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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...

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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Upper Valley towns seek voice in Wilder Dam’s future
04-09-2024 6:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

WILDER — With the Wilder Dam’s 40-year federal license expiring, Hartford residents and officials are hoping to take advantage of a “once in a lifetime” chance to have a voice in the dam’s future, said Town Manager John Haverstock.The Federal Energy...


Sunshine, snacks and laughs features of Bugbee’s solar eclipse party
04-08-2024 7:46 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Thousands of travelers might’ve been headed north to see the total solar eclipse, but people gathered at the Bugbee Senior Center Monday in downtown White River Junction thought they had the best seat on Earth.“No kidding we got...


Before she became a murder victim, Hartford native loved horses
03-29-2024 7:31 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

HARTFORD — The last time Amber Dow saw Christina Chatlos she pleaded with her friend to “fight for your life.” “I told her ‘I sure hope you’re not the next friend I see buried from overdosing’,” Dow recalled telling Christina as the two went for a...


Hartford School District annual meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:08 PM

Article of note: Hartford voters will consider whether to approve a $21 million bond for improvements to buildings throughout the district. Contested races: School Board elections were held on Town Meeting Day.Budget and spending articles: The...


Forum set on planned move of White River Junction mail sorting
03-24-2024 9:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The U.S. Postal Service will host a public forum on Tuesday to discuss moving a significant portion of mail sorting operations for Upper Valley communities from White River Junction to Hartford, Conn., as part of a nationwide...


Upper Valley school districts look to enrollment in planning for the future
03-22-2024 9:00 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

In 1998, voters of Orford, Fairlee, Vershire and West Fairlee approved a plan to form Rivendell, an interstate school district, with the intent to pool their resources to provide an equitable and sustainable education system for their communities.The...


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...


Hearing about Wilder Dam relicensing set for March 18 at 5:30 p.m.
03-18-2024 1:52 PM

HARTFORD — A public meeting hosted by the Town of Hartford is set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18, to discuss the implications of the relicensing of the Wilder Dam.On Feb. 22, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the application...


New Hartford Selectboard members take seats
03-10-2024 12:16 AM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Three new members joined the Hartford Selectboard last week after winning election by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day. In a four-way race for two two-year terms on the Selectboard, town voters elected Susan Buckholz (1,695...


Hartford culinary arts students ready for Jr. Iron Chef competition
03-07-2024 7:41 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — On a gray morning this week, a team of young cooks from the Culinary Arts program at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center gathered around a countertop and stared intently at a plate, as if it were a work of art going...


Hartford, Woodstock go different ways on local option sales tax
03-06-2024 6:30 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WOODSTOCK — In Town Meeting ballot voting on Tuesday, Woodstock voters approved an article to adopt a 1% local tax on retail sales and to use the proceeds to fund town infrastructure projects. The measure passed, 997-308.Meanwhile in Hartford, voters...


Three new members elected to Hartford Selectboard
03-06-2024 4:05 PM

HARTFORD — At the polls on Tuesday, voters elected three fresh faces to the Selectboard.Sue Buckholz and Brandon Smith earned two-year seats on the board. They beat out incumbent Rocket, as well as Aaron Warner for the posts. Buckholz earned 1,695...


Hartford cancels youth fishing derby
03-01-2024 12:07 PM

QUECHEE — The annual youth fishing derby at Dewey’s Pond this Saturday has been canceled due to poor ice conditions.The Quechee event, co-hosted by the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, was...


Hartford to vote in April on school budget and bond
02-29-2024 7:00 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The voting on the 2024-25 Hartford school budget and a $21 million school renovation proposal has been moved to April.On Wednesday, the Hartford School Board made plans to reschedule the votes — originally planned for next...


Valley Parents: Mentorship program pairs students with encouraging adults
02-26-2024 1:10 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — At White River School on a Tuesday morning in late January, most of the children put on their hats, mittens and snow pants and headed out to the playground.But others went in a different direction: downstairs to spend about an...

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