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BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. — On Dec. 12 at 6:16 p.m., the Vermont State Police performed a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Route 5 and George Street in the village of Bellows Falls. An investigation revealed that the operator, Nicholas Batchelder, 34, of Bellows Falls had had his license c… Read more

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CONCORD — In the 2018 midterm elections a historic number of young people voted to elect a new wave of young legislators to office across New Hampshire. Their engagement in the political process sends a clear message that they’re tired of the policies that matter most to young people being i… Read more

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Democratic Party has reached an agreement with their staff union, an affiliate of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4. The three-year contract includes a 3-percent COLA, 100-percent employer-paid healthcare and a vehicle to join the Green Mountain Secure retir… Read more

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WINDSOR— On Monday, Dec. 31 the Ascutney Mountain Promise Community will host a New Year’s Eve celebration from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for kids and their families at the new Promise Room in the Windsor Connection Resource Center at 1 Railroad Avenue. The Promise Room will be dedicated to providing … Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), southeastern Vermont’s non-profit community mental-health agency, is pleased to announce the appointment of 9 new professionals whose talents will augment HCRS’ services in the Hartford, Woodstock, Springfield, Bellows Falls,… Read more

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CLAREMONT — The Claremont Area AARP Chapter will meet Thursday, Dec. 13 at noon at the Imperial Chinese Buffet on Washington Street for a Christmas party. There will be a Yankee swap of wrapped new $10 gifts. Virginia Smith will be reading a true Christmas story. Members should also bring no… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Springfield Elks Lodge 1560 recently held there annual Hoop Shoot for boys and girls, ages 7 to 13. This year was a record turn out compared to years past with 43 young competitors. Read more

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GOSHEN — Goshen Community Church is postponing their community luncheon from Wednesday, Dec. 12, and will instead hold a Yankee swap and Christmas potluck luncheon on Dec. 19 at 11:30 a.m., weather permitting. All are welcome. For questions, call Marion Hook 603-477-6425 or 863-4787. Read more

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BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. —BFUHS and the Elks are proud to announce that Jasmine Boucher has been named the November Elks Student of the Month for Bellows Falls Union High School. Jasmine, a senior, is the daughter of Rick and Jennifer Boucher of Bellows Falls, Vermont. Read more

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In a rematch of last year's D-III state championship game, Thetford gave the defending-champion Yellow Jacket girls all they could handle before running out of gas in overtime, as Windsor escaped by the score of 47-39 in the season opener for both clubs. Read more

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The Stevens girls started fast and with a purpose, but it was the visiting Kearsarge Cougars that played well down the stretch, holding the Cardinals to just eight second-half points as they picked up their first win of the season, 39-24. Read more

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CLAREMONT – Marie Amell, 97, formerly of Claremont passed away… Read more

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Living as I do in the remote provinces, I often find myself fascinated by the cultural advances of America’s great metropolises. Last week, for example, The New York Times featured an entertaining column urging people to walk cats on leashes. If I tried that, I’d definitely have a fight on m… Read more

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Prosecutors investigating President Trump made big news recently, but it wasn’t about Russia. Rather, in their sentencing recommendation for fixer Michael Cohen, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York wrote that in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, … Read more

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It being December, Poor Elijah went to the mall. He stationed himself on one of those benches provided for men who don’t want to be there. His perch was inadvertently opposite an Apple store, filled with tables and counters arrayed with phones, tablets, and screens of various sizes. Read more

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In the most recent mid-term election we were once again subjected to politics presented as a competitive game. And since the election government officials in many states have been playing political games within the government, trying to limit the power of incoming elected officials. While in… Read more

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Long ago and far away — in 1987 and in New Hampshire, to be precise — a promising candidate for the White House was hounded out of the presidential campaign because he was seen in his townhouse with a 29-year-old woman. It was a political drama then, and it is a film drama now. Read more

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The letters that we have received that defend the siting of the Nativity on the Claremont common have focused on defending God, as if the church and God were indivisible. Our latest letter (below) notes that all of our money is embossed with the words “In God we trust.” All three Abrahamic r… Read more

