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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 …

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 …

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, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, March 21

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Write-In Candidate Elected To Rivendell Board Orford — Vershire voters elected Jean MacDonald to the Rivendell School Board for a one-year term with ballots cast before, during and after the district’s annual meeting at Rivendell Academy, Tuesday. As …

Marjorie M. Johnson

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

West Fairlee, Vt. — Marjorie M. Johnson, 88 died on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Genesis Healthcare in Lebanon, N.H. She was born June 30, 1925, in Vershire, Vt., the daughter of Leon and Maude (Cloudman) Eastman. She attended school in South Vershire in a one-room schoolhouse. On …

Rivendell District’s Budget Approved

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Orford — In an efficient hour-long meeting, voters from the four communities of the Rivendell Interstate School District approved a budget of $9.8 million from the gym floor at Rivendell Academy on Tuesday evening. Also by voice vote, attendees said ‘yes’ to a $50,000 allocation for a capital …

Rivendell School Budget Up 1.7%

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Rivendell Interstate School District annual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rivendell Academy in Orford. Voting for the district’s elected positions will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the academy. Orford — Voters in the Rivendell Interstate School District’s will decide on a proposed …

Raptors Are Bedeviled in Semifinals

Friday, March 7, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Sold-out Barre Auditorium was filled to the brim for Thursday night’s VPA Division III boys basketball semifinal between Rivendell and Williamstown. By early in the fourth quarter, some of the seats were already emptying as …

West Fairlee Budget Passes, Incumbents Return

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

West Fairlee — Voters approved the town’s $474,318 operating budget Tuesday in Australian ballot voting, 73-8. Selectwoman Delsie Hoyt was re-elected to a two-year seat and was unopposed. Selectwoman Beverly Jo Ash won a three-year seat, defeating David Moore, 36-22. Marilyn Dresser won a two-year seat, defeating Moore …

3 Charged in Connection With Norwich Burglaries

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

White River Junction — Three Upper Valley residents are facing charges in connection with burglaries of several homes in Norwich. Benjamin Kendall, 24, of Vershire has been charged with three felony counts of burglary and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny. Kendall pleaded not guilty to all four …

West Fairlee Fire Department Gets Boost

Sunday, March 2, 2014

West Fairlee — In the end, the only real debate at Town Meeting on Saturday was not whether to give the town’s volunteer fire department more money, but how much more. Twenty-six of the town’s 464 registered voters attended the meeting at the Community Building. They started at …