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Paul Alan Hedstrom

Friday, July 11, 2014

Grafton, N.H. — Paul Alan Hedstrom, age 69, of Grafton passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2014, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. Paul was born March 27, 1945, in Chicago Ill., the son of Vern J. Hedstrom and Vera Erickson Hedstrom. The family moved to Wheaton in 1951. He graduated from Wheaton Community High School in 1963 and the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana in 1968 with a degree in …

Forum, July 9: The Dangers of Alcohol; Co-op Shoppers; Amtrak on Track

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Dangers of Alcohol To the Editor: The article, “Addiction and Alcoholism Hit Men, Women Differently” on June 30 failed to mention the chief differences between men and women — pregnancy and nursing. The effects of alcohol on a developing fetus unfortunately can be devastating. Everyone should know about the dangers of alcohol during pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control states, “There is …

Free Speech Issue, Antics Put Keene in Media Spotlight

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Keene, n.h. — It’s been more than a year since the city of Keene and a local group of activists first fought over downtown parking meters, yet the story lives on. The saga of the activists, dubbed “Robin Hooders,” has played out in the national media on Good Morning America, the Huffington Post, …

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, …

Richard J. Alexander

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Grafton, N.H. — Richard J. Alexander, 81, of Grafton passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at the Hanover Terrace after a period of failing health. He was born on Oct. 14, 1932, in Claremont, N.H. to Arthur and Helen Alexander. He attended local schools, graduating from Towle …

Grafton Meeting Gets Testy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Grafton — Grafton kicked off its Town Meeting season by having the chairman of its Planning Board escorted out of Saturday’s deliberative session by police. Brian Fellers, who has been a member of the Planning Board since at …

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. …

5 Charged in Etna Scrap Metal Thefts

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Etna — Five men from Canaan and Grafton have been arrested and charged with stealing copper and other scrap metal from a Hypertherm storage dumpster following a police stake-out this past weekend. All of the men were arraigned Monday at Lebanon District Court and held in lieu of …

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 …

Town Offices Up for a Vote

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Grafton — With the town under the gun from the state to solve space problems and health hazards at its municipal office building, voters at Town Meeting will face choices ranging from a $296,000 do-over to a $112,000 …

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 …