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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 …

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 …

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, …

Restoration Projects Get Heritage Matching Grants

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Historic restoration projects in Grafton and Lempster and a conservation project in Piermont recently received grants from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. The program, known as LCHIP, provides communities with matching funds to preserve historic buildings and conserve key parcels of land. The Grafton …

Grandparents Brag: Feb. 16, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

TOBIN — A granddaughter, Kayla Noelle Tobin, born Dec. 11, 2013, to paternal grandparents Patricia and Dennis Tobin, of Hanover, and maternal grandparents Martha and Thomas Horan, of Dracut, Mass. KEENAN — A grandson, Liam Emerson Keenan, born Jan. 9, 2014, to paternal grandparents Jon and John Keenan, …

Letter: Vote Down the Free Staters

Thursday, February 13, 2014

To the Editor: It was clear at the Grafton deliberative session last Saturday that the vast majority of townsfolk were thoroughly disgusted with the shamelessly obstructionist attitude the Free Staters took, which is what they always do because of their lack of a more productive and respectful pastime. …

Letters: Vote Down the Free Staters

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Vote Down the Free Staters To the Editor: It was clear at the Grafton deliberative session last Saturday that the vast majority of townsfolk were thoroughly disgusted with the shamelessly obstructionist attitude the Free Staters took, which is what they always do because of their lack of a …

Letter: Gambling Isn’t Free

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

To the Editor: While the New Hampshire Legislature is hotly pursuing the idea of raising state revenue through gambling at casinos, I’d like to see the Valley News do a risk/benefit analysis that compares gambling with new taxes — income or sales. My two cents about depending on …

Letter: A Disconnect on Energy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

To the Editor: So let me get this straight: We’re against wind turbines, we’re against hydropower from Northern Pass, we’re against the Keystone XL Pipeline, we’re against Vermont Yankee nuclear, we’re against fracking, and we don’t want to take military action in oil-rich nations’ squabbles. So let’s see, …