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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 …

Feet of Strength: Lebanon Runs, Kicks Past Hanover

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lebanon — In sophomore Ryan Milliken, the Lebanon High football team always has two legs up on the competition. In senior Tanner Simms, the Raiders can also put their best foot forward. Milliken continued to reward Lebanon coach …

Lebanon Board Hires Interim Special Ed Director

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lebanon — Following the abrupt departure of the Lebanon School District’s director of special education last month, the School Board approved the hiring of a part-time interim director for the remainder of the school year at its meeting Wednesday. The board’s unanimous approval of Helene Anzalone’s unusually timed …

Vets Donate New Flagpole to Lebanon High

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lebanon — The Lebanon School Board accepted a donation for a new flagpole for the high school from area veterans at its Wednesday meeting. During the meeting, School Board Chairman Jeff Peavey described the $800 donation from the American Legion Guyer-Carignan Post 22, located on Mechanic Street, as …

Mt. Ascutney Renovations OK’d

Friday, October 10, 2014

Montpelier — The state’s Green Mountain Care Board met Thursday and readily approved Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center’s plan to spend $6 million on renovations — but only after pausing to reflect on the adequacy of the …

Hanover Rides Depth to Another D-II Golf Crown

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Portsmouth, n.h. — The Hanover High golf team has excelled in recent years thanks in large part to superior depth. Windham keeps suffering the consequences of that at the NHIAA Division II championship tournament. Five Hanover golfers shot …

Judge Halts Headrest Move

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lebanon — A judge has ordered a city land-use board to rehear a request by a substance abuse treatment center to relocate within a residential neighborhood, after the city admitted flaws in the board’s procedures. The rehearing is …

Fire Officials: Checking Smoke Alarms Could Save Your Life

Thursday, October 9, 2014

White River Junction —Functional smoke alarms increase a person’s chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent, and almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with missing, broken or un-powered smoke alarms. That’s according to research from the National Fire Protection Association, which …

Expanding the Harvest: Vermont Law School Studies How to Get Local Food to Needy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This time of year, Heather Bagley cobbles together a handful of volunteers and heads out to the fields and orchards for the leftovers. Generally, the groups are small, and frequently the faces are the same, but the results …

Welch: U.S. Can’t Be Reactionary in Syria

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

West Lebanon — It will take diplomacy and counterterrorism measures, not a military invasion force, to defeat Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, according to U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., who spoke about the conflict during an …

Ruth Flint Fitchet Mead

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lebanon, N.H. — Ruth Flint Fitchet Mead, age 89, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at Harvest Hill Retirement Center in Lebanon. The daughter of Roger Flint and Alice Lauterbach Flint of Newton Centre, Mass., she was a nationally ranked junior pairs figure skater who represented The Skating Club …