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Enfield rejects appeals of approvals for housing development
06-20-2024 2:29 AM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — The Zoning Board of Adjustment denied two appeals to variances they approved for the proposed Laramie Farms housing project.During a public comment period following Tuesday night’s votes, residents took ZBA members to task for approving the...

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Warm-wishes, good humor and a mascot mark Mascoma Class of 2024 commencement
06-15-2024 9:47 AM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WEST CANAAN — Members of Mascoma Valley Regional High School’s Class of 2024 bestowed three parting gifts for their school during their graduation ceremony Friday night: The first were lilac bushes to start a garden they hoped future classes would add...


Out & About: Windsor church gets designation ‘of significance’
06-14-2024 6:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WINDSOR — Around the turn of the 19th century, a young architect and builder arrived in Windsor to oversee the construction of Old South Church.More than 200 years later, the few years that Asher Benjamin, who later became a famous architect, spent in...


With pollinators in mind, garden clubs help lead shift to native perennial plantings
06-14-2024 4:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

HANOVER — Walk by the Nugget Theater in downtown Hanover and it’s hard not to notice the flower beds that pull together the area where people regularly meet for ice cream and conversation.The flower beds — which members of the Hanover Garden Club have...


Woodstock Village approves ordinance regulating use of public spaces
06-12-2024 6:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK VILLAGE — Residents voted to uphold a new ordinance that governs use of public spaces in Woodstock Village, including the Village Green, during a Special Town Meeting Tuesday night.There were 62 residents who voted against getting rid of the...


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...


Woodstock Village ordinance regulating events on public land goes to voters
06-05-2024 7:00 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK VILLAGE — Residents will vote on whether to uphold an ordinance that dictates the use of public spaces in Woodstock Village — including the Village Green — during a Special Town Meeting Tuesday.The in-person meeting will take place at 5:30...


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...


Trail connecting Rivendell schools behind on maintenance
05-31-2024 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ORFORD — Maintenance challenges and issues with private landowners mean that about a quarter of the 36-mile Cross Rivendell Trail is closed and the people who care about it are pondering its future.The trail was first founded about 25 years ago as a...


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...


Fairlee and Orford Fourth of July parade canceled due to traffic concerns
05-23-2024 4:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — The state has forced the cancellation of the annual Fairlee and Orford Fourth of July parade this year due to an increase in traffic along the parade’s roughly mile-long route.The parade traditionally begins on Route 25A in Orford, then...


Out & About: Hartford monument unveiling scheduled for Memorial Day
05-18-2024 5:19 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — This Memorial Day a new monument honoring the Hartford’s veterans will be unveiled, decades after the town’s World War I and II monuments disappeared from public view.A ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, May 27, at...


Enfield Zoning Board approves variances for 300-unit development
05-15-2024 5:02 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD — The Zoning Board of Adjustment approved two variances necessary for a roughly 300-unit housing development to go forward. Officials say it is the largest housing development project ever proposed for the town.The project, which will include...


New Woodstock program promises to pay landlords to rent to local workers
05-14-2024 5:00 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK — A new program will provide financial incentives for Woodstock property owners to lease rentals to people who work in the area.Called “Lease to Locals,” the one-year pilot program, funded by $60,000 from Woodstock’s 1% local option tax,...


Developers of planned Windsor park seek donations for matching grant
05-12-2024 5:00 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WINDSOR — Plans for a new park and recreational amenities in downtown Windsor could get a boost from a state program that provides matching funds for community projects. Windsor Railyard Recreation, a nonprofit organization led by businessman Terry...


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...


Out & About: Vershire joins Upper Valley communities with farmers markets
05-03-2024 5:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

Vershire is the latest Upper Valley community to establish a farmers market.The Vershire Artisan & Farmers’ Market will begin Sunday, May 19 and take place every week from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. through Sept. 15 outside Vershire Town Center, located at 27...


Woodstock boards approve short-term rental cap
05-02-2024 8:00 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK — The Selectboard and Village Board of Trustees have approved an ordinance that caps the number of short-term rentals in Woodstock.The new ordinance — which is scheduled to go into effect July 1 — puts a limit on the number of short-term...


New Mascoma equestrian team has early success
04-30-2024 3:58 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WEST CANAAN — The group might be small with only four athletes, but so far the success of Mascoma Valley Regional High School’s newest team has been large.The newly formed Mascoma equestrian team — Molly Gray, Aubrey Meyveagaci, Abby Waugh and Rainah...


Volunteers work to repair Upper Valley trails damaged by storms
04-28-2024 5:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WOODSTOCK — The Ottauquechee River Trail averaged around 500 visitors a week during peak months until last July’s flooding, which left behind debris along the trail, which begins at East End Park off Route 4.The roughly 3-mile trail in downtown...


Out & About: Newport art center’s exhibition celebrates homes of all varieties
04-26-2024 6:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NEWPORT — When Kate Luppold put out the call for submissions for the Library Arts Center’s exhibition, she expected artists would take its theme of “home” literally.“I expected a lot of houses with white picket fences,” Luppold, the Newport-based...

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