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Emily Koetsier, a caregiver from Woodstock, Vt., brushes bugs off Juss Burrell's face while they hike with other participants and their caregivers on the Northern Rail Trail in Andover, N.H., on May 27, 2015. Zack's Place in Woodstock, Vt.,  and Spark Community Center in Lebanon, N.H., have teamed up to form an outing club that includes the goal to section hike the Northern Rail Trail from Andover, N.H., to Lebanon, N.H., throughout the summer and early fall. 
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A Spark of Brilliance: Groups Team Up for Rail Trail Hike

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Spark! Community Center co-founder Lisa Green prefers flat, easy trails when she goes hiking while her autistic and epileptic son, 23-year-old Patrick, favors more vigorous climbs. It’s mom who’s getting the desired terrain for the first initiative of the Spark/Zack’s Place Outing Club. In a unique collaboration between nonprofit enrichment centers — Zack’s Place is located in …

Shirley H. Rice

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Windsor, Vt. — Shirley H. Rice, 80, a longtime resident of Windsor, passed away Sunday evening, May 24, 2015, at her home in Windsor. Arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor. The complete obituary will be published when arrangements are final. …

River Celebration In Windsor Includes Paddling

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Windsor — A free event on June 20 in Windsor will celebrate the Connecticut River and the people who help protect it. The annual River Celebration, held at sites along the river, is sponsored by the Connecticut River Watershed Council. Set at the Path of Life Garden and Great River Outfitters, the event starts at 9 a.m. and wraps up with a free, …

Francis I. Hurlburt, Sr.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Windsor, Vt. — Francis I. Hurlburt, Sr., 91, a longtime resident of Windsor, passed away Thursday morning, May 21, 2015, at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor. The complete obituary will be published when …

Sports Notes: Windsor’s Gilbert Part of National TV Card

Friday, May 22, 2015

For years, Windsor boxer Chris Gilbert has admired the exploits of Framingham, Mass., fighter Danny O’Connor. Today, he’ll have the opportunity to square up with him in the ring for the first time. Gilbert, 13-1, will be a major underdog at Boston University’s Agganis Arena when he takes …

Local Roundup: Hartford Baseball Drops First of Season

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

White River Junction — Be careful for what you wish, as the Hartford High baseball team found out Monday during a 4-2 loss to Mount Anthony. The setback was the Hurricanes’ first of the season, dropping them to …

Confirming Their Faith: Vermont’s New Catholic Bishop Makes First Visit to St. Anthony Church

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hartford — Leading a confirmation Mass at St. Anthony’s Church earlier this month, the Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, Vermont’s new Catholic bishop, spent a few minutes reflecting on names. “Lots of names, lots of beautiful names,” Coyne said …

At the Hospitals: May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Among ‘Outstanding Americans’ Lebanon — Dr. James Weinstein, chief executive officer and president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. This …

Volunteer Spotlight: Windsor Teen Named Precision Museum’s First Volunteer of the Year

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Windsor — A tech-savvy teenager has received the American Precision Museum’s inaugural volunteer of the year award. Vincent Moeykens, a ninth-grader at Windsor High School, started helping out at the museum about 18 months ago. Since then, he’s …

Jacks Honor 1975 Team, Bow to Rutland

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Windsor — Apparently, a loss at Hanover helped fuel Windsor’s drive to the Vermont state baseball championship in 1975. On Saturday, before Windsor’s game with visiting Rutland, the Yellowjackets’ state championship team of ’75 was honored, and there …

Dale L. Stein

Friday, May 15, 2015

Windsor, Vt. — A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Dale L. Stein, who died Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Windsor Welcome Center, 3 Railroad Avenue, in Windsor, Vt. …

Phyllis P. French

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lebanon, N.H. — Phyllis P. French, 89, a resident of Harvest Hill in Lebanon and formerly of Windsor, Vt., passed away Sunday evening, May 10, 2015, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born Dec. 4, 1925, in Randolph, Vt., the daughter of Charles B. and …

Bicycling to Safety: Windsor Event Gives Children an Education on Wheels

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Windsor — The Windsor Recreation Department wants as many kids as possible to get outside on bicycles this summer — safely. The department Saturday held its annual “Bike Rodeo” event, which for the last decade or so has …