Upper Valley Dispatch

Singers Sought for Newport Competition

Newport — A nonprofit that assembles and mails care packages to active-duty members of the military is hosting a singing competition similar to the TV show The Voice in April. B ut first, by the first week in March, Sullivan County Cares wants to round up 30 more contestants willing to sing in front of an audience for up to two nights at the Newport Opera House. Ten people have signed up so far, said founder Tammy Freckleton, who started assembling care packages with family

Blog Maps Where Candidates Are Most Popular on Facebook

I have a hard time telling if presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders overwhelms the Facebook feeds of folks in the rest of the country as much as he does for my Facebook feed here in the Twin States, where the majority of my friends are from Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. According to political blog FiveThirtyEight, the answer is probably not. Matthew Conlen and Reuben Fischer-Baum recently posted this super interesting, data-rich interactive map showing which candidates are “winning the battle for likes”

Weekend Picks: Find Your Feline Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, you could meet the love of your life. The feline love of your life, that is. The River Valley Animal Protection League is holding a cat-to-human match-making event on Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pet and Aquarium Center at 201 Washington St. in Claremont. Meet some of the Charlestown shelter’s cat residents, find out more about the organization and enter a free raffle. For more information, visit rivervalleyapl.org or the organization's Facebook page, or call 603-826-3061. Also on Sunday, bid

Vermonters Join Granite State Counterparts to Get Out the Bernie Vote

West Lebanon — Standing outside a Field Road home, Mike French was on a canvassing mission. By noon on Tuesday, the Vermont native was into his third trip in Lebanon neighborhoods reminding Bernie Sanders supporters to vote. French approached the residence with a Sanders informational door hanger, rang the door bell, waited about 30 seconds and then placed the hanger before moving on to the next house. “Sometimes people are afraid of canvassing,” French said with a smile. “But it’s no more difficult than selling

Trump, Sanders Take New Hampshire

The New Hampshire primary winners are Donald Trump on the Republican side and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race. Each took the top spot after second-place finishes in the Iowa caucuses. (Click here for live voting results from the Upper Valley Tuesday night.) Trump’s first victory of the 2016 White House race means he’s no longer a political rookie but the front-runner for his party’s presidential nomination. And the win for Sanders completes his rise from presidential long shot to legitimate challenger for the Democratic

VOTE COUNTS: Upper Valley Primary Results

Check out the map and chart below for live results from Upper Valley towns during the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night. The Valley News is updating the map and chart as results are received from town clerks. Polls close at 7 p.m. Find full reports in Wednesday's Valley News. If you're not seeing new results with Upper Valley totals, try a forced refresh (CTRL + SHIFT + R for most) and/or restarting your browser.  Questions? Comments? Email web editor Maggie Cassidy at mcassidy@vnews.com.

Valley Visual: Combing the Photo Archives for a Glimpse of Primaries Past

There are many things I enjoy about my job as Valley News photo editor. At at the top of the list are telling the stories of our communities and working in a newsroom stacked with talented, smart and funny people. Combing through the newspaper’s photo archive is another highlight of my job. During a planning meeting a month ago, we were spitballing ideas. Sunday Valley News Editor Ernie Kohlsaat suggested a page of older photos from our New Hampshire primary coverage. Intrigued, I began the

Weekend Picks: No Snow? No Problem

Not enough snow for the slopes? Not a problem on this first weekend in February. Here are a few events that don’t require Mother Nature’s cooperation to be successful. ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret is holding its monthly Family Clay course from 10 a.m.-noon. Parents and children are welcome to create an item together and leave it with the folks at ArtisTree to be glazed and fired. It costs $20 per parent-child pair and $10 per additional person. ArtisTree is located at 2095

Sanders Campaign Pulls Endorsement Video

West Lebanon — The Bernie Sanders campaign has acknowledged it erred when it posted a YouTube video that included the Valley News in a list of organizations and media that have endorsed the Vermont senator in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Valley News editorial board has not made an endorsement in the Democratic race, chiefly between Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Both candidates are headed full steam ahead toward the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. What Happened On

Fire Heavily Damages Hartford Village Apartment House

Hartford Village — Firefighters from several area towns are fighting a fire that has damaged a four-unit apartment house on Maple Street. The homeowner said the blaze started as a cooking fire in one of the units. A ladder truck from Hanover is pumping water into the second story of the structure at 1661 Maple Street, which dates to 1850. Find a full report in Wednesday's Valley News. ∎ Posted online Tuesday at 4:10 p.m.