Jim Kenyon

Part 1 of 3: Looking at Life in Prison; Vt. Inmates ‘Warehoused’ in Michigan

Baldwin, Mich. — A half mile down West 32nd Street, where the paved road turns to sandy dirt and muddy tire ruts, 241 Vermont prison inmates do their time in exile, banished by the state Department of Corrections to this 1,740-bed maximum-security prison in northern Michigan. Their rap sheets, while not always lengthy, often speak to horrific events from Vermont’s past. Murderers. Child molesters. Kidnappers. Many of the state’s most serious offenders are incarcerated at North Lake Correctional Facility, a state-of-the-art prison carved out of

Jim Kenyon: Students Lose the Most in Thetford Academy Lawsuit

By all accounts, Barb Sorenson did a remarkable job during the 30 years that she taught in the English department at Thetford Academy. “Legendary” was how retired head of school Martha Rich described Sorenson’s work when we talked last week. “She drove the (class) schedulers crazy every year,” Rich said, “because she always wanted as wide a range of kids as possible in her classes.” Sorenson didn’t want a class of only high academic achievers. She wanted kids who weren’t college-bound — students who planned

Part One: A Mountaineer Laid Low: Silence From Dartmouth College on Outing Club Leader’s 2008 Firing

I’m fairly certain Andy Harvard’s story is one that Dartmouth College doesn’t want told. But it needs to be. The secrecy has gone on far too long. Seven years, and counting. So let’s begin.  In the early 2000s, with its 100th anniversary approaching, the Dartmouth Outing Club was treading water. Many of the DOC’s 20 wilderness cabins were in shambles from years of neglect. Two directors of outdoor programs — the college administrator who oversees the DOC — had come and gone in less

Part Two: Former Outing Club Leader Still Waiting for Dartmouth College

The one-bedroom apartment on the top floor of Wheelock Terrace in Hanover looks out over a stand of tall pines. Walking paths wind around the well-appointed grounds. “This is a good place for me,” said Andy Harvard, once a world-class mountaineer with four Mount Everest expeditions on his resume. Wheelock Terrace is a modern assisted-living facility on Buck Road, not far from downtown Hanover. In September, two months after his 66th birthday, Harvard moved in. His wife, Kathy, and their 15-year-old twins, Nick and Allegra,

Jim Kenyon: Group Supports Veterans

Caitlin and Ray Jula moved to the Upper Valley from Tennessee last year to get a fresh start. And it started well enough. Ray, who saw extensive combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, landed a good-paying job with Sturm, Ruger & Co., the firearms manufacturer in Newport. That meant Caitlin, who grew up in Sutton, N.H., was no longer the family’s primary breadwinner. She could devote more time at home to the couple’s infant daughter, Rachel. But shortly after starting his new job, Ray experienced

Jim Kenyon: College Board Fails a Test

I have come to accept that the College Board, the nonprofit organization behind the SAT, is a necessary evil. Like the IRS. It’s hard to be a fan of a business that rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue largely through a college-entrance exam that is as flawed at measuring students’ abilities as the SAT. But considering the prevalence of high school grade inflation (explain how students can have 4.8 GPAs on a 4.0 grading scale) and resume padding (“I spent my

Jim Kenyon: Closing Time for Hartford Elks Lodge

Last call for the Hartford Elks came last Thursday. After members met that night, a “closed” sign was taped to the front door and arrangements were made for a business liquidator to cart away the bottles behind the bar. The giant stuffed elk head mounted in the lodge’s lobby was the next to go. Some people would argue the closing was long overdue. A private club that refused to allow women to join when the issue came up 20 years ago gets what it deserves.

Jim Kenyon: No Business Like Snow Business

I get why ski resorts keep close tabs on how much snow each winter storm produces. From a marketing standpoint, 8 inches of fresh powder sounds better than 4 inches. But why does the Lebanon School District have a vested interest in the precise amount of snow that falls on the city during a given day or night? That requires some explanation. For years, the school district has paid a snow plowing contractor at an hourly rate to clear its half dozen parking lots after

Jim Kenyon: School Pictures in Bethel

After three break-ins in 12 months, it made a certain amount of sense to try to tighten security at the K-12 school in Bethel. A burglar alarm, perhaps? School officials weren’t keen on the idea. “By the time the alarm goes off and police respond, the perpetrators are long gone,” said School Board Chairman Dave Eddy. The board and Superintendent Meg Powden preferred Principal Owen Bradley’s plan: surveillance cameras. At a School Board meeting on Sept. 21, Bradley made it seem like no big deal.

Jim Kenyon: Area Farmers Give Back With Pumpkins

Thirty-five years ago, Janet and Tim Taylor started selling the fruits (or I should say, vegetables) of their labor on a card table at the end of their driveway in Post Mills. Over the years, Crossroad Farm has grown from 15 acres to 50, and, I think it’s fair to say, is now among the Upper Valley’s leading produce farms. (I’m particularly partial to Crossroad’s sweet corn and melons.) The Taylors’ wholesale customers include the Hanover Co-op foods, restaurants and summer camps. They’re also regulars