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Finding Friendly's closed, Carrie Ballou, of South Royalton, Vt., walks back to her car on Oct. 20, 2014, in West Lebanon, N.H. Ballou was there with her niece. She said they were regular patrons and liked the restaurant, and they would now have to find a new place to eat. 
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

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 restaurant’s lights off and its chairs stacked on the tables. Ballou, who was there with her niece, said they were regular patrons …

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 Rutland, Vt., the heroin being trafficked in the Upper Valley may have been laced with …

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 to study martial arts for three years in a dojo,” said Spaulding. “I 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 …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Events at VA Medical Center Will Support Homeless Veterans White River Junction — A free event to support homeless Vermont veterans is set for Tuesday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River …

People in Business: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Daniel Stannard, of Hanover, has joined Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank as vice president and senior loan officer. Stannard will oversee the bank’s consumer, residential and commercial loan portfolios, and work from the bank’s Central Street office in Woodsville. …

Lebanon Details Lot Proposal

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lebanon — Downtown business owners reacted positively on Friday to a city plan to close off several parking spaces near the pedestrian mall because of structural problems with an old railroad tunnel that runs under the lot. Shawn …

Kennett Rules Lebanon in Battle of Playoff Contenders

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lebanon — Enthused for senior night, Lebanon High’s student section roared loudly from behind the north end zone during the Raiders’ regular season home finale against Kennett on Friday night. Unfortunately for Lebanon, Kennett’s performance on the field was the most resonating statement. Both physically and on the …

Work Hard, Play Hard

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Henry Swan, 6, left, and his sister Stella, 4, play while their mom, Kristin, and their brother Abel, 2, rake leaves in their front yard in West Lebanon earlier this week. Henry and Stella had an extra day …