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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 …

Group Seeks Wind Farm Delay

Monday, January 13, 2014

Grafton — A New Hampshire land conservation organization wants to suspend a state review of a wind energy project to install turbines that would be visible from parts of Grafton, for about a year. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, a nonprofit organization, filed the …

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 …

Grafton, N.H., Man Going to Prison for Sex Assault Against Minor

Friday, January 10, 2014

North Haverhill — A 39-year-old Grafton man will serve 10 to 20 years in the New Hampshire State Prison after a Grafton County Superior Court jury convicted him in October of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts …

Post Offices Likely to Cut Hours

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Thetford — In a continuing effort to cut costs, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed scaling back weekday counter service hours at 15 Upper Valley post offices, mostly in Vermont. That’s on top of 17 other post office …

Letter: Those ‘Critical’ Positions in Claremont

Sunday, December 29, 2013

To the Editor: I am writing in response to the Dec. 18 Valley News article concerning the hiring of “three student services coordinator” (“New Faculty Spots Sought In Claremont.”) I was puzzled as to what such a position en tails. Are there three students who require services coordinating, …

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 …

Inis M. Laware

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Belmont, N.H. — Inis M. Laware, 94, of Belmont passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Mrs. Laware was born in Orange, N.H. on April 29, 1919, to Sylvanous R. and Ora E. (Tucker) Gallup. She married the late Daniel H. Downes of Grafton, N.H., on Feb. 10, …

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 …