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Seth Orne, front, and Joe Denhert use a makeshift "stretcher" made of tree trunks to transport a pair of mattresses away from the Appalachian Trail. The duty was part of the pair's "Packing It Out" initiative, which removed nearly 1,100 pounds of garbage from the AT corridor this summer. (Photograph courtesy Seth Orne)

Hikers Pack Up, Clean Out Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Coined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in the 1960s, the “leave no trace” principle encourages visitors of the outdoors to take out everything they bring into the wilderness. A few Appalachian Trail thru hikers did even better this year — leaving the national scenic trail even more pristine than when they entered by removing trash left behind by others. Georgia residents Seth Orne and Paul Dehnert, both 25, and friend Jeff Twedt, 29, set out last March on their “Packing It Out” initiative, with a goal of removing 1,000 pounds of garbage from the AT corridor. Orne and Dehnert completed the mission …

A Bit of Seaside By the Roadside

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In 2009, chef Brad Pirkey packed up his Volkswagen bus and his dog Boston and headed out on a great American road trip, traveling the country’s perimeter, from East Coast to Gulf Coast to West Coast, for a year. Along the way, he sampled classic American food, with regional twists, at food trucks …

Local Roundup: Hanover, Concord Boys Soccer Deadlock

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Concord — Hanover’s Griffin Johnson was inches away from ending the game in double overtime, but the crossbar answered his header in the box in what proved to be the best last chance of the Marauders’ 2-2 double-overtime boys soccer draw with Concord on Tuesday. Hanover senior captain Asa Berolzheimer scored twice in the contest for the Marauders, the second coming off a …

Frances E. (Strong) Drury

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Woodstock, Vt. — Frances E. Drury passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. She graduated from WUHS in 1960. She attended Sheldon Beauty Academy in Burlington, Vt. where she graduated as a cosmotologist in 1961. After graduation and getting licensed as a hairdresser, she moved to California where …

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: …

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 …

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 …

Springfield, Vt., Girl Dies at Dam

Friday, July 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The 15-year-old daughter of the Springfield man who was shot to death in April after confronting a suspected drug user in his neighborhood has died. Casey Wing has been identified as the girl who died on Saturday after falling 85 feet at the North Springfield …

Entertainment Highlights: Royalton Singer-Songwriter Embarks on a Career in Music

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In the hours before she steps to the microphone at Bentley’s Restaurant tonight to perform a mix of her own acoustic and alternative-pop songs and covers of popular music of the last six decades, you might catch Alison Turner helping …

Spreading the Wealth: Granite Staters Look to Soar in Spread Offense

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Castleton, Vt. — Matt Boone was in the middle of police cadet training at New Hampshire Technical Institute when he received the call that changed his summer. The Newport High slot receiver and defensive back’s cellphone rang during …

Storyteller Uses Family Tale to Teach Her Craft

Monday, July 27, 2015

Woodstock — Growing up in the 1970s, Susanne Schmidt’s family and close friends went camping on a peninsula on Long Island Sound for two weeks every summer. “It was like Lord of the Flies meets Swiss Family Robinson, …

At the Hospitals: July 26, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

VA Medical Center Surgeons Receive Career Development Awards White River Junction — Two surgeons from the VA Outcomes Group, based at White River Junction VA Medical Center, have received Veterans Administration New England Career Development Awards. “In addition to the honor bestowed by these highly competitive regional grants, …

Local Youths Win Awards at Dairy Show

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tunbridge — Several local youths took home awards from the Central and Southeast Region 4-H Dairy Show, held July 14 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. Keenan Thygesen, of Tunbridge, received the Dick Dodge Memorial Award for being named the …