Upper Valley Dispatch

Dellinger: ‘I Have Never Been Suicidal’

The wife of the Sunapee man who pleaded guilty to two counts of negligent homicide in the deaths of a Wilder couple in a crash on Interstate 89 in Lebanon said her husband is a “man of ethics, integrity and friendship.” Deborah Dellinger today said her husband, former corporate executive Robert Dellinger, has worked to handle the multiple sclerosis diagnosis that cost him his professional career and lives a life of “grace and modesty.” “We are devastated by the deaths of your loved ones,” Deborah

ECFiber Announces 'Sap Propelled Internet Technology'; SunCommon Discloses Energy Spill

ECFiber chose today to announce its significantly sweetened plans for high-speed Internet in Vermont. In a news release titled “Amazing Technology Breakthrough,” the communications firm said its new plans include using sap and rubber tubing to connect its customers throughout rural Vermont. The new network, called Sap Propelled Internet Technology, or SPIT, should be available by the end of the year, Irv Thomae, ECFiber’s chairman, said in the release. The official-sounding statement was enough to convince one Valley News reporter that he had a real

Mud, Mud and More Mud: What Do Your Roads Look Like?

Did you see our article a couple of weeks ago about towns and residents bracing themselves for mud season? (Hats off to the editors’ desk for that great headline.) The roads are looking a little mushier lately and we want to know what things look like where you live. We are experimenting with commenting on the Upper Valley Dispatch blog, and have enabled comments at the bottom of this page. You have to be logged in to Facebook to comment, and we encourage you to

Our ‘Contact Us’ Page Has Been Revamped

In an effort to help the public more efficiently submit news tips, requests for coverage and the like to the appropriate Valley News editors, we have revamped the “Contact Us” page on our website. The link is in the upper right corner of every page on the site, or you can access the page directly with this URL: http://www.vnews.com/contact-us Please take a look! We look forward to hearing from you. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Tuesday at 11:25 a.m. Follow the Valley

‘Enterprise: The Business Magazine of the Upper Valley’ to Debut on Tuesday

I’ve been editing the Business & Money section of the Sunday Valley News for almost 20 years now. In that time, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the variety, vitality and dynamic nature of the Upper Valley’s business community. We’re lucky to live and work in a place that has as its economic foundation not only world-class institutions and innovative companies with a global reach, but also creative and entrepreneurial individuals who harness their passion and their vision to build businesses of their own. That’s

Calm Grace In The Busy Streets of Freetown

‘Valley News’ reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling is currently in Sierra Leone working on a journalism project supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. During his time there, he will also be filing short, semi-regular dispatches for the Upper Valley Dispatch blog and ‘Valley News.’ This is his second post abroad. Read his first post here and more about the project here. ∎ Freetown, Sierra Leone — In Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, the streets are as hot and heavy as two furiously embraced

Seeking People Ages 20-29 For ‘Valley News’ Series

The Twin States may be one of the fastest aging regions of the nation, but — lo and behold — the Upper Valley is nevertheless home to a population of people ages 20 through 29, a transformative and defining decade in many people’s lives. Photographer Sarah Priestap and reporter Maggie Cassidy, two 20-somethings in the Valley News newsroom, are working toward a series of profiles, told in pictures and words, to capture the ups and downs of life for their peers in the Upper Valley.

En Route to Sierra Leone: First, a Pit Stop in Morocco

‘Valley News’ reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling is currently in Sierra Leone working on a journalism project supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. (Read more about the project here.) During his time there, he will also be filing short, semi-regular dispatches for the Upper Valley Dispatch blog and ‘Valley News.’ Here is his first. ∎ Morocco — During an 18-hour layover about 25 miles outside Casablanca, in northwestern Morocco, I saw ample evidence of the region’s quick-growing economy, and the billions of dollars the government

‘Valley News’ Reporter Heads to Sierra Leone

My wife went grocery shopping the other day. Her objective: Make sure that, when I go to Sierra Leone next week, I don’t have to rely on the local food supply, which can include bush meat like Ebola-carrying monkeys and bats. The Hongoltz-Hetling household has been bustling with activity related to my upcoming trip, which is sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and which should be of interest to Upper Valley readers. While there, I hope to shed light on a powerful, positive

From Classroom to Kitchen: Strafford Man Bakes Up a Business

Strafford — Ever dream about leaving your day job? While many of us kick the idea around, far fewer actually take the leap. But while working on a story for the upcoming Sunday Valley News , I met Erik Goodling, a middle school teacher turned baker, at least for now. Wanting a break from education, Goodling took a leave of absence and did something that scared him — opened his own business. A former chef, he bakes at his Strafford home in a wood-fired oven