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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 …

Local Roundup: Cards Shuffle Windsor

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Claremont — It may still be early in the season, but the Stevens High baseball team is bringing the thunder thus far. Getting comfortable quickly in their home surroundings, the Cardinals exploded for a 16-6 victory in five …

‘I Thought I Wasn’t Done Yet’: Mascoma Gives Ball to Lawrence

Friday, April 11, 2014

West Canaan — As enjoyable as it may have been, watching high school football from above the sidelines wasn’t what Les Lawrence wanted. He needed to be on the sidelines. And, once more, he is. A football coaching …

Summit in Canaan Highlights Challenges to Mascoma River Watershed

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Canaan — Decades have passed since untreated industrial waste flowed into the Mascoma River, killing off aquatic life and changing the water color to match the dye the textile mills were using that day. The river’s dramatic turnaround …

It’s Good to Be the King: Raider Is Tops in D-II Girls Hoop

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lebanon — Having one New Hampshire girls basketball player of the year is nice, but Lebanon High is starting to make a habit out of it. For the second straight winter, a Raider drew enough notice from the …

Dorchester Residents OK Town Hall Repairs

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dorchester — All spending articles passed with a voice vote on Saturday, including appropriations that will allow the town to make repairs to Town Hall and create new, digital tax maps. Voters met at Town Hall and approved the $437,602 budget. They also gave permission to appropriate $15,000 …

As Snow Days Pile Up, School Districts Fret About Schedules

Friday, March 14, 2014

Upper Valley youngsters might be jumping for joy with each additional snow day this winter — including back-to-back days off for many this week — but school administrators are wringing their hands as frequent storms have wreaked havoc with school calendars. Indeed, some districts are scheduled to end …

Mascoma Supporters Celebrate

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

West Canaan — After learning that the Mascoma High renovation bond passed by 63 percent, School Board member Cookie Hebert stopped at the high school on her way home from the SAU’s administrative office and sat in the empty parking lot and looked up at the school. “To …

Dorchester Vote on Spending Set for Saturday

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dorchester — Maria Weick won the sole open Selectboard seat in one of several uncontested races for town offices on Tuesday. Weick will join the three-person board, replacing the outgoing Vice Chairman Michael Mock. While Weick was the only name on the ballot for the three-year Selectboard seat …

Mascoma Renovation Approved; Larger Towns Provide Margin

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Canaan — Boosted by a strong turnout in Enfield and Canaan, Mascoma Valley voters Tuesday finally rallied enough support to approve a $21.5 million renovation of Mascoma Valley Regional High School. In unofficial results, the measure won 63 …

Pellet Shortage Affecting Consumers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Claremont — As winter lingers through March, some of those who heat with wood pellets are finding it difficult to obtain the fuel. “I very seldom run out; this year I did,” said Julie Roberts, a Claremont resident who has been heating her home primarily with wood pellets …