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Participants and caregivers from Zack's Place and Spark Community Center, take a leasurly four mile hike on the Northern Rail Trail in Andover, N.H., on May 27, 2015. 
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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 Woodstock, Spark in Lebanon — the club is hiking the western-most 40 miles or so of the Northern Rail Trail, New Hampshire’s multi-use recreation pathway covering 48 miles in total between Boscawen and downtown Lebanon. The group was made possible by a grant from energy …

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, …

Alice May Adams

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Windsor, Vt. — Alice May Adams, 94, a former resident of Windsor and Plainfield, N.H., passed away Tuesday morning, April 7, 2015, at Hanover Terrace Healthcare in Hanover, following a brief illness, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral …

Stevens Athletic Director Steps Down

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Claremont — Aaron House, the athletic director at Stevens High for the last three years, has notified school officials that at the end of the school year he will be leaving to take a similar position at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, N.H. Citing a “professional organization …

Gift Benefits Windsor Food Shelf

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Windsor — The Windsor Food Shelf recently received a donation of $500 from Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. “We are incredibly grateful,” Pam Smith, who coordinates the food shelf at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, said in a news release. “It’s been an unusually tough winter for many …

Business Notes: April 5, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Claremont — Runnings will open its doors on Tuesday in the former Lowe’s Home Improvement store, which it bought last year about two years after Lowe’s announced it would close. Runnings is a general merchandise chain store with …

Windsor High School Wins Inaugural 3D Modeling Contest

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Since October, about 20 Vermont schools have been competing in a first-of-its-kind project that combines high tech 3D printing and old fashioned local history. Last week, the teams of students gathered at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center …

60th Anniversary: Lynn and Royal Houghton.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ascutney — Marilyn (Trask) and Royal Houghton celebrated their 60th anniversary on March 14, 2015, at the Inn at Weathersfield. The couple was married on March 11, 1955, at the Plainfield Community Church, with a reception at the …

People in Business: March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Guy Alderdice Jr., of Windsor, has joined the West Windsor office of The Vermont Agency, whose primary carrier is National Life Insurance Co. of Montpelier. Alderdice has 14 years of experience in the financial services industry and is a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Equity Services …

Planting the Seeds of Partnership

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Randolph — With mucky fields peeking out from under the fast-melting snow, it won’t be long before this year’s crops start sprouting up across the Upper Valley. And as hunger for local food grows, an event last week …

Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities …

Lawmakers: Prison Closing No ‘Done Deal’

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Windsor — Two top Windsor County Democrats in the Vermont Legislature say a proposal to close Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor is not a “done deal.” Instead, lawmakers will weigh the pros and cons of closing the facility in the coming weeks, as well as all other …