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An undated photo of Ann Jean Thomas. (Courtesy of Miranda Thomas Shackleton)

A Life: Ann Jean Thomas, 1926-2015; ‘They Are All So Beautiful’

Monday, August 3, 2015

Woodstock — In her last book of verse, published in 2013, Ann Jean Thomas included a short, enigmatic poem titled In Praise of Lithium Silicates. Only 12 lines, the first nine as opaque as the minerals they describe: From the Tamminen Mine in Greenwood, and from the tailings of Mount Apatite, they face me as I write, with the improbable pale lilac glitter of lepidolite, and encased in quartz, the silvery pink sheen of spodumene. Lepidolite, quartz, spodumene: lithium silicates all, and no mystery to Thomas’ children, who followed her on numerous prospecting trips to southwestern Maine, home to some of the largest natural deposits …

Mt. Ascutney Projects Break-Even for 2016 Budget

Monday, August 3, 2015

Windsor — After two straight years of losing money in its health care operations, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is projecting that in its upcoming fiscal year it will break even in its core business — but only just barely. In a July 1 letter and budget projections for the fiscal year that will begin Oct. 1 that were filed with Vermont’s …

Vermont Up to Challenge, but N.H. Rules Again

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Castleton, Vt. — Players from NHIAA Division III schools might not attract as much notice as their brethren from larger institutions, but that didn’t stop a D-III contingent from contributing tremendously in Saturday’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. Gilford’s Kyle Gaudet caught five passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, Golden Eagles teammate Max …

The Long Wait Ends: Wasps Go to Top of the Heap

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Woodstock — Woodstock Union High girls lacrosse coach Amanda Soule knew from her team’s first scrimmage this spring that Wasps were something special. She couldn’t predict that the squad would eventually capture the Vermont Division II title, of …

Free Screenings Have Become an Upper Valley Rite of Summer

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summertime, and the viewing is … free? Well, not for the blockbusters, of course. But if you’ve already seen — or want to avoid — the likes of Jurassic World and Inside Out and the Terminator reboot and …

Ann Jean Thomas

Friday, July 10, 2015

Woodstock, Vt. — Ann Jean Thomas, of Woodstock, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on July 7, 2015, at the age of 88. Ann was born in London, England on Nov. 11, 1926, to Arthur and Rona Davis. She grew up in London and attended Lady Margaret …

Woodstock Solar Plan Withdrawn

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Woodstock — A brewing battle between a developer and the town of Woodstock was unexpectedly averted last week, when the developer apparently scrapped a proposal to erect a series of solar panels on a 15-acre pasture next to the Taftsville Cemetery. Tom Garden, owner of the Massachusetts-based firm …

Vermont’s Energy Future Is Focus of Regional Forums

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Woodstock — A series of regional public forums about Vermont’s energy future will begin on July 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Billings Farm and Museum. Vermonters are invited to share their thoughts about how the state can meet its energy goals and needs in the coming years, the …

Pomfret Native Disappears in Fla.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Pomfret — The United States Coast Guard last weekend called off the search for U.S. Olympic sailor Trevor Moore, a Pomfret native who disappeared late last month off the coast of Florida. On the evening of June 25, …

No Translation Necessary on the Court; International Players Impress Vt. High School Basketball Stars

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Woodstock — Basketball in summer? Why not? Especially when it’s this good. The Vermont Twin States team welcomes as much tough competition as it can get as it prepares for the upcoming all-star game against New Hampshire, and …

Sallie Kenefick Otto

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Woodstock, Vt. — Sallie Kenefick Otto died peacefully at Woodstock Terrace on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. She was 92. Mrs. Otto was born in Buffalo, and lived there for most of her life. Both her grandfathers and father were prominent Buffalo lawyers; her paternal grandfather, Daniel J. Kenefick, …

Items, Cash Stolen During Break-Ins at Woodstock Businesses

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Woodstock — Police are searching for the individuals who stole money, jewelry and handcrafted pocket knives from neighboring Central Street businesses on Sunday morning. Woodstock Police Cpl. Jim Otranto said an unknown number of people broke into Mountain Creamery, a farm-to-table restaurant, and Unicorn, a shop that sells …

No Time to Waste: Major Provisions of Vermont Recycling Law Go Into Effect This Week

Sunday, June 28, 2015

“Nobody really knows what’s going to happen when this goes into effect on July 1,” Todd Allen, the chairman of Hartford’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, told town leaders earlier this month. “It’s a little bit of uncharted waters.” …