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Mike Blickarz, manager of the The Shoetorium in Lebanon, N.H., helps Ruth Fifield of Wilder, Vt., try a new shoe on at the store in Lebanon, N.H., on Sept. 3, 2015. Fifield and Joan Spaulding, of Hartland, Vt., center go shopping together every Thursday. Fifield was a WAC medical technician in WWII. The Shoetorium was announced that they are closing. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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City Shoetorium to Close

Friday, September 4, 2015

Lebanon — The face of Lebanon’s downtown is poised to see another change as the Shoetorium prepares to close its doors after 45 years on the pedestrian mall. The news of the store’s planned closure, announced in advertisements and in a banner hanging in the store’s window, comes during a time of change for the city’s downtown. Just last week, …

Lebanon Used Bookstore to Shut Its Doors This Fall

Friday, September 4, 2015

West Lebanon — Though Encore Books survived Tropical Storm Irene, it no longer can compete with online retailers and will close its doors at the …

Roundtable Focuses On Mental Health, Drugs

Friday, September 4, 2015

Claremont — U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., pledged support Thursday for efforts by Valley Regional Hospital to open a 10-bed facility for mental health patients …

Lebanon’s Rogers House Seeks Grants for Renovations

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lebanon — If two pending grant applications are approved, Rogers House, a century-old Lebanon senior housing complex facing Colburn Park, may get a sprucing up inside and out. One grant, if approved, would go to support energy improvements …

New Tunbridge Principal Reaches Out to the Community

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It seems strange that most school administrative contracts have a starting date of July 1. That’s nearly two months before students return to the classroom, two months before a school begins to fulfill its purpose. Scott Farnsworth, hired …

Prompts Released For Young Writers

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through this newspaper; YWP’s web site, youngwritersproject.org, and digital magazine, The Voice; and other partners, including vpr.net …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

N.Y. Man Dies in Vershire Motorcycle Crash Vershire — A 68-year-old man from upstate New York was killed Saturday when his motorcycle crashed during a group ride through Vershire. Seaborn R. Hall, of Brownville, N.Y., was operating a …

Thetford Barn Destroyed

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Vermont State Police Fire Investigator Larry Smith, left, and Vermont Department of Public Safety Fire Marshal Stan Baranowski look over the remains of a two-story barn in Thetford. Investigators said the fire at the barn at 205 Academy …

Aging Congregation in Quechee Struggles to Remain Viable

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Quechee — Lannie Collins, a beefy man whose red face matches his thinning red hair, took a break from pulling weeds in the August heat outside the Quechee Community Church, a particularly attractive example of the archetypal white-steepled …

Orthodox Dartmouth Students Demand Stricter Kosher Fare

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hanover — Students at Dartmouth College are petitioning administrators to institute a higher standard of kosher dining, arguing the college’s current methods of food preparation don’t meet widely held standards in the Orthodox Jewish community. A small group of Orthodox students say their religious dietary restrictions essentially prevent …

Hartford to Get Conduct Code For Athletics

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hartford — Superintendent Tom DeBalsi has asked for volunteers to serve on a committee that would help draft a code of conduct for coaches, student athletes, parents and spectators at the Hartford School District’s athletic events. During a School Board meeting last week, DeBalsi acknowledged it is an …

The Outside Story: Snakes and Toads Eat Garden Pests

Monday, August 31, 2015

Encountering a snake in the garden causes many people to shriek or even panic. Yet snakes and another often unloved creature, the American toad, are among the most effective forms of pest control. If you tolerate these herpetological …

Alice Peck Day Affiliation Seen as ‘Inevitable’ End of an Era

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lebanon — The news Friday that Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital plans to become the latest community hospital in the region to formally affiliate with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock empire was greeted with grief and disappointment from some community members, while others were more optimistic. Whether they feared losing Alice …