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It was June 1, 2006. I will never forget that date.” That was the day Angela Jozwicki had an abortion. She had grown up with “a lot of screaming” around her, and was using drugs by the time she was 14. In 2006, she was 22 and found herself pregnant. “I knew in my heart that a baby would stop… Read more

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BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. — Christmas started in the Middle East, so why not give Christmas music a West Asian flavor? Sultans of String, a Canadian group that tours the U.S. frequently but has never been to Bellows Falls before, will be making a stop on their Christmas Caravan tour at Immanuel Epi… Read more

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I once lived in a cottage perched atop a sloping field in western Massachusetts. It was the lone structure at the edge of undeveloped forest and sat far from the road. The cottage had a large front deck with an expansive view and a smaller one in back that faced the forest. It was under the … Read more

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CONCORD — Although New Hampshire’s spotted turtle population is now hibernating, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program is already planning its outreach and field strategies for the coming spring in support of these reptiles. Read more

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Feeding the birds is an unnatural situation. While it is not unusual to see different species of birds feeding near each other in the wild, more different species and greater numbers of them end up clustered around bird feeders in the winter. This exposes them to several dangers.  Read more

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MANCHESTER — So many of us can relate to a childhood passion left behind when the responsibilities of adulthood begin to take over our lives. Marty Lennon was no exception. Read more

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PUTNEY, Vt. — Known as “The Beehive Queen” for her outrageous, mile-high hairdo, Christine Ohlman is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. Voted #7 on Alternate Roots’ list of top 30 Female Vocalists, this queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul grew up loving equally th… Read more

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It’s the time of year when the landscape is laid bare, the ground is impenetrable with frost, and flying insects have faded into memory. As fall slides into winter, resident songbirds like robins and waxwings must switch from their warm weather diets of earthworms and arthropods to the best … Read more

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I still jump every time a ruffed grouse explodes out of hiding and flies away into the woods. I’m not sure I’ve ever come upon one of these gallinaceous birds without flushing it. They are very well camouflaged by their plumage and their skulking habits and I guess I do tend to be looking up… Read more

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PUTNEY, Vt. — Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot and Americana, roots and acoustic blues singer/songwriter Brooks Williams at Next Stage on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Read more

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WALPOLE — After a one year hiatus The Walpole Players will again present their “Christmas on Air!” a seasonal collection of holiday-themed old-time radio entertainment, on Dec. 15 in the Helen Miller Theater of the Walpole Town Hall. The evening of entertainment is similar to that of the gro… Read more

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BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. — The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. They will be doing just that in their Stone Church Arts’ performance in the Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Chur… Read more

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CONCORD – Sharing the outdoors is a enduring tradition in New Hampshire. A part of that tradition includes a skilled group of outdoor enthusiasts who participate in trapping, a highly regulated activity that provides important ecological benefits to the state. Read more

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The sound of a gray jay (Perisoreus canadensis) evokes an image of the North Woods: dark green spruce trees, spire-like balsam fir, and bare-branched tamaracks silhouetted against a raw, slate-colored sky; the smell of woodsmoke in the air and a dusting of fresh snow on the ground. I see the… Read more

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Here in the southern half of New Hampshire, we are a bit below the preferred winter range of the rough-legged hawk, but they do occur here in low numbers between November and March. You need to look for them in open country with scattered trees, where they will spend the next several months … Read more

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CLAREMONT — The art of Jamie Townsend will be exhibited in the Claremont Opera House John D. Bennett Gallery from Dec. 7 through Jan. 4. The show may be viewed at the Claremont Opera House. Stop by the business office for access to the gallery on the fifth floor during business hours. Read more

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In early November, I flicked on the porch light and took out the trash. In the brief time it took, a couple of late-season moths found their way to my porch light, and as I slipped through the back door, one of them joined me inside. I cupped my uninvited guest under a drinking glass and too… Read more