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Lebanon High School junior Jill Dion, 16 hugs volunteer Michael Whitman of Lyme at the conclusion of the Upper Valley Suicide Walk for Awareness in Lebanon's Colburn Park Sunday, September 7, 2014. Dion, one of the event's primary organizers this year, cited her experiences with several friends who have considered suicide, and the support she received from staff at Lebanon High School as reasons for her involvement in the event. "It's a really busy time of the year, but this has really become a priority," she said.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Reading the Signs: Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness of Suicide

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lebanon — Sunday afternoon found drivers slowing down to read the big yellow signs lining Route 120 . “Talking about being a burden to others,” one read. “Give a hug,” another said. Part of the annual Upper Valley Suicide Walk for Awareness, the posters listed warning signs that someone may be considering suicide and strategies for preventing it. Rather than …

Soaked, and Satisfied: Newport Football Cruises Past Mascoma

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newport — To keep the football somewhat dry Saturday, officials at the contest between Newport High and Mascoma draped a white towel over the pigskin between plays. With three or four of the zebras huddled nearby and staring downward, the area had a crime-scene feel. All that was needed was a couple old-time …

Free State Project Republican Runs 'Protest Campaign' for N.H. Senate from Florida

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grafton — The Free State Project activist challenging state Sen. Jeanie Forrester in New Hampshire’s Sept. 9 Republican primary is running what he calls a “protest campaign” from his home in Florida. Although Tim Condon, R-Grafton, wants Forrester to rethink her voting record, by no means does he intend to replace her. “If …

Orange Voters Approve Zoning Rule Changes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Orange — Residents overwhelmingly approved a change to the zoning ordinance that will align the town’s definition of a junkyard with state law. While the previous wording of the ordinance focused solely on automobiles, the updated one expands the definition of a junkyard to include scrapped metal, machines …

Mascoma Renovation Approved; Larger Towns Provide Margin

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Canaan — Boosted by a strong turnout in Enfield and Canaan, Mascoma Valley voters Tuesday finally rallied enough support to approve a $21.5 million renovation of Mascoma Valley Regional High School. In unofficial results, the measure won 63 …

Pellet Shortage Affecting Consumers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Claremont — As winter lingers through March, some of those who heat with wood pellets are finding it difficult to obtain the fuel. “I very seldom run out; this year I did,” said Julie Roberts, a Claremont resident who has been heating her home primarily with wood pellets …

Balanced Royals Roll Into D-III Quarterfinals

Friday, March 7, 2014

Canaan — “All man, all the time. Total accountability.” Mascoma Regional High boys basketball coach Jim Barry was talking about his team’s defensive philosophy following the Royals’ 59-43 win over Laconia in an NHIAA Division III second-round matchup on Thursday night, but his words rang equally true regarding …

Mascoma River Summit Is April 5 At the Cardigan Mountain School

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Canaan — A summit to bring together organizations located in the Mascoma River watershed will take place April 5, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Cardigan Mountain School. The free event, which includes lunch, will be hosted by the Mascoma River Local Advisory Committee. The committee is authorized by …

Mascoma Financing Has Twist

Saturday, March 1, 2014

West Canaan — In order to minimize the tax impact from the proposed $21.5 million renovation of Mascoma Valley Regional High School, school officials have been working with Mascoma Savings Bank on three staggered loans intended to capitalize on today’s low interest rates. If at least 60 percent …

Mascoma High Proposal Returns

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ballot voting for the Mascoma Valley Regional School District will be on Tuesday, March 11. Polls will be open in the following locations: Canaan Fire Station (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.); Dorchester Town Hall (11 a.m. to 7 …

Tigers Squeak Past Royals for a Third Time

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

West Canaan — It’s hard to beat an opponent three times in the same season. In Tuesday night’s NHIAA Division III girls basketball playoff opener against Mascoma, the Newport High girls basketball team made it even harder on themselves with poor free-throw shooting and turnovers. In the end, …

Orange Budget Up 3 Percent

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ballot voting for town officers and on an amendment to the town zoning ordinance will be on March 11 at the Orange Town House from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The business meeting on the rest of the …

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. …