Upper Valley Dispatch

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

Map: Major Ski Areas in the Twin States

Has this burst of winter weather got you in the mood to hit the slopes? The Valley News has compiled the map at the bottom of this page showing major downhill ski areas in the Twin States so you can chart your path to your next ski or snowboard adventure. COLOR CODE: Driving times are based on Google Maps calculations from West Lebanon, N.H.: Red: 35 minutes or less Yellow: 1 hour or less Green: 1:30 or less Blue: 2 hours or less Purple: More

Enfield Woman Gets Four Months In Jail in Day Care Death

North Haverhill — A Grafton Superior Court judge today sentenced Enfield resident Mary Ellen Burritt to four months in jail for misdemeanor convictions related to the death of a 4-year-old girl. Burritt was found guilty in a jury trial in November of reckless conduct and two counts of operating an unlicensed day care out of her Lockehaven Road home following the March 2014 death there of Willa Clark. Willa was killed when her parka snagged on a lean-to structure as she and other children played

Weekend Picks: Not-So-Intense Winter Events

Though I would love to, my wallet and I do not ski. Winter for me means more time reading and crafting, ice skating (though I haven’t had the chance to go quite yet) and praying that the snow accumulating on the roof of my apartment building hits the parking lot when my car and I aren’t there. That isn’t to say I am winter adverse: I enjoy the snow and cold, just in ways that are perhaps less intense than whipping downhill on a pair