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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 …

Tigers Hang On, Stay Spotless in D-III

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

West Canaan — Without a second source of scoring, the Newport High boys basketball team’s 24-hour reign atop NHIAA Division III might have ended in 36 minutes. Ever since a breakout performance at Keene State College’s Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament last month, however, Newport junior Spencer Coronis has …

Letter: A Third Option for Mascoma High

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

To the Editor: It’s almost time to vote for renovations at Mascoma Valley Regional High School. This will be the third vote for a plan to save the school from losing its accreditation. The School Board has put on a full court press to pass this bond. Albert …

Short of Goal, Mascoma Clinic Organizers Extend Sign-Up Date

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Canaan — More than 1,000 residents in the Mascoma Valley have pledged their support behind a proposed health center in the area, though the project organizers want more to sign on before they seek funding to build it. Organizers had hoped to collect 1,600 signatures from potential patients …

Tuesday’s Local & Regional Briefs

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mascoma School District To Hold Budget Meeting Canaan — Mascoma Valley Regional School District officials are putting forward a $22.8 million budget for next year. The budget for the 2014-15 school year represents an increase of $778,697 — or 3.5 percent — over the current year. Mascoma budget …

Mascoma Faces ‘Critical Vote’

Sunday, January 12, 2014

West Canaan — After close-call defeats in 2012 and 2013, the Mascoma Valley Regional School District and supporters of the district’s plan for a $21.5 million overhaul of the 51-year-old regional high school are crossing their fingers that …

Flory’s Flurry Leads Hanover

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hanover — Hanover’s John Flory had one of those games that will stay in the memory bank for a long time. During Saturday’s championship game at the Connecticut River Shootout, Flory’s Marauders were trailing Mascoma 26-18 with five …

Hanover Pops Stevens

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hanover — Former New Hampshire Class I boys basketball rivals Stevens and Hanover met for the first time in nearly six years Friday night as they tussled in the opening round of the Connecticut River Shootout. The Marauders were the only ones celebrating the reunion in their 69-38 …

Mascoma Football Coach Ends Successful Run

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

West Canaan — Ray Kershaw told Mascoma High officials when they hired him as football coach that he expected to be on the job for no more than three to five years. So his decision to depart is …

Mascoma High School Loses Heat Due to Issue With New System

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

West Canaan — It was a chilly Monday morning for Mascoma High School students, teachers and staff when the school’s new wood pellet and oil burners briefly malfunctioned. Superintendent Patrick Andrew said students arrived to temperatures of about 52 degrees Fahrenheit, but around noon, the thermometer had risen …

Mascoma Girls Stand Tall, Win Home Opener

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

West Canaan — Early season play doesn’t normally elicit brilliant execution, and Tuesday night’s girls basketball matchup between New Hampshire Division III rivals Kearsarge and Mascoma was right on par. The teams combined for 48 turnovers and struggled …