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Tracy Ostler, of Hartford, the Green Mountain Horse Association's new executive director meets Kialectric, a 29 year-old Arabian rescue being housed at the association's barn in South Woodstock, Vt. Thursday, March 19, 2015. Ostler started in the position Monday after leaving her job as a research program administrator at Dartmouth Medical School. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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More Than Horseplay: New-Look GMHA Gallops Into 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

South Woodstock — With springtime coming soon to the Upper Valley, the Green Mountain Horse Association picked a fitting time to welcome its new executive director — and to announce plenty of new events for the 2015 horseback riding season. On Monday, Tracy Ostler, of Hartford, began leading GMHA, the 89-year-old equestrian center that claims to be the nation’s oldest competitive and educational facility of its kind. Ostler, 44, is leaving a managerial position she held for 20 years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She says an opportunity such as the one at GMHA is one she’d always hoped for. “I got my first horse when …

Logan Piefer

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Oneonta, N.Y. — Logan Piefer, 11, beloved son of Robin and Andrew Piefer, passed away peacefully at his home in Oneonta, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Logan was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on June 14, 2003. In spite of battling Hunter Syndrome his entire life, he was full of joy and laughter and brought both to all those who knew him. Logan …

H.S. Notebook: Capital League Names TA’s Pomeroy Player of Year

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A visit to Saturday’s VBCA Senior All-Star Games put Eric Ward in a wistful mood. As Thetford Academy senior Michaela Pomeroy ran around the Windsor High School floor in her Division III-IV girls basketball finale, Ward thought about the future. The TA coach had entertained similar thoughts about the graduating class from 2014’s …

Ski Resort Mourned

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Brownsville — With c amera in hand on Saturday afternoon, Norm Hicks stood outside the plastic orange fencing that has been erected around the charred remains of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort base lodge. The Connecticut resident, who bought a home on the resort grounds long before the …

Windsor Boys Cruise Past Bellows Falls

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Westminster, Vt. — Windsor, the top-seeded team in the Division III standings, jumped out to an early lead and dispatched Bellows Falls 56-39 at Holland Gym on Saturday. When these teams met on Dec. 19, the Yellowjackets were 84-48 winners, and while the win was comfortable on Saturday, …

Howard E. Smith

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Las Vegas, Nev. — Howard E. Smith, 86, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. He was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Windsor, Vt. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1946. Howard married Maxine E. Warren of …

Cause Unclear in Lodge Fire

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

West Windsor — A state fire investigator has ruled that the cause of a blaze that destroyed the former Ascutney Mountain base lodge last week is undetermined. Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Steve Otis said that the fire itself does not appear to be suspicious, but he acknowledged …

After Fire, Town Will Buy Lodge

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Brownsville — The West Windsor Selectboard voted in an emergency meeting Friday to resume its effort to take over the old base lodge of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort that was destroyed by fire the day before. In …

Balancing Act: Whatever the Sport, Lebanon Sophomore Finds Success

Friday, January 9, 2015

Lebanon — Two of the coaches who call Lebanon High’s Ryan Milliken their own can describe him with five-letter words like motor and gamer. Here’s another one Milliken hopes to apply at Leverone Field House today: zippy. The …

Subzero Temperatures Hamper All-Day Firefighting Effort as Former Ascutney Lodge Burns

Friday, January 9, 2015

Brownsville — Dozens of firefighters braved subzero temperatures on Thursday to fight a fire that gutted the base lodge of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort. Frigid weather froze hoses and wore down firefighters, hindering efforts to extinguish the …

Firefighters Battle Heavy Fire Thursday Morning at Old Base Lodge at Ascutney Mountain Ski Area (VIDEO)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Brownsville — Firefighters from the Upper Valley this morning are battling a fire at the old base lodge at the former Ascutney Mountain Resort. Crews have spent more than five hours at the scene, and subzero temperatures have …

Woodstock Pulls Away From Windsor

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Windsor — Woodstock senior forward Chris Townley was kind of bummed out for most of the Wasps’ game at Windsor on Tuesday night. “I was struggling and it bothered me,” Townley said. But when the game was over, that glum feeling disappeared as Townley scored all seven of …

Gail Abbott Furnas

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Brownsville, Vt. — Gail Abbott Furnas, 93, formerly of West Windsor, Vt., died peacefully, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Galleria Woods Retirement Community, in Hoover, Ala. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Hoover. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Michael J. Fox …