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A Life: Susan Finer ‘was about making it possible for other people to shine’
07-14-2024 7:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NORWICH — In 1993, then-principal Susan Finer interviewed a recent college graduate for a job teaching home economics at Hanover’s Richmond Middle School.That recent graduate, Anissa Morrison, of Tunbridge, got the job, which was her first teaching...

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Enterprise: Farmers markets good spots for Upper Valley bakers looking to grow businesses
07-15-2024 3:27 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

HARTLAND — With a heavy rain pounding on the roof of the tent protecting Jacque’s Cakes display, there were just a few vendors and even fewer customers at the weekly Friday afternoon farmers market on the lawn in front of the Hartland Public...


Norwich solar debate highlights tension between energy goals and appearances
07-05-2024 6:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NORWICH — As towns across Vermont are objecting to the arrival of industrial-sized solar projects, Norwich is gearing up in an attempt to keep the large developments from plopping down in its backyard.The Solar Siting Subcommittee, an outgrowth of the...


Out & About: Norwich Historical Society’s talking tour features the town’s ‘unsung women’
07-05-2024 5:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NORWICH — A few years ago, Norwich Historical Society Director Sarah Rooker searched a 1909 Norwich history book for the word “she.” Rooker’s electronic search brought back three results from the roughly 300-page volume that has since been digitized:...


Editorial: Why won’t Norwich officials get together?
06-28-2024 10:00 PM

If 90% of success in life is just showing up, how much is attributable to just putting in a virtual appearance? 50%? 40? The question arises in the context of the Norwich Selectboard, a majority of whose members have, without explanation, abandoned...


Hybrid Selectboard meetings are not meeting everyone’s needs in Norwich
06-21-2024 6:44 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

NORWICH — Residents are asking Selectboard members and town staff to resume attending meetings in-person, expressing concern about a decline in the quality of interpersonal interaction.For more than three months, Tracy Hall has been mostly empty...


Out & About: Study finds red squirrel expansion threatens songbirds
06-07-2024 5:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NORWICH — Red squirrels can usually be found where northern hardwood forests meet stands of spruce and fir, habitat that enables the small mammals to stock up on their preferred food of cones and American beechnuts, among other tree seeds.But in years...


Norwich officials seek solution to bridge’s chemical leak
06-03-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

NORWICH — Hazardous chemicals appear to be leaking again from a town bridge that crosses Bloody Brook, driving town officials to consider new solutions to mitigate the continuing environmental threat.Petroleum-based chemicals have been dripping down...


Tracking dog licenses challenges town clerks
05-30-2024 5:01 PM

By ULLA-BRITT LIBRE

NORWICH — As the month of May draws to a close, it’s the job of Town Clerk Lily Trajman to turn over a list of delinquent dog owners to the Norwich Selectboard.It names those residents who have failed to re-register their dogs with the town. The...


Land trust hosts tire slicing demo aimed at reducing mosquito population
05-24-2024 5:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NORWICH — As warmer, wetter weather has engorged Vermont’s mosquito population, a government-owned tire slicer is showing up in Norwich to offer some relief.Old, discarded tires are used by many farmers to weigh down tarps covering feed mounds as they...


Dresden becomes first New Hampshire school district to adopt gun storage resolution
04-02-2024 7:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — The Dresden School District, which includes Hanover High School, has become the first in New Hampshire to adopt a secure firearm storage resolution.The decision commits the district to sharing information and encouraging conversations about...


Eclipse exercise in Norwich
03-29-2024 9:43 AM


Out & About: New nonprofit aims to support families affected by brain injuries
03-22-2024 8:07 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

Sierra Longmoore has always loved creating art and it became even more important during her recovery from the traumatic brain injury she suffered in 2020 at the age of 17.She continues to paint to this day and is particularly drawn to painting...


First lady makes pitch for Biden in Norwich visit
03-20-2024 7:04 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NORWICH — Dozens of protesters objecting to American military and political support for Israel in its war against Hamas gathered on the edge of the green to catch the attention of first lady Jill Biden as she pulled into Norwich for a private...


Norwich sticks with incumbent for Selectboard seat
03-06-2024 11:24 AM

NORWICH — Incumbent Mary Layton defeated two challengers for a three-year seat on the Selectboard.Layton received 549 votes. Challengers Douglas Wilberding received 407 votes and Chuck Tufankjian received 201 votes. Neil Odell won uncontested...


Dresden voters approve budget and new teachers contract
03-06-2024 10:25 AM

NORWICH — Voters approved a new collective bargaining agreement between the Hanover Education Association and the Dresden School Board during Tuesday Town Meeting ballot voting.The cost of the new contract in the first year, 2024-25, is $792,000.They...


On the Trails: The healing power of the great outdoors
02-28-2024 5:00 PM

By RANDY RICHARDSON

A good friend once pointed out to me that we never seem to refer to the “great indoors.” Two major surgeries in recent months have powerfully reminded me of just how much my mental and physical health are dependent on being active in the great...


Annual meeting preview: New teacher contract on Dresden ballot
02-25-2024 11:40 AM

Article of note: One article asks voters whether they support the cost of a new three-year collective bargaining agreement between the Hanover Education Association and the Dresden School Board. The cost of the new contract in the first year, 2024-25,...


Town Meeting preview: New culverts fund proposed in Norwich
02-25-2024 11:22 AM

Articles of note: One article asks voters to approve the creation of a Culverts Fund to replace culverts in town and to seed the fund with an initial amount of $150,000. They’ll also be asked to direct surplus funds to the Fire Apparatus Fund #6 in...


Incumbent faces two challengers for Norwich Selectboard seat
02-16-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

NORWICH — Three people are vying for one three-year term on the Selectboard in Norwich’s only contested race this year.Selectboard Vice Chairwoman Mary Layton faces competition from residents Doug Wilberding and Chuck Tufankjian.All three candidates...


Norwich makes interim police chief permanent
02-05-2024 10:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NORWICH — Hoping to stabilize a department where leadership has been in flux, the town has named its interim police chief to the job permanently and is looking to him to rebuild a law enforcement agency that has been depleted of officers.Matthew...

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