Upper Valley Dispatch

Officials Urge Caution as Multiple Accidents Reported on Icy Roads (Updated 5:35 p.m.)

White River Junction — The National Weather Service is advising drivers to use caution as this season's first major round of freezing rain hits the Upper Valley. Vermont State Police have reopened Interstate 91 southbound in Fairlee between exits 14 and 15 about 5:15 p.m., according to a news release. The road had been closed there since at least 3:30 p.m. Police scanner transmissions reported multiple accidents on roadways throughout the region, especially in the Rutland area. A news release from a Vermont State Police

Friendsgiving in France Helps Hartland Woman Connect, Heal After Attacks

Editor’s Note: This post, originally published to Emma Delaney’s Popping Around Paris blog on Thanksgiving day, is cross-posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog with permission. Delaney, who is from Hartland and attended Hanover High School, graduated from New York University with a degree in English and politics in May. She is working in Paris as an English teaching assistant in two elementary schools with the French government’s Teaching Assistant Program in France initiative . Read her earlier posts at the bottom of this page.

On Black Friday, Protesters on Route 12A Call for $15 Hourly Wage

West Lebanon — While Black Friday deals were on the minds of hundreds of shoppers bustling around Route 12A this morning, a group of sign-waving protesters were focused on what they called “living wages.” Kathleen Beckett, of Lebanon, organized the local protest in favor of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. It was held in tandem with similar protests nationwide. About 15 people stood near the entrance to the Walmart shopping plaza as the protest tapered down around 11 a.m. Beckett said

Windsor Man Dies, Other Victim in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Train in West Hartford

UPDATE at 4:07 p.m: Police have said the victim who was pulled from the water has succumbed to his injuries. He was identified as Nicolas Siciliano, 18, of Windsor. Police have not yet released the identity of the victim who was taken from the trestle. They say he remains in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Both were struck by the Amtrak train and sustained "significant injuries," according to a news release. West Hartford — Two people have been transported to the hospital after they

Giving Thanks in Woodstock

Gail Stickney and her dog Cody, a 10-year-old golden retriever, spend time on their front porch in Woodstock, Vt., on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Stickney was supposed to be in Chicago for the holidays with her family, but canceled her flight to stay back to take care of Cody, who was diagnosed on Wednesday with terminal cancer that has metastasized to his lungs. “I stayed home to give thanks to a wonderful life well lived. For all of the joy and blessings that he’s given

A Thanksgiving Tradition Measured in Column Inches

West Lebanon — Twenty-one years ago today, my first contribution to a newspaper was published. “Thanksgiving is for sharing anything,” I wrote in what was then called The Middlesex News in Framingham, Mass. “You should share your life!” I was 6 years old. A day earlier, on Thanksgiving, I hammered out those words (and many more) on an empty computer in the newsroom where my father worked. My younger brother and I were hanging out there while Dad did some work, as we often did.

Photos: Zack’s Place Turkey Trot Sets Attendance Record in Woodstock

First photo: More than 1,500 runners and walkers begin the start of the Zack's Place Turkey Trot 5K in Woodstock, Vt., on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. In its ninth year, the event set an attendance record with 1,528 people, according Zack's Place Executive Director Dail Frates. Zack's Place, a free enrichment center for special-needs people, surpassed their goal of raising $50,000, she said. Second photo: Kate Overbay, of Pomfret, takes a picture with her son, Andrew, 6, before the start of the Zack's Place Turkey

More Than 120 Dartmouth Faculty Members Express Solidarity With Protesters

Hanover — More than 120 Dartmouth College faculty have signed a letter calling on administrators “to commit substantial financial and personnel resources to address structural inequality and institutional barriers for success.” The letter, which included the names of 121 professors and lecturers as of this afternoon, is being updated twice daily online as more faculty and staff sign it, according to a notation at the bottom. Dated Nov. 23, it says it was written “in support of and in solidarity with Dartmouth’s students, especially students

Police Seek Witnesses in Possible Road Rage in Randolph

Randolph Center — Vermont State Police are seeking information about a police road rage incident that took place near Vermont Technical College last week. The confrontation took place on Route 66 on Nov. 19 about 2 p.m., according to a news release. “The vehicles involved were a gray GMC Envoy and a Gray Saturn Vue,” according to the release. “There was a loud verbal argument and the vehicles did collide with each other at one point before leaving in opposite directions.” Anybody who witnessed the

White River Junction VA Director Departs for Phoenix

Deborah Amdur, who has served as director of the White River Junction VA Medical Center for three years, will depart next month to lead the trouble-plagued Phoenix VA Health Care System in Arizona. The White River Junction VA announced Amdur’s departure, effective Dec. 13, in a news release this afternoon. Find a full report in Tuesday’s VALLEY NEWS. ∎ Posted online Monday at 4:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @VNewsUV.