Upper Valley Dispatch

Fairlee Lumber Company Says It Will Rebuild Sawmill Destroyed in Fire

Fairlee — Britton Lumber Co. today announced that it would rebuild its sawmill after it was leveled by a devastating fire two weeks ago, but that the company would have to cut back some of its staff positions during the rebuilding period. Britton Lumber President Robert Moses said in a news release that the company estimates it could take 18 to 24 months to rebuild the sawmill at its Fairlee plant. He said one full-time position was being eliminated and that the company “would not

En Garde: Upper Valley Fencing Club in Upcoming ‘Sunday Valley News’

Norwich — So elegant. So cordial. And so much harder than it looks. Before contacting the Upper Valley Fencing Club for a story for the Sunday Valley News, I knew nothing about the sport. But the club’s members, who number in the dozens, are eager to share what they know, and during a recent practice session at Tracy Hall, I gave it a try. Observation: Persuading your feet, arms and a weapon to cooperate in proper form ain’t easy. But, judging from the short lesson

Charlestown Man To Serve Minimum 30 Years For Slaying Wife

Newport — A judge this morning sentenced a 45-year-old Charlestown man to a minimum of 30 years in prison for killing his wife on the day she filed for divorce. In February, a jury found James Robarge guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife, Kelly Robarge, whose body was discovered in a wooded area in Unity in July 2013, about a week after she went missing. During a sentencing hearing in Sullivan Superior Court this morning, Judge Brian Tucker said he

Dellinger to Serve 9 Years in Fatal Crash

North Haverhill, N.H. — A former corporate executive will serve at least nine years in prison in connection with a fatal crash on Interstate 89 in Lebanon that killed a Wilder couple. Sunapee resident Robert Dellinger, 54, was sentenced this afternoon to two 4 1/2-to-10-year sentences in the December 2013 deaths of 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant, and her fiance, 29-year-old Jason Timmons, to be served consecutively. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of negligent homicide in their deaths, and also

Dellinger: ‘I Have Never Been Suicidal’

The wife of the Sunapee man who pleaded guilty to two counts of negligent homicide in the deaths of a Wilder couple in a crash on Interstate 89 in Lebanon said her husband is a “man of ethics, integrity and friendship.” Deborah Dellinger today said her husband, former corporate executive Robert Dellinger, has worked to handle the multiple sclerosis diagnosis that cost him his professional career and lives a life of “grace and modesty.” “We are devastated by the deaths of your loved ones,” Deborah

ECFiber Announces 'Sap Propelled Internet Technology'; SunCommon Discloses Energy Spill

ECFiber chose today to announce its significantly sweetened plans for high-speed Internet in Vermont. In a news release titled “Amazing Technology Breakthrough,” the communications firm said its new plans include using sap and rubber tubing to connect its customers throughout rural Vermont. The new network, called Sap Propelled Internet Technology, or SPIT, should be available by the end of the year, Irv Thomae, ECFiber’s chairman, said in the release. The official-sounding statement was enough to convince one Valley News reporter that he had a real

Mud, Mud and More Mud: What Do Your Roads Look Like?

Did you see our article a couple of weeks ago about towns and residents bracing themselves for mud season? (Hats off to the editors’ desk for that great headline.) The roads are looking a little mushier lately and we want to know what things look like where you live. We are experimenting with commenting on the Upper Valley Dispatch blog, and have enabled comments at the bottom of this page. You have to be logged in to Facebook to comment, and we encourage you to

Our ‘Contact Us’ Page Has Been Revamped

In an effort to help the public more efficiently submit news tips, requests for coverage and the like to the appropriate Valley News editors, we have revamped the “Contact Us” page on our website. The link is in the upper right corner of every page on the site, or you can access the page directly with this URL: http://www.vnews.com/contact-us Please take a look! We look forward to hearing from you. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Tuesday at 11:25 a.m. Follow the Valley

‘Enterprise: The Business Magazine of the Upper Valley’ to Debut on Tuesday

I’ve been editing the Business & Money section of the Sunday Valley News for almost 20 years now. In that time, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the variety, vitality and dynamic nature of the Upper Valley’s business community. We’re lucky to live and work in a place that has as its economic foundation not only world-class institutions and innovative companies with a global reach, but also creative and entrepreneurial individuals who harness their passion and their vision to build businesses of their own. That’s

Calm Grace In The Busy Streets of Freetown

‘Valley News’ reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling is currently in Sierra Leone working on a journalism project supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. During his time there, he will also be filing short, semi-regular dispatches for the Upper Valley Dispatch blog and ‘Valley News.’ This is his second post abroad. Read his first post here and more about the project here. ∎ Freetown, Sierra Leone — In Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, the streets are as hot and heavy as two furiously embraced