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Flood Left Royalton in Ruins, Repair Costs Exceeded $2.2M

The day after Tropical Storm Irene crashed through the White River Valley, here on Johnson Hill the road was impassable, with major washouts, and the largest culvert swept several yards downstream from the road. More...

In Braintree, Hard Work Restored What Irene Tore Away

In Braintree, Tropical Storm Irene was erratic, hammering the western third of town and leaving the balance almost untouched. More...

Randolph Spent $769K But Escaped the Worst

Compared to some other towns in the White River Valley, Randolph felt itself lucky in the aftermath of Irene. However, it still cost $769,282 in various funds to repair damages, according to town records. More...

Waiting in the Woods

Dancers from Farm to Ballet, ensconced in a grove of maple trees, await the start of their outdoor performance at Fable Farm. The ballet Saturday evening was part of Barnard’s Feast & Field farmers market events. (Photo by Seth Butler) More...

Felony Charge For Driver In Horrific Crash

A Manchester, N.H. classic car restorer was criminally charged this week in connection with the horrific July 14 collision on Bethel’s Camp Brook Road in which a married couple on a motorcycle both suffered severed limbs. More...

‘Footloose in America’ Book Includes a Stop in Rochester

In the spring of 2001, middleaged newlyweds Bud and Patricia Kenny and their mule Della left Hot Springs, Ark., headed for the coast of Maine on their two-and-ahalf year walk across America. More...

Rec Field To Get New Fun Structure

Randolph Selectboard

The playground structure at the Randolph Recreation Field will be completely replaced next spring, the Randolph Selectboard agreed at its Tuesday, Aug. 18 meeting. More...

Route 100 Towns Four Years Later

All five towns in the White River Valley sustained considerable damage from Irene, but the most difficult thing for many to deal with was being cut off from the outside world. More...

Attention to Detail, Focus on Relationships

SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS - ADVERTISING FEATURE

With over 30 years in business as a father-son team, South End Auto offers a dealership with fresh inventory, vehicle servicing for all makes and models, and a do-it-yourself auto care center. More...

Special Sections

People

Local Births

Sunday, Aug. 8: A daughter, Tessa Kathryn, was born to Coral (Allen) and Caleb Hawley of Pittsfield. Thursday, Aug. More...

LITTLE BALLERINAS

The Creative Pre-ballet class for 3-5 year olds, that started August 11 for a five-week session at Pierce Hall in Rochester, has a dozen young dancers taught by Chanc Orzell, a performer with the White River Ballet Academy in White River Junction, wh More...

Local Area Students Participate In Internat’l Youth Conference

Area youth are learning how to be a voice for positive change. More...

Arts

Arts Council Awards Grants To Area Organizations, Artists

The Vermont Arts Council this week announced grants totaling $354,930 for arts projects in Vermont, four of them to organizations or artists in Orange County. More...

Taylor Mac at the Hop Sept. 17: 240-Year Review of Pop Music

Taylor Mac, one of the nation’s most vivid and sought-after stage artists, aims what many have called his “incomparable voice, insightful wit and high-voltage presence” at our nation’s first three decades in “A 24-Decade More...

‘Sound and Fury’ at Chandler Gallery

“Sound and Fury” opens Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Main Street in Randolph and runs through November 8. There will be an opening reception Saturday, Sept. 12 from 6-8 p.m. More...

Calendar - Free Access

Aug 27 – Sept 6, 2015

Thursday, Aug. 27 Feast and Field Market. Farmers market, plus music by Bow Thayer, donations encouraged towards music, market from 4:30- 7:30 p.m., music from 5:30-8 p.m., 1544 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard. Royalton Farmers Market. More...

Movies

The Playhouse Main Street, Randolph, 728-4012 •“Mr. Holmes” (PG) Thurs., Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. •“Ricky and The Flash” (PG- 13) Fri., Aug. 28-Thurs., Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Bethel Drive-in Theater More...

Nightlife

The Railside Tavern Merchant’s Row, Randolph, 728-9182 •Mondays: “M&M’s 8-ball pool competition,” 7 p.m. ’til done. •Thursdays: “Trivia Night,” free to play, 7–9 p.m. More...

Tunbridge Votes Down Tri-Town Ambulance - Free Access

Tunbridge voters met for a special town meeting Wednesday night, the sole topic of which was to decide the fate of a proposal to join the town into a tri-town ambulance service Royalton and Sharon. More...

New ‘White River Valley’ SU Begins To Takes Shape

OWSU/ WNWSU Prepare To Merge Next Summer

While teachers and students in Orange Windsor and Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union towns head back to school this week, administrators and board members from the two SUs continue to work full-tilt on their state-ordered merger. More...

