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Plainfield selectman keeps his seat
07-20-2024 4:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

PLAINFIELD — A month after he submitted it, Plainfield Selectboard Chairman Eric Brann said he would rescind his letter of resignation.Instead of departing, Brann said he would remain on the board until the next election at Town Meeting next March.In...

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Kenyon: How much do Upper Valley landlords have to raise rents to stay in business?
07-19-2024 8:00 PM

By JIM KENYON

With all of her wheeling and dealing this summer, real estate investor and developer Jolin Kish seems bent on turning Hanover into her personal Monopoly board.Kish started by selling four of her residential properties on West Wheelock Street to...


Residents question Hartford’s payout to former superintendent
07-19-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — Community members peppered the School Board with questions about the recent departure of and severance payment to former Superintendent Tom DeBalsi at a special meeting on Thursday night, yet most of the questions remained unanswered.After...


Goose Pond drawdown alters landscape
07-19-2024 6:32 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

CANAAN — During the recent warm, humid weather, any swimmer or boater headed for relief at Goose Pond would have been out of luck.Since the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service’s Dam Bureau began drawing down the water in Goose Pond in...


Upper Valley health care providers, businesses disrupted by tech outages
07-19-2024 5:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — Upper Valley emergency service agencies, health care providers and businesses felt the impact of a global internet outage that started early Friday morning.Around 9 a.m., Dartmouth Health reported that its “locations are experiencing a...


On the Trails: The ‘A’ in UVTA stands for ‘alliance’
07-19-2024 5:01 PM

By KAREN KALISKI

Walkers, hikers and runners might be surprised to learn about the outsized contribution Upper Valley Trail Alliance (UVTA) makes to the trails they love.Matt Oscadal hiked trails that were designed, built and maintained by the Norwich-based nonprofit...


Number of measles cases tied to Hanover traveler grows to five
07-19-2024 3:30 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

HANOVER — The number of cases in a multistate outbreak of measles linked to an international traveler to Hanover in June has grown to five, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.The fifth case in the outbreak is a...


Microbrewery proposes tasting room for downtown Enfield
07-18-2024 7:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ENFIELD VILLAGE — A new microbrewery could be coming to downtown Enfield within the next year.The Planning Board will hear a proposal for converting a building that previously housed a laundromat on Main Street into a microbrewery at its Wednesday...


Hanover Selectboard gives $130,000 severance package to departing town manager
07-18-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — Departing Town Manager Alex Torpey will receive more than $135,000 in severance from the town, according to a separation agreement between Torpey and the Selectboard. But the reason for the parting of ways remains unclear. Last week, the...


Over Easy: A May-Very-Late-December romance
07-18-2024 5:30 PM

By DAN MACKIE

To distract myself from the presidential race, I’ve been obsessing lately about another drama, also of national import and urgency. I refer to former Patriots coach Bill Belichick, 72, dating Jordan Hudson, 24.24! 72! Hike? She is a graduate of...


Orange County Democrats host candidate forum in Strafford
07-18-2024 5:00 PM

STRAFFORD — The annual Vi and Ned Coffin Memorial Forum is scheduled to take place at the Strafford Town House on Sunday afternoon.The forum, hosted by the Orange County Democratic Committee, is set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 12 Brook Road.Participants...


ACLU calls on UNH and Dartmouth to drop charges against pro-Palestine protesters
07-18-2024 4:31 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

The ACLU of New Hampshire on Wednesday called on the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College to drop trespassing and disorderly conduct charges against pro-Palestine protesters arrested on May 1.In a letter to the presidents of the two...


Lebanon and Hanover tennis teams earn awards
07-18-2024 4:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WEST LEBANON — The successful high school tennis programs at Lebanon and Hanover have earned several awards, as selected by coaches, for the most recent spring season, including the NHIAA Division II boys player for the year in Lebanon senior Nolan...


National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down in Lyme
07-17-2024 8:01 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

LYME — Andrea and Tom Heitzman were in the kitchen of their home on Culver Hill Road in Lyme at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday when Andrea glanced out the window and noticed the wind begin to gust powerfully and remarked “my goodness look at those trees bend.”A...


Lebanon halts paving of Miracle Mile due to asphalt mistake
07-17-2024 5:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

LEBANON — A paving project on Miracle Mile will have to be restarted after a contractor applied the wrong asphalt on the roadway.City officials called for using “virgin asphalt” to pave the roughly 1¼-mile stretch of Route 4.“The products applied had...


Art Notes: Sculpturefest features work of Woodstock high alumna
07-17-2024 4:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

WOODSTOCK — Lela Jaacks’ interest in visual art dates to her years at Woodstock Union High School.After she graduated, in 1995, and before she headed off to Rhode Island School of Design, she helped Charlet Davenport with the myriad details involved...


New Hampshire expects next year's food waste ban to increase diversion to facility market
07-17-2024 3:32 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

If you generate one ton or more of food waste per week in New Hampshire, starting in February you will no longer be allowed to dump it in landfills or incinerators. This change isn’t likely to affect households, but it will have a significant impact...


Police: Man in Route 5 crash dies from injuries
07-17-2024 1:54 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — A 32-year-old Bradford man died of his injuries following a June crash, according to a Vermont State Police news release. Jackson Metayer was driving a 2023 Mazda CX 30 north on Route 5 in Bradford near Charles Field Road at about 1:15...


Hanover eatery closes due to drop in business following COVID-19 pandemic
07-16-2024 7:46 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

HANOVER — Monday’s lunchtime rush at Cutting’s Northside Cafe was like old times: the parking lot was was full, people were eating their sandwiches at tables outside and inside the restaurant and the line was five-customers deep waiting at the counter...


Hanover schedules public forum to discuss role of town police in Dartmouth protest crackdown
07-16-2024 7:41 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — The town will host a public forum next month to hear the community’s feedback on the role the police department played in the arrests of scores of pro-Palestinian demonstrators on the Dartmouth College Green on May 1.The listening session is...


Newport School Board approves incentive pay in effort to retain teachers, staff
07-16-2024 6:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — With teacher retention described as a “crisis,” the Newport School Board approved a one-time incentive payout for returning teachers and support staff in hopes it will help keep teachers in Newport.The returning teachers and support staff...

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