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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 …

Balanced Royals Roll Into D-III Quarterfinals

Friday, March 7, 2014

Canaan — “All man, all the time. Total accountability.” Mascoma Regional High boys basketball coach Jim Barry was talking about his team’s defensive philosophy following the Royals’ 59-43 win over Laconia in an NHIAA Division III second-round matchup on Thursday night, but his words rang equally true regarding …

Mascoma River Summit Is April 5 At the Cardigan Mountain School

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Canaan — A summit to bring together organizations located in the Mascoma River watershed will take place April 5, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Cardigan Mountain School. The free event, which includes lunch, will be hosted by the Mascoma River Local Advisory Committee. The committee is authorized by …

Offsets Benefit Dorchester

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Dorchester Town Meeting voters will elect town officials by paper ballot from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 at Town Hall. Voting on the remaining warrant articles will be conducted from the floor on Saturday, …

Mascoma Financing Has Twist

Saturday, March 1, 2014

West Canaan — In order to minimize the tax impact from the proposed $21.5 million renovation of Mascoma Valley Regional High School, school officials have been working with Mascoma Savings Bank on three staggered loans intended to capitalize on today’s low interest rates. If at least 60 percent …

Mascoma High Proposal Returns

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ballot voting for the Mascoma Valley Regional School District will be on Tuesday, March 11. Polls will be open in the following locations: Canaan Fire Station (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.); Dorchester Town Hall (11 a.m. to 7 …

Tigers Squeak Past Royals for a Third Time

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

West Canaan — It’s hard to beat an opponent three times in the same season. In Tuesday night’s NHIAA Division III girls basketball playoff opener against Mascoma, the Newport High girls basketball team made it even harder on themselves with poor free-throw shooting and turnovers. In the end, …

Letter: Important N.H. Bill on Campaign Finance

Saturday, February 15, 2014

To the Editor: Last Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 120 in a bipartisan vote of 19 to 4. If approved by the House, this bill will effectively require that all the largest special-interest groups report their expenditures for all to see. Finally, New Hampshire residents will …

Local Roundup: Spartans Hold Off Lebanon

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pembroke, n.h. — A matchup of the top two boys basketball teams in NHIAA Division II didn’t go Lebanon High’s way Tuesday, but coach Kieth Matte said his troops put up a strong fight during a rough-and-tumble clash. …

Mascoma School District Voters Tee Up Bond Issue for 4th Time

Sunday, February 2, 2014

West Canaan — No substantive changes were made to the Mascoma School District warrant during a deliberative session Saturday, though a minority of people in attendance voiced strong and sometimes heated opposition to the proposed renovation of the …

Convicted Killer in N.H. To Face Murder Charge

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

North Haverhill — A Grafton County native who has already been convicted of killing two women in Massachusetts pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the stabbing death of a Plymouth, N.H., woman more than two decades ago. Craig W. Conkey, 47, has been moved from a Massachusetts prison …