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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...

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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: Common sense could yet prevail in Dartmouth trespassing cases
06-14-2024 8:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

In a way, I feel sorry for Hanover police prosecutor Mariana Pastore. Dartmouth President Sian Leah Beilock has put her in a tough spot.The day is fast approaching when Pastore must declare whether she’s moving forward with criminal charges against 87...


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: Dartmouth shows it has no patience for peaceful protest
05-03-2024 7:43 PM

By JIM KENYON

Under the cover of darkness, 20 New Hampshire State Police storm troopers in full riot gear marched in a single row across the Dartmouth Green, where hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters were peacefully chanting their opposition to the war in Gaza...


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: Hanover stalls on police records request
04-19-2024 7:35 PM

By JIM KENYON

The town of Hanover’s website says its police reports are available to the public, but the chief “reserves the right to control the release of all department records.” That’s not the way the New Hampshire Right-to-Know law is intended to work.Under...


Kenyon: Dartmouth alumni join union-busting effort
04-16-2024 8:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

Dartmouth President Sian Leah Beilock has made it clear the college views its men’s basketball players — and their recent historic vote to unionize — as a threat to ….Fill in the blank.The college’s bottom line? The status quo? The misconception that...


Kenyon: Dismas House celebrates 10 years of fresh starts in Hartford
04-12-2024 9:02 PM

By JIM KENYON

Over the last decade, more than 150 men have found their way to the two-story, early 1900s clapboard house with a wrap-around front porch in Hartford Village. Some stay only a few months. Others for a year or longer.But their reasons for wanting to...


Kenyon: Parker up for parole after 23 years in prison
04-05-2024 6:00 PM

By JIM KENYON

In less than two weeks, Jim Parker should know whether the state of New Hampshire agrees that after 23 years of incarceration he’s earned the right to re-enter society.Parker’s hearing before the state Adult Parole Board is scheduled for April 18 at...


Kenyon: Legal wrangling continues in Dartmouth trespassing case
03-29-2024 7:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

The trial of two Dartmouth College student-activists arrested on campus while peacefully supporting the plight of Palestinians in the Israel-Hamas war isn’t expected to resume for a couple of months.Still the case is far from dormant.Both sides —...


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: Karp’s Klassic youth basketball tournament resumes in new location
03-19-2024 4:45 PM

By JIM KENYON

It’s mud season and Paul Karp is back where he belongs: In the far corner of a basketball gym with his “bible,” watching hundreds of kids play in the end-of-winter recreational tournament that bears his name. After a two-year hiatus due to the...


A Life: Al Pristaw ‘always did what good neighbors do’
03-16-2024 7:01 PM

By JIM KENYON

WOODSTOCK — Al Pristaw was the ultimate doer.After Riverside Mobile Home Park was swamped by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, Pristaw and another park resident, Nelson Gilman, pushed a wheelbarrow filled with donated orange juice, bread and eggs...


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: Three Tomatoes employees take tip-sharing case to state labor board
02-09-2024 9:31 PM

By JIM KENYON

Jennifer Kahn is a school secretary by day and a server by night. Four afternoons a week, she leaves Mascoma Valley Regional High School after the final bell and drives to downtown Lebanon, where she works the dinner shift at Three Tomatoes...


Jim Kenyon: Dartmouth basketball team has right to unionization vote, ruling says
02-05-2024 10:31 PM

By JIM KENYON

The Dartmouth College men’s basketball team hasn’t won many games on the court this season, but the players scored a major victory Monday in their bid to unionize. Laura Sacks, director of the National Labor Relations Board’s regional office in...

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