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Community briefs: Paving project begins in Woodstock Village

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/23/2021 10:24:43 PM
Modified: 4/23/2021 10:24:41 PM

WOODSTOCK — Motorists driving through Woodstock Village should expect delays from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday through Friday as construction crews prepare Routes 4 and 106 for paving.

Drivers can expect roads reduced to one-lane traffic. Street parking will also be banned along the route while the crews complete their work. During nighttime hours, light towers will be used.

The project will begin just south of the Woodstock Inn and Resort Golf Club on Route 106 and run to its intersection with Route 4/South Park Street, according to a news release from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. It also begins at the Route 12/Elm Street and Route 4/Central Street intersection before going north along Route 12/Elm Street to just north of its intersection with Old River Road at the Class 1 Town Highway limit. Another project begins just west of the Route 4/West Woodstock Road and Rose Hill intersection and extends east along Route 4 to just south of its intersection with Sawyer Road at the Class 1 Town Highway limit.

The state expects the project to be complete by this September. For more information, email

Expect delays as I-89 paving continues in Hartford, Sharon

HARTFORD — Traffic will be reduced to one lane on sections of I-89’s north- and southbound lanes in Hartford and Sharon as paving work continues from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Crews will be working on installing guardrails, according to a news release from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Ramps that are part of the I-89/I-91 interchange in Hartland are currently scheduled to be closed the week of May 3 due to nighttime construction work. For more information, email

TROC receives grant to help creative sector recover from COVID-19

WOODSTOCK — The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) received a $276,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to start a two-year Creative Sector program to help those involved in the arts recover economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money will be used to provide “opportunities for marketing creativity, investing in creative enterprises, and leveraging cross sector partnerships to amplify economic development within the East Central Vermont Economic Development District,” according to a news release from TRORC. It will cover jobs in visual arts and crafts, culture and heritage, literary arts and publishing, performing arts, specialty foods and culinary arts, and film and media.

“Vermont has always been a leader in the arts and culture sectors, and I am delighted to hear about the project the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission will be working on to help their arts community while also amplifying local economic development,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said in the release.

Community College of Vermont starts four new certificate programs

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Students attending the Community College of Vermont will be to earn certificates in cloud computing, community health, entrepreneurship, and human resource management beginning this fall.

Most programs can be completed within a year and the credits can also be applied to associate degree programs, according to a news release from CCV.

“We’re optimistic about an expanded role for the community health worker workforce in the Vermont landscape as we move through and past the pandemic, and increasing educational opportunities through CCV is an exciting step to support the existing and emerging workforce to further meet the needs of all Vermonters,” Jennifer Woolard, chronic disease program specialist at the Vermont Department of Health, said in the release about the community health certificate program.

For more information visit

KUA student wins Rotary speech contest

LEBANON — Kimball Union Academy junior Jintao Yue won the Rotary District 7850’s Speech Contest.

Yue, who is from Tianjin, China, represented the Lebanon Rotary Club at the contest. This year’s theme was “How can you and your local Rotary Clubs work together to improve your community and open new opportunities for you and other students?”

During his speech about toxic masculinity, Yue said, “Imagine the potential for building goodwill and better friendships in a world where we embrace positive masculine traits. I am going to work towards this goal, and I hope that the Rotary Club can help everyone achieve this end.”

Public invited to forum about bridge replacement in Newbury, Vt.

NEWBURY, Vt. — The public is invited to learn more about the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s plans to replace a the Boltonville Bridge over the Wells River in Newbury, Vt.

A virtual meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday about the project, which is scheduled to take place from June 12 through Aug. 18, according to a news release from the agency. During that time the bridge, which is located on Boltonville Road, will be closed. During the meeting, officials from VTrans and the project’s contractor will discuss detours and the construction schedule, among other topics.

Email for the Zoom link.

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Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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