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Lebanon High School junior Jill Dion, 16 hugs volunteer Michael Whitman of Lyme at the conclusion of the Upper Valley Suicide Walk for Awareness in Lebanon's Colburn Park Sunday, September 7, 2014. Dion, one of the event's primary organizers this year, cited her experiences with several friends who have considered suicide, and the support she received from staff at Lebanon High School as reasons for her involvement in the event. "It's a really busy time of the year, but this has really become a priority," she said.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Reading the Signs: Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness of Suicide

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lebanon — Sunday afternoon found drivers slowing down to read the big yellow signs lining Route 120 . “Talking about being a burden to others,” one read. “Give a hug,” another said. Part of the annual Upper Valley Suicide Walk for Awareness, the posters listed warning signs that someone may be considering suicide and strategies for preventing it. Rather than …

A Life: Lillian T. DeVaux, 1921 — 2014: ‘They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore’

Monday, September 1, 2014

Thetford — Independent and resilient, Lillian DeVaux withstood many challenges and saw many changes during almost 93 years as a lifelong Vermonter. DeVaux was “tough when she needed to be tough and frugal when she needed to be frugal,” said DeVaux’s friend of more than 20 years, Judy Pease, of Lebanon. “They don’t …

Fastest For 48

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lebanon — Orford hiker Andrew Thompson normally has no problems falling asleep, but on July 6 he uncharacteristically tossed and turned through the night. Too bad for Thompson, because he wouldn’t be getting much sleep at all over the next 3½ days. The 38-year-old former Appalachian Trail through-hike speed record holder now has a new mark to crow about, having climbed all 48 …

Birth Announcements: Aug. 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gifford Medical Center RIZZO — A daughter, Harper Elizabeth Rizzo, born on July 16, 2014, to Megan and Scott Rizo, of East Corinth. BARCELOW — A son, Chase Andrew Barcelow, born on July 31, 2014, to Heather and Dean Barcelow, of South Royalton. LaCROIX — A daughter, Maya …

Rivendell 2014-15 Bus Routes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vivian Ann Sleath

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rochester, Vt. — Vivian Ann Sleath, 59, of Rochester, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. She was born Aug. 17, 1954, in Savannah, Ga.; the daughter of Robert and Loretta (Raymond) Sleath. She graduated from Rochester High School and attended University of Vermont …

Forum, Aug. 6: The Great War; Sharing the Wealth; Rewriting Gaza Headlines, Neighbors Need Help

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Great War, Reconsidered To the Editor: Nicola Smith did a fine job in describing the many ways the Great War influenced “almost everything that happened afterward,” inviting thoughtful contributions from our community. Jim Fox interestingly pointed out that Rudyard Kipling’s history of the Irish Guards in World …

Forum, Aug. 5: Oppression in Palestine; Co-op Coverage; Gun Sense; Health Insurance for the People

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oppression in Palestine To the Editor: I am writing in deep appreciation of the letter from Mary J. Wilson in the Valley News (“The Abuse in Palestine,” July 18). I am not anti-Semitic. I have great respect for the Jewish religion and for Jewish people and their many …

Engagement: Mitchell — Rouse

Sunday, August 3, 2014

West Fairlee — Donald and Coralie Mitchell, of West Fairlee, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Penny Mitchell, to Adam Rouse. The bride-to-be is a 2007 graduate of Rivendell Academy and a 2013 graduate of Blue Ridge …

Group Urges Rebuild Of Lake Fairlee Dam

Saturday, August 2, 2014

West Fairlee — Officials coordinating efforts to replace the Lake Fairlee Dam will host the first of four planned public presentations this afternoon, when they will try to persuade residents that it’s more cost-effective to replace the deteriorating …

Four Towns Work on Waste

Saturday, July 19, 2014

White River Junction — Community leaders from several Upper Valley towns met Tuesday night to begin the slow process of considering collaborative solutions for collecting and processing the region’s trash, compost and recyclables. The unusual gathering of almost …

Man Climbs All 48 N.H. 4,000-Footers for Prouty

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The method with which Brad Taylor has chosen to contribute to the Prouty this year could be considered downright lunacy. Then again, that’s at least part of the idea. Taylor, 55, of Canterbury, N.H., is climbing Mount Moosilauke today to complete his “Full Moon 48” initiative, a summiting …

Revised Law Leads Some Vt. Towns to Shut Down Websites

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fairlee — Town officials have temporarily deactivated the websites for at least two Upper Valley towns, as they grapple with the changes to Vermont’s open meeting law. Although most other town websites on the Vermont half of the Upper Valley remained active Monday evening, several town clerks and …