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Valley News welcomes Reader Advisory Board

06-14-2024 5:01 PM

WEST LEBANON — The Valley News has selected the members of its inaugural Reader Advisory Board, an initiative to bring readers and community-minded individuals together to talk about local news.These 11 individuals were selected from a pool of more...


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Dollar store under construction in Royalton

06-13-2024 7:01 PM

By HALEY CLOUGH

SOUTH ROYALTON — With a hill of lush green trees serving as a backdrop, construction of a Dollar General discount chain store is now underway off Route 14.The skeleton of the 10,640-square-foot retail store is already in place, sitting across the...


Fairlee coffee shop creates a buzz around town

06-11-2024 5:31 PM

By KATE ODEN

FAIRLEE — “Company” takes two forms at Sunnyside Coffee Company at 501 Main Street. Owner Taryn Adamczyk and her baristas make specialty coffee and breakfast with ingredients from local suppliers. They’re also creating a welcoming spot where people...


Food trucks cause traffic concerns in downtown Lebanon

06-10-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

LEBANON — Concerns about traffic safety and a loss of parking spaces due to food trucks near Colburn Park are inspiring the City Council to revisit its rules for downtown vendors.This year, four trucks have permits to operate on South Park Street,...


A Life: Warren Johnston, a ‘true Southern gentleman,’ was ‘soft spoken and slow to anger’

06-09-2024 5:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

SOUTH ROYALTON — After four years of newspapering in Las Vegas, Warren Johnston was ready for a change of scenery.Scenery being the optimum word. Johnston and his wife, Sandy, had in mind a place with more trees than asphalt and a night sky not lit in...


State’s Public Utility Commission to cut net metering rates even further

06-08-2024 1:33 PM

By JUAN VEGA DE SOTO

The precipitous fall of Vermont’s net metering payment rates shows no signs of stalling. For years now, the compensation Vermonters receive when they install solar panels and send excess power back to the grid has been declining — and the state’s...


Darn Tough is wrestling with ‘rampant’ social media scams. In Vermont, it’s not alone.

06-08-2024 1:32 PM

By GRAHAM KREWINGHAUS

For as long as there’s been the internet, there have been internet scammers. For people like 40-year-old Windsor resident Brendan Dangelo, that risk feels more or less easy to navigate with a few simple rules: Be careful which download button you...


Family-owned Hanover pizza parlor to close this month

06-06-2024 5:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

HANOVER — Elaine Georgakopoulos doesn’t know how many pizzas she’s made in her life.“I couldn’t even guess,” she laughs when asked. “I know it’s a lot.”A lot, indeed.Georgakopoulos and her family’s pizza parlor, C & A Pizza, has been dishing out its...


Over Easy: Sunday morning coming down

06-06-2024 4:04 PM

By DAN MACKIE

On Sunday morning there is a moment when I hesitate before I head out the door to scoop up our newspaper from the driveway. “Oh, that’s right,” I tell myself. The Sunday paper is no more.“I miss it,’’ my wife Dede tells me. She is a puzzle doer, and...


Fewer Vermont weddings expected this year after boom in 2022

06-04-2024 12:33 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

MANCHESTER — One afternoon in February, a woman in a strapless white gown rendezvoused with a man in a tux on the grounds of The Equinox resort. They held hands, hugged and kissed before the woman disappeared into one of the buildings. That evening,...


State regulator suspends Woodstock Aqueduct Company’s proposed rate hike

05-29-2024 7:25 PM

WOODSTOCK — The Vermont Public Utilities Commission has suspended a rate hike proposed by the Woodstock Aqueduct Company that would have more than doubled water payments for its some 770 customers in town.The company is more than $1.5 million in debt,...


Haven food shelf to close during move to renovated space

05-29-2024 7:04 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Upper Valley Haven’s temporary food shelf will close for around two weeks in June in preparation for a move to a new space.The nonprofit organization’s temporary food shelf, located at 608 N. Main St., will close Friday....


Lebanon employers seek to meet workers’ child care needs

05-27-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

LEBANON — Two new child care options are in the works in the city, as Lebanon employers seek to address their workers’ needs. The Lebanon School District is proposing to create and staff an early child care room at the Hanover Street School, primarily...


Dozens of layoffs at former Vermont Teddy Bear distribution center due to start Thursday

05-25-2024 6:01 PM

By JUAN VEGA DE SOTO

Roughly 30 people will lose their jobs at a distribution center for the former apparel brands of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, according to a letter the new owner sent to the Vermont Department of Labor. The first round of layoffs were expected to...


Child care providers: We like the $25K grant, love the free business coaching

05-25-2024 4:01 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Ellen Grudzien is the founder, executive director, accountant, and landscaper for Let’s Grow Outside, a preschool program with classrooms in Amherst and an outdoor-based program in Bedford. In that, Grudzien is not unique among child care providers...


Kenyon: By charging for after school program, CCBA loses sight of its mission

05-24-2024 7:30 PM

By JIM KENYON

In the end, what choice did Jim Vanier have, really? He could have continued drawing a paycheck by looking after and mentoring kids at the Carter Community Building in downtown Lebanon as he’s done for more than 50 years. But it would have meant...


2023 hit farmers hard. Now, many say NH's Ag department is making things worse in 2024

05-19-2024 2:55 PM

By KATE DARIO

At the start of every growing season for the past 14 years, James Steever, who co-owns Generation Farm in Concord, works his fields, plants his seeds — and hand-delivers his organic certification application to the New Hampshire Department of...


A Life: Elaine Chase ‘was a very generous person’

05-18-2024 5:37 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NORTH POMFRET — When landscapers came to cut the grass for Lysle and Elaine Chase, Elaine saw it as another opportunity to do what she had done so often in her life: Share with others.“My mother was an amazing baker, and when my father could no longer...


A reduction in Wilmot’s recycling program is forcing some residents to take matters into their own hands

05-18-2024 5:26 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In Andy Chew’s garage, aluminum cans — remnants of seltzers and assorted drinks — are piled high in large bins because it pains him too much to throw them away.Living in Wilmot, N.H., where recycling options are scarce, with the town lacking...


Lawmakers pass flood disclosure requirements for home sellers, landlords

05-18-2024 5:23 PM

By CARLY BERLIN

A few years ago, when Corinne Cooper was considering leasing a lot at a manufactured home park in Berlin, she had some sense that the park had experienced minor flooding in the past. But, she said, she didn’t receive much information from the property...


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