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Dover Police Chief Mike Arbogast was sworn in as chief in late 2023. Lauren Harkawik
DOVER - Mid-morning on a recent Monday, Dover Police Chief Mike Arbogast sat behind the desk in his new office. In December, Arbogast was sworn in as chief, replacing former chief Randy Johnson, who retired at the end of 2023. 
Arbogast joined the Dover Police Department in 2008. He was...
For one international student, the valley is cozy, relaxing, and exciting
WILMINGTON - Each winter, international students temporarily move to the valley to staff the area’s commerce centers, including Mount Snow, The Hermitage Club, and other local businesses. The...
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Readsboro School’s former principal pleaded not guilty to felony charges of embezzlement and the theft of about $200 in student lunch money. Prosecutors alleged the former principal embezzled over $4,000 from two grants awarded to the school, one for school...

Claudette Hollenbeck
I firmly believe that humor is the axle grease that keeps the world bumping along as more-or-less smoothly as it does.  I cannot imagine a world absent humor.  For me, personally, the other key element to a good life is the companionship of a pet, specifically, in my case, a dog.  My current...
WILMINGTON - On Saturday, February 3, stunt performer and film producer Evelyn Vaccaro will give a talk at Pettee Memorial Library about her work in the film industry and how budding performers and filmmakers can get involved in the industry themselves. 
Vaccaro has long split her time...

Mary Jane Finnegan with granddaughter Lilly in 2015. Photo courtesy of Mary Jane Finnegan
  For Mary Jane Finnegan, it’s all about the people who helped and who can be helped
DOVER - In December, Mary Jane Finnegan, the founder of Twice Blessed, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at an annual gala held by the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley...
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Local businesses were celebrating a busy holiday week.  A nor’easter dumped 31 inches of snow over the valley right before Christmas, and another 12 inches of snow fell as the valley ushered in the new year.  While the timing of the second storm did lead some...
DOVER - Midday on Monday, couple Sofi Fleur and Javan Joslin were about a mile and a half apart. They were each tending to one of their shared businesses. Last month, the couple purchased two staple businesses in Dover, which they now run: The Great Moose Vermont Shop and Mind Lock Escape Room....

John Winney, left, and Jim Thomas, owners of The Last Chair, Last Chair Pizza & Grill, and Black Diamond Bar & Grill, are gearing up for a busy winter season. The pair recently expanded their business by purchasing a popular pizzeria in Dover. Lauren Harkawik
DOVER - The Last Chair, a Dover institution that now has three distinct restaurants under its portfolio, is gearing up for a busy winter.
The owners of The Last Chair, John Winney and Jim Thomas, recently purchased Pizzeria La Toscanella. It’s now known as Last Chair Pizza & Grill, and...
10 years ago:
Readsboro School was looking for a new principal after former principal Michael Heller abruptly resigned after a year and a half in the job.  In a letter to the community, Heller said he was leaving “with a heavy heart, to focus on family.”  Later,...

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