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Upper Valley Dispatch

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.

Upper Valley Uke Group Shares Love of Hawaiian Instrument

As journalists we’re taught to observe events only. But what do you do when the people in the event you are covering insist upon including you in their activities and won’t take no for an answer? That happened to photojournalist Sarah Priestap and I when we attended a Randolph Uke Players gathering last week. Toward the end of the night, a couple of the players encouraged us to pick up ukuleles and join in. Eventually, we obliged. We were taught a couple of chords and

Seeking Parents Whose Children Received Vaccinations at APD

If you are a parent with a child or children who received care at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital’s Mesropian clinic, I would like to talk to you about your family’s experience with the hospital’s vaccination program. I am working on a follow-up to my recent story on the hospital’s notification and re-vaccination efforts following the discovery that refrigeration problems might have made some recent vaccinations ineffective. If you are willing to share your experience, please send me an email at rjurgens@vnews.com and suggest how

Weekend Highlights: Where to Go When There’s Snow

Beginning tomorrow, my family in New Jersey will become consumed by an apparent blizzard that promises to bring floods, road closures and all around panic to a community that, not unlike the Upper Valley’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene, is still dealing with the effects from Hurricane Sandy more than three years ago. Fortunately (or, maybe unfortunately depending on your opinion of large-scale blizzards), the Upper Valley will be spared the brunt of the storm. With temperatures set to be in the 20s, here are