less for electricity come May 1. The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday approved Liberty Utilities’ request to decrease its electric energy service rates, and the New Hampshire Electric …

Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities …

Unity Votes to Sue School Architect

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Unity — With passionate opinions expressed by both sides at Saturday’s annual school meeting, residents approved a warrant article, 59-44, to spend up to $75,000 in legal fees and other costs to sue Vaughn Associates, the former architect …

Municipal Managers Decry Cost-Shifting in N.H. Budget Plan

Saturday, March 21, 2015

West Lebanon — With the New Hampshire Legislature weighing sweeping cuts to the state budget, some of which could affect services relied upon by Upper Valley residents, municipal managers this week decried what they called the prospective “downshifting” of state costs onto local government and property owners . …

Fire Victims Use Unity Meeting To Say Thanks

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Unity — Residents sailed through an agreeable Town Meeting on Saturday, approving spending requests and hearing from two families who thanked neighbors for their support after separate fires heavily damaged their homes. The 67 voters in attendance — 14.9 percent of the checklist — acted on 14 warrant …

Claremont School District Results

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Claremont School District Number of Voters: 891 Number on Checklist: 6,134 Town Moderator: Thomas P. Connair Clerk: Mary E. Woodman Treasurer: Vacant School Board 3 yrs: Brent Ferland School Board 3 yrs: Brian Rapp School Board 3 yrs: Chris Irish …

Unity Town Meeting 2015 Results

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Unity Number of Voters: 193 Number on Checklist: 1,014 Selectboard: William A. Schroeter Town Clerk: Rosemary Heino Treasurer: Mary R. Hall Supervisors of the Checklist 6 yrs: Mary L. Trumble Supervisors of the Checklist 2 yrs: Linda M. Murray Library Trustee 3 yrs: Sherry Schultz Library Trustee 2 yrs: Debra Leahy Library Trustee 1 yr: Marjorie A. Erickson …

Unity School Board Member Defeated

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Unity — Incumbent School Board member Prudence McCormick was defeated in Tuesday’s vote by Robert Day and Bruce Howard for two three-year seats . Day received 124 votes, followed by Howard with 90 and McCormick 70. It was the only contested race on the town and school ballots. …