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Fire capt. Jim Chamberlain of the Claremont Fire Department aims a hose at a corner of the former St. Mary Convent that was still smoldering about nine hours after the fire was reported in Claremont, N.H., on April 20, 2014. The vacant building lies adjacent to New England Classical Academy, which firefighters worked to protect from heat and embers. (Valley News - Will Parson)

Fire Guts Former Convent: Firefighters’ Fast Action Saves School in Claremont

Monday, April 21, 2014

Claremont — An early morning fire destroyed the vacant St. Mary Convent building on Central Street Sunday, but quick action by firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to the New England Classical Academy, a mere 15 feet away. “It was close,” said Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron regarding the proximity of the flames to the school, which is less than …

4-H Fashion Revue Attracts 50

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Claremont — A recent 4-H fashion revue at Claremont Middle School attracted more than 50 4-H members, some of whom will go on to represent Sullivan County at a statewide 4-H event next month. About 190 friends and family members turned out to see the 4-H-ers sport their outfits — some original, some …

State. Sen. Odell, R-New London, Plans to Step Down at End of Term

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New London — State Sen. Bob Odell, a moderate Republican known as a pivotal and principled vote in Concord, announced Friday he would not seek a seventh term in the state Senate, saying he is ready to spend more time with his family and friends. “As my colleagues all know, serving in the …

Mobile Veterans Affairs Center Headed to Claremont Wednesday

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Claremont — The Mobile Vet Center will host a welcome home event for veterans, active service members and immediate family members on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Bowen Street. The 29-foot motor coach, which contains space for confidential counseling, carries Vet …

Scotlynn “Scottie” Salome Silfies

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Claremont, N.H. — Scotlynn “Scottie” Salome Silfies, 19, of Winter Street in Claremont died on Sunday evening, March 30, 2014. She was born in Lebanon, N.H. on Jan. 9, 1995, the daughter of Christopher Silfies and Shelby Packard. Scottie was a 2013 Graduate of Fall Mountain Regional High …

Never Fear, She’ll Bring the Cheer: Inspiration to Others, Stevens’ Berry Out to Inspire Donation to School

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Claremont — Like a lot of girls at Stevens High School, Emily Berry has a date for the junior prom and can’t wait for the grand occasion. Emily’s mom, Shelly, is sharing in the excitement. The two have …

Stevens Sub Picks Facebook Over Job

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Claremont — A Stevens High School substitute teacher has been terminated for refusing to comply with a school district policy that prohibits school employees from being Facebook friends with students. The decision, which long time substitute Carol Thebarge made public on her Facebook page Thursday night, elicited hundreds …

New Allegations Against Ex-Teacher

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Newport — A second person has come forward with allegations against the former Stevens High School teacher who was charged last month with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student. At hearing in Newport on Tuesday, Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said after Christopher LeBlanc was arrested last month, a …

Dorothy “Dody” Belski

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Claremont, N.H. — Dorothy “Dody” Belski, 91, of Spencer Avenue, Claremont died Monday morning, March 31, 2014, at her home. She was born in Newport, N.H. on Jan. 18, 1923, the daughter of Irvin and Flora (Morrill) LaClair and was a long time resident of Claremont and wintered …

Kaleb’s Krowd: Tarczewski Leaves Hometown in Thrall

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Claremont — Take a sports bar, fill it with 100 or so noisy people and put the father of Kaleb Tarczewski in a comfy couch in front of a big screen and you have the makings for a …

Upper Valley Embezzlers Take $2.4 Million

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lebanon — At least $2.4 million has been embezzled from more than 20 small businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the Upper Valley over the last decade. In least one case, the theft contributed to a bankruptcy. Most of the crimes have taken place in Vermont and …

Claremont Farmers’ Market Seeks Vendors

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Claremont — The Claremont Farmers’ Market Association is accepting vendor and musician applications for the 2014 season. This year, the season has been extended to a total of 20 weeks, from May 22 through Oct. 2. Seasonal and weekly vendor spaces are available. To download the application form, …

Letter: Steps Dartmouth Should Take

Saturday, March 29, 2014

To the Editor: In reference to Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon’s message to students, faculty and staff March 24: I appreciate the intent of forming committees and seeking community members’ input, but unfortunately believe that the time has passed “to start discussion about what are acceptable social norms.” I …