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N.H. State Sen. Odell, R-New London, Won't Seek Seventh Term

Friday, April 18, 2014

State Sen. Bob Odell is telling colleagues this morning he will not seek a seventh term. The 70-year-old New London Republican has been a critical swing vote in Concord and a key voice for Sullivan County and the Sunapee region. ∎ Posted online Friday at 9:46 a.m. Find a full report in Saturday’s Valley News and follow us on Twitter …

Dartmouth President Gets Mixed Review

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hanover — Students and alumni welcomed Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon’s call for reform and condemnation of “harmful behaviors,” but others questioned whether a committee …

Abutters Appeal New Store in Fairlee

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fairlee — The Development Review Board’s March 11 approval of a Dollar General store, south of Wing’s Supermarket on Route 5, now faces formal opposition …

Claremont Charter Commission Divided

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Claremont — Charter Commission member Joe Osgood said Tuesday that the recommendation to change from a city manager/city council form of government to a mayor/board of aldermen would improve public participation in city government — particularly on budgetary matters — and diminish the power of paid city staff …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Man Rescued from Black River In Springfield, Vt. Springfield, Vt. — A man was rescued from the Black River Tuesday morning. Springfield Fire Chief Russ Thompson said the man, who was not identified, went in the water around 7 a.m. and was unable to return because of the …

Upper Valley Braces for Flooding; Stores Move Merchandise Out of Range

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

West Lebanon — Several big box stores along Route 12A have closed early in anticipation of possible heavy flooding along the Connecticut River tonight. J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Sears were all closed by 5 p.m. following a flood …

Blaze Devastates Vt. Farm; Fire Officials Still Determining Cause

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Harold Gravlin’s pit bull isn’t normally a barker. So on Sunday evening when the dog started barking uncontrollably, Gravlin thought something might be wrong. And, indeed, it was. Gravlin, 46, peered out his home’s window …

Slayton Hill Plan Gets Board’s OK

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lebanon — The Planning Board has approved the city’s request to remove trees and stone walls from the edges of the scenic Slayton Hill Road. Severe erosion and property damage caused by flooding along Slayton Hill last July spurred the city’s proposal. The goal of the planned improvements …

Vt. State Senator Has Challenger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chelsea — A 67-year-old small businessman is launching a Republican challenge to longtime state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange. Chelsea resident Robert Frenier, who runs a company that buys used airport fire trucks and rebuilds them, said he is …

School Notes: Students From Grantham, Sunapee and Lebanon High Recognized For Service Projects

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Grantham Village School’s long run of success in a series of imaginative challenges continued this year, as a pair of teams qualified for the global finals of Destination Imagination. Five teams of Grantham students, and a sixth from Lebanon High School, advanced to the state finals. Of those, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, April 15

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

West Lebanon Plazas Warned of Potential Flooding West Lebanon — Fire officials are alerting merchants, particularly those in the Upper Valley and Kmart plazas, of possible flooding this week. Due to snowmelt and predicted rainfall, the Connecticut River is expected to crest at 24.4 feet in West Lebanon …

If GMO Bill Passes, Vt. AG Expects Suit

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont may become the first state in the country to require the labeling of food products made with GMOs. The legislation was passed by the House last year by a wide margin. This year, three Senate committees have given their support to the bill. The proposal …

N.H. Senate Panel to Debate Ban on Sale of Painkiller

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Concord — The Senate Commerce Committee today will consider legislation that would temporarily ban a powerful new painkiller that addiction experts have warned will add to the state’s burgeoning opiate epidemic. Committee Chairman Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford , unveiled an amendment last week to a House bill that would …