March 28, 2013 RSS feed / Communities

Bethel Teen Arraigned For Pursuit

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Eric Francis, Correspondent

A Bethel teenager is facing charges for allegedly leading a state police cruiser on a four-and-a-half mile chase up snowy back roads at speeds topping 80 mph.  Read More

Innocent Plea In Check Forgery

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Eric Francis, Correspondent

A Randolph man has allegedly admitted to state police that he forged and then cashed a stolen check, but he denied having any role in the burglary in which the check was initially taken.  Read More

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BABY ANIMAL DAY | The Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock will feature Baby Animal Day Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Kevin Doering

The following observations were taken in Randolph Center during the week of March 18-24, 2013.   Read More

Craigslist Scam Resurfaces, Offers Bogus Home Rental

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The Craigslist rental scam is back, state police in Royalton reported on March 20.  According to Tpr. Read More

Local Births

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Sunday, March 17: A son, Zavier Atticus Baine Bartolomeo, was born to Morgan Jacques and Ethan Bartolomeo of Berlin.   Read More

Vehicle Hits Small Herd of Deer, Driver Unhurt

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

State police from the Royalton barracks responded to four singlevehicle crashes in the past week, three of them resulting in injuries, mostly minor.  A Williamstown man driving north on I-89 in Sharon on March 25 suffered minor injuries after hi Read More

These Boots Weren’t Made For Walking Out of Store

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

A Vershire man was cited on a charge of retail theft on March 25, for allegedly trying to walk out of a Bradford store wearing boots he had not purchased.  Read More

Brookfield Man Arrested for DLS

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

State police arrested a Brookfield man for driving with a suspended license the morning of March 16, after he was stopped in Randolph village for a defective brake light.  During the stop, police determined that the driver’s license of Har Read More

Sign on Road

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

A potential cause of an accident was removed from I-89 near mile marker 7 on March 16, after drivers reported a large sign in the roadway.  Tpr. Read More

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NIGHT LIGHT | A nearly-full moon hangs low in the sky, Tuesday night. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Read More

Bethel Selectboard Learns About Citizen Plus Initiative

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Jennie Marx

At its March 25 meeting, the Bethel Selectboard heard from Todd Sears, a Bethel resident with professional experience in disaster response, and Fire Chief Aldrighetti, regarding the Citizen Plus initiative.  Read More

Renovated Locker Rooms Now Open

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Tom Hill

Finally, students at the Bethel Schools will be able to do something rather basic after games and activities that hasn’t been possible for quite a while—take a shower.  “For the longest time, we’ve had very inadequate sho Read More

Middle Branch Grange News

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Middle Branch Grange held its annual youth meeting Friday, March 15. Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / Jennie Marx 802-355-6603
Bethel’s DRB Approves Permits

At the Bethel Development Review Board’s public hearing March 19, the four board members present voted unanimously to approve permits for two local businesses.  Read More

BBA Annual Mtg. Wednesday, April 3

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The public is invited to attend the Bethel Business Association’s Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at the former “Breaking Grounds” building, also known as the “Arnold Block,” next to Cockadoodle Pizza. Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

A recent news item about the Bethel Schools “Drive One 4 UR School” test drive and fundraiser indicated that drivers paid $20 to participate.  The Ford Motor Co. donated $20 for each test drive.   Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /
Stockbridge Selex Make Appointments

The following summary of the Stockbridge Selectboard’s March 7 meeting is written from minutes submitted to The Herald.  Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / Laura Craft 685-4640

Today is March 28, the last day that the Town Clerk’s office will be open before dog licenses are due on April 1. Avoid late fees and fines! If you have not yet registered your dog, stop by the office before 4:30 p.m. Read More

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DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW | Shilo, the canine companion of MaryBeth Deller and Jerry LeBlond, of Rochester, was obviously enjoying the spring snow showers last week. (Provided / Jerry LeBlond) Read More

GMV Business Community News

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Members of the Green Mountain Valley Business Community met Wednesday, March 13 at the School Street Bistro in Rochester. Read More

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Staff Profile

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Martha Slater
School Counselor Is Enjoying Rochester’s Community Feeling

“I really love the uniqueness of working in a K-12 school,” said Michelle Aftuck, who became the student counselor at the Rochester School last fall.  Read More

Senior Project Panelists Needed

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

As spring weather approaches and we all start to thaw out a little, it is time to start thinking about Senior Project presentations at Rochester High School.  Read More

ISIS Committee To Have Speaker

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The Rochester ISIS committee has invited Daren Houck, headmaster of the Mountain School at Winhall, to give a presentation about independent schools on Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m.  Read More

Rochester Recreation Committee News

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

When the Rochester Recreation Committee met Thursday evening, March 21 at the town office, most of the discussion focused on a town-wide yard sale event to be held Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25, beginning at 9 a.m.  Read More

