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A Life: Warren Johnston, a ‘true Southern gentleman,’ was ‘soft spoken and slow to anger’
06-09-2024 5:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

SOUTH ROYALTON — After four years of newspapering in Las Vegas, Warren Johnston was ready for a change of scenery.Scenery being the optimum word. Johnston and his wife, Sandy, had in mind a place with more trees than asphalt and a night sky not lit in...

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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...


A Life: Craig ‘CJ’ John Lanzim ‘was always upbeat and positive’
03-10-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

PLAINFIELD — Craig John Lanzim, or “C.J.” as he was known, was a role model to many for how to treat others. He had a gift for making people feel valued, whether a close friend or a stranger. He accepted others as they were and exhibited patience and...


A Life: Mary Shatney ‘had become a fixture in White River’
02-18-2024 9:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

Sometimes, a patron would come into the Polka Dot Restaurant and ask, “How much is coffee and a doughnut.”Mary Shatney knew what that question meant and would point to an open seat. Often, she’d make a plate of food — eggs, toast and home fries, maybe...


A Life: Fran Hanchett ‘wanted more information’
02-10-2024 10:37 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — Whenever Frances “Fran” Hanchett walked through cemeteries, she’d keep an eye out for neglected stones.“She had a little kit in the back of her trunk all the time,” Hanchett’s daughter, Lisa Wentworth, said in a phone interview. Hanchett...


A Life: Chris Conant ‘was such a selfless person’
12-10-2023 8:27 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

CHARLESTOWN — Carol Glidden remembers the time she first saw Chris Conant.Glidden was about to enter a friend’s home in Charlestown on a Friday summer evening in 1998 when she caught sight of a guy standing on a sulky behind a lawnmower as he rode the...


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...


A Life: George Lawrence sought out an artist’s existence  
10-23-2023 4:47 AM

By ALEX HANSON

TUNBRIDGE — Artist and musician George Lawrence seemed almost effortlessly creative during his long life, but some examples stand out.One year, the Terami family, his neighbors on Ordway Road in Tunbridge, had some volunteer gourds grow up around...


A Life: Ethel Nelson ‘took so much pride in it all’
09-17-2023 11:50 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

CORNISH — Ethel Nelson was much in the news.Her family, riddling through her local stardom in the months after her death, largely thinks it wasn’t that Nelson herself was attention-grabbing. It’s just that what she did, inevitably, grabbed...


A Life: Bob Dean ‘always had this notion there has to be a better way’
09-12-2023 3:18 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NORWICH — Bob Dean liked to ride his bicycle between his home in Norwich and work in Hanover and Etna. That wasn’t unusual — bike commuters are common around the towns.What was uncommon is that Dean was likely the only one-legged cyclist to pedal the...


A Life: Robert Pollard Sr. ‘was a kind and generous person’
08-14-2023 2:01 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

ENFIELD — When Robert Pollard was 16 years old, he was hired to work at Don’s Cash Market in his hometown of Enfield.Don Crate, owner of the market, was the Enfield’s fire chief and introduced the young Pollard to firefighting and even took him on...


A Life: Davis Dimock and Victoria Weber; ‘Everything they did was mindful’ 
07-23-2023 9:20 PM

By ALEX HANSON

BETHEL — Victoria Weber and Davis Dimock first met when they were in college, he at Pomona and she at Pitzer, two small liberal arts colleges in Claremont, Calif., east of Los Angeles. This was in the 1960s.After living in California and performing...


A Life: Kenneth Hall; ‘He did so much for so many people’
07-09-2023 7:26 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

UNITY — Early summer 2008 was a tense time for Democrats.When the year began, then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton was the clear favorite to capture the Democratic nomination for president. Six months later, after a bruising primary campaign, Barack Obama,...


A Life: Brian Trottier; ‘A true ambassador for the community of Hartford’
06-25-2023 10:29 PM

By BENJAMIN ROSENBERG

HARTFORD — Brian Trottier understood better than just about anyone in the Upper Valley what local sports can mean for both individuals and communities.A versatile athlete growing up in Brattleboro, Vt., Trottier spent 31 years working in athletics at...


A Life: Hideko ‘Yumi’ Smith; ‘She carried that smile with her all of her life’
06-18-2023 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ORFORD — When Hideko “Yumi” Smith taught her younger family members how to play card games, her motivation was twofold: learning how to play a game and managing money.“She wouldn’t show mercy to the kids just because they were kids,” Smith’s...


A Life: Joyce Higgins had ‘an innate sense of curiosity and adventure’
05-22-2023 4:38 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — Amateur historians share a few things in common. They are more curious than most, passionate and persistent in confirming their findings.They research and write for little to no financial gain, and their published works do not yield much...


A Life: Peter Giese: ‘If he could help, he would'
05-15-2023 4:57 PM

By JIM KENYON

ENFIELD — During his 27 years as the town’s police chief, Peter Giese took mentoring Enfield officers to a new level. He made sure they dotted every I and crossed all Ts — literally.Giese checked officers’ investigative reports and court affidavits...


A Life: Jim McGoff; ‘If he felt he was right, he wasn’t going to change’
04-24-2023 4:56 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

ORFORD — The annual Orford Town Meeting would be only a couple of articles into voting on town budget items when a familiar voice would shout from his seat in the bleachers at the back of the school auditorium.“Paper ballot! Paper ballot!” came the...


A Life: Bill Pence ‘was all about the show’
03-19-2023 7:44 PM

By ALEX HANSON

HANOVER — For someone who devoted his life to the glitziest of businesses, Bill Pence kept out of the light.His career in film had a profound influence on the medium, but he came at it from the perspective of a fan and a theater operator, not a...


A Life: Anthony Rocchio; ‘He celebrated other people and their lives’
02-20-2023 9:21 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WINDSOR — For Anthony Rocchio, human encounters and connections were more than an opportunity to forge new friendships. They were a cause for celebration.Rocchio’s natural gift for engaging others and wanting to learn about them brought him his...


A Life: Robert D. Murray; ‘He never took a summer off’
02-13-2023 12:52 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

SOUTH STRAFFORD — Robert Murray had a gruff communication style, but everyone at The Newton School, where he served as principal for 28 years, and in the community, where he served in numerous volunteer roles, recognized that he cared.Joey Hawkins,...

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