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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 …

Forum, Sept. 12: Solar Power Looks Good to Me; Hartford Police Academy; Hard Times for College Grads

Friday, September 12, 2014

Solar Power Looks Good to Me To the Editor: The SunCommon solar company is in negotiation with a neighbor in East Barnard and we are unsure whether to remain part of the global warming problem or become part of the solution. New technology can be upsetting. Vermont has accepted many past changes in our landscape. Handsome blue Harvestore silos, for instance, were considered …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

Tie Vote Forces Recount in Grafton

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Grafton — Officials will convene at the town office building tonight to recount votes for an article that resulted in a tie during ballot voting at Town Meeting last week. The Selectboard, town clerk and moderator will gather at 5:30 p.m. to recount the 562 votes cast on …

Letter: Building Together in Mascoma

Friday, March 14, 2014

To the Editor: In today’s times, standing for what we believe in and sharing our beliefs with the general public is risky but more important than ever. Mascoma school renovation has long been debated within our community. This subject has created allies and has divided neighbors from one …

As Snow Days Pile Up, School Districts Fret About Schedules

Friday, March 14, 2014

Upper Valley youngsters might be jumping for joy with each additional snow day this winter — including back-to-back days off for many this week — but school administrators are wringing their hands as frequent storms have wreaked havoc with school calendars. Indeed, some districts are scheduled to end …

Mascoma Supporters Celebrate

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

West Canaan — After learning that the Mascoma High renovation bond passed by 63 percent, School Board member Cookie Hebert stopped at the high school on her way home from the SAU’s administrative office and sat in the empty parking lot and looked up at the school. “To …

Grafton Rejects All 3 Town Office Proposals

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Grafton — Voters on Tuesday rejected all three proposals to solve space problems and remedy code violations at the town office building. One of the options, which asked taxpayers to appropriate $12,000 to fix the most immediate violations, …

Mascoma Renovation Approved; Larger Towns Provide Margin

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Canaan — Boosted by a strong turnout in Enfield and Canaan, Mascoma Valley voters Tuesday finally rallied enough support to approve a $21.5 million renovation of Mascoma Valley Regional High School. In unofficial results, the measure won 63 …

Pellet Shortage Affecting Consumers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Claremont — As winter lingers through March, some of those who heat with wood pellets are finding it difficult to obtain the fuel. “I very seldom run out; this year I did,” said Julie Roberts, a Claremont resident who has been heating her home primarily with wood pellets …