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Through new school partnerships, CRREL seeks to educate young scientists
04-17-2024 6:01 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

LYME — On a raw, not-quite-spring New England afternoon, four seventh and eighth graders in the New Hampshire Academy of Science’s (NHAS) after-school program clustered around a computer, choosing images of orchids for a poster they’re designing to...

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2024 Upper Valley high school track and field guide
04-17-2024 4:54 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

As surely as snapping the finish-line tape signifies a winner, the Upper Valley is filled with high school track and field potential this spring.A number of area schools won outdoor titles last year, and some followed that up with indoor successes...


Businesses in Charlestown and Springfield, Vt., seek alternative to bridge closure
04-16-2024 7:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — At a meeting Tuesday morning, Charlestown and Springfield, Vt., business owners and public officials said the planned 34-week closure to repair the Cheshire Bridge linking the two communities will “kill” the area economy.About 50 people...


Vershire residents split votes on heating system proposals for town buildings
04-08-2024 5:25 PM

By LUKAS DUNFORD

VERSHIRE — Energy concerns were top of mind for Town Meeting voters on Sunday.In floor voting, the approximately 40 people gathered supported putting $20,000 of surplus money into a new propane boiler for the Town Center building, but rejected a...


Bradford, Vt., petition seeks revote on sidewalk scoping
04-02-2024 6:30 PM

By LUKAS DUNFORD

BRADFORD, Vt. — Voters have filed a petition for a revote on a Town Meeting article they say was confusing.The petitioners are seeking to reverse an article approved at Town Meeting on March 2, which asked whether the town should “cease the scoping,...


Charlestown voters reject fire station bond, agree to close school
03-13-2024 11:04 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CHARLESTOWN — During all-day balloting Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly defeated a petitioned article for a new fire station, narrowly approved the permanent closure of the North Charlestown Community School, passed a town operating budget and elected a...


Cornish voters OK $5.4 million school budget and plans to curb future costs
03-10-2024 9:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CORNISH — Voters passed all articles by voice vote, including an amended budget of $5.4 million and plans to explore greater cooperation with Plainfield, at the nearly three-hour floor meeting at the elementary school on Saturday.During ballot voting,...


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...


Windsor’s Bly wraps up his 12-year tenure with Yellowjackets
03-04-2024 5:39 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

COLCHESTER, Vt. — After 12 years of coaching, two state championships and two individual state champions, Windsor bowling coach Steve Bly is stepping down.Bly, who will be succeeded by Cody Warner next year, was given the Joe James Award at Saturday’s...


Stevens High wins bowling championship 
02-18-2024 7:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

MERRIMACK, N.H. — The Stevens High bowling team won its third NHIAA state championship in the last four years with a thrilling come from behind victory in the semifinal match and a win in the finals against Bishop Guertin that came down to the final...


West Central Behavioral Health interim CEO discusses workforce challenges
02-01-2024 3:11 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

LEBANON — His title may be preceded by interim but with the pressing challenges of increasing demand for mental health services and the struggle to hire new staff, Alexander J. “AJ” Horvath is being proactive as he guides West Central Behavioral...


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...


Claremont school budget up nearly 4% as pandemic relief funds dry up
01-18-2024 6:54 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — The School Board's proposed budget of $36.1 million for next school year is up $1.23 million from the current budget. The 3.6% bump, which the board approved in a 6-0 vote on Wednesday night, includes roughly $680,000 in pay increases...


Board to review plans for Windsor dog park and skatepark
01-02-2024 7:06 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WINDSOR — Railyard Recreation, a nonprofit started several months ago, will present plans to the Development Review Board Tuesday for construction of recreational facilities on vacant town property off Depot Street.The plans include a dog park at the...


Claremont officials say City Council vote on development agency won’t disrupt operations
12-26-2023 11:22 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

CLAREMONT — The Claremont Development Authority’s work will not be disrupted or delayed by the City Council’s recent vote to suspend the CDA earlier this month, CDA Vice Chairman Andy LaFreniere and Planning and Development Director Nancy Merrill said...


A Life: Alexander ‘Joe’ Medlicott Jr. ‘was a true gentleman and scholar’
12-17-2023 11:43 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

PIERMONT — Whether it was older adults at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth, students at the University of Connecticut or elementary school children, Joe Medlicott was much admired for his capacity to listen, connect and engage, not just...


2024 HS snow sports guide
12-15-2023 4:49 PM

By BILL WILKINSON

ALPINE SKIINGHANOVERCoach: Gabi Formankova (16)Last year: Boys were state champions, girls were runners-up.League: NHIAA Division IIReturnees: Seniors — Adam Goodney, Sam Loescher, Nicholas Reiss, Peter Stover, Virginia Adams, Emilia Elder, Ava...


2024 HS indoor track guide
12-15-2023 4:35 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

HANOVERCoaches: Steve McConnell (8 years), Rileigh Goulette (1 year)Last year: Boys were third at the Division II state meet.League: NHIAA Division IIReturnees: Boys, seniors: Aidan Bradley, James Chafouleas, Justin Dickson, Lucian Gleiser, Joaquin...


2024 HS wrestling guide
12-15-2023 4:28 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

LEBANONCoach: Chauncey Wood (6).Last year: Sixth out of 18 teams at the state meet.League: NHIAA Division IIIReturnees: Seniors — Zach Thornton, Ben Nelson, Jon Eylander, Abigail Stone; Juniors — Aero Buzby, Garret Rose, Nick Wolstenholm, Chris Kinne;...


2024 HS swimming guide
12-15-2023 4:16 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

HANOVERCoaches: Swimming – Trent Staats (3), Diving – Carl Renshaw (7)Last year: Boys and girls were state runners up.League: NHIAA Division IISwimming returnees: Seniors – Erica Holmes, Josh Stearns, Rosie Keith; Juniors - Elizabeth Staats, Aiden...


2024 HS bowling guide
12-15-2023 4:09 PM

By BILL WILKINSON

HARTFORDCoach: Rebecca Kaplan (1).League: Vermont Division I.Roster: Senior — Maple Moore; Juniors — Joseph Gallant, Kara Robinson; Sophomores: Connor Fredholm, Nara Gallagher; Freshman: Chloe Roger.Analysis: Kaplan brings a lifetime of competitive...

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