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Participants and caregivers from Zack's Place and Spark Community Center, take a leasurly four mile hike on the Northern Rail Trail in Andover, N.H., on May 27, 2015. 
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A Spark of Brilliance: Groups Team Up for Rail Trail Hike

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Andover, n.h. — Spark! Community Center co-founder Lisa Green prefers flat, easy trails when she goes hiking while her autistic and epileptic son, 23-year-old Patrick, favors more vigorous climbs. It’s mom who’s getting the desired terrain for the first initiative of the Spark/Zack’s Place Outing Club. In a unique collaboration between nonprofit enrichment centers — Zack’s Place is located in Woodstock, Spark in Lebanon — the club is hiking the western-most 40 miles or so of the Northern Rail Trail, New Hampshire’s multi-use recreation pathway covering 48 miles in total between Boscawen and downtown Lebanon. The group was made possible by a grant from energy …

For Slayton Hill Residents, Peace of Mind Worth Wait

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lebanon — Nearly two years after severe storms washed out Slayton Hill Road, the dust and noise of construction have become a way of life for the road’s residents. City officials acknowledged that some residents have complained about dust, bumpy roads and blocked access to their driveways, but said contractors have taken steps …

Dorothy E. Gattie

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

West Lebanon, N.H. — Dorothy E. Gattie, 93, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at home surrounded by family. Arrangements are pending with the Ricker Funeral Homes and Crematory of Lebanon. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of the Valley News. …

Lebanon Sets Locations for Pot Dispensaries

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lebanon — City councilors voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt changes to the city’s zoning ordinance designating areas that would be best suited for a medical marijuana dispensary to set up shop. A state law that went into effect in 2013 allows for up to four dispensaries and …

Francis A. Lovely

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lancaster, N.H. — Francis A. Lovely, 71, formerly of Lebanon, N.H. died Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. He was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Hanover, N.H. a son of Merton Ellsworth Lovely and Etta Annabella (Dunham) Lovely. Francis graduated from Lebanon High …

Howard W. Logan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lebanon, N.H. — The graveside committal service for Howard W. Logan, 92, who died Jan. 8, 2015, will be a private service at the request of the family. Condolences may be expressed in an online guest book @www.rickerfuneralhome.com …

Auction Today for Lebanon College

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lebanon — The future of the former Lebanon College buildings in the heart of the city’s downtown may be determined today at auction. “My hope is that whoever buys the building will keep it as an educational center,” said Robert Craig Baum, a Lebanon resident and former academic …

Rumors of Motorcycle Group Conflict Close West Lebanon Applebee’s

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

West Lebanon — A Route 12A restaurant elected to close early on Tuesday after police received a tip that there may be a clash between two motorcycle groups during a planned fundraising event, Lebanon police said on Tuesday. Lebanon police Lt. Phil Roberts said he heard from an …

Lebanon’s Little Store Under New Management

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lebanon — The new proprietor of The Little Store of Lebanon has begun work to transform the nearly 100-year-old neighborhood market into a deli and bakery. Ami Moore’s vision for the Route 120 landmark, which is set to …

Local Roundup: Hartford Baseball Drops First of Season

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

White River Junction — Be careful for what you wish, as the Hartford High baseball team found out Monday during a 4-2 loss to Mount Anthony. The setback was the Hurricanes’ first of the season, dropping them to …

Grafton County Proposes Budget

Monday, May 18, 2015

North Haverhill — Grafton County’s commissioners have proposed a fiscal year 2016 budget of $40.1 million, a 2.9 percent increase over the current year that arises largely from mandatory increases in human services, health care and salary costs. A significant portion of the budget also stems from discretionary …

Lebanon High School’s New Principal Knows District Well

Monday, May 18, 2015

Lebanon — The current dean of students at Hanover High School will take up leadership of Lebanon High School next school year, following the School Board’s unanimous approval of his hiring last week. Ian Smith — a Lebanon …

At the Hospitals: May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Among ‘Outstanding Americans’ Lebanon — Dr. James Weinstein, chief executive officer and president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. This …