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Sue Blair, the new principal of Plainfield Elementary School, reads a poem to fifth and sixth grade students on the first day of school, on Aug. 28, 2014 in Meriden, N.H.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

‘My Focus Is on Kids First’

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Plainfield — Remember The Little Engine That Could, the children’s book about the tank engine that, while facing a tough task, chanted to itself, “I think I can, I think I can” until, suddenly, it could? The message behind that story, said newly minted Plainfield Elementary School Principal Susan Blair, summarizes much of her educational philosophy. “I think the most …

N.H. Football Title Games Get New Home

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Concord — First-year NHIAA Executive Director Jeff Collins will have three big reasons to return to Cowell Stadium this fall. The former University of New Hampshire nose guard and defensive tackle will be back at his alma mater on Nov. 22, overseeing the state’s first “championship day” — featuring all three football state title games at the Wildcats’ venerable field. On the Saturday …

Their Time to Shine: At the Cornish Fair, Young People Demonstrate New Skills

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The normally quiet fairgrounds are abuzz with preparations on the day before the Cornish Fair opens. Cows lumber off their trailers, chickens peck around their new spaces, and young students staple colorful and informative hand-drawn posters above their animals’ stalls describing the projects they’ve been working on. As they confidently lead these projects …

Man Climbs All 48 N.H. 4,000-Footers for Prouty

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The method with which Brad Taylor has chosen to contribute to the Prouty this year could be considered downright lunacy. Then again, that’s at least part of the idea. Taylor, 55, of Canterbury, N.H., is climbing Mount Moosilauke today to complete his “Full Moon 48” initiative, a summiting …

Lynwood Miles Darling

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Plainfield, N.H. — Lynwood Miles Darling, 77, of Plainfield passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 4, 2014. He was the son of Pearly Darling and Eunice Leona (Page) Johnson. Lynwood was born on March 3, 1937 in Groton, Vt. Lynwood is predeceased by his wife, Ola Gertrude, a …

Lebanon Juniors on the Rise Again

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lebanon — The Lebanon Post 22 junior American Legion baseball team made quick work of two foes Sunday, routing Alton, 14-4, and New London, 10-0, each in only five innings. Despite a new head coach and numerous new …

Local Briefs: Sunday, July 6

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Plainfield Man Found Dead in Pond Plainfield — An elderly man was found unresponsive early Saturday evening in a pond near Willow Brook Road. Plainfield police, the Cornish Rescue Squad and an ambulance from Hartford responded to a call of a possible drowning just before 6 p.m. Lynwood …

High School Students Clean Up the Trails

Friday, July 4, 2014

Norwich —This summer, Upper Valley high school students needn’t travel far to get valuable trail stewardship experience. Starting Monday, 38 teenagers from nine area schools will join Upper Valley Trails Alliance staff for its High School Trail Corps, a series of workdays clearing, building and blazing area trails. …

High School Notes: Julian Cup Has Played Its Final Round

Thursday, July 3, 2014

West Lebanon — Try as he might, Scott Peters wasn’t going to win a battle against teenage intransigence. That, ultimately, spelled the end of the Julian Cup. Peters, the president of Golf & Ski Warehouse in West Lebanon, …

Wanting Water Everywhere: Runner Uses Yoga to Raise Money for Native Kenya

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hanover — Elite distance runner Sam Chelanga has settled in the Upper Valley in part because the wooded hills remind him of his home village in Kenya. Now he’s hoping friends in his new surroundings can help him …

N.H. Suspends Vanity Plates

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

West Lebanon — New Hampshire residents hoping to get creative through their license plates will have to wait until the state figures out what standards it can enforce for vanity plates. Following a state Supreme Court ruling in May that found current law governing the wording on vanity …

Forum, July 1: The Co-op Debate; Lebanon Barber Shop Update

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Poor Tactics at the Co-op To the Editor: Democracy and freedom are being taken away from employees in the Upper Valley. Employers are “managing” with an iron fist in order to intimidate and keep their employees quiet and in line. The Co-op fired two of their best employees …

Grace, Gratitutde and Godspeed: Plainfield Community Baptist Church Pastor Retires After 25 Years

Monday, June 30, 2014

Plainfield — After nearly a quarter-century leading the Plainfield Community Baptist Church, more than 100 well-wishers gathered at the town hall to say farewell to the Rev. Suellen Leugers on Sunday afternoon. Amidst cupcakes, deviled eggs and bright …