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Some families find freedom with Newport microschool
04-19-2024 8:03 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

NEWPORT — Tucked in the basement of Newport’s Epiphany Episcopal Church, Micah Studios is a newcomer to the Upper Valley’s alternative education landscape.Founded in the fall of 2023 by two educators disillusioned with the town’s public school system,...

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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...


Rivendell voters reject school budget
04-14-2024 7:30 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Voters delivered a decisive defeat to Rivendell’s proposed $15.7 million school budget Saturday, rejecting it 240-143 in paper-ballot voting.The school district’s annual meeting on Saturday drew about 400 voters, representing about 14% of...


A Life: Priscilla Sears ‘was bold enough to be very demanding’
04-13-2024 10:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — Priscilla Sears noticed things. Whether it was unexpected natural beauty, a sublime musical performance or a quirky piece of jewelry, she was always ready to be astonished.And she noticed people, especially the ones who most needed...


Upper Valley residents witness total eclipse
04-08-2024 8:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — Scores of Upper Valley residents were among the crowd of about 7,500 people gathered in front of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium on Monday to cheer as Vermont Public’s Jane Lindholm announced the arrival of the eclipse’s...


I-91 southbound to close between Bradford and Fairlee for ledge repair
04-04-2024 5:30 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

FAIRLEE — An upcoming ledge repair project will close a 6-mile stretch of Interstate 91 South between Bradford and Fairlee, likely through the summer. Scheduled to begin within the next two weeks, the project will stabilize the rock face that towers...


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...


NH Attorney General paves way for Valley Regional to join DH system
04-01-2024 7:45 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

CLAREMONT — Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont will become part of the Dartmouth Health system in spite of concerns that the relationship might result in a monopoly on health care services in Sullivan County, according to a Monday announcement from...


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...


Delayed votes on reduced Vermont school budgets set for April
03-29-2024 6:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

Seven Upper Valley school districts will hold budget votes between now and April 15 in an extended budget season plagued by soaring education costs and uncertainty about the tax impacts of school spending.Since rescinding their previously approved...


Budget cut discussion on Hartford School Board agenda
03-26-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — The School Board Wednesday night will address a revised budget that slashes teaching and staff positions and delivers a gut punch to the athletic department, eliminating four sports programs.The new budget also postpones the search for a...


$150 million bequest expands financial aid for Dartmouth’s middle class students
03-25-2024 6:07 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — Dartmouth College has received a $150 million bequest from the estate of Glenn and Barbara Britt that will fund financial aid awards for undergraduates and scholarships for students in the Tuck School of Business Administration.It is the...


Snowmaking at Oak Hill ‘game-changer’ for skiers
03-22-2024 8:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — New Hampshire had its warmest winter on record this year, but cross-country skiers in the Upper Valley have enjoyed snow-covered trails into March thanks to recent upgrades at the Oak Hill Outdoor Center.For the first time in its history,...


Hartford plan to hang banners honoring veterans sparks debate
03-21-2024 6:12 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — A plan to install banners honoring military veterans on light poles in downtown White River Junction inspired heated disagreement during the public comment portion of a Selectboard meeting this week.Residents and board members weighed in on...


Woodstock school officials plan for another vote on school building proposal
03-19-2024 5:34 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WOODSTOCK — The Mountain Views Supervisory Union hopes to put another school building bond proposal before voters within the next few months, following the defeat of a $99 million request on Town Meeting Day.The original bond was for the construction...


Family of late West Lebanon woman grateful for community’s help
03-19-2024 4:51 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WEST LEBANON — Mardrey Swenson loved the Upper Valley.She and her husband, Dr. Rand Swenson, first moved to the region in 1990. They raised three children here.“We always knew the area was special, but it became doubly special with the outpouring of...


Hartford cuts teachers as part of $2.1 million budget reduction
03-14-2024 8:33 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — The School Board approved a revised budget Wednesday that would cut 22 teaching and support staff positions to the disappointment of the teachers union.Superintendent Tom DeBalsi noted that 16 of the positions are currently vacant due to...


Orford voters oust Selectboard chairman; seek better town communication
03-13-2024 5:43 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Selectboard Chairman John Adams was soundly defeated in his bid for a fifth term at Tuesday night’s annual Town Meeting, losing to longtime resident Larry Taylor, 238-155.In another contested race, interim board member Kevin Follensbee fended...


Rivendell delays annual school meeting, elections and budget vote
03-12-2024 7:30 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — The Rivendell School Board met Monday to delay the date of the district’s annual meeting, which had been improperly warned.Originally scheduled for March 23, the meeting will now take place on April 13 at 10 a.m. at Rivendell Academy in...


Lebanon hires interim middle school principal
03-11-2024 8:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

LEBANON — Longtime educator Tom Harkins became interim principal of the Lebanon Middle School earlier this month.Superintendent Amy Allen made the announcement in a recent letter to parents and guardians in which she praised his expertise and passion...


Orford Selectboard candidates seek to bring end to contentiousness
03-08-2024 6:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Old rivalries have resurfaced in this town of 1,200 as four candidates compete for two Selectboard seats at Tuesday’s annual Town Meeting. In ballot voting, Selectboard Chairman John Adams squares off against longtime Orford resident Larry...

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