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Artist Katherine Johnson paints a braided rug she made at her home in Piermont, N.H., on March, 13, 2014. Johnson was using fabric paint to portray fire embers. Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

Unapologetic Piermont Artist, 78, Leaving in Search of Respect, Recognition

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Piermont — In many ways, the former chicken farm on Route 25 has proven a perfect home for self-taught artist Katherine Johnson. She rotates her medium every few months, and the rambling farmhouse has a place for everything — a sunny spot for painting, a “winter room” for displaying pieces depicting the season, and good eastern light for fabric art, …

This Is Spring? Weather Forces High School Teams to Improvise

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The calendar says spring; the schedule says play ball. Mother Nature says fat chance. Welcome to the spring sports season in the Upper Valley — if you can call it that. Area teams on both sides of the Connecticut River opened spring practice this week. But instead of green diamonds, manicured greens, prepared …

It’s Good to Be the King: Raider Is Tops in D-II Girls Hoop

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lebanon — Having one New Hampshire girls basketball player of the year is nice, but Lebanon High is starting to make a habit out of it. For the second straight winter, a Raider drew enough notice from the NHIAA Division II coaching fraternity to win the honor, this time going to senior forward …

A Climb To Fight Cancer

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Last winter, the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s Reach for the Peaks event sent cancer research and treatment supporters to Africa for a group ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. This weekend, the cause comes much closer to home. A group of 25 will stay together at Mount Moosilauke’s …

A Small Publisher Seeks a Big Book

Friday, September 27, 2013

Book publishing has become something of a bruising business, especially for the small fish. A handful of giant companies control most of the market, and the greater ease and lower cost of self-publishing has made it an increasingly …

Kevin Sean Ball

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Glencliff, N.H. — Kevin Sean Ball, 28, died unexpectedly in Piermont, N.H., on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. He was born in Hanover, N.H., on June 17, 1985, to James E. and Elaine (Spencer) Ball. On April 5, 2008, he married Christina LaPointe. Kevin worked as an auto mechanic …

Letter: A Strike Will Achieve Nothing

Friday, September 6, 2013

To the Editor: The only reason the United States should intervene militarily in another country is if our national interests there are crucial, and the only justification for intervention is a real expectation that our intervention will have a good result. Our interest in Syria is clear. Just …

Letter: Democracy Is Hard, Not Easy

Sunday, August 18, 2013

To the Editor: When I was a new Foreign Service Officer, I had an experience that taught me an important lesson which, if I can tell it right, may be equally useful for readers. It was Seoul, Korea, 1981. Ronald Reagan was president, and had decreed that the …

Letter: Journalist Turned True Believer

Friday, August 16, 2013

To the Editor: It seems a shame when a respected conservative economic journalist loses it, but Caroline Baum’s dyspeptic attack on President Obama (“The More Obama Discusses Economics, the Less He Seems to Know,” Aug. 9) bears examination. She seems to resent both the president’s facility with words …

Going the Distance

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bradford, Vt. — In 1999, Will Charuhas and his family moved to the area from Delaware in part so he could be closer to the Lebanon-based trucking company he works for. His son, Panos, simply used his own …

Letter: Emotional Issue of Food Labeling

Friday, August 9, 2013

To the Editor: I’d like to congratulate the Valley News and staff writer Nicola Smith for the informative article on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that appeared in the Aug. 4 Sunday edition. The article did an excellent job of presenting both sides of what is becoming a very …

Piermont Bridge Repairs Will Start Aug. 5

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Piermont — Repair work on the New Hampshire Route 25C bridge over Eastman Brook in Piermont is scheduled to begin Monday. The bridge deck replacement project, which is expected to take 13 weeks, will require single lane alternating traffic controlled by temporary signals, the New Hampshire Department of …

Students Learn Trail Repair

Friday, August 2, 2013

North Haverhill — Beginning near North Haverhill village, Black Mountain’s Chippewa Trail culminates with sweeping views of the White Mountains. A new partnership between Woodsville High School and the Appalachian Mountain Club is inspiring kids to see even …