Rochester’s ‘Irene’ Stories Were Part of Festival Play

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Last Spring, the Rochester Historical Society, working with the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, hosted seven story circles with folks talking about their experiences and memories during Tropical Storm Irene.  Read More

Easter Egg Hunt, Pancake Breakfast

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The Royalton Recreation Com­mission will sponsor a free Easter Egg Hunt and pancake breakfast this Saturday, March 30, at the South Royalton School.  The pancake breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. Read More

Royalton Library

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The Royalton Memorial Library is open Tuesdays through Fridays, noon- 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Library services and programs are free and open to the public.  Read More

Rochester Selex Hear About Trash Problem South of Town

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Martha Slater

The Rochester Selectboard’s March 25 meeting took place at an earlier time that usual, since the annual school meeting was also scheduled for that evening.  Town health officer John White spoke with the board about a call he received from Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / Martha Slater 767-3025
Quintown Senior Center News

The center is located at the Hancock Town Hall on Route 100, with lunch served at noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There is bingo every Friday at 11 a.m. For more information about programs, call 767-3763.  Read More

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Students Learning About Iditarod Discover a SoRo Connection

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Channing George

The third-graders at South Royalton School are learning about the Iditarod and Alaska in social studies.  Read More

Vermont Law School To Host Fundraiser for SafeArt

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Chloe Powell

A fundraiser to benefit SafeArt’s programming will take place Saturday April 6, from 5:30-8 p.m., at Vermont Law School’s Chase Center, in South Royalton.  Read More

Area Public Libraries Celebrate International Children’s Book Day

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Public libraries in Chelsea, Sharon, South Royalton, Strafford, and Tunbridge will jointly celebrate International Children’s Book Day with international-themed and bilingual children’s story times from Tuesday, April 2, through Saturday, Read More

South Royalton Senior Ctr. News

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The South Royalton Senior Center is located at the Royalton Academy Building at 4266 Vt. Route 14 in South Royalton. Lunches are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / Vivian Moore 763-7081

Jeannie Rikert and Lorriane Withington recently participated in the state bowling tournament held in Barre.  Sugarmakers are waiting for the perfect combination of weather to resume their long-awaited crack at doing better than last year’s Read More

East Barnard

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / Marjorie Van Alstyne 763-7036

Congratulations to East Barnard resident Dylan Stuntz, a senior at Woodstock Union High School, for winning first place in original oratory at the Iroquois District National Qualifying Forensics Tournament held recently in Oneonta, N.Y. Read More

Sharon Elementary Literacy Event

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

On Wednesday, April 3, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sharon Elementary School will host a literacy event and potluck dessert.  Community members are welcome to join educators, reading mentors, students, and their families in celebration of the first year Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / Chloe Powell 802-999-3391

The calendar tells us that it is officially spring, though we have another name for this window between snow-covered ground, and budding trees and flowers. Mud season is upon us. Read More

Chelsea Senior Center News

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The Chelsea Senior Center is located at the United Church of Chelsea at 13 North Common in Chelsea. It is open on Mondays and Fridays and serves lunch at noon. Read More

Chelsea Fish & Game Club Plans Annual Meeting, Releases Report

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Heidi Allen Goodrich

The Chelsea Fish & Game Club’s annual membership meeting will be held Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse. Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / Scott Beavers 802-384-3937
Easter Egg Hunt In Tunbridge

The Tunbridge Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Tunbridge Elementary School.  Read More

Chelsea Card Party Notes

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

A card party held March 22 to benefit the $20.50.  The party was hosted by Ginny Campbell. Read More

State Drama Fest Coming to RUHS

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Nearly 300 young people will gather at Randolph Union High School April 5-6 for the Vermont State Drama Festival. Read More

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Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

APEX | A crow caws from its perch atop an evergreen in Randolph. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Read More

Kimball Library

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

There will be no Toddlertime on Friday, March 29. Preschooler Storytime is on Wednes­days at 11 a.m.  The senior center book group will meet Wednesday, April 3 at 12:45 p.m. Read More

Not To Worry, Gifford Says

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /
Confusing Letter Sent Out By New ‘OneCare’ Health Org.

A new health care organization, OneCare, recently sent a letter and form to patients of many hospitals, including Gifford, causing considerable confusion, a Gifford spokesperson said this week.  Read More

Randolph Cross Walk On Good Friday

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

On Good Friday, March 29, Randolph area churches will once again participate in the annual “Cross Walk” event.  Read More

Free Medicare Talk At Gifford Med. Ctr.

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

For more than 40 million Americans, Medicare provides their health insurance. Across the nation and here in Vermont, more Americans become eligible each day, leaving big questions about the federal insurance program and just what it covers.  Read More

Baptist Fellowship Hosts Easter Party

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

On Saturday, March 30, The Baptist Fellowship on Route 66 will host a free Easter party from 10:30 a.m.–noon.  Activities will include crafts, games, snacks, an egg hunt (with over 1000 eggs hidden), and a Bible lesson on the meaning of Ea Read More

RES, Brookfield, Braintree Menus

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Monday, April 1: Homemade chicken & rice soup, hot ham & cheese sandwich, salad.  Tuesday, April 2: Roasted pork, gravy, roll, potato wedges.  Wednesday, April 3: Baked cheese sticks with marinara sauce, bread sticks, “Dipper Read More

Mill Stone Agency Hires Staff and Luce

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Jen Staff and Ed Luce have joined Century 21 The Mill Stone Agency as sales associates. Read More

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Adventures in Outdoor Tracking For Brookfield School Students

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

On the afternoon of February 18, the Brookfield School fifth and sixth grade students and their classroom teachers, Amy Ferris and Scott Appel, ventured forth and braved the cold and windy winter weather in order to explore the land around their scho Read More

Randolph Senior Center News

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The center at 6 Hale Street serves lunch Monday-Thursday at noon.  Read More

UVBEP Coordinates Job Shadow Day for Over 400 Eighth Graders

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

On Tuesday, April 2, over 400 eighth grade students from 10 schools will shadow workers in the community.  Read More

Welch Bills Benefit Maple Producers

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

With maple season in full swing, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch is pushing two bills to promote Vermont’s maple industry and make sugaring operations more energy efficient, his office said in a release.  Read More

Views Sought On Sustainable Plan For ‘ECVermont’

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

What should the 40-town, “East Central Vermont” region look like in 10 to 20 years from now?  A consortium of folks is debating that topic and is looking for input from the wider public. Read More

House Bill Makes Insurers Search Harder for Relatives

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The Vermont House of Representatives has passed H.95—an act relating to unclaimed life insurance benefits. This bill requires life insurance companies to make a good faith effort to locate beneficiaries after a client has deceased.  Read More

Randolph Center

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / Mim Herwig

Jim and Carolyn Lumbra, apparently homesick for our good old Vermont winter weath­er, forsook their Florida resi­dence and were home in time for our snowstorm.  For better or worse, the new hours when our post office is open are 7:30-10:30 a.m. Read More

News of Area Students

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Samuel Ennis, a student at Whitcomb High School in Bethel, has been selected for member­ship in the National Society of High School Scholars, which recognizes top high school students from over 160 countries.  Read More

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The Outside Story

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Kenrick Vezina
Winter’s (Very) Little King

The only regal thing about the goldencrowned kinglet is the crest of yelloworange feathers atop its head. Everything else about this speck of a songbird’s appearance and behavior would make any proper monarch frown. Read More

Three VLS Graduates Create Ecological ‘Crowd-Funder’

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The EcoHub, a online community crowdfunding eco-friendly projects (“EcoProjects”), was launched last week, the organization said in a release. Read More

AAA Reminder for Motorists: Watch Out, It’s Pothole Season

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The combination of freezing cold temperatures and the recent winter rains is causing the emergence of new potholes.  Caused by water working its way into asphalt and cracking it, potholes can damage vehicle suspension components and increase the Read More

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How To Save More of Your Money

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

Saving more money and paying off debt are promises we all seem to make to ourselves with every intention of seeing through. Read More

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Getting Your Houseplants Ready for Spring

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Bea Cole

Dear Bea: My houseplants always look so drab this time of year. In the summer I move most of them outside, but I’m wondering what I can be doing now to get them ready for spring. Is this a good time to be fertilizing? - Nancy  Read More

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2013 Easter Church Services

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Poco Loco

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / By Scott Wood
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Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / John Freitag 765-4003
Strafford Sugaring Is Back on Track

After a stretch of cold weather, we’re back to sugaring in Strafford.  Read More

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Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

ART DAY IN STRAFFORD | Tuesday, March 26 was Orange Windsor Supervisory Union Art Day when over 90 students from schools in the district came to Strafford to work with local artists and learn more ab Read More


Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 / Scott Beavers 802-384-3937
More Broadband In Tunbridge

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Strafford Senior Center News

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The center is located at Barrett Memorial Hall at the junction of EMAILEDVt. RouteADVERTISEMENT132 and the Justin Morrill Highway, in South Strafford. Read More

EmeryJ.Potter BornMarch 25

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

EmeryJohnPotterwasborn on March25,2013,weighing 9 lbs. Read More

Civil War Exhibit At Norwich Museum

Communities / Mar. 28, 2013 /

The Sullivan Museum and History Center will present the third installment in a series of exhibits exploring Norwich University’s involvement in the Civil War.  Read More