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Thetford Academy eighth-grader Eli Kaliski, 13, left, and freshman Ellenor Koppers, 14, both of Thetford, Vt., compete at Rivendell Academy's first VEX Robotics Challenge in Orford, N.H., on Dec. 13, 2014.  (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Battle of the Bots at Rivendell

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Orford — The robotics competition held in the gymnasium of Rivendell Academy on Saturday went like clockwork, if the clock in question had been built by a horde of enthusiastic teens hopped up on imagination, Pop Tarts, and a raw enthusiasm for engineering the most dominant robot in the room. The hundreds of people in attendance — students from Rivendell, …

Thousands Remain Without Power in Vermont

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chelsea — Several thousand residents in Orange and Windsor counties remained without power Friday evening as utility crews spent a fourth day trying to restore downed power lines throughout the state. Green Mountain Power said crews are conducting a “massive restoration effort,” but that some outages “will last through the weekend and possibly into Monday.” “We are very grateful for the tremendous outpouring …

New Oxbow Hoop Coach Looks to Right the Ship

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — The coach the Oxbow Union High School boys basketball team didn’t know it would have nearly saw the players he didn’t know he’d be coaching get a victory the Olympians didn’t appear to be in any shape of winning on Thursday night. Oxbow cut a 15-point deficit with 3:14 to …

A New Cook in the Kitchen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hartford High girls basketball coach Chris Cook, top, puts the Hurricanes through a dribbling drill during the first day of state-sanctioned workouts on Monday. A former boys hoop coach at Rivendell Academy, Cook is Hartford’s fourth coach in …

Someone to Believe In: Mom’s Hard Work, Sacrifice Helps Daughter Earn College Diploma

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fairlee — Ginny Macomber had been up since 4:30 a.m. The yellow cake with strawberries and whipped cream frosting that she had special ordered was safely stored away. The balloons, after a bit of finagling, were corralled in …

Buxton Leading Ainsworth

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Windsor-Orange 1 Incumbent State Rep. Sarah Buxton, D-Tunbridge, appeared to have fended off former seat-holder David Ainsworth, a Royalton Republican, as the clock ticked toward midnight. According to figures released by the Secretary of State, Buxton took Tunbridge, …

MacDonald Leading Frenier for Senate

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Randolph — Incumbent Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Williamstown, appears to have retained his Orange Senate district seat against a feisty challenge posed by Republican Bob Frenier, of Chelsea. With nine of 11 districts reporting, MacDonald, 71, a former teacher, led with 55.7 percent of the vote. He won Thetford …

Sharon, Oxbow Runners Shine at Vt. Championships

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thetford — Even before setting foot on the soccer pitch Saturday, the Sharon Academy’s Chris Gish was a winner. While the dual-sport junior’s soccer teammates were preparing to host Whictomb in a Vermont Division IV quarterfinal Saturday afternoon, …

Orange Co. Voters Have Choices

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Randolph — Orange County voters in the Randolph and Chelsea area have some decisions to make as three Vermont House candidates are running in two two-seat districts in the Vermont House. State Reps. Patsy French and Marjorie Ryerson, …

Rivendell Girls Stifle Winooski

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Orford — Rivendell’s defense swarmed Winooski and allowed zero shots on goal for the final hour of the game. With some help from the high-powered offense and the home-field crowd, the second-seeded Raptors (12-1-2) defeated the No. 15 Spartans (4-11), 5-0, in the first round of the Vermont …

Boys Soccer Playoffs: Hazen Burns Rivendell in Opening Round

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Orford — Because of injuries, many players on the Rivendell Academy boys soccer team were forced to play more extensively or in unfamiliar positions this season. The end result is also unfamiliar for the Raptors — a loss …

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 …

Orange Senate District Race Offers Stark Policy Choices

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Randolph — A campaign battle is raging between state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Williamstown, and Republican Bob Frenier, of Chelsea, two colorful and aggressive personalities who sharply disagree on health care, education, and even the best way to reach …