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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 …

Rivendell Golfers Look to Defend Title

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fairlee — As state title defenses go, the Rivendell Academy golf team hasn’t exactly gone by the textbook. Such a tome wouldn’t necessarily call for one of the team’s seniors to split his time between two pursuits. Unless …

Local Roundup: Hurricanes Storm to Latest Victory

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

White River Junction — Kaitlynn Woodward again stifled the opposition for the Hartford High softball team, tossing a complete game to lead the Hurricanes to an 8-2 victory over visiting Windsor on Monday afternoon. The junior hurler struck …

The Swing’s the Thing: Vermont H.S. Golfers Finally Getting on the Course

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Vermont Principals Association usually plans for its golf teams to get into action last among the spring sports, given the need to wait for the state’s courses to become playable first. It nearly didn’t work out that …

Local Roundup: Woodstock Lax Rallies Past Patriots

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bennington, Vt. — Down five entering the fourth quarter, the Woodstock High boys lacrosse team stormed all the way back to beat host Mount Anthony 11-10 in overtime on Haven Lantz’s game-winner. The Wasps (3-2) trailed 10-5 heading …

Local Roundup: Stevens’ Hussey Shines Under the Lights in No-Hitter

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Claremont — Ruthlessly efficient from the start, Chase Hussey tossed a no-hitter to lead the Stevens High baseball team to a 9-0 victory over Kearsarge under the lights at Barnes Park on Monday night. Hussey, a junior, needed …

Young Rivendell Softball Team Goes to School

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Orford — The skunk will not get the last laugh. As a team bonding exercise, Rivendell Academy softball coach Lance Mills recently pitched to his Raptors the idea of caps with a certain woodland creature’s distinctive caricature attached. …

Vt. State Senator Has Challenger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chelsea — A 67-year-old small businessman is launching a Republican challenge to longtime state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange. Chelsea resident Robert Frenier, who runs a company that buys used airport fire trucks and rebuilds them, said he is …

Letter: GMO Labeling Is Necessary

Sunday, March 30, 2014

To the Editor: The Vermont act to require labeling of all foods containing genetically modified organisms sold in the state (H. 112) passed the House with a sizeable margin in the last session and is now before the Senate. We need this bill, because GMOs represent a radical …

This Is Spring? Weather Forces High School Teams to Improvise

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The calendar says spring; the schedule says play ball. Mother Nature says fat chance. Welcome to the spring sports season in the Upper Valley — if you can call it that. Area teams on both sides of the …

It’s Good to Be the King: Raider Is Tops in D-II Girls Hoop

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lebanon — Having one New Hampshire girls basketball player of the year is nice, but Lebanon High is starting to make a habit out of it. For the second straight winter, a Raider drew enough notice from the …