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A Life: Jack Candon ‘took total joy in being helpful and bringing some joy to others’
01-21-2024 10:00 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

NORWICH — Complete with a red suit and hat and with his trademark good humor and a twinkle in his eye, Jack Candon gave many Upper Valley children (including mine) their first Christmas gift each year: a bell.The gift was a token of the Polar Express,...

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Two new measles cases tied to visitor to Hanover
07-09-2024 2:39 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — A cluster of measles infections tied to an international traveler who visited Hanover last month has grown to three and health officials on Tuesday provided a new list of Upper Valley locations where people may have been exposed to the...


Former office manager for Dartmouth student newspaper pleads guilty to embezzlement
04-30-2024 5:51 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

CONCORD — A former office manager pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to embezzling $223,000 from a student-run newspaper at Dartmouth College, according to a news release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.Nicole Chambers, 40, of...


Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center warns of longer waits in the ED
02-14-2024 6:53 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

LEBANON — Because of overcrowding, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is warning patients with “less-pressing healthcare concerns” to expect extended wait times in the emergency department.“The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center emergency department...


Bridgewater family recovers from July’s flooding
12-30-2023 8:00 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

BRIDGEWATER, Vt. — The Mispel family has returned to their home off Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners.With $20,000 of FEMA money in hand and help from family members, they rebuilt the mobile home and an addition that had been destroyed in July floods.“We...


Newport police arrest four men in vandalism case
12-20-2023 3:32 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

NEWPORT — Police have arrested four men in connection with vandalism in Newport and neighboring communities this fall. Newport residents Brandon Teeter, 24; Devin Croteau, 22; and Zachery Fuller, 30; along with Claremont resident Samuel Bathrick, 27,...


Clinic aids long COVID sufferers
12-06-2023 3:39 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

PLAINFIELD — One day in this past May, Susan Kahn, a 77-year-old Plainfield resident, was unable to get up.Her husband, Chris Rollins, called 911. She was unconscious with heart palpitations and says there were no Upper Valley cardiologists available...


Dartmouth students hold poetry reading with Ukrainian counterparts
11-20-2023 2:43 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — Students in an intensive Ukrainian course at Dartmouth College concluded the term last week by sharing their translations of poems.That in itself might not be so special for a language class, but they did so in partnership with students at...


Hartford Fire Department considers adding community nurse 
11-10-2023 9:41 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hartford is considering hiring a community nurse in hopes of reducing demand for emergency services.Amid increasing calls for aid in recent years, the town is seeking to better address people’s health issues before they become...


Congresswoman tours VA medical center, meets veterans
11-01-2023 9:58 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — On her first visit to the White River Junction VA Medical Center since becoming Vermont’s sole representative in the U.S. House earlier this year, Becca Balint, a Democrat, pledged to do her part to support the VA.“These people...


Rivendell considers school reconfigurations to cut staffing costs
10-31-2023 4:12 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

WEST FAIRLEE — In an effort to avoid another major school tax increase, the Rivendell Interstate School District is asking people in Orford, Fairlee, West Fairlee and Vershire to consider major school reconfigurations.“In general, we have a community...


Dartmouth releases five-year plan to improve mental health and well-being on campus
10-25-2023 12:57 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — Dartmouth College released a new strategic plan for mental health and well-being this week.The plan’s release follows President Sian Leah Beilock’s inaugural address last month in which she pledged to prioritize the issue.It outlines steps...


Woodstock teachers win arbitration hearing over lab position
10-24-2023 7:39 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

WOODSTOCK — The future of a science and math lab at Woodstock Union High School and Middle School is uncertain after an arbitrator found earlier this month that the person running the lab must be a school employee, not a contractor.Since 2017, the...


Route 12A sandwich shop sets opening date
10-20-2023 9:39 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

WEST LEBANON — There’s now a sign up on a door along Route 12A, answering the question many have asked on Upper Valley social media channels in recent months: When will Jersey Mike’s open?The answer is Nov. 15, said Chris Brown, the Bedford,...


New addiction recovery resource center opening in Lebanon
10-10-2023 9:43 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

LEBANON — A new place with support services for residents recovering from addiction is opening this month in the heart of the Upper Valley.The TLC recovery center, located at 24 Hanover St., includes TVs, pool and foosball tables, a coffee bar, a...


7 current, former surgeons general discuss mental health at Dartmouth event
09-29-2023 8:27 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — Mental health is personal.When U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy asked the 1,000 people gathered in Dartmouth College’s Leede Arena on Thursday afternoon for a conversation on the “Future of Mental Health and Wellness” how many know someone...


Amazon now owns clinic serving Dartmouth College employees
09-27-2023 6:16 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — A primary care practice that serves hundreds of Dartmouth College employees and their families is now operated by a company owned by Amazon.Dartmouth announced the change earlier this year in a message to employees that outlined the...


Dartmouth develops initiatives to address students’ mental health
09-25-2023 2:09 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — Students who are seniors now at Dartmouth College began their matriculation in the fall of 2020, amid strict COVID-19 protocols.Few of the college’s typical welcome traditions took place. Fall First-Year Trips were canceled, gatherings were...


Upper Valley school districts trying to be creative in face of hiring shortages
08-23-2023 5:22 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

CLAREMONT — To adapt to a teacher shortage this year, Bluff Elementary School will have two multi-grade classes and larger class sizes than usual.The Claremont school has been unable to fill third- and fifth-grade teacher positions since it began...


Dartmouth College announces changes in administration
08-16-2023 5:10 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — Dartmouth College’s new president has announced a series of leadership changes, including the creation of the position of chief health and wellness officer, and a September event focused on mental health.The college has launched a national...


With COVID cases rising, APD implements mask rule for employees
08-10-2023 8:29 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

LEBANON — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital began requiring employees to wear masks again earlier this month, amid an increase in COVID-19 infections.“Patients and visitors will see the implementation of universal masking (masking at all times except...

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