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State regulator suspends Woodstock Aqueduct Company’s proposed rate hike
05-29-2024 7:25 PM

WOODSTOCK — The Vermont Public Utilities Commission has suspended a rate hike proposed by the Woodstock Aqueduct Company that would have more than doubled water payments for its some 770 customers in town.The company is more than $1.5 million in debt,...

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Hartland voters reject school budget in petitioned revote
05-29-2024 7:10 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTLAND — Voters defeated a previously approved $11.1 million school budget on Tuesday, 551-537, in Australian balloting.A total of 37% of Hartland’s registered voters cast ballots Tuesday, which was 457 more people than on the first budget vote in...


Hartford residents seek Selectboard support of Gaza cease-fire resolution
05-29-2024 7:06 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hartford could be the next Upper Valley community to adopt a resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to U.S. military aid for Israel’s offensive.The Selectboard will vote on June 11 whether to support an immediate...


Haven food shelf to close during move to renovated space
05-29-2024 7:04 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Upper Valley Haven’s temporary food shelf will close for around two weeks in June in preparation for a move to a new space.The nonprofit organization’s temporary food shelf, located at 608 N. Main St., will close Friday....


Woodstock’s first Pride brings community together
05-28-2024 5:31 PM

By CAOIMHE MARKEY

For people who want to celebrate Pride Month in the Upper Valley, there is a growing array of options. It’s easy to find an inclusive movie screening or bookstore talk, and there are larger annual events, including at Dartmouth College and White River...


Man gets DUI at Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery
05-28-2024 2:02 PM

RANDOLPH — Vermont State Police cited a 35-year-old Barre, Vt., man for DUI after he allegedly crashed into a flagpole at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Furnace Road on Memorial Day, according to a news release. Troopers observed signs of...


Hartford man held without bail following weekend standoff and shelter-in-place advisory
05-28-2024 9:46 AM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

HARTFORD — A Hartford man will be held without bail after police sealed off and issued a shelter-in-place advisory at a residential complex when the man allegedly threatened to shoot officers and burn down his condo building during a domestic incident...


Vermont Supreme Court to hear Tunbridge trails case
05-27-2024 6:00 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

TUNBRIDGE — This spring, Tunbridge trail volunteers were inspecting Orchard Trail, favored by bicyclists, before its reopening for summer use. They found their way barred by downed trees.On May 14, the Tunbridge Selectboard unanimously passed a motion...


Hartford High students walk out in support of Palestinians
05-24-2024 6:02 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLIand JAMES M. PATTERSON

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Six Hartford High School students, and one home-schooled student who takes classes at the high school, walked out of class this week in protest of the treatment of Palestinians living in Gaza.After leaving the high school on...


Bookstock literary festival grew too big to manage
05-24-2024 5:32 PM

By ALEX HANSON

WOODSTOCK — Last year, the organizers of Bookstock, the literary festival begun here in 2009, set out a lofty aim.“Our goal,” they wrote in a funding application to the Woodstock Economic Development Commission, “is to make Bookstock one of the most...


Land trust hosts tire slicing demo aimed at reducing mosquito population
05-24-2024 5:31 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

NORWICH — As warmer, wetter weather has engorged Vermont’s mosquito population, a government-owned tire slicer is showing up in Norwich to offer some relief.Old, discarded tires are used by many farmers to weigh down tarps covering feed mounds as they...


Hartford Selectboard continues to mull banner policy
05-23-2024 7:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HARTFORD — A project to hang banners on municipal light poles to honor veterans and first responders remains in limbo as the Selectboard tries to find common ground on the parameters of a banner policy.Two months have passed since a group of residents...


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...


Royalton closes bridge spanning Broad Brook
05-22-2024 7:30 PM

ROYALTON — A bridge over Broad Brook in Royalton has been closed since last weekend after stones that help hold it up fell into the brook. It’s unclear when it might reopen.Last Saturday morning, May 18, a resident alerted town officials to the damage...


Plan for 240 apartments in White River Junction completes planning and zoning review
05-22-2024 5:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Planning and zoning officials have approved a plan to build more than 200 apartments off Sykes Mountain Avenue.A partnership of White River Junction-based Simpson Development Corp. and the Venezuela-based Pering Group has...


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Developer seeks to convert former Brookside nursing home to apartments
05-19-2024 6:31 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

WILDER — The town’s Planning Commission will consider a proposal to convert a vacant former nursing home in a residential neighborhood into 38 apartments.Ledgeworks, a Lebanon-based real estate firm, is seeking to create 29 studio and nine one-bedroom...


A Life: Elaine Chase ‘was a very generous person’
05-18-2024 5:37 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NORTH POMFRET — When landscapers came to cut the grass for Lysle and Elaine Chase, Elaine saw it as another opportunity to do what she had done so often in her life: Share with others.“My mother was an amazing baker, and when my father could no longer...


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...


Kenyon: Vermont’s leading Civil War historian finally gets his degree
05-17-2024 7:00 PM

By JIM KENYON

On a bitter cold February night in 1963, Howard Coffin packed his cardboard suitcase and walked to U.S. Route 5 in the village of Lyndonville, Vt., where he stuck out his thumb to hitch a ride home to Woodstock.“A trucker came by and picked me up,”...


Retiring Windsor County state senator honored for three decades of service
05-17-2024 5:02 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

MONTPELIER — At the end of the legislative session last week in the Vermont Statehouse, Dick McCormack listened, eyes closed, as a resolution commemorating both his retirement and “profound seriousness of purpose” was read into the record. Standing by...

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