South Royalton — The Vermont State Board of Education voted unanimously this afternoon to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and fold its five member districts into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union. The move is expected to save $314,000 in the first year, with hopes that more savings could be realized by rearranging staff in future years. Educators say it will also open the door to better programming for students. Beginning in July 2016, the Bethel, Granville, Hancock, Rochester and Stockbridge school districts will be overseen
The Tuesday edition of the Valley News includes quite the thriller about some crazy lights seen in the northern sky last week. (Find a link under “related stories” at the bottom of this page.) If you can get past the bad fonts and block out the cheesy music, the YouTube video at the top of this page — found through some hardcore reporting, i.e. Google — shows some images that give you the gist of what this "light pillars" phenomenon is all about. Whether or
Lebanon — Living in Lebanon, I walk past the firehouse on South Park Street just about every day. I’ve peeked in — who can resist checking out that cool inflatable boat through the first floor windows? But until last month, I’d never been inside. Reporting for an upcoming story about the emergency medicine residency program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, I discovered the bright red raft is as intriguing to others as it is to me. One of the first questions that first-year resident Nate Grubbs
Last month, the Woodsville High girls basketball team — which competes in Division IV, the lowest of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association’s four levels — knocked off three Division III teams at the InterLakes High holiday tournament in Meredith, N.H. Pretty sweet for them, right? Just one catch: The NHIAA doesn’t recognize holiday tourneys in the standings, despite the time and effort that goes into staging these events for hoop-hungry fans home for the holidays who want to see their alma mater in action.
Charlestown — The trial of James Robarge, accused of killing his estranged wife, began in Sullivan County Superior Court this morning, where 15 jurors piled onto a bus to visit key locations in the case. Kelly Robarge, a Charlestown resident, was discovered dead in a wooded area off of Britton Road in Unity more than a week after she went missing in June 2013. Robarge is charged with first- and second-degree murder in her death. Jurors visited that location and two others today, including the
North Haverhill — Feet. Of all the things I figured might be out of reach in old age, I never considered those two crucial appendages. Yet foot care becomes increasingly important in our later years, as I learned recently while reporting an upcoming story about the Horse Meadow senior center in North Haverhill. As a quick subsequent Google search revealed, the skin and fat pads on the feet become thinner with age, leaving the feet vulnerable to all sorts of trouble. And diseases such as
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 hampered their response. Fresh crews from Hanover, Lebanon and Hartford are being called in to relieve firefighters. Temperatures in Brownsville were around 10 below zero early this morning. Firefighters hoped to lay frozen hose on a floor with radiant heat to help thaw it out. Voters at
Hartford — The town’s Information Night on Monday devolved into “must-see TV,” at least if you’re into local government dust-ups, for a short period toward the end of the evening. CATV’s video of the annual gathering leading up to Town Meeting is at this link. The commotion begins around the hour-and-40-minute mark, when School Board member Paul Keane complained that a hockey coach had been poorly treated when the coach submitted a proposal regarding locker rooms in the recently remodeled Wendell A. Barwood Arena, and
Earlier this week, one of our editors showed up to the newsroom with a big bandage on his forehead. He’d been out at his woodpile before work and took a wrong step, and slipped all the way down his back yard, 20 feet or so, into a gully. The snow was completely crusted over in ice and there was nothing to stop his head-first slide. Apparently he’s not the only one. A quick glimpse at the Missing Pets of the Upper Valley Facebook page shows
Newport — Firefighters are at the scene of a fire that has gutted a home on Church Street this morning. Multiple departments from the Newport region have been toned out in the cold temperatures. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 11:10 a.m. Find a full report in Wednesday's Valley News and follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.