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Stevens High's Kai Kleyensteuber adjusts his shoulder pads before an afternoon workout with his New Hampshire team during Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl practice at Castleton State College on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kleyensteuber's senior year at Stevens included playing on the school's first unified basketball team, which pairs regular students with special needs students in one program.

Valley News -- Greg Fennell

Stevens Football Player Comes With a Unified Message

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Castleton, Vt. — At its essence, the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is less about a football game between Vermont and New Hampshire high school seniors than it is an opportunity for those teenagers to give a child a moment to smile. Stevens High’s Kai Kleyensteuber had a head start in that department before even setting foot at Castleton State College …

Forum, July 30: America’s Game: Wealth; Beware Single-Payer; The Obession of the ‘Valley News’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reading Is Still Fundamental To the Editor: On May 31, members of the American Legion Post 84 joined White River School staff to help us raise money to preserve our Reading is Fundamental program. Adjutant Dan Hillard and his colleagues learned that federal funds for the RIF program had been eliminated and they organized a coin drop to help us maintain this important …

Robert H. Densmore

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cornish, N.H. — Robert H. Densmore, 102 formerly of Route 120 in Cornish, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. following a brief illness. He was born in Claremont, N.H. on June 22, 1912 the son of Arthur J. and Lilla (Brymer) Densmore and had been a lifetime area resident. Robert had been employed as a papermaker …

Public Participation at School Board Meetings: Read the Policies Being Discussed in Cornish (Updated Friday)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cornish — Earlier this week, the Valley News reported that residents will meet tonight to discuss a draft policy on public participation at Cornish School Board meetings written by resident Peter Burling, a former town moderator and state senator. Burling’s version is an alternative to a Cornish School …

Lebanon Fills School Business Position

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lebanon — A week after the departure of three key administrators, the Lebanon School Board began filling holes in the district’s leadership team. At its meeting Tuesday, the board approved the hiring of Tim Ball, currently business administrator in Claremont, to replace outgoing nine-year veteran employee Jim Fenn, …

Notes from the Garden: Trees and Shrubs That Thrive in the Shade

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I grew up in a small town in rural Connecticut. Behind the house there was a brook and a hardwood forest with a high canopy of old maples that created a cool space for spending hot summer days. My favorite understory tree was a small, bushy tree that …

Forum, July 9: The Dangers of Alcohol; Co-op Shoppers; Amtrak on Track

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Dangers of Alcohol To the Editor: The article, “Addiction and Alcoholism Hit Men, Women Differently” on June 30 failed to mention the chief differences between men and women — pregnancy and nursing. The effects of alcohol on a developing fetus unfortunately can be devastating. Everyone should know …

Cornish Considers Public Comment

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cornish — Townspeople will gather Thursday night to discuss public participation at School Board meetings, including a draft policy written by a resident as an alternative to one being considered by the board. Former town moderator Peter Burling said he wrote the policy “to try to bring people …

Lebanon Juniors on the Rise Again

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lebanon — The Lebanon Post 22 junior American Legion baseball team made quick work of two foes Sunday, routing Alton, 14-4, and New London, 10-0, each in only five innings. Despite a new head coach and numerous new …

High School Students Clean Up the Trails

Friday, July 4, 2014

Norwich —This summer, Upper Valley high school students needn’t travel far to get valuable trail stewardship experience. Starting Monday, 38 teenagers from nine area schools will join Upper Valley Trails Alliance staff for its High School Trail Corps, a series of workdays clearing, building and blazing area trails. …

Two New Works Capture Only Fleeting Glimpses of J.D. Salinger

Friday, July 4, 2014

J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist by Thomas Beller; New Harvest (192 pages, $20) My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff; Alfred A. Knopf (272 pages, $25.95) The famously reclusive J.D. Salinger wouldn’t allow himself to be known. And yet …

Hanover Grad Makes Quick Recovery in CHaD Football Game

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Manchester — Shawn Cavallaro didn’t receive the most valuable player award after Saturday’s third annual New Hampshire East-West High School All-Star football game at St. Anselm College. However, a solid case could have been made that No. 4 …

Field Hockey Coaches See Strength, Vitality Growing in Sport

Saturday, June 28, 2014

By Poody Walsh Valley News Correspondent Castleton, Vt. — There was a time when there was a concern for the future of field hockey on high school campuses. There was a time when it looked like the sport …