Chandler Finds New Executive

E. Montpelier Woman Will Take Art Center’s Helm

Katie Trautz of East Montpelier will serve as new executive director of Chandler Center for the Arts, it was announced yesterday. “She is bringing passion, enthusiasm, and excitement to the post,” said Chandler President Janet Watton. More...

Irene Damage in Bethel Exceeded $7 Million

FOUR YEARS DOWN THE ROAD

Bethel took a big hit from Tropical Storm Irene, racking up somewhere between $7-8 million in damages to town infrastructure, according to Asst. Town Mgr. Abbie Sherman. More...

Rivers Still Bear Scars from Irene

There’s a three-mile stretch of the West Branch of the White River above Rochester that was once home to 500 trout per mile. That was pre-Irene. Four years later, the same stretch holds about 30 trout per mile. More...

Pretty, But Invasive

Purple Loosestrife Takes Over Wetlands

Many people have heard about invasive plants like chervil and wild parsnip, even if they haven’t mowed or pulled the plants themselves. More...

Signaling a Solution

Randolph To Mandate Blinkers at Intersection

Ever since the traffic light was removed from the ungainly intersection of Forest Street, Central Street, and Elm Street, there have been complaints stemming from the uncertainties over which car is supposed to go next. More...

Fundraising Deadline Nears for RASTA Project

With just three weeks to go in their summer-long fundraising campaign in support of the new Braintree Mountain Forest backcountry zone, the Rochester Area Sports Trail Alliance (RASTA) is calling on skiers and riders to support their innovative, comm More...

SoRo To Vote on Funds for Water Treatment Upgrades

On Tuesday, Sept. More...

Small Critters Help Keep It Clean Downstream

The Outside Story

In peaceful streams, aquatic macroinvertebrates such as crayfish, stoneflies, and caddisflies travel over and under submerged rocks, foraging for other invertebrates, leaves, and algae. When rain falls, their world turns upside down. More...

Communities

STOP STOP SQUARED

The Randolph crew was on the go this week creating new stop warnings at the intersection of Routes 66, 12, Central, and Elm. (Herald / Bob Eddy) More...

Royalton Police Arrest Two Men On Warrants

This week, Royalton police reported taking into custody two men wanted on arrest warrants. On Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6:40 p.m., Royalton police responded to a crash on Back River Road near Bridge Street in Royalton. More...

Distraction, Deer Result in Crashes

Vermont State Police in Royalton responded to two single-vehicle crashes, both of which resulted in extensive damage. Neither driver was injured in the collisions. More...

Opinion

Remembering Irene

Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of an event that few Vermonters will forget in their lifetimes: the evening on August 28, 2011 when our brooks and rivers surged to life, wreaking havoc on the land and lives throughout the White River Valley and More...

Home-Grown Success

The annual “Book of Lists” published by Vermont Business Magazine is a treasure trove for anyone who loves raw statistics, and it affords each year a detailed look into the structure of the Vermont economy. More...

Learn How Bethel Gov’t Works

Letters to the Editor

The mission of the Bethel Town Meeting Committee is “Helping foster informed and engaged citizens: Creating an environment in which individuals are welcomed, respected, supported and valued.” More...

Sports

KICK- OFF JAMBOREE

Whitcomb JR/SR High School boys hosted the season opening soccer jamboree Saturday. Schools represented were: Randolph, Hartford, Northfield, Whitchester JV (Bethel & Rochester combined team), Hartford JV, and Hanover JV. More...

Sept. 24 Hearing in Bethel On Proposed ATV Rule

Two public hearings, one of them in Bethel, will be held to receive comment on a proposed rule that would allow the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) secretary to designate connector trails for use by all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on public lands owned More...

Thursday Night Finale Excitement at T-Road

The 56th Thunder Road Thursday night season concludes this Thursday, August 27, with Derrick O’Donnell inching closer to his third “King of the Road” crown on Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night. N. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Edward Vande Griek

Randolph Center, Vt.— Edward Vande Griek, 95, of Randolph Center, died Thursday afternoon, August 20, 2015 at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield. More...

Freda C. Stephens

Hanover, N.H.—Freda Lucille (Corwin) Stephens, 88, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., with her loving husband by her side. She was born in Tunbridge, Vt., on Sept. More...

Patricia C. Allen

Burlington, Vt.—Patri- cia Chase Allen, 73, who touched the lives of the many people she befriended and the many children she taught, took her last breath on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. More...

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