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Strafford voters narrowly reject plan to renovate Town Office building
06-04-2024 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

STRAFFORD — Residents rejected a plan to renovate and expand Strafford’s Town Office building in Australian ballot voting on Monday.The proposal failed by 16 votes, with 205 opposed and 189 in favor of committing up to $1 million to fix up the...

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Strafford to vote on expansion plan for Town Office
05-30-2024 10:50 AM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

STRAFFORD — Residents will decide whether to commit up to $1 million to renovate and expand the Town Office building during a Special Town Meeting vote Monday.Voting will take place by Australian ballot from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Strafford Town...


Out & About: Justin Morrill Homestead reopens for season ‘After the Flood’
05-10-2024 6:14 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

STRAFFORD — Justin Morrill Homestead, the state historic site in Strafford, is gearing up to reopen this spring, nearly a year after floodwaters damaged it.Last July’s rainstorms caused a tributary of the Ompompanoosuc River that runs through the...


Strafford voters approve school budget
04-16-2024 6:04 PM

STRAFFORD — Voters approved all warned articles and elected two School Board members in uncontested races in ballot voting on Tuesday.In a vote of 182-113, voters approved a $4.1 million school budget, which is expected to result in education spending...


Time for a check-up
04-03-2024 3:01 PM


Strafford school principal heads to Windsor
03-31-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

STRAFFORD — The Newton School is searching for a new principal following Tracy Thompson’s February announcement that she will not return after this school year ends in June.But Strafford’s loss is Windsor’s gain. Thompson has been hired as the Windsor...


Strafford School District annual meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:20 PM

Articles of note: An article proposes to transfer $180,000 from a budget surplus of $420,000 to a tuition reserve fund. Voters will also consider transferring $200,000 from the same surplus to a capital improvement fund. Contested races: There are no...


Pippy and Duncklee elected in contested Strafford Selectboard races
03-06-2024 10:44 AM

STRAFFORD — At the polls on Tuesday, Strafford voters chose Toni M. Pippy over John Freitag, 288-184, for a three-year term on the Selectboard.They also chose Andrew Duncklee for a two-year term on the board, with 188 votes, over Kelly Harman, with...


Town Meeting preview: Strafford Selectboard races on the ballot
02-25-2024 11:04 AM

Contested races: John Freitag and Toni M. Pippy are facing off for a three-year seat on the Selectboard. Meanwhile, Andrew Duncklee, Kelly Harman and Andy Silovich are vying for a two-year seat on the Selectboard. Hannah Levinger is running unopposed...


Strafford fatal fire victim is identified
02-21-2024 4:55 PM

STRAFFORD — Vermont State Police officially identified the victim of the fatal house fire in Strafford on Feb. 15 as Corinne Rainville, 77, of Strafford.The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing, Vermont State Police said in a media...


Strafford rallies to help family following fatal fire
02-16-2024 9:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

STRAFFORD — Neighbors, friends, coworkers and anonymous contributors rushed to help a Strafford resident hours after her home burned down early on Thursday morning in a house fire the claimed the life of the resident’s mother. It was the second time...


Strafford arson suspect competent to stand trial
02-07-2024 10:16 PM

CHELSEA — A 37-year-old man who faces a first-degree arson charge alleging he torched the cabin where he lived on a remote Strafford road is competent to stand trial, a Vermont judge ruled on Wednesday.Edward (Eddie) Gallagher III expressed fear about...


Royalton senior center struggles to make ends meet
02-04-2024 9:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ROYALTON — A group of women gathered at a table at the South Royalton Area Senior Citizens Center, waiting for lunch to be served.They talked about the weather — cold, but at least the snow was holding off — and exchanged news about the goings on in...


Strafford community creates fallback plan to save beloved general store
01-28-2024 8:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

SOUTH STRAFFORD — When Melvin Coburn takes Amtrak’s Vermonter train eight hours south to visit his son in New Jersey, he makes sure spend some time in Wegmans, a chain supermarket.“I say, ‘All you have to do, Craig, is take me down there in the...


Strafford man sentenced for criminal threatening
01-08-2024 1:32 PM

CHELSEA — A Strafford man who punched a dog in the face and wielded a gun at people during an argument outside his home last September has pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal threatening while a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals against...


A Life: Timothy Matson ‘was always a sort of rebel at heart’
11-14-2023 9:27 AM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

STRAFFORD — Timothy Matson, a writer and naturalist from Strafford, owed some credit for his path in life to the U.S. Army, though not in the way that some might imagine. After all, venturing to rural Vermont — where he would live for years without...


Art adventure
10-25-2023 10:27 PM


Strafford Selectboard seeks residents’ input on infrastructure priorities
10-19-2023 9:04 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

STRAFFORD — Facing limited funds to address a backlog of aging bridges and deteriorating roads, the Selectboard plans to gather town residents for a discussion about highway infrastructure solutions.The board will host the community meeting on...


Fueled by federal funds, Upper Valley outdoor education opportunities grow
10-15-2023 2:57 AM

By ALEX HANSON

SOUTH STRAFFORD — The assignment for a Newton School first grade class on a recent Tuesday morning started with a walk.Before the 16 pupils began to climb the hill behind the school, Becky Proulx, an outdoor educator, warned them to stay away from a...


A Life: Peggy Thorp ‘was critical to getting it all done’
09-25-2023 6:31 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

SOUTH STRAFFORD — It is not an exaggeration to say that just about everywhere you turn in South Strafford, you will likely see something Peggy Thorp had a hand in organizing, creating, renovating or acquiring.Whether it was the abundant recreational...


Morrill Homestead reopens following summer flood damage
09-22-2023 10:32 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

STRAFFORD — When Barbara Paulson arrived at the gardens at the Justin Smith Morrill Homestead Wednesday afternoon, she was a little nervous.It had been more than two months since Paulson, the master gardener at the state historic site, tended to the...

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