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Crowd turns out to honor late Ascutney Fire Chief Darrin Spaulding
04-22-2024 7:01 PM

By ULLA-BRITT LIBRE

WEATHERSFIELD — An estimated 1,500 people filled the Weathersfield School gym for a funeral for Ascutney Fire Chief Darrin Spaulding on Saturday.Among those attending were Spaulding’s family members, firefighters in uniform, and others wishing to pay...

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Woodstock Aqueduct Company seeks to double water rates
04-19-2024 7:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

WOODSTOCK — As sale talks between the town and the privately-owned Woodstock Aqueduct Co. continue, the utility is proposing to double rates for its customers, drawing the condemnation of the Selectboard.Woodstock Aqueduct provides water for 770...


Out & About: Vermont Center for Ecostudies continues Backyard Tick Project
04-19-2024 5:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Vermont Center for Ecostudies is looking for people who are willing to allow researchers to study their lawns as part of the Upper Valley Backyard Tick Project.Jason Hill, a quantitative ecologist at the White River...


Picture day prep
04-19-2024 3:43 PM


Date set for revote on Bradford, Vt., sidewalk study
04-18-2024 7:30 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — The town will hold a meeting on May 18 to revote a Town Meeting article about a scoping study for a sidewalk on Creamery Road.At Bradford’s March 2 Town Meeting, voters approved an article to cease scoping for the proposed sidewalk....


Hartford has through December to decide curbside recycling program’s fate
04-18-2024 5:30 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford Selectboard will decide by the end of the year whether to negotiate a new contract for its publicly-funded curbside recycling program or to discontinue the service.To allow the town time to explore its options, the...


James Parker granted parole for his role in Dartmouth professors’ stabbing deaths
04-18-2024 10:59 AM

By KATHY McCORMACK

CONCORD — A man who has served more than half of his life in prison for his role in the 2001 stabbing deaths of two married Dartmouth College professors as part of a plan to rob and kill people before fleeing overseas was granted parole Thursday.James...


Businesses in Charlestown and Springfield, Vt., seek alternative to bridge closure
04-16-2024 7:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — At a meeting Tuesday morning, Charlestown and Springfield, Vt., business owners and public officials said the planned 34-week closure to repair the Cheshire Bridge linking the two communities will “kill” the area economy.About 50 people...


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...


First Branch voters approve school budget
04-16-2024 6:01 PM

TUNBRIDGE — Voters in the two-town First Branch Unified School District approved an operating budget of $8.4 million at a floor meeting on Monday night.In a paper ballot vote, 84 voted for the budget and 62 voted no.The budget is up from last year’s...


Hartford voters approve school budget and building repair bond
04-16-2024 5:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — Voters approved the school district’s $51 million budget, as well as a $21 million bond for facilities repairs in Australian ballot voting Monday.The budget passed 728-622, or about 54% to 46%.The bond passed more narrowly, 712-634, or...


Bridge in Royalton to remain closed through April
04-16-2024 2:14 PM

ROYALTON — The Royalton Hill Bridge, also known as the Foxstand Bridge, will remain closed at least through April as state officials determine next steps, according to the town administrator.The bridge, which spans the White River between Royalton...


Acoustic music jam in White River Junction
04-15-2024 4:36 PM


Kenyon: Dismas House celebrates 10 years of fresh starts in Hartford
04-12-2024 9:02 PM

By JIM KENYON

Over the last decade, more than 150 men have found their way to the two-story, early 1900s clapboard house with a wrap-around front porch in Hartford Village. Some stay only a few months. Others for a year or longer.But their reasons for wanting to...


Stocking Windsor’s Kennedy Pond
04-12-2024 10:17 AM


Quechee Gorge Bridge construction begins
04-12-2024 10:14 AM

On Wednesday, a crew from Harrison and Burrowes Bridge Constructors places barriers to separate the east and westbound lanes on Route 4, limiting traffic to one side of the road to make room for construction on the Quechee Gorge Bridge. Traffic on the...


Getting a lift in South Royalton
04-12-2024 10:12 AM


Gas station owner pitches new car wash for Sykes Mountain Ave
04-11-2024 7:53 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The owner of a gas station and convenience store at the intersection of Route 5 and Sykes Mountain Avenue is seeking to add a fully-automated car wash to his business — close to the site of an existing car wash.The Hartford...


Bethel officials under fire for their handling of firefighter’s comments
04-11-2024 7:31 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

BETHEL — Supporters of the town’s former fire chief harshly rebuked town leaders this week over their handling of a firefighter whose colleagues want to oust him from the fire department.One vocal supporter pointed at and denounced town officials to...


Windsor jam company’s expansion plans bear fruit
04-11-2024 6:26 AM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WINDSOR — A growing fruit preserves manufacturer in Artisans Park is close to financing a $2.7 million expansion of their building to enable the company to keep pace with increasing customer demand.Blake Hill Preserves, which makes specialty jams,...


Royalton closes bridge after inspection
04-10-2024 12:27 PM

ROYALTON — The Royalton Hill Bridge, also known as the Foxstand Bridge, closed following an inspection on Tuesday, which identified a safety concern. The bridge, which spans the White River between Royalton Hill Road and Route 14 near Exit 3 on...

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