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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 …

Hartford, Woodstock Advance

Sunday, February 23, 2014

White River Junction — Senior John Borchert’s power-play goal with 2, minutes, 51 seconds remaining lifted the No. 6 Hartford High boys hockey team over No. 11 Harwood, 3-2, in the first round of the VPA Division II tournament Saturday at Wendell Barwood Arena. With the Highlanders’ Thomas …

Jacks Edge Raptors

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Windsor — The Windsor High girls basketball team broke a late tie by scoring the last three points against Rivendell on Wednesday, escaping by a 34-31 score in the opening round of the Vermont Division III playoffs. The host Yellowjackets had averaged 62 points during their last two …

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, …