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Grafton County budget proposal up nearly 5 percent

05-26-2024 5:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NORTH HAVERHILL — The Grafton County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed $56.3 million budget on Tuesday at the county administration building beginning at 6 p.m.The spending plan represents an increase of about 4.8%, or $2.5...


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Upper Valley school notes for May 28

05-26-2024 4:30 PM

Secondary graduationsThe following Upper Valley residents graduated from Kimball Union Academy in Meriden this spring: Josephine Annabelle Blue, Cornish; Colby Boyce, White River Junction; Isabel Brozen, Plainfield; Analena Connors, Hartland; Eliza...


On the trail: Kuster to headline Biden campaign event

05-26-2024 3:41 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

When U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster announced in March that she wouldn’t seek re-election this year, the six-term lawmaker in New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District said that she still planned to hit the campaign trail on behalf of fellow Democrats up...


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...


Internal emails reveal UNH administrators’ desire to quell pro-Palestine ‘encampment’ ahead of graduation

05-25-2024 5:01 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A day before a pro-Palestine protest at the University of New Hampshire earlier this month, a staff member in the university’s Office of Student Life passed on to administrators that he got word of a “plan to engage in encampment,” according to an...


Police: Vermont man arrested for stealing gas in Newport to refuel stolen vehicle

05-25-2024 5:00 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — A 57-year-old Vermont man who told police that he “had just run out of gas and needed some,” caused an environmental headache when he used an axe to puncture a truck’s gas tank to drain it so he could refuel a stolen recreational vehicle he...


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...


Hartford High students walk out in support of Palestinians

05-24-2024 6:02 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLIand JAMES M. PATTERSON

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Six Hartford High School students, and one home-schooled student who takes classes at the high school, walked out of class this week in protest of the treatment of Palestinians living in Gaza.After leaving the high school on...


In Hanover, Democrats seeking to replace Sununu sound more alike than different

05-23-2024 8:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — With New Hampshire’s gubernatorial primaries just over three months away, three Democratic hopefuls shared a stage on the Dartmouth campus Wednesday night to address issues relevant to young voters.Democratic Executive Councilor Cinde...


Hartford Selectboard continues to mull banner policy

05-23-2024 7:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HARTFORD — A project to hang banners on municipal light poles to honor veterans and first responders remains in limbo as the Selectboard tries to find common ground on the parameters of a banner policy.Two months have passed since a group of residents...


Fairlee and Orford Fourth of July parade canceled due to traffic concerns

05-23-2024 4:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — The state has forced the cancellation of the annual Fairlee and Orford Fourth of July parade this year due to an increase in traffic along the parade’s roughly mile-long route.The parade traditionally begins on Route 25A in Orford, then...


Claremont, Unity school district hires new superintendent

05-23-2024 3:08 PM

CLAREMONT — The SAU 6 School Board has removed the “interim” tag from SAU 6 Superintendent Christopher A. Pratt’s title. Pratt was named superintendent of the district, which includes Claremont and Unity, after the School Board fired Michael Tempesta...


Group of graduates walk out of Harvard commencement chanting 'Free, free Palestine'

05-23-2024 2:49 PM

By STEVE LeBLANC

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Hundreds of students in graduation robes walked out of the Harvard commencement on Thursday chanting “Free, Free Palestine” after weeks of protests on campus and a day after the school announced that 13 Harvard students who...


Senate advances legislation allowing schools to hire part-time teachers without certification

05-23-2024 2:42 PM

By ETHAN DEWITT

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow school districts to hire part-time teachers – without the need for a State Board of Education credential.House Bill 1298 would allow teachers working fewer than 30 hours a week who pass...


Royalton closes bridge spanning Broad Brook

05-22-2024 7:30 PM

ROYALTON — A bridge over Broad Brook in Royalton has been closed since last weekend after stones that help hold it up fell into the brook. It’s unclear when it might reopen.Last Saturday morning, May 18, a resident alerted town officials to the damage...


Hartland school budget revote set for Tuesday

05-22-2024 7:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTLAND — Hartland residents will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote on a proposed $11.1 million school budget for the second time this year.The operating budget passed, 320-311, on April 2. The School Board did not make any changes to the...


Plan for 240 apartments in White River Junction completes planning and zoning review

05-22-2024 5:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Planning and zoning officials have approved a plan to build more than 200 apartments off Sykes Mountain Avenue.A partnership of White River Junction-based Simpson Development Corp. and the Venezuela-based Pering Group has...


Strafford man out of prison after pleading guilty to burning down cabin

05-22-2024 4:32 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

CHELSEA — A Strafford man who set the cabin where he was living ablaze after police failed to respond to his repeated calls of distress is free and received a fully suspended prison sentence as part of plea deal on a reduced arson charge.Edward...


Scott signs bill limiting prior authorization, other health insurer practices in Vermont

05-22-2024 2:58 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

Gov. Phil Scott on Monday evening signed H.766, a bill that takes aim at health insurance company practices such as “prior authorization” and seeks to free health care practitioners from burdensome paperwork. “The intent of this bill is to improve the...


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