L/rain
47°
L/rain
Hi 50° | Lo 34°

Lebanon

Artist Coralea "Corky" Wennberg stands among her "River Paintings" at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H., on Oct. 21, 2014. Wennberg's paintings will be on display through Nov. 14. (

Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Art Notes: Time With the River; Coralea Wennberg’s Paintings of the Connecticut at AVA

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The artist Coralea Wennberg, whose show of vibrant landscape paintings is currently on view at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, began her career, not as a painter, but as a lawyer. It’s the kind of fork-in-the-road story that compels people’s attention because we don’t always associate the two professions with one another. But, Wennberg said in …

DHMC Readies Ebola Team

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lebanon — State officials have designated Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as New Hampshire’s referral hospital for any potential case of Ebola. The designation by the Department of Health and Human Services means that residents should still call or visit their normal health care facilities if they are feeling ill, but that if an Ebola patient is identified at a smaller hospital, he or she …

Hassan Warns Against GOP Return

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

West Lebanon — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan warned Tuesday that the policies of her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein would “blow a hole” in the state’s budget and also empower former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who hopes to regain his post. During a meeting with Valley News reporters and editors, Hassan, a …

John C. Coffrin

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ascutney, Vt. — John C. Coffrin, 86, a long-time resident of Lebanon, N.H., died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at the Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield, Vt. He was born Oct. 30, 1927, to Mabel Nettie (Owen) and John Coffrin Sr. in Calais, Vt. John joined the …

Mary “Mimi” (McQuiston) MacNamee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lebanon, NH — Mary “Mimi” (McQuiston) MacNamee died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Harvest Hill, from complications due to stroke. She was born in 1925 in Erie, Pa., to Daniel and Helene (Johnson) McQuiston. As a child, she was a walking oxymoron: pathologically shy yet quite a tomboy, …

Friendly’s Closes Its Doors

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

After nearly 30 years of operation in West Lebanon’s Route 12A corridor, Friendly’s West Lebanon has closed its doors. Finding Friendly’s closed, Carrie Ballou, of South Royalton, Vt., walks back to her car on Monday after finding the …

Hartford Police Eye Possibly Tainted Heroin in Overdoses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hartford — After two deaths and seven other heroin-related overdoses in the Upper Valley this month, police are concerned that drugs being circulated may be tainted. Hartford police are awaiting the test results of a heroin sample, which should shed light on possible contaminants. Based on reports in …

Learning Self-Defense

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Collin Farnsworth, of Windsor, right, practices defending himself against a simulated gun attack with instructor Christopher Spaulding during a free course for member appreciation day at KDR Fitness in Lebanon on Saturday. “I don’t think people should have …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Emerge Family Advocates Board Agrees to Resign White River Junction — The board of Emerge Family Advocates, a nonprofit that provides parental visitation services, has agreed to resign in the wake of accusations that the nonprofit’s executive director, Raymona Russell, overpaid herself to the tune of $5,000 to …

A Life: Richard “Dick” Piontek, 1937-2013; Bricklayer, Physicist ‘Got the Job Done, No Matter What It Took’

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lebanon — Last year, Richard “Dick” Piontek saw an amusing T-shirt in a catalogue that challenged observers to “find X,” the dimension of one side of a triangle. The shirt designer had circled the “X” and written, in …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, …

Deciding Who They Want to Be: Young Adults With Special Needs Make Transition From School

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Leah Wright, 22, has spent the past few months settling back into the town she lived in until she was 11. After graduating from Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts, she returned to Windsor, where she and …

8 on the Ballot For Lebanon’s 4 House Seats

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lebanon — Four Republicans are challenging Democrats’ hold on Lebanon’s four New Hampshire House seats, citing concerns over state spending. In contrast, the four Democrats on the ballot say some spending, which they call “investment,” is necessary to …