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A Life: Warren Johnston, a ‘true Southern gentleman,’ was ‘soft spoken and slow to anger’
06-09-2024 5:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

SOUTH ROYALTON — After four years of newspapering in Las Vegas, Warren Johnston was ready for a change of scenery.Scenery being the optimum word. Johnston and his wife, Sandy, had in mind a place with more trees than asphalt and a night sky not lit in...

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Kenyon: Readers chip in so Claremont girls can attend summer camp
07-05-2024 7:30 PM

By JIM KENYON

During a visit to the summer day camp run by a southern Windsor County YMCA on Wednesday morning, I talked with Ashley Denofrio’s 11-year-old niece.I asked her what she’d be doing, if not attending camp.“I’d be home, probably sleeping,” she said....


Kenyon: Prosecutor’s approach to Dartmouth protesters’ cases raises more questions
06-28-2024 8:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

This week, Ian Struckhoff learned he won’t be prosecuted for standing on the Dartmouth Green during a peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstration one night last month.Forgive Struckhoff, 45, if he doesn’t feel like celebrating. The criminal trespass charge...


Kenyon: As Claremont woman stepped up for nieces, NH quickly stepped away
06-21-2024 6:46 PM

By JIM KENYON

In March, Ashley Denofrio agreed to become the court-appointed legal guardian for her two nieces in hopes of bringing much-needed stability to their lives.As Denofrio has learned, however, the state of New Hampshire isn’t big on providing the...


Kenyon: Who Dartmouth considers worthy of honor
06-07-2024 7:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

I can think of 92 reasons why graduates at Dartmouth College’s 2024 commencement ceremony on Sunday might want to walk out in protest.The first 91 are easy to identify. It’s the number of people, including 67 students and five staff members, President...


Kenyon: By charging for after school program, CCBA loses sight of its mission
05-24-2024 7:30 PM

By JIM KENYON

In the end, what choice did Jim Vanier have, really? He could have continued drawing a paycheck by looking after and mentoring kids at the Carter Community Building in downtown Lebanon as he’s done for more than 50 years. But it would have meant...


Kenyon: Vermont’s leading Civil War historian finally gets his degree
05-17-2024 7:00 PM

By JIM KENYON

On a bitter cold February night in 1963, Howard Coffin packed his cardboard suitcase and walked to U.S. Route 5 in the village of Lyndonville, Vt., where he stuck out his thumb to hitch a ride home to Woodstock.“A trucker came by and picked me up,”...


Kenyon: Constitutional rights should trump Dartmouth’s private interests
05-10-2024 7:46 PM

By JIM KENYON

Andrew Tefft wasn’t inside a tent on the Dartmouth College Green. He hadn’t locked arms with protesters who had formed a circle around the short-lived encampment. The 45-year-old Hanover native didn’t have a pro-Palestinian sign.Still within 30...


Kenyon: What makes Dartmouth different?
04-26-2024 7:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

Under sunny skies and (slightly) warmer temperatures, Dartmouth students flocked to the college’s quintessential campus Green this week. They left their camping gear behind, though.They didn’t join the masses of students at other elite colleges across...


Kenyon: Recent developments
03-22-2024 9:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

In talking with people while following up on a couple of recent columns, new developments emerged. Some were more surprising than others. With apologies to “Saturday Night Live,” here’s my Weekend Update: Waiting pays offJennifer Kahn’s wage dispute...


Kenyon: The fight for control of the Windsor County GOP
03-15-2024 5:17 PM

By JIM KENYON

A gang of gung-ho Republican election deniers got their day in Vermont Superior Court last week. But it wasn’t the outcome of the 2020 presidential election that has these Windsor County partisans in a tizzy.They’re riled up about the Windsor County...


Jim Kenyon: Dartmouth not about to give up fight against basketball team’s unionization effort
03-05-2024 6:16 PM

By JIM KENYON

For everyone who thinks college athletes deserve to get paid for the work they do on behalf of their schools, the 13-2 vote by Dartmouth men’s basketball players to unionize Tuesday was cause for celebration.Unfortunately, Dartmouth President Sian...


Jim Kenyon: Defense attorney in Dartmouth trespassing case known for representing activists
03-01-2024 9:31 PM

By JIM KENYON

Within hours of two Dartmouth student-activists being arrested on Oct. 28 for refusing to leave a camping tent they had pitched on the lawn outside President Sian Leah Beilock’s office, Minnesota attorney Kira Kelley started getting phone calls, text...


Jim Kenyon: Hanover police deny public records request in Dartmouth protester arrests
01-12-2024 11:00 PM

By JIM KENYON

At around 1 a.m. on Oct. 28, Hanover police arrested two Dartmouth College students for criminal trespass on their own campus. After the student-activists were hauled away in handcuffs, cops involved in the encounter would have written a report with...


Jim Kenyon: Party crashers make waves in Windsor County
01-09-2024 8:48 PM

By JIM KENYON

As revolts go, the one staged by a small band of Windsor County Republicans against Chairman John MacGovern last Saturday was tame and orderly.That’s not to say the GOP renegades, however, still don’t pose a threat to democratic norms.The 50 or so...


Jim Kenyon: A small win for tenants
12-24-2023 1:14 AM

By JIM KENYON

Jesse Keenum, a 67-year-old disabled veteran, is staying home for the holidays — and hopefully well beyond — after his landlord recently backed off from trying to kick him out of the Lebanon apartment he’s lived in for 14 years.While Keenum’s case...


Jim Kenyon: Dartmouth persists with protester prosecutions  
12-20-2023 3:25 AM

By JIM KENYON

Overcharging, as it’s known in the legal world, is a ploy that prosecutors use to coerce criminal defendants into accepting a plea bargain.By tacking on multiple charges from a single incident, the prosecution gains all-important leverage. In exchange...


Jim Kenyon: Trump’s toxic influence on display in Windsor County
12-17-2023 12:46 AM

By JIM KENYON

To paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, I went to a fight the other morning, and a meeting of the Windsor County Republican Executive Committee broke out.How bad (or amusing, if you’re a Democrat) was it?The dozen Republicans in the room didn’t make it...


Jim Kenyon: Charity and protest in Upper Valley tied to conflict a world away 
12-09-2023 11:38 PM

By JIM KENYON

When Tom Harty, the pastor at United Church of Bethel, brought up an idea to parishioners on a recent Sunday morning, he wasn’t quite sure what the reaction might be.Harty, a former Vermont State Police trooper, recognized that any individual or group...


Kenyon: Dartmouth men’s basketball team works to make history off the court
12-04-2023 4:31 AM

By JIM KENYON

HANOVER — On a late September evening, the 15 players on the Dartmouth men’s basketball team were summoned by their coaches to Berry Sports Center.With the first game of the season still almost six weeks away, it wasn’t to practice, work on...


A Life: Linwood ‘Skip’ Bean, 1939-2023; ‘Some people can never be replaced’
11-20-2023 2:41 AM

By JIM KENYON

LEBANON — As an underclassman at Hanover High School, Chris Carroll was fairly certain when he got called to the associate principal’s office early one morning that he was in big trouble.Although it was almost 50 years ago, bringing a firearm to...

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