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Rivendell Academy senior Josh Marshall hits a handful of golf balls from a small mat of artificial grass in the snow at his home in Orford, N.H., on March 26, 2014. "I guess I'm getting pretty anxious," said Marshall, who bought the mat in December and has used it 10-15 times this winter. (Valley News - Will Parson)

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 pitches and sun-drenched tracks and tennis courts, …

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 NHIAA Division II coaching fraternity to win the honor, this time going to senior forward …

Letter: Problems With Conservation Bill

Thursday, March 20, 2014

To the Editor: Readers of Darby Bradley’s commentary (“Changes to Easements Require Scrutiny,” March 16), arguing in favor of Vermont bill S.119, which would alter how conservation easements are amended in the state, should be aware that the Vermont Land Trust, once a major advocate of the bill, has withdrawn support for it, saying it now believes the bill is too broad. I …

Local Roundup: Phoenix Rising at Right Moment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bethel — Playing without two starters, Tanner James and Brandon Tracy stepped up to help lead the Sharon Academy boys basketball team to a 73-38 victory over host Whitcomb on Monday night. James finished with 17 points, eight …

W. Fairlee Land Records To Go on Web

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

West Fairlee Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. in the Community Building for all warning articles not involving Australian ballot. Voters will choose town officers and vote on the budget by Australian …

Letter: The Case for GMO Food Labeling

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To the Editor: H. 112, which would require the labeling of food that contains genetically modified organisms (“GMOs”), also known as “genetically engineered” food, was passed by the Vermont House last year. H. 112 is now before the Vermont Senate. The case for labeling food containing GMOs is …

Local Roundup: Second Quarter Key for Thetford Academy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thetford — All the pieces clicked together in the second quarter for the host Thetford boys basketball team. Down by four after the first quarter, the Panthers erupted for 23 points in the second en route to beating …

Local Roundup: Spartans Hold Off Lebanon

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pembroke, n.h. — A matchup of the top two boys basketball teams in NHIAA Division II didn’t go Lebanon High’s way Tuesday, but coach Kieth Matte said his troops put up a strong fight during a rough-and-tumble clash. …

Thinking and Learning: From Rivendell District’s Founding to Head of Education in Vermont

Sunday, January 19, 2014

When contacted about scheduling an interview, Rebecca Holcombe, Vermont’s new education secretary, emailed back to suggest a visit to a school instead. Arranging the visit took some time, a few weeks, and when her assistant finally sent a …

Up-Tempo Raptors Save Their Best Work for After Halftime

Friday, January 17, 2014

Orford — If one thing hurt the Rivendell Academy boys basketball team during its 18-5 season a year ago, it was a tendency to lose some of its edge in the second half. That hasn’t been a problem …

Fire Destroys Strafford Home

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Strafford home was destroyed by a fire Wednesday evening. Property owners Dot and Bill Burden said the blaze started on their two-story home's deck. The couple was not injured. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, …

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’: UVLG Closure Scatters Teams

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Watching in anticipation as the ball rotates down the lane, the moment between a bowler’s release at the foul line and contact with the pins can seem like an eternity. Now, just getting to that point has become a much longer journey for Upper Valley high school teams. …

Still Getting in Sync: Panthers Win, But Still Look to Improve

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thetford — The Thetford Academy girls basketball team has returned its entire nucleus from last year’s Vermont Division III semifinalist. Now the Panthers just need to work on returning to form. Thetford improved to 2-0 with Tuesday’s 44-23 …