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Former Listen director pleads guilty to fraud

02-27-2024 9:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

CONCORD — The former head of one of the Upper Valley’s leading charities has pleaded guilty to embezzling donations, acknowledging that he spent the money for personal use and to gamble at a casino in western Massachusetts.In U.S. District Court in...


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Flood-related costs hit some Upper Valley towns in the budget

02-27-2024 10:01 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

STRAFFORD — Last July, flood waters tore apart Freeman Bridge, which spans a length of Old City Falls Brook on Freeman Road.Strafford’s road crew rushed to erect a temporary replacement as the town waited on funding from the Federal Emergency...


Four vie for three seats on Hanover School Board

02-27-2024 9:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — The four candidates vying for three seats on the Hanover School Board all share a focus on inclusivity and a commitment to community service.Incumbents Deborah Bacon Nelson and Kelly McConnell look to retain their seats, while Marcela Di...


Weathersfield School Board delays annual meeting to allow time for budget cuts

02-27-2024 7:00 PM

WEATHERSFIELD — The School Board voted Monday to postpone all school district voting, previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 5.An alternate date has not yet been set.The School Board decided to delay voting so it could revisit the school budget and...


Vermonter incarcerated at Mississippi private prison dies

02-27-2024 5:30 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

An incarcerated individual imprisoned through Vermont’s private prison contract at Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi died on Monday, according to the Vermont Department of Corrections. Alfred Brochu, 71, “was found unresponsive”...


Town Meeting 2024: Previews of upcoming Upper Valley meetings and votes

02-26-2024 10:01 PM

Follow this link to see previews of upcoming Town Meetings in the Upper Valley, or find your town or school district in the list below:BarnardBethelBradford, Vt.BridgewaterChelseaCorinthDresden SchoolsFairleeHanover School...


Trial begins for Dartmouth students accused of trespassing

02-26-2024 9:46 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

LEBANON — Dartmouth College President Sian Leah Beilock was among a group of senior college administrators who huddled together in an effort to determine what to do about two Dartmouth students who refused to leave a tent pitched in front of her...


Windsor Black History Month event speaker seeks to engage audience in conversation

02-26-2024 8:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WINDSOR — Famous figures such as Martin Luther King and George Washington Carver are often the faces of Black History celebrations. But in a talk this week in recognition of Black History Month, Joe Major wants to focus on people his audience probably...


Special Town Meeting: Fairlee voters support short-term rental ordinance

02-26-2024 8:00 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — Residents voted to uphold a new short-term rental ordinance during a special Town Meeting Saturday.The ordinance is now officially in effect. That means short-term rental owners who own properties that they rent out for stays fewer than 32...


Weekend fire destroys Chelsea home

02-26-2024 6:03 PM

CHELSEA — Vermont State Police are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a single-family home on Saturday. Chelsea Fire Chief John Champney said the fire department arrived on scene around 2:15 p.m. Firefighters worked through the afternoon...


Man pleads guilty in ValleyNet embezzlement case

02-26-2024 3:56 PM

By ALAN J. KEAYS

A Northfield, Vt., man has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on charges related to embezzlement of more than $500,000 from a nonprofit organization extending broadband to the Upper Valley. John Van Vught, 73, entered a guilty plea...


Valley Parents: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten incentivizes grown-ups to read to their children

02-26-2024 1:12 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

HARTLAND — With plenty of books at home and regular visits to the children’s section of the Hartland Public Library, Marly Ashworth understands the value of reading to her young children.That’s where the family participates in the 1,000 Books Before...


Valley Parents: Mentorship program pairs students with encouraging adults

02-26-2024 1:10 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — At White River School on a Tuesday morning in late January, most of the children put on their hats, mittens and snow pants and headed out to the playground.But others went in a different direction: downstairs to spend about an...


Valley Parents: Children practice reading skills with dogs

02-26-2024 1:09 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — At the Fiske Free Library earlier this year, a young girl was asked if she would like to read to Nala, a 2-year-old boxer, who visits the library with her handler as part of the Read-to-a-Dog program.“The girl said, ‘I can’t read yet,’ ”...


Police: Fairlee man charged in Thetford gun incident

02-26-2024 12:04 PM

THETFORD — Police arrested a 68-year-old Fairlee man in connection with the alleged firing of a gun out in the open in the village of East Thetford, 16 days after enlisting the public’s help in tracking down a suspect.Steven Duffy was charged...


Jim Kenyon: Dartmouth’s Beilock attempts to avoid witness stand at students’ trial

02-25-2024 10:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

What is Dartmouth President Sian Leah Beilock so afraid of? I thought she’d welcome the opportunity to enter into the public record her administration’s reasoning for having two student activists arrested for criminal trespass while peacefully...


Advocates hope to see the ‘year of housing’ in NH legislature

02-25-2024 10:00 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When the legislature reconvened in January, the new session was met with a record number of housing bills. But Elissa Margolin is holding off on crowning this session as the “year of housing” — until she sees what policy makes it to the governor’s...


Newport School District trims default budget

02-25-2024 9:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — With cuts that the School District’s legal counsel identified, the School Board and SAU 43 administration reduced the default budget in the budget warrant article for the annual school meeting from $22.11 million to $21.88 million.Prior to...


Town Meeting preview: Barnard to consider restoring library windows

02-25-2024 11:57 AM

Article of note: Voters will be asked to approve $16,500 for the restoration of 13 original windows on the main floor of the Danforth Library.Contested races: Town officers, including a three-year Selectboard seat, will be elected by ballot.Budgets...


Town Meeting preview: Bethel to consider replacing lister with professional assessor

02-25-2024 11:55 AM

Article of note: One article would eliminate the office of the town lister and replace it with a professionally qualified assessor.Contested races: Adam Stearns and Paul S. Vallee are vying for a two-year term on the Selectboard.Budgets and spending...



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