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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 …

Mascoma Football Coach Ends Successful Run

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

West Canaan — Ray Kershaw told Mascoma High officials when they hired him as football coach that he expected to be on the job for no more than three to five years. So his decision to depart is …

Mascoma High School Loses Heat Due to Issue With New System

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

West Canaan — It was a chilly Monday morning for Mascoma High School students, teachers and staff when the school’s new wood pellet and oil burners briefly malfunctioned. Superintendent Patrick Andrew said students arrived to temperatures of about 52 degrees Fahrenheit, but around noon, the thermometer had risen …

Norman “Hunka” Hadlock

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Orange, N.H. — Norman “Hunka” Hadlock, 72, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Arrangements are pending with the Ricker Funeral Home & Crematory of Lebanon, N.H. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition. …

Mascoma Girls Stand Tall, Win Home Opener

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

West Canaan — Early season play doesn’t normally elicit brilliant execution, and Tuesday night’s girls basketball matchup between New Hampshire Division III rivals Kearsarge and Mascoma was right on par. The teams combined for 48 turnovers and struggled …

Mascoma High School Honor Roll

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mascoma Valley Regional High School first-quarter honors: Highest Honors Grade 12: Kimberly Alley, Benjamin Bonner, Demora Dessert, Kyle Kosiorek, Michaela Parrish, Hailey Roberts. Grade 11: Garrett Albano, Jacob Fox, Olivia Powers, Alaina Shelzi, Kerry Wheeler, Karina Zawlinski. Grade10: Caelis Barsaleau, Jeremy Batten, Emma Bianco, Ching Wing Cheng, Madison …

Worrell Is D-III Coach Of the Year

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Nobody asked all that much from Ramsey Worrell this autumn. Just take over the Woodstock High football program from the man who coached it to a boatload of state championships over more than three decades. And keep the Wasps competitive. And near the top of Vermont Division III. …

Community Rallies for Coach Kehoe

Saturday, November 30, 2013

West Canaan — The night belonged to Ed Kehoe. And he was loving it. The night after Thanksgiving, and the Mascoma Regional High gym was packed with a standing-room only crowd. They came to cheer for the basketball, …

Lion of Summer: Ackerman Named N.H. Cup Coach

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

West Lebanon — Longtime Woodsville High boys soccer coach Mike Ackerman has an appointment with New Hampshire’s top players next summer. In addition to being named the New Hampshire Division IV coach of the year, Ackerman was also …

Tigers Reach D-III Tourney

Sunday, November 3, 2013

West Caanan — The Newport High football team turned three of the four Mascoma fumbles into scores as the Tigers defeated the Royals 42-14 in a winner-take-all game Saturday. “You just can’t turn the ball over that many times and win a football game,” Royals coach Ray Kershaw …

Medical Clinic Proposed for Mascoma Area

Monday, October 21, 2013

Canaan — Officials in the Mascoma River Valley are asking residents to promise they would seek medical care at a proposed health clinic in order to help attract funding and professional staff for the center. Dubbed “Mascoma Community Healthcare,” the clinic would offer a full range of services …