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Lebanon High School junior Jill Dion, 16 hugs volunteer Michael Whitman of Lyme at the conclusion of the Upper Valley Suicide Walk for Awareness in Lebanon's Colburn Park Sunday, September 7, 2014. Dion, one of the event's primary organizers this year, cited her experiences with several friends who have considered suicide, and the support she received from staff at Lebanon High School as reasons for her involvement in the event. "It's a really busy time of the year, but this has really become a priority," she said.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Reading the Signs: Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness of Suicide

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lebanon — Sunday afternoon found drivers slowing down to read the big yellow signs lining Route 120 . “Talking about being a burden to others,” one read. “Give a hug,” another said. Part of the annual Upper Valley Suicide Walk for Awareness, the posters listed warning signs that someone may be considering suicide and strategies for preventing it. Rather than …

Soaked, and Satisfied: Newport Football Cruises Past Mascoma

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newport — To keep the football somewhat dry Saturday, officials at the contest between Newport High and Mascoma draped a white towel over the pigskin between plays. With three or four of the zebras huddled nearby and staring downward, the area had a crime-scene feel. All that was needed was a couple old-time …

House Hopefuls Prep for Primary

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Enfield — Voters in the Mascoma Valley will settle three contested races for New Hampshire House seats in primary day voting on Tuesday. Two seats are up for grabs in the Grafton 9 district, which includes the town of Grafton; another in Grafton 11, representing Canaan and Dorchester; and one more in a …

Mascoma Seniors Hear Last ‘Lecture’

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Click here for a photo gallery.  ∎ West Canaan — Mascoma Valley Regional High School Principal James Collins joked at Friday’s graduation that it is common for commencement speakers to preach about individuality as the key to success for …

Local Roundup: Woodstock Boys Lacrosse Streak at Five

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

St. Albans, Vt. — The Woodstock Union High boys lacrosse team apparently has warmed up at the absolute right time of the season. Riding a Braden McCarthy hat trick and a five-point day from Oliver Kaija, the Wasps rolled to an 11-2 win over BFA-St. Albans on Monday …

Newport Trying to Avoid Tourney’s First Round

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Newport — Newport, hoping to avoid one of those dreaded NHIAA Division III state tournament play-in games, got eight hits from its last three batters in the order for a 15-2 win over Mascoma at Bates Field on …

Mascoma Teacher Keeps His Land Free

Friday, May 2, 2014

Canaan — For the last 27 years, Mascoma Valley Regional High teacher Koby Van Beest has kept the 80 acres of hilly, diverse land he owns in Canaan open for public use. New Hampshire Fish & Game recently …

Letter: District Unity in Mascoma

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

To the Editor: If the Mascoma School Board meeting April 22 is what democracy is all about (“Mascoma Board Defies Critics With Construction Committee,” April 23), we might as well live in a dictatorship, where public opinion is ignored, secret agendas and meetings are concocted, and transparency expunged. …

Local Roundup: Stevens’ Hussey Shines Under the Lights in No-Hitter

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Claremont — Ruthlessly efficient from the start, Chase Hussey tossed a no-hitter to lead the Stevens High baseball team to a 9-0 victory over Kearsarge under the lights at Barnes Park on Monday night. Hussey, a junior, needed …

He Can Throw as Well: Newport’s Houde Handles Mascoma

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

West Canaan — Andrew Houde has made a reputation for himself as an all-state basketball player, scoring more than 1,000 points before the end of his junior season. However, when Houde switched schools, going from Pembroke Academy to Newport Middle High School after his freshman season, his father …

Letter: When Was the Vote?

Monday, April 28, 2014

To the Editor: I attended the Mascoma School Board meeting April 22 in hopes of convincing the board to consider placing Kimberly Depelteau-Tracey, newly appointed by the Canaan selectboard to fill the opening created by the death of member Dave Varney, on a committee to oversee the high …

Mascoma Board Defies Critics With Construction Committee

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canaan — Tempers flared at Tuesday night’s Mascoma Regional School District School Board meeting after the board rejected a motion, 4-2, to establish a five-member building committee to oversee the high school renovation project. The motion was made by Kimberly Depelteau-Tracey, of Canaan, a vocal opponent of the …

Letter: Abolish the Death Penalty

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the Editor: It seems like years ago that I sat in an auditorium at Plymouth State University listening to a few proponents and many opponents of the death penalty discuss its repeal in New Hampshire. I thought at the end of the meeting that abolition was a …