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Football coach Les Lawrence speaks to his Lebanon team during practice in Lebanon, N.H., on Aug. 17, 2000. (Valley News - Amy Thompson)

‘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 veteran of more than three decades, Lawrence officially took over as Mascoma High’s new gridiron boss when he was approved by the …

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 started when the mills began closing and continued with the passage of the Clean Water …

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 NHIAA Division II coaching fraternity to win the honor, this time going to senior forward …

Engagement: Westover — Young

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Enfield — Suzette Densmore, of Enfield, and Shawn Westover, of West Lebanon, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Sara J. Westover, to Alex C. Young. The bride-to-be is a resident of Enfield. She graduated from Mascoma Valley …

Lion of Summer: Ackerman Named N.H. Cup Coach

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

West Lebanon — Longtime Woodsville High boys soccer coach Mike Ackerman has an appointment with New Hampshire’s top players next summer. In addition to being named the New Hampshire Division IV coach of the year, Ackerman was also …

Letter: Support Food-Labeling Bill

Monday, November 11, 2013

To the Editor: In case you haven’t heard, a New Hampshire legislative committee is now debating HB 660, a bill concerning the labeling of food with genetically modified organisms that would allow for informed consumer choices, which is necessary for the free market to work. As a retired …

Tigers Reach D-III Tourney

Sunday, November 3, 2013

West Caanan — The Newport High football team turned three of the four Mascoma fumbles into scores as the Tigers defeated the Royals 42-14 in a winner-take-all game Saturday. “You just can’t turn the ball over that many times and win a football game,” Royals coach Ray Kershaw …

Medical Clinic Proposed for Mascoma Area

Monday, October 21, 2013

Canaan — Officials in the Mascoma River Valley are asking residents to promise they would seek medical care at a proposed health clinic in order to help attract funding and professional staff for the center. Dubbed “Mascoma Community Healthcare,” the clinic would offer a full range of services …

One Last Time Around : Canaan Stages Its Final Show, Possibly

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Canaan — Two-year-old Layla Hatch stood against the chain-link fence next to Canaan Fair Speedway’s pit entrance yesterday, marveling at the Modifieds waiting to enter the dirt oval for one final race. “Vroom! Vroom!” Hatch said as the …

Letter: Mascoma Board Wastes Another Year

Sunday, October 13, 2013

To the Editor: The responses published on Oct. 5 to Malcolm Love’s letter demonstrate that these gentlemen failed to fully read any of his “epistles.” Insulting independent thinkers (“minions”) and saying that they “don’t support education” and “will never support the renovation” are not half-truths, but total nonsense. …

Letter: A Focus on Indian River Scores

Friday, October 11, 2013

To the Editor: There are some facts relating to the Department of Education’s designation of “focus schools” that were not reported in Valley News articles published in September. Under the terms of the No Child Left Behind waiver, the state had to create its own criteria and system …

Cards Show Their Versatility

Sunday, October 6, 2013

West Canaan — Conservative by nature, Stevens High football coach Paul Silva didn’t plan on building a two-headed monster this season. Like it or not, he has one. OK. He likes it. On any given weekend, the Cardinals …

Letter: Right Time for Mascoma Renovation

Saturday, October 5, 2013

To the Editor: I just read the latest epistle from Malcolm Love (“New Mascoma Plan Unaffordable,” Oct. 1), the Mascoma Regional School District’s resident supporter of substandard high school buildings. As usual, he pontificates about the supposed harm a renovated school would cause so many residents but completely …