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Hidden in low-lying woods at the end of an unmarked road, the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester has been Vermont’s dark secret...

What is it about Orford public meetings that sometimes brings out the worst in town residents? Or, for that matter, the town’s public officials?In...

On a Friday night last November, Colby Goodrich hit bottom — again. After the Listen Thrift Store in White River Junction had closed, Goodrich...

It’s been a rough few months for the Norwich Selectboard and its chief minion, Town Manager Herb Durfee.They’ve had to deal with residents and...

Anyone who wants to find out what convicted felons are up against once they’re back on the street should meet Ashley Sawyer, a 34-year-old...

For 21 years, Tim Covell has cleaned their bathrooms, moved their furniture and shoveled the walkways leading into their dorm. Now, in Covell’s...

I recently came across some cop lingo that was new to me. On the public radio program This American Life, a retired Long Island, N.Y., police...

The Vermont Department of Corrections has taken a lot of heat — and understandably so — since announcing last week that it’s...

Twice a day, 81-year-old Frank Dow makes the rounds in Hartford and beyond, stopping his Dodge pickup at trash bins outside convenience stores...

Ted Thompson was parking at Centerra Marketplace in Lebanon one afternoon when he misjudged how close he was to a pickup truck in an adjacent space...

The short hikes have become part of Andy and Kathy Harvard’s daily lives in recent years. The marked trails lead them through mossy woods, over...

When Bill Rosen was looking to install a small solar array next to his house on Purling Brooks Drive in Hanover, he purposely picked a spot that...

Norwich — When Diane Kittredge applied to Harvard Medical School in the late 1960s, she was asked in her interview about her family plans.As in...

Demolish or restore? The Bridgewater Selectboard is trying to figure out what to do about the town’s century-old schoolhouse that was shuttered in...

When Stacey Boyle entered Windsor’s four-story brick apartment building, long known as the ‘The Block,’ for the first time in 2005, she passed...

John Girard would have turned 80 on his next birthday. Still, Girard, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident earlier this...

On the day that Canaan police officer Samuel Provenza pulled over Crystal Eastman last November, the dashboard video camera in his cruiser was “not...

In June, I wrote about a scuffle that erupted at an Orford Selectboard meeting over the job that the town’s highway crew did — or didn’t do...

Who knew that fighting crime — in this case, recovering a stolen lawn tractor — could be so darned expensive for a small town? Certainly not...

There’s no town officer who interacts more with the public than the town clerk. She — they’re almost always women — issues...

In March 1990, Carl Laurie began serving a life sentence in the New Hampshire State Prison for first-degree murder. Laurie had been convicted of...

On a Friday night in March, a 37-year-old inmate at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield hanged himself in his cell. Some...

The Woodstock Inn and Resort wants to expand, but two 19th-century houses on South Street that are part of the town’s historic district stand in...

In 1984, the then-town librarians in Plainfield and Cornish came to a simple and somewhat informal agreement. Cornish residents could take out...

With the Upper Valley in the grips of an extended heat wave, Martha Hennessy stayed home while her husband and grandchildren cooled off a couple of...

As I watched the 12-member board that governs Claremont and Unity schools wrestle on Thursday night with how to go about replacing Superintendent...

The city of Lebanon recently sent Listen Community Services a property tax bill for nearly $50,000 — the first half due next week — for the former...

I was flipping through the venerable Vermont Standard recently when its “There’s No Place Like Woodstock” column caught my eye.Jennifer Falvey, a...

The thick glass doors at the front entrance to Lebanon Village Marketplace were locked on Monday afternoon. A pickup truck was backed up to the...

On a Friday night in early May, a fierce windstorm knocked out power and brought tree limbs crashing down on roadways in Orford.The next day, with...

Dear Dartmouth Class of 2018,Congratulations! As of today — commencement day — you’re officially Big Greeners for life. And with that honor comes...

Joe Yukica didn’t play on his high school football team in Midland, Pa., until his senior year. The Lincoln High Leopards hadn’t been good for...

Chances are good that you won’t find 97-year-old Warren Williams waving to the crowd from a parade float or participating in any other ceremonies...

I got a phone message the other day from the Internal Revenue Service. Had I forgotten to sign my tax return? Had I put an insufficient amount of...

Nearly 20 years ago, I heard Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins tell a story about her dad that has stuck with me. Dan Jenkins, a...

With this being the start of planting season and all, Royalton farmer Dave Ainsworth has acres of cornfields to plow and harrow before he can even...

TJ Donovan is against building a new 925-bed “mega-prison” in Vermont. He’s critical of the state for spending tens of millions more annually on...

Around 3 p.m. on a recent Saturday afternoon, a well-attended memorial service for longtime social activist and community volunteer Shawn Donovan...

There’s no getting around the fact that the town of Royalton is having a rough go of it. In the first four months of 2018, it’s had a homicide, a...

Leah Stewart was working in the small office at the back of Locust Creek Outfitters in Bethel when I stopped by on Saturday morning. Her husband...

Just before dawn on Sept. 25, 2016, a Claremont police officer shot and killed 25-year-old Cody LaFont in the front doorway of his home on Congress...

It’s hard — no, make that nearly impossible — to bring up reducing Vermont’s prison population without mentioning Hartford Dismas House. The...

It’s been 25 years since the last — and by the way, only — affordable housing development for working-class families was built in Norwich. It’s...

I certainly get why the parents who alleged that their 5-year-old son was sexually abused and harassed by another pupil at the Ottauquechee School...

The Abundant Life Church is by no means well-off. With only about 25 members, the Lebanon church gets by on a shoestring budget. Its pastor, who...

Jay Badams is all too familiar with school shootings. During his time as a school administrator in and around Erie, Pa., there were two.An...

Outside the Barnard General Store, a wooden sign advertises “Meat and Seafood” while another sign reminds customers that “Breakfast and Lunch” are...

Ray Shannis gives three reasons why he’s organizing this Saturday’s March For Our Lives rally at Albert Bridge School in Brownsville: He once...

“Bring the Cows Back!” That’s the new rallying cry found on stickers and signs in Norwich. With a ukulele-playing musician strumming in the...

Apparently, we’ll just have to take the New Hampshire state trooper who fired seven shots at Jesse Champney — hitting him four times, including a...

As homecomings go, Eric Daley’s return to Vermont after 13½ years couldn’t have been more humdrum. Except for family, his lawyer and a few friends...

Vermont has made good use of its furlough program over the years to reduce the state’s prison population, help offenders readjust to living in the...

I arrived at the gun show in Rutland on Saturday afternoon loaded for bear. Strolling past tables stocked with black and camouflage painted assault...

Crystal Eastman had heard that her 11-year-old daughter’s school bus driver had something of a lead foot. Worried about the safety of her daughter...

He travels Vermont’s Route 5 under the cover of darkness, armed with a staple gun and laminated signs the size of a postcard. When he comes to a...

When I met up with Sierra O’Leary at Rivendell Academy on Thursday afternoon, splotches of blue paint covered her hands. In preparation for the...

During her emotional testimony before a New Hampshire legislative committee on Tuesday in Concord, Alonda Peterson broke down only once...

Fifty days and counting. That’s how long it’s been since a New Hampshire state police trooper shot and killed 26-year-old Jesse Champney in Canaan...

Bradford, Vt. — In early 2017, Brandon Cushing had less than six months to serve of his prison sentence. His imminent release was not necessarily...

Newport, Vt. — In the world that Cory Valentine is coming to know, labels matter. The men in his classroom are not inmates, offenders or prisoners....

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