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Bob Frenier, of Chelsea, is a candidate for Orange County State Senate. (Courtesy the candidate)

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 concerned that working Vermonters and senior citizens are being hurt by state-run healthcare programs and “no-growth environmental policies.” “There are a lot …

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 departure from traditional food crops, and consumers have a right to know what they are …

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 Connecticut River opened spring practice this week. But instead of green diamonds, manicured greens, prepared …

Back on the Sidelines

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hanover — Fifty-five years ago, when Hank Tenney was a 15-year-old sophomore at Stevens High School, he coached four basketball teams one winter in a Claremont Recreation Department basketball league. “I knew right then that I loved coaching,” …

Mojo at the Dojo

Friday, July 19, 2013

North Thetford — For several years, Dawn Stever watched as her son, Cole, practiced karate at Green Mountain Dojo. Once she took up the discipline herself, Stever discovered a personal path to new heights — and kept right …

Francis E. Rowell

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Vershire, Vt. — Francis E. Rowell, 77, died on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was born Dec. 11, 1935, in Montpelier, Vt., the son of Francis C. and Eleanor (Dickerson) Rowell. He attended school in Vershire. On May 18, 1954, …

Conserving a Treasured Valley

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nearly every day John Hemenway hops on his bicycle and rides west from his house in Strafford along the back road to Tunbridge until he reaches a sharp right turn at Taylor Valley Road. Hemenway owns roughly 3,200 …

Simple Ceremony at Rivendell

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Orford — After a graduation speech, it was time for a graduation song. Two soon-to-be Rivendell Academy graduates, Margaret McCormack and Molly Pierson, got up from their seats in the high school’s gym and moved toward the front …

When High School Is Done, How Do You Afford the Next Step? Two Students Find a Way to Pay

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

At this time of year, with students graduating from high school, all eyes are on the future and what it might hold. But as students consider their careers, there’s another calculation on their minds: What will it cost …

FairPoint Expands Broadband Service in Five Upper Valley Towns

Sunday, June 9, 2013

FairPoint Communications Inc. has expanded its broadband service to more than 600 homes and businesses in the Upper Valley, the company announced last week. The new hybrid DSL service is being connected in Bethel, Fairlee, Strafford, Thetford and Vershire. The work is part of Vermont’s ConnectVT initiative, which …

Ex-Oxbow Teacher In Court

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chelsea — The woman police say was sexually assaulted as an Oxbow Union High School student by former teacher and coach Brian H. Musty said she is uncomfortable returning to the Upper Valley and trying to cope with …

Fiber-Optic Internet, Fixed Road Finally Reach Long-Ignored Town

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Vershire — By the end of the summer, life is likely to speed up in this tiny Orange County town tucked into the narrow valley where the Ompompanoosuc River begins its 25-mile run to the Connecticut. If work …

Rivendell District Passes Budget, Asbestos Abatement Project

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Orford — The Rivendell Interstate School District’s $9.5 million proposed budget didn’t face too much opposition last night, as voters passed the spending plan, 149-40. By voice, they also approved borrowing $495,000, for an asbestos abatement project, as well as $50,000 to be put in a capital needs …