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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 …

Willard Munson Hathaway

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Unity, N.H. — Willard Munson Hathaway passed from this world on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in the same manner he arrived, at a family farm surrounded by those who loved and admired him. Willard’s life began on Dec. 30, 1928. He was welcomed by his mother Josephine at …

Bow Stops Stevens Soccer in Semis

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Laconia, n.h. — Nearly knocking Bow from its two-year undefeated perch three weeks ago didn’t do the Stevens High girls soccer team any favors in Wednesday’s NHIAA Division III semifinals. The top-ranked Falcons took to the fourth-seeded Cardinals like a Doberman to a Delmonico, rolling to a 5-1 …

Little Leads for N.H. District 8 Seat

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Newport — A former bank industry executive who ran as a moderate Republican was holding a lead in the vacant Senate District 8 seat Tuesday over a Sunapee Democrat who was a longtime teacher at Kearsarge Regional High School. Weare Republican Jerry Little, a ninth-generation New Hampshire native, …

Willard Munson Hathaway

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Unity, N.H. — Willard Munson Hathaway passed from this world on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in the same manner he arrived, at a family farm surrounded by those who loved and admired him. Willard’s life began on Dec. 30, 1928. He was welcomed by his mother Josephine at …

Stevens Girls Soccer Enjoys Last Word

Monday, November 3, 2014

Claremont — Jazzy Griffin was feeling bad. The Stevens High midfielder had committed a foul that set up visiting Campbell for a goal in their NHIAA Division III girls soccer semifinal that helped the Cougars complete a rally from a 3-1 deficit for a 3-3 tie. But that …

Sunapee Girls Blank Lin-Wood in Playoff Opener

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sunapee — It’s hard to lose when the opposition doesn’t take a shot. Sunapee, in a less than spectacular effort, got through the first round of the New Hampshire Division IV girls soccer tournament with a 2-0 win over Lin-Wood on Thursday at Alexander Field. While the victory …

Former Teacher, Bank Exec Battle for N.H. Senate Seat

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Newport — A feisty race between a retired Kearsarge Regional High School teacher and a former banking industry executive is taking place for New Hampshire’s District 8 Senate seat, with life experience and considerations such as Medicaid expansion …

Cards Bounce Back

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Claremont — When the Stevens High girls soccer team ended the regular season with a 3-1 loss to Hopkinton, coach Tom Belaire was more than a bit concerned. “We didn’t do anything right,” Belaire said. “We had a game plan and didn’t stick to it. We were just …

Sullivan County House Candidates Face Off

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Newport — Two Republicans in the Newport-Sunapee area who lost their New Hampshire House seats in 2012 are trying to win them back, and there is also a contested election in the two-seat district representing Newport and Unity. …

Local Roundup: Long Memories Carry Mascoma Past Franklin

Sunday, October 19, 2014

West Canaan — Andrew Cashe set the tone from the opening kickoff for the Mascoma football team, returning the kick for a touchdown to help the Royals beat visitng Franklin 38-18 on Saturday afternoon. Cashe didn’t stop there …