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A Life: Royal Houghton ‘was never one who did things half way’
01-28-2024 8:15 PM

By PATRICK O'GRADY

ASCUTNEY — Royal Houghton struggled in elementary school, left high school after his junior year to join the Navy as World War II was winding down and he never earned a degree.Still his artistic talents, engineering aptitude, volunteer work...

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Jim Kenyon: Party crashers make waves in Windsor County
01-09-2024 8:48 PM

By JIM KENYON

As revolts go, the one staged by a small band of Windsor County Republicans against Chairman John MacGovern last Saturday was tame and orderly.That’s not to say the GOP renegades, however, still don’t pose a threat to democratic norms.The 50 or so...


EPA warning on ‘forever chemicals’ causes confusion in Ascutney
01-04-2024 7:55 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

ASCUTNEY — Customers of the Ascutney Water District found an alarming federal letter in their mailboxes last month referring to their community water system.In bold print, the flier from the Environmental Protection Agency read: “Your system has...


Utility emergency forces two-hour closure of Interstate 91 
10-24-2023 5:56 AM

HARTLAND — Both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 91 were closed for about two and a half hours starting at about noon on Monday between Exits 8 and 9, Ascutney and Hartland, due to a utility fire.“Delays expected and motorists are...


A Life: Loraine ‘Cookie’ Shand’s ‘mind was always going’
06-12-2023 7:34 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

ASCUTNEY — In 1981, Loraine “Cookie” Shand told a Boston Globe reporter that she had decided to join the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department six years earlier in order to spend more time with her husband.“At first I didn’t have much enthusiasm,” Shand...


Jim Kenyon: Open and shut, a tale of two town governments
01-17-2022 8:43 PM

By JIM KENYON

Despite her recent appointment as Weathersfield’s first-ever “Open Meeting Law Enforcement Officer,” Olivia Savage doesn’t plan to start carrying a gun and badge.Savage might, however, put a set of flashing blue lights on her car, she told me in...


Driver in fatal Windsor collision faces gun charge in unrelated incident
02-27-2019 10:32 PM

By JORDAN CUDDEMI

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Weathersfield woman who struck and killed an elderly pedestrian with her car in Windsor five months ago has pleaded not guilty in an unrelated incident after police say she pointed a handgun at her mother’s boyfriend.Arden